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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?