Editor's Note

When I lived in Upstate New York and was buried in four feet of snow for at least four months, I used to love it when spring arrived. The quiet white blanket of winter was lifted and everything was alive again. You could hear the water trickling in a stream and birds singing, see flowers blossoming and smell the sweetness in the air. But it wasn't just the season that changed. People seemed renewed as well, smiling and somehow appearing more alive.

With springtime representing a time of renewal, it is only fitting that we, at Home Health Products found a whole new look in time for spring! Now you will find product innovations, marketing strategies and reimbursement information with a whole new twist.

Turn to page 32 for Software Solutions, a complete resource for your software needs. This section includes an overview of HIPAA, advice on going paperless and tips on how to get ahead with technology. Look for this in-depth section three more times this year, in our June, September and December issues.

On page 12, you can read our profiles of two dealers, one in New Hampshire and one in West Virginia. If you would like to share the story of your HME store, please contact me at (972) 687-6786.

The home health care industry will launch innovations of its own April 5-7 at Medtrade Spring at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The following are some highlights of some of the new products and services you will see at the show.

  • Invacare will introduce new and enhanced products and programs including the new STRATOS™ portable aerosol compressor/nebulizer system, the TargIT™ seat cushion and the ProSPIN™ X4.
  • Chad Therapeutics will educate attendess on innovative oxygen solutions including the new LOTUS™ electronic oxygen conserver and the SAGE™ oxygen therapeutic device.
  • Graham-Field will introduce the new Lumex Mark I lift chair, the E&J Metro IC3 wheelchair, a line of bariatric patient aids and the WhisperLite II fully electric home care bed. Also look for Graham-Field's new 287-page catalog.
  • CareCentric will introduce the AC-CURA, a new integrated Internet-based home care management solution for HME, rehab, infusion, home health agencies and hospice providers.
  • Mountain Aire Medical will feature its new Tank Tote, an oxygen cylinder storage product that accommodates E, C, D and M6 cylinders.
  • Respironics will launch its newest pulse oxygen device, the ePOD with a battery life that lasts more than two years.

We hope you enjoy our new look; please stop at see us at Medtrade Spring booth # 1632.

"The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible?" -Edwin Way Teale

This article originally appeared in the March 2005 issue of HME Business.

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