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Down but not out: Industry continues fight for purchase option

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12/22/2010

WASHINGTON - It doesn't look like the HME industry will delay elimination of the first month purchase option for standard power wheelchairs this year, but there's still hope for 2011, said Seth Johnson, vice president of government affairs for Pride Mobility Products.

Down but not out: Industry continues fight for purchase option

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12/22/2010

WASHINGTON - It doesn't look like the HME industry will delay elimination of the first month purchase option for standard power wheelchairs this year, but there's still hope for 2011, said Seth Johnson, vice president of government affairs for Pride Mobility Products.

Providers throw technology at their documentation woes

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12/21/2010

Provider Gary Cox was sick of chasing doctors around for proper documentation for power mobility devices. So he developed a website that walks them through the process.

What's new for 2011?

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12/21/2010

The keynote: Last year, the keynote at CELA was a clinical presentation. This year, it's a government affairs presentation. Jennifer Higgins of the Capitol Health Group will discuss the "perspectives on complex rehab technology in health care reform and in the new Congress." "We were looking for something that would be a good lead-in to the Capitol Hill visits," said Simon Margolis, executive director of NRRTS. "We felt we needed to put our little piece of the pie in perspective."

Briefs: USM picks up three locations

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12/21/2010

ST. LOUIS - United Seating and Mobility (USM) announced in December that it has picked up three RehabTech branches: Fridley, Minn, which serves the greater Minneapolis area.; Oak Creek, Wis., which serves the greater Milwaukee area; and Appleton, Wis.

Scooter Store, Hoveround on renting to Medicare

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12/21/2010

The Scooter Store and Hoveround are two of the biggest providers of standard power wheelchairs in the country. What will they do if Medicare eliminates the first-month purchase option for standard power wheelchairs on Jan. 1?

'Nice inventory'

With checks in hand

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12/21/2010

NCART, NRRTS and AAHomecare each received checks for $24,356 from MK Battery at Medtrade in November. "They've always been a great company and backed us up," said John Zona, president of NRRTS. "They've gone above and beyond now." For a six-month period earlier this year, MK Battery set aside $1 for every gel battery it sold, raising $73,068. "We just thought about, in a management meeting one day, 'How can we help the industry in this chaotic time?'" said David Brunelle, vice president of sales for MK Battery. The associations will use the money to, among other things, help fuel efforts to create a separate benefit for complex rehab.

Heard at Medtrade

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12/21/2010

During an update at Medtrade on the separate benefit for complex rehab, attendees were given the chance to ask questions of Don Clayback, executive director of NCART.

Group recharges batteries

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12/21/2010

A who's who of complex rehab stakeholders showed up for a presentation by Ann Eubank at Medtrade in November. The subject: Raising about $200,000 for Users First Alliance (UFA), a newly minted 501c3 nonprofit that has worked, since 2007, to ensure appropriate access to seating and mobility equipment by empowering consumers, clinicians and providers. "There were more than 70 people in attendance," said Eubank, executive director of UFA. Here's what Eubank told HME News in December about UFA's evolution into a force to be reckoned with.

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.

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