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Frans van Houten

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Philips reports sales decline, lowers full-year outlook

October 18, 2021HME News Staff

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – Philips reported EUR 4.2 billion in group sales for the third quarter, a 7.6% comparable decline due to headwinds caused by global supply chain challenges and the recall of certain CPAP devices and ventilators.  The company says comparable sales decreased 39% for its Connected Care business, following, in part, a double-digit decline in Sleep & Respiratory Care in the third quarter.  “This quarter’s sales were impacted unfavorably...

CPAP Devices, Philips Recall, ventilators


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Linda Rouse O'Neill

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Linda Rouse O’Neill on supply chain constraints: We need to expedite health care products

October 15, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Supply chain constraints have made transportation a health care issue, says Linda Rouse O’Neill of the Health Industry Distributors Association.  In September, when O’Neill was a guest on the HME News in 10 podcast, she said about 70 cargo ships were waiting off the coast of California, a 30% increase compared to last year.    “When you think about COVID and (the bottlenecks at) our West Coast ports...

HIDA, Home Medical Equipment, Linda Rouse O'Neill, supply chain constraints


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Seema Verma

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Verma on PHE flexibilities: ‘I don’t think it’s possible to go back to business as usual’

October 8, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Seema Verma, former CMS administrator and a new member of WellSky’s board of directors, shares her thoughts on everything from health care software to PHE-related flexibilities to competitive bidding.   HME News: Can you talk about the role that providers of health care software, analytics and services play in improving health care efficiency and outcomes?   Seema Verma: Providers of health care software are on the frontlines, as they create the tools...

Competitive Bidding, Public Health Emergency, Seema Verma, WellSky


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Eric Pauls

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Tactile Medical targets another specialty market for growth

October 8, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

MINNEAPOLIS – Tactile Medical’s acquisition of AffloVest positions the company in another underpenetrated market that treats patients with chronic diseases in their homes, says Eric Pauls, senior vice president of sales.  Tactile Medical says, of the more than 16 million people living with COPD in the United States, more than 4 million may be affected by bronchiectasis, a respiratory disease that can be treated with AffloVest, a wearable, battery powered high frequency chest wall...

AffloVest, high frequency chest wall oscillation, Tactile Medical


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Etac snaps up Ki Mobility

October 6, 2021HME News Staff

TORRANCE, Calif. – Etac has acquired Ki Mobility, positioning itself to becoming a global leader in complex rehab technology, the company says.  Etac will establish a dedicated mobility organization for sales and customer service for Ki Mobility, Convaid, R82 and Star products that will be led by Doug Munsey.  “Our ambition is to make it easy to interact and do business with our mew mobility organization and we will continue to strive to be your preferred partner,”...

Complex Rehab, Etac, Ki Mobility


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ACU-Serve buys Pro-Med

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ACU-Serve buys Pro-Med

October 5, 2021HME News Staff

AKRON, Ohio – ACU-Serve has acquired Boca Raton, Fla.-based Professional Medical Administrators in a move the company says better positions it to “capture the highest collection rates at the lowest cost.”  The acquisition adds 60 U.S.-based employees, bringing ACU-Serve’s total roster to 200 employees.  “In a world where HME providers are struggling with staffing, our acquiring Pro-Med and being able to utilize their highly trained HME resources is a...

ACU-Serve, Billing and Collections, M&A, Pro-Med


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Ki Mobility buys AEL

October 5, 2021HME News Staff

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Ki Mobility has acquired Adaptive Engineering Lab (AEL), complementing and strengthening its Axiom seating line and expanding its commitment to becoming a complete solution for its customers.  “We are always looking for ways to improve our customer’s experience,” said Doug Munsey, president/CEO. “Integrating the AEL brands and products provides Ki Mobility the opportunity to expand the range of seating and positioning portfolio, which complements...

Adaptive Engineering Lab, Complex Rehab, Ki Mobility, M&A, seating and positioning


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Magic Mobility

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Sunrise Medical opens new facility in Nashville

October 4, 2021HME News Staff

FRESNO, Calif. – Sunrise Medical is now producing Magic Mobility products out of its newly opened Nashville, Tenn.-based facility.  The company is selling and supporting the products through its associates across the North American market.  “Magic Mobility power wheelchairs are synonymous with durability, independence and active mobility,” says Larry Jackson, president of Sunrise Medical North America. “We can’t be more excited to sell, build and support...

Magic Mobility, Manufacturing, Power wheelchairs, Sunrise Medical


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Jim Hollingshead

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ResMed buys HST company

October 4, 2021HME News Staff

SAN DIEGO – ResMed has bought Ectosense, which makes the NightOwl home sleep test.  The NightOwl, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is currently sold in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, India and parts of Europe. ResMed has distributed the NightOwl, under the brand ResMed onesleeptest, in Australia, New Zealand and India since 2020, and has been a minority investor in Ectosense since July 2020.  "Sleep labs and home tests each have critical roles to...

CPAP Therapy, Ectosense, Home Sleep Testing, NightOwl, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, ResMed


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Liviliti targets CPAP cleaning pain point

October 1, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

LAKE CITY, Fla. – The launch of the Healthy Hose Pro by Liviliti Health Products this summer lined up well with the increasing emphasis on cleaning sleep therapy equipment, says CEO Brian Sharpe.  The hose, which is patent pending and ISO 22196 certified, is anti-microbial and designed to eliminate and prevent 99.99% of bacteria.  “We’re still going to recommend that you wash it out with soap and water, but you’re not going to have bacteria growing inside the...

CPAP Cleaners, Liviliti Health Products


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