In brief: USM buys Glass Seating
ST. LOUIS – United Seating & Mobility (USM) acquired Glass Seating & Mobility in September, according to a press release. Bob Gouy, president and CEO of USM, a mobility and rehab equipment supplier based here, stated that the transaction will add the state of Alabama to the company’s service area, and will strengthen the company’s existing teams in Tennessee and Arkansas. Glass Seating & Mobility President Teresa Owens will become the regional manager for the mid-South area and her associates will join the company in Memphis, Tenn.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Huntsville, Ala.
Wanted: PMD data from demo states
WASHINGTON – Now that the new PMD demo is up and running in seven states, AAHomecare has launched a data collection project to monitor its progress. The association asked providers in a bulletin on Sept. 4 to send prior authorization denials and affirmative letters to email@example.com. “The association will continue to scrutinize (the demo) closely and will send further suggestions to CMS as data are collected,” it stated.
NRRTS names new Fellow
WALSENBURG, Colo. – Weesie Walker is the newest NRRTS Fellow, the registry announced Oct. 2. Walker is a branch manager for National Seating and Mobility, a past president of NRRTS and a member of the RESNA professional standards board. The honor acknowledges her 30 years in the seating and mobility field, as well as the service she has provided to NRRTS and the complex rehab industry. Walker is the second person to be named a NRRTS Fellow.
Mobility Supercenter opens in South Carolina
WEST ASHLEY, S.C. – Mobility Supercenter, a company that outfits homes and cars for wheelchair users, opened a store here in October, according to an article from Patch.com. The store will carry a variety of products designed to make life easier—both in the car and at home—for people with disabilities. The store will carry a variety of ramps, elevators and lifts. There are also plans for an autobody shop at the new store, where technicians will be able to install lifts and ramps and make steering modifications.
RESNA announces new board of directors
BALTIMORE – RESNA President Alex Mihailidis appointed three new people to the RESNA Board of Directors, the society announced in September. Among them: Paul Schwartz, assistive technology manager for the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute; R. Lee Kirby, professor at at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia; and Roger Smith, a professor at the Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability Center.