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Quebec company says 'oui' to HME


MONTREAL - Providers may see gloom and doom in the HME industry, but a Canadian company has a different view.

Gary Robbins brings business background to HME


FORT MYERS, Fla. - Businessman turned HME provider Gary Robbins acquired Alert Medical Equipment in September 2010 and has spent the intervening months "bringing it back to life."

It's paying off. Business has grown 20%.

Penrod changes hands


SALISBURY, N.C. - Provider Craig Rae has only been in the HME business for a little over a month, but he says he's having a lot of fun.

"I can't believe I didn't do something like this earlier," said Rae. 

CareCentrix deals are signs of the times


HARTFORD, Conn. - CareCentrix, a national home health benefits manager for private insurers, signed contracts in two states in May--a move that could signal the future of HME, providers worry.

Providers face tornado's aftermath


JOPLIN, Mo. - When a 165-mph tornado tore through here on May 22, it didn't take long for Apria's team to get right into the action. 

Provider shrinks concept


Retail giant Michael Feuer is thinking small these days.

Armscare: Out of the closet and into retail


KITTANNING, Pa. - Moving out of a hospital closet and into a visible retail space has really paid off for one provider. 

Rising gas prices create business challenges


YARMOUTH, Maine - HME providers already struggling with audits and decreased reimbursement are up against another foe this summer: escalating gas prices. 

Earnings: Apria, Rotech


LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Apria Healthcare on May 9 reported net revenues of $536.7 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011, compared to $508.9 million for the same period last year. It reported a net loss of $21 million.

Elkart moves ahead of the curve


ELKHART, Ind. - Greg Lintjer thinks it makes a lot of sense for home medical equipment and healthcare staffing to work in tandem.