Mixon: Homecare Cheaper, Produces Better Outcomes
Invacare chairman stresses important of homecare on expert panel.
- By David Kopf
- Jun 02, 2011
Invacare Corp. Chairman Mal Mixon touted the benefits of homecare on an expert panel discussing the impact of healthcare reform on homecare at the 2011 American Academy of Home Care Physicians (AAHCP) annual scientific meeting, held May 10-11, 2011 at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
“Invacare has long advocated the importance of home healthcare and the difference it makes in people’s lives,” Mixon said. “It is patient preferred, has better clinical outcomes and is one-fifth the cost of institutional care. As the focus on safe, clinically sound and cost-effective care continues to increase, care and treatment in the home becomes an even more critical solution.”
This year's conference was entitled ‘Health Care is Going Home: The Future is Now.’ Mixon represented the home medical equipment (HME) industry and medical device manufacturers on a panel that included industry leaders and experts in home health care, hospice and physician house call programs.
“This was a big step forward for home care,” said Dr. Steven Landers, director, Center for Home Care and Community Rehabilitation at the Cleveland Clinic. “I know Mal's vision for the home as the center of care resonates with home care physicians. Hopefully, this dialog between home care physicians and leaders of the home health, hospice and HME industries will lead to more collaboration and shared advocacy efforts to make sure more Americans can be independent at home in spite of chronic illness and other maladies.”
Other topics discussed at the meeting include: Emerging Technologies in Home Based Care, Telemedicine and Home care, Managing Wounds in the Home and Cardiovascular Care in the Home.
TAG Launches New Site
In related news, The Aftermarket Group (TAG) is launching an updated website at www.aftermarketgroup.com that features the ability to search via part number, manufacturer and product category, as well as wheelchair and concentrator breakdowns that let providers easily find the right parts for their fleet.
“As business becomes increasingly digital, a company’s website takes on even greater importance in delivering customer and product information online and providing a wonderful customer experience,” said TAG vice president Sean Kharche. “The new TAG website makes finding the right replacement parts and equipment easy and offers the high level of expertise and service you’ve come to expect. We will continue to add easy to use features, functionality and enhancements that deliver a best in class customer experience."
Additional features will include: Medicare codes, a keyword search function, extended product descriptions, images of parts and accessories, tire installation videos, PDF instruction sheets, current specials and MSRP and provider pricing.
David Kopf is the Editor of HME Business.