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CMS working out details of electronic template

Providers say they'd like a paper option, too
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04/13/2012

BALTIMORE - Providers who want to print a hard copy of the electronic clinical template and give it to physicians to fill out during the face-to-face exam should be careful, CMS says.

Stakeholders still expect bill by CELA

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04/06/2012

WASHINGTON - A bill to create a separate benefit for complex rehab should be introduced the week of April 16--just in time for the National Call-in Day and CELA on April 18 and 19, respectively, say industry stakeholders. 

Vehicle modifications: Association requires certification

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04/05/2012

TAMPA, Fla. - Provider Dave Chesnut says sales for the vehicle modifications side of his business have picked up since he locked in his Quality Assurance Program (QAP) certification.

Template for power wheelchairs holds promise

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03/30/2012

WASHINGTON - CMS's decision to develop a template to help physicians with documentation for power wheelchairs has been a long time coming, industry stakeholders say.

No big changes to ATP planned

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03/26/2012

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.

Users add their voices to efforts

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03/26/2012

WASHINGTON - United Spinal Association and UsersFirst in February launched a series of webinars that will educate consumers about wheeled mobility and advocacy.

Martin Szmal: 'Mobility is all I do—it's my niche'

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03/26/2012

NANTICOKE, Pa. - Many in the industry know Martin Szmal from his work at Pride Mobility Products for the past 15 years, most recently as reimbursement coordinator for Quantum Rehab. He recently struck out on his own as a mobility reimbursement and compliance consultant, and is taking what he's learned about the industry and passing it on to providers around the country. Szmal recently told HME News about his new venture, The Mobility Consultants.

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.

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.

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