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A 'black market' for power wheelchairs?

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12/09/2010

REDDING, Calif. - It's not uncommon for wheelchair users or their family members to take out classified ads in local newspapers to sell wheelchairs they no longer need. It is uncommon for HME providers to take out ads to buy them.

First-month purchase option for power wheelchairs: 'Doc fix' disappoints

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12/09/2010

WASHINGTON - Members of Congress last week delayed cuts to physician payments, but they didn't delay the elimination of the first-month purchase option for standard power wheelchairs.

Separate benefit for complex rehab: 'Do something' at CELA

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12/02/2010

WASHINGTON - After two years of laying the groundwork for a separate benefit for complex rehab, stakeholders who plan to attend CELA in Washington, D.C. in February are prepared to call for action.

E1010: Providers can't afford it

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11/23/2010

WASHINGTON - Thanks to some tricky moves on CMS's part, center elevated leg rests are nearly impossible for providers to put on power wheelchairs.

Hudson re-brands

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11/23/2010

NEWINGTON, Conn. - To celebrate its 30th birthday, Hudson Home Health Care has given itself a complete "image makeover."

Benchmark rides home modifications to the bank

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11/22/2010

INDIANAPOLIS - Rehab provider Ron Reed says he has a new service to thank for about 22% of his company's revenues in 2010: home modifications.

Hoveround looks beyond power wheelchairs

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11/01/2010

SARASOTA, Fla. - With Medicare reimbursement and documentation requirements continuing to bear down on the power wheelchair benefit, one of the largest providers in the market has decided to diversify its product mix with cash items.

'Every employee as an owner'

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10/31/2010

"I just love this idea of every employee as an owner," said Schwantz, who helped rehab provider Doug Westerdahl implement "Open Book Management" principles at Monroe Wheelchair. "There are a lot of ways to do that and this one is very cool."

Speaker: Use data, commit your time

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10/31/2010

Physical therapist Jean Minkel believes if clinicians can provide evidence that manual wheelchairs, used over time, can result in injuries--and they can, she says--the agency needs to open up its wallet for power wheelchairs.

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