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People in the news: Mervyn Watkins, Kathy Schuerman


Mervyn Watkins, the founder of Convaid, has been named one of the 15 Most Influential Business Leaders in Torrance, Calif., by the Torrance Chamber of Commerce.

Convaid shipping goes green


TORRANCE, Calif. – Convaid has joined the “UPS carbon neutral” program, which allows shippers to offset the environmental impact of transporting freight with contributions based on each shipment’s CO2 emissions. Convaid ships about 80 packages each day.

In brief: CMS reports glitch, OIG reports overpayments


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A problem with ordering/referring physician data in the DME MAC claim system is affecting processing, as well as the data available in the myCGS web portal and the Jurisdiction C IVR, according to a bulletin from CGS.

Convaid redesigns website


TORRANCE, Calif. – Convaid has launched a redesigned website.

In brief: CMS puts finger on fraud, DME MACs remind docs about PECOS


WASHINGTON – Industry watchers expect CMS to select a contractor early next year to administer a new fingerprinting provision aimed at curbing fraud and abuse.

In brief: Providers merge, neb-meds reverse course


HIGH POINT, N.C. – Advanced Home Care has merged with WellStar HME & Infusion to expand its footprint in Georgia, the provider has announced.

Convaid expands Canadian distribution


TORRANCE, Calif. – Convaid has expanded distribution of its products in Canada through a new partnership with Drug Trading, the company announced Dec. 11.

In brief:Brightree buys MedAct, OIG releases strategic plan


ATLANTA – Brightree has acquired McKinney, Texas-based MedAct, adding 330 HME providers to its customer base.

In brief: Gov’t delays hearings, Cardinal highlights AssuraMed


WASHINGTON – The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) will defer assignments for hearings—possibly up to 28 months, according to a recent notice.

Convaid donates wheelchairs, parts


TORRANCE, Calif. – Wheelchair manufacturer Convaid recently donated four pallets of wheelchairs and parts to UCP Wheels for Humanity, the company announced Oct. 29.