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Line between vendor, provider blurs?

Wisconsin is the latest stage in the direct-to-consumer debate

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Medline’s new contract to supply Medicaid recipients in southwestern Wisconsin with incontinence supplies may come at a cost.

Vendors have built it

But will providers take advantage of iPhone and iPad functionality?

YARMOUTH, Maine – These days, if HME providers aren’t sending their delivery technicians and respiratory therapists out the door with smart phones and/or tablets, it’s not because their software systems don’t support the technology.

Invacare settles shareholder lawsuit

‘This has been a significant distraction’

ELYRIA, Ohio – Invacare has reached a settlement with two shareholders that claim the company’s board of directors and management team “breached their fiduciary duties” in connection with its compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.

Re-supply redux

Things just got more complicated for vendors, too

YARMOUTH, Maine – Vendors that help home medical equipment providers automate their re-supply businesses are re-tooling their systems in the wake of a huge policy change by Medicare.

HME News TV: Be ready to compete


What should providers be doing now that they’ve submitted their bids for Round 2 of competitive bidding? Getting back to work, says Wayne Grau, vice president of sales for The MED Group.

CMS posts final decision on TENS


WASHINGTON – CMS hasn’t changed its mind about dropping certain coverage for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).

FDA woes drag on for HME manufacturers


ATLANTA and CAPE CORAL, Fla. – GF Health Products and Merits Health Products, which received warning letters late last year about violations at their manufacturing facilities, say the ball is in the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) court.

Audits spur cottage industry

‘There’s a need there. Providers need help.’

YARMOUTH, Maine – The “crazy amount of audits” hitting HME providers has created a niche business for industry consultants and billing companies that offer services to help them navigate the process.

In brief: F&P boosts profits, ResMed launches in Japan


AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Fisher & Paykel Healthcare says expanding clinical applications for its medical devices and new products contributed to record operating revenue of NZ$516.7 million for the year ended March 31, 2012.

Invacare: 'The future is good'


During Invacare’s earnings call in April, President and CEO Gerald Blouch also addressed: