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AAHomecare to Honor Ackerman During Medtrade

The association will recognize Spectrum Medical’s Steve Ackerman as the 2021 Van Miller Homecare Champion Award for his HME advocacy work.

VGM Wound Care Releases Diabetic Program Guide

The latest guide from VGM division offers direction on starting a diabetes care program and how providers can develop their program.

Industry Preps for Medtrade East

After missing out on an in-person event in 2020, next week’s event returns to Atlanta with some new features as well as familiar favorites.

95 Lawmakers Sign DME Rule Letter

The Congressional sign-on letter calls for CMS and HHS leadership to finally release the pending DME rule, which broadly impacts reimbursement.

Nominations Open HME Woman of the Year

The 2021 edition of the VGM award program is open to women who have contributed to their companies, communities and the HME industry.

Associations to Showcase ‘State Straight Talk’

AAHomecare and state association leaders will hold multiple roundtable discussions on each state’s HME initiatives next week at Medtrade.

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An E-Prescribing Solution Comes to the DME Industry

Several factors have slowed DME’s adoption of e-prescription, but a new coalition has kicked things into high gear.

Etac Acquires of Ki Mobility

Ki Mobility co-founder Doug Munsey will head the seating and mobility sales team for North America. Statement from both companies says ‘it is business as usual’ for customers.

3B Medical Appoints Pontzius as President

Experienced healthcare manufacturing and distribution executive Tom Pontzius will help lead the maker of sleep, oxygen and disinfection products.

VGM Releases Sales and Marketing Playbook

The fourth quarterly edition of VGM’s playbook series for 2021 gives members of the HME organization a collection of best practices, guidance and insights into sales and marketing.



Sunrise Opens New Tennessee Production Facility

The Nashville-based facility will manufacture Magic Mobility wheelchairs, as well as distribute its Leckey and QUICKIE wheelchairs throughout North America.

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Equipment Management: Getting Back to Basics

Covid-19 and the increased emphasis on infection control have made this fundamental business process all the more critical. What goes into effective, optimized equipment management?

Congressional CRT Letter Notches 77 Lawmakers’ Signatures

House sign-on letter urges CMS to fund seat elevation and standing systems for CRT patients. NCART and ITEM Coalition worked with CRT stakeholders to secure Congressional backers.

HMEB Unveils 2021 New Product Award Winners

This year’s provider-judged competition yielded 15 winners from a large volume of entries, with fierce competition between multiple entries in some key HME product and service categories.

Washington Conference Engages Lawmakers from 40 States

AAHomecare’s first-ever virtual version of the event involved 140 HME advocates who met with more than 220 Congressional offices on various industry issues, with insufficient Medicare rates that don’t match providers’ costs topping the list.

CMS Publishes Oxygen for Cluster Headaches NCD Decision

CMS is finalizing changes to two separate, but medically related NCDs that should expand access to the use of home oxygen to treat Cluster Headache.

OPGA Names 2021 Woman of the Year

Orthotic Prosthetic Group of America selects Ashlie White for her career contributions to patients, her community and the O&P profession.

HHS Taking Applications for Phase 4 of PRF

Providers can apply for Phase 4 General Distribution and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments. HRSA has provided various resources and is hosting technical assistance webinars.

BOC Promotes Gruskin to Chief Operating Officer

Gruskin’s duties expanded to include oversight of BOC’s internal systems and external vendor relationships, as well as management of the accrediting organization’s operations staff.

Medtrade East Unveils MedtradeMeet

New system for scheduling meetings at the show accompanies the return of Medtrade’s Power Lunches, as well as new mask requirements for the event.

Product Spotlight

Protekt Pilot: Keeping More Users Upright and Moving

Proactive designed its upright walker to be an affordable alternative to standard walkers for seniors who want to stay upright and comfortable while walking.

Podcast

Finding Your Best Employees

You’ve heard of outsourcing, but have you heard of insourcing? Todd Usher of Tactical Back Office explains his company’s unique solution for solving providers’ HR woes.

Doublechecking Your Processes to Avoid the Top 10 Survey Deficiencies

When a site surveyor finds an accreditation deficiency, it's not the end, but rather a means to the end of improving your HME business's quality. Here are 10 deficiencies to keep in mind.

Tactile Medical Acquires AffloVest

Medical technology business picks up the maker of high-frequency chest wall oscillation systems from parent company International Biophysics Corp.

Verma Joins WellSky Board

Former CMS Administrator brings her public healthcare policy experience to software company’s board of directors.

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Podcast: Insourcing Your Best Employees