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Medicare policies are changing the way PWC providers do business

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04/11/2011

WASHINGTON - Power wheelchair providers have made abrupt operations changes to comply with new Medicare policies, according to a new survey.

Separate benefit for complex rehab: Will therapy associations weigh in?

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04/01/2011

BETHESDA, Md. - The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is scheduled to vote April 14 on a motion that could pave the way for it to support a separate benefit for complex rehab.

Provider advocates fro people with disabilities

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03/24/2011

Thanks in large part to provider Al Neumann, the state of Minnesota will be represented for the first time in this year's Ms. Wheelchair America pageant. Neumann is the Minnesota chairman for the Midwest Association for Medical Equipment Services (MAMES) and the owner of Corner Medical in Rochester, Minn.

Lobbyist: 'Refute these three things'

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03/24/2011

Jennifer Higgins, a principal at Capitol Health Group who counts Invacare as one of her clients, told a crowd of attendees that they must "refute these three things" about the industry: that they're equipment jockeys, that they commit fraud and that they're overpaid.

Briefs: Medicare cuts, debt overwhelm Fuller

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03/24/2011

Fuller Rehab went bankrupt and sold $6.9 million in assets to Salt Lake City-based Orbit Medical, according to a story published in February in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The company has total debt of $12.5 million, including $3.2 million to Northwest Georgia Bank and $7 million to Pride Mobility Products, the newspaper reported.

HME News TV: What are the keys to complex rehab's future?

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03/24/2011

The complex rehab market has come a long way, but it still has a way to go, says Mark Schmeler in a new HME News TV interview.
"The HME industry, in general, has been kicked pretty hard and it's a matter of going back and regrouping and figuring out how we move forward," said Schmeler, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health and Rehabilitation.

ATG Rehab makes two buys

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03/24/2011

ROCKY HILL, Conn. - ATG Rehab last week made its first big move since announcing earlier this year that it had a new majority investor, Audax Private Equity.

Power wheelchair documentation: 'CMS is going to go berserk over this'

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03/13/2011

WASHINGTON - With the first-month purchase option eliminated for standard power wheelchairs, CMS is on high alert that providers will try to move more Medicare beneficiaries into complex power wheelchairs, according to industry stakeholders.

2011 is the year

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02/27/2011

WATERLOO, Iowa - Jerry Keiderling spent the better part of 2010 continuing to build up a program for Accessible Home Improvement of America (AHIA), a nationwide network of independently owned and operated providers and contractors who specialize in accessible home modifications and related products and services. Now he's ready for its coming out party.

The Scooter Store: Big and about to get bigger

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02/27/2011

The Scooter Store announced in February that it has received financing from an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners to fuel growth and acquisitions.

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