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Power seat elevation: NCART calls for signatures

September 24, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Reps. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and Don Young, R-Alaska, are collecting signatures in the House of Representatives for a letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure asking her to take the next step in increasing access to power seat elevation and power standing systems for Group 3 power wheelchairs, NCART reports.  "Evidence shows these CRT systems provide significant medical benefits and enable people with disabilities to be much more independent in their home...

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Reliable Medical: In it for the long haul

September 3, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

MINNEAPOLIS – Reliable Medical in August entered its third partnership as part of the company’s plan to grow “in an intentional manner” under CEO Katie Stevens.  Reliable Medical, a portfolio company of Seven Hills Capital, has partnered with Complex Rehab Technologies in Stafford, Texas, after partnering with A&A Medical Supply in Ohio in 2020 and Med City Mobility in Minnesota in 2019. All deepen Reliable Medical’s foothold as “primarily a CRT company,...

Complex Rehab, Home Medical Equipment, Katie Stevens, Reliable Medical


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Stevens expands Reliable Medical’s mission

September 3, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

MINNEAPOLIS – The experiences that led Katie Stevens to become the CEO of Reliable Medical last year in her mid-30s have everything to do with her leadership style at the company.  Stevens got her start in the complex rehab industry more than 15 years ago as a customer service representative for a national complex rehab company, in what was meant to be a pit stop between her master’s dissertation and the Peace Corps.  “I just fell in love with the industry,”...

Complex Rehab, Katie Stevens, Reliable Medical


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Q&A: Tara Kersten: Show, don't tell, payers

September 1, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Tara Kersten, M.D., has seen firsthand the medical complications that can result from patients being denied or delayed access to complex rehab technology. Here’s what Kersten, Numotion’s new chief medical officer, had to say about how that motivates her to disrupt the current system.  HME News: How did you become a specialist in seating and mobility?  Tara Kersten: I was drawn to the specialty because of the focus on improving function and quality...

Complex Rehab, Numotion, Tara Kersten


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Reliable Medical enters Texas market

August 31, 2021HME News Staff

MINNEAPOLIS – Reliable Medical, a partner of Seven Hills Capital, has acquired Complex Rehab Technologies, Inc., in Texas, expanding the company’s footprint into a new geographic area.  Rose Espinoza, CEO of CRT, will become part of the Reliable Medical team as a region vice president.  “We are pleased to welcome CRT to the Reliable family,” stated Katie Stevens, CEO. “As a company, we are committed to focusing on intentional growth for the right reasons...

Complex Rehab, Complex Rehab Technologies, M&A, Reliable Medical


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Stakeholders set agenda for fly-in

August 27, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – Complex rehab stakeholders now have “asks” lined up for their upcoming virtual congressional fly-in, including an increase in reimbursement to cover the increased costs of providing equipment and services.  Increased costs for complex rehab providers are tied to everything from the continued use of PPE and more frequent equipment cleaning due to the COVID-19 pandemic to the supply chain challenges that have resulted in shortages and delays.   “We...

Complex Rehab, NCART, virtual fly-in


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ISS reschedules Pittsburgh event

August 26, 2021HME News Staff

PITTSBURGH – The International Seating Symposium at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh has been rescheduled to Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2022, due to the COVID-19 Delta variant. Pre-symposium workshops will take place Jan. 29-30, 2022. “With aggressive vaccination programs being implemented in many countries, we are hopeful that moving to a later date will maximize the number of attendees, presenters and exhibitors who are able to safely participate in person,” show...

Assistive Technology, Complex Rehab, COVID-19, International Seating Symposium, ISS


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Stakeholders work to open access to elevation

August 20, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – Reps. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and Don Young, R-Alaska., co-chairs of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, sent a letter in July to Xavier Becerra, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, asking him to take the next step in increasing access to power seat elevation and power standing systems for Group 3 power wheelchairs.  Stakeholders are waiting for CMS to seek public comments on a request to reconsider the national coverage determination for...

Complex Rehab, NCART, seat elevation, standing devices


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MedSupply launches full-service CRT program

August 18, 2021HME News Staff

FRESNO, Calif. – MedSupply has launched MedSupply Mobility Solutions, a full-service complex rehab, seating, positioning and mobility program.  MMS delivers custom mobility equipment, which includes manual and power wheelchairs, adaptive seating and positioning systems and devices requiring evaluation, fitting, configuration, adjustment or programming. Every piece of specialized equipment is custom-made to optimize their customers' function and independence.  "Our goal is...

Complex Rehab Technology, MedSupply


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Lifeway scales business

August 13, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

HARTFORD, Conn. – Lifeway Mobility will use a new investment from Cressey & Company, a health care focused private equity firm, to expand its footprint in markets throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South, Midwest and West Coast, says President Paul Bergantino.  “Lifeway’s growth strategy will be through a combination of organic new market openings and complementary acquisitions,” he said. “Specific to acquisitions, we are seeking to partner with high quality organizations...

Home Accessibility, Lifeway Mobility, Paul Bergantino


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