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Large number of vets not receiving follow-up care for their sleep apnea, OIG says

January 29, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Health Administration is at risk of potentially spending $261.3 million over the next five years on sleep apnea devices and supplies that veterans will not use, according to the Office of Inspector General.Nearly half of the almost 114,000 veterans who were not consistently using their devices did not receive the necessary follow-up care, the OIG found.“Sleep medicine clinicians at VA medical facilities told the audit team they were unable to use available usage data...

audit, compliance, CPAP, OIG, VA


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VA taps SoftWheel for shock absorption system

July 10, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded its business relationship with SoftWheel, a Tel Aviv-based company that makes a flexible shock absorption system that's built into wheels, according to the Times of Israel. As part of a deal between VA-approved wheelchair manufacturer Key Mobility and SoftWheel, 2,000 sets of shock-absorbing wheels will be provided to veterans over a period of three years, the news outlet reports. The VA has already approved supplying some 361wheelchairs...

Numotion, shock absorption, SoftWheel, VA


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Golden's contract renewed by VA

May 15, 2018HME News Staff

OLD FORGE, Pa. - Golden Technologies has been awarded its third consecutive five-year contract by the Department of Veterans Affairs to supply power scooters to veterans nationwide. “The Golden Companion GC230 and GC340 power scooters allow them to access medical care and to accomplish necessary tasks in home and community environments that are so important as they gain more independence in their daily lives,” said Rich Golden, CEO of Golden Technologies. This most recent contract ends...

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VA slow to repair wheelchairs, OIG finds

March 20, 2018HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Office of Inspector General has found that veterans waited an average of 69 days for power wheelchair and scooter repairs, more than a month beyond a 30-day timeliness benchmark set by the agency, according to a new report. “These delays occurred because staff and prosthetic service managers at the respective VA medical facilities did not always effectively manage and monitor repair requests,” the OIG stated in a report. “VA medical facility staff, including prosthetic...

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Tonka Medical Supplies chases federal contracts

June 13, 2017HME News Staff

MINNEAPOLIS - Tonka Medical Supplies, an HME and supplies provider, plans to expand sales by applying for a GSA Schedule and actively pursuing federal contracts, it announced June 12. “The opportunity to service government accounts, specifically Veterans Affairs, opens up significantly more markets throughout the region as our goal continues to be expanded sales of our home care medical supplies,” stated Barbara Platten, general manager. “Getting our company on a GSA schedule will...

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Rotech notified of security breach…

August 19, 2016HME News Staff

ORLANDO, Fla. - Rotech Healthcare may have experienced a security breach that could potentially affect the personal health information of 957 individuals. The provider received a police report on June 13 that paper patient records had been recovered from an unauthorized individual, according to news reports. The records include names, Social Security numbers, patient numbers, addresses and more. Rotech says it did not receive copies of the stolen information until July 11, when the U.S. Secret Service...

contract, Lincare, protest, Rotech, VA


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VA adds MV-1 wheelchair accessible vehicles to fleet

August 10, 2016HME News Staff

LIVONIA, Mich. - Mobility Ventures has announced that the Veterans Affairs has purchased five of its MV-1 wheelchair accessible vehicles for use at medical centers in Colorado, Florida and Tennessee. The MV-1 was added to the General Services Administration Schedule last year. “While there are nearly 1,600 MV-1s in city and county transit fleets across the country, the VA purchase marks the entry of the MV-1 to the federal fleet,” the company stated in a press release. The American-made...

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Lakeland Pharmacy pursues gov't contracts

February 17, 2015HME News Staff

BRANSON WEST, Mo. - Lakeland Pharmacy will expand the sales of its home respiratory equipment by applying for distribution and pricing agreement certification and pursuing government contracts, the company announced Feb. 17. Many federal agencies, including Veterans Affairs, use DAPA certification as a way of procuring goods and services, knowing the companies with this certification have been thoroughly vetted, according to a press release. “The opportunity to service government accounts opens...

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The book is called "Opportunity" and its first chapter is New Year's Day.

December 31, 2009Mike Moran

I generally don't make New Year's resolutions. I mean, what's the point?  I can make and break a resolution in June just as easily as I can in January. So that's what I do. I make resolutions all year long. This increases my chance of success and failure, but in the end I think I'll come out ahead, or a least that is my hope. Here is a nice New Year's quote from the poet Edith Lovejoy Pierce: We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is...

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