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Reporters notebook: Providers address key safety issues

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03/26/2012

A recent online discussion about a wheelchair user's accident raised the question: who should be responsible for patient safety? The doctor, manufacturer, provider or patient--or a combination of any and all of the above? Here's what providers told HME News they were doing to ensure their patients' safety. Side note: Safety items can also present an opportunity for mobility providers to offer more cash products.

Briefs: Hasco Medical acquires Ride-Away for $6 million

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03/26/2012

MOBILE, Ala. - Hasco Medical acquired New Hampshire-based Ride-Away for $6 million, it announced March 5. It's the fourth acquisition in nine months for Hasco. With this latest deal, Hasco acquires Ride-Away's 11 East Coast locations which generate more than $70 million annually in wheelchair van modifications. Mark Lore, Ride-Away founder and president, will stay onboard to run the company.

CMS offers cover sheet, flowcharts for demo

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03/23/2012

WASHINGTON - The educational materials that CMS released last week shed some light on the logistics of the seven-state PMD demonstration project, but they could be more detailed, industry sources say.

Scooter Store CEO resigns

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03/23/2012

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - Doug Harrison, founder and CEO of The Scooter Store, has resigned, effective immediately, the company announced last week.

Scooter Store CEO resigns

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03/22/2012

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - Doug Harrison, founder and CEO of The Scooter Store, has resigned, effective immediately, the company announced today.

Harrison resigned to "pursue other interests," the company stated in a press release.

Medtrade Spring preview: Don't let fear get in the way

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03/20/2012

Fear is what prevents more HME providers from offering home modification services, says Bill Stelzer. Providers are scared because they’re equipment people, not contractors, he says, and contractors are afraid because they don’t know HME.

No big changes to ATP planned, new manager says

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03/08/2012

ARLINGTON, Va. - Eric Nepomuceno may be just weeks into his new job as RESNA's certification and education manager, but he's sure of one thing already--the Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) credential is fine just the way it is.

NRRTS backpedals on new standards

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03/02/2012

WALSENBURG, Colo. - NRRTS released new standards for its Certified Rehabilitation Technology Supplier (CRTS) credential in early February, but after a backlash from registrants, it's holding off from implementing them. 

Prior authorizations will ease pressure, CMS says

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02/24/2012

WASHINGTON - CMS answered a few key questions about the PMD demonstration project during a Special Open Door Forum last week. Among the most important: Will the required prior authorizations help protect providers against post-payment reviews?

Lower error rates by involving patients, clinicians

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02/24/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine - With the DME MACs issuing reports of 80% to 90% error rates for power wheelchairs every quarter, it's clear some providers are having trouble with documentation.

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