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Sunrise Opens New Tennessee Production Facility

The Nashville-based facility will manufacture Magic Mobility wheelchairs, as well as distribute its Leckey and QUICKIE wheelchairs throughout North America.

VGM Releases Sales and Marketing Playbook

The fourth quarterly edition of VGM’s playbook series for 2021 gives members of the HME organization a collection of best practices, guidance and insights into sales and marketing.

HMEB Unveils 2021 New Product Award Winners

This year’s provider-judged competition yielded 15 winners from a large volume of entries, with fierce competition between multiple entries in some key HME product and service categories.

HHS Taking Applications for Phase 4 of PRF

Providers can apply for Phase 4 General Distribution and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments. HRSA has provided various resources and is hosting technical assistance webinars.

Washington Conference Engages Lawmakers from 40 States

AAHomecare’s first-ever virtual version of the event involved 140 HME advocates who met with more than 220 Congressional offices on various industry issues, with insufficient Medicare rates that don’t match providers’ costs topping the list.

CMS Publishes Oxygen for Cluster Headaches NCD Decision

CMS is finalizing changes to two separate, but medically related NCDs that should expand access to the use of home oxygen to treat Cluster Headache.

Medtrade East Unveils MedtradeMeet

New system for scheduling meetings at the show accompanies the return of Medtrade’s Power Lunches, as well as new mask requirements for the event.

OPGA Names 2021 Woman of the Year

Orthotic Prosthetic Group of America selects Ashlie White for her career contributions to patients, her community and the O&P profession.

NEMEP Reschedules Fall Virtual Education Week

The Northeast association has postponed the schedule of its online education event from Sept. 27-Oct. 1 to Nov. 1-5.

Signature Push is Underway for Seat Elevation Letter

NCART and ITEM Coalition work with lawmakers to introduce House sign-on letter urging CMS to fund seat elevation and standing systems for CRT patients. The deadline for signatures is Oct. 1.



Tactile Medical Acquires AffloVest

Medical technology business picks up the maker of high-frequency chest wall oscillation systems from parent company International Biophysics Corp.

LifeWalker Unveils Upwalker Neuro

The latest version delivers the same features as the original UPWalker along with enhanced safety to help those with neurological and movement disorders. 

ADMEA Wraps Fall meeting

Sept. 8 marked the Alabama DME association’s first in-person meeting in more than a year, which included a mix of on-site and Zoom-enabled educational sessions.

AAHomecare: ‘Add Your Voice’

In the run-up to its Sept. 29 Washington Conference, the association reminds HME providers that it can’t make new meeting requests after Sept. 22, so they must register right away for the upcoming virtual lobbying event.

VGM Wraps Its 20th Annual Heartland

Emphasizing attendee safety, VGM assembled nearly 1,000 providers and HME industry professionals for three days of education and events in Waterloo, Iowa this week.

TeleHealth Clinical Evals Debuts Podcast

The debut episode interviews experts Dr. Scott M. Martin MD, PMR, MS and Maxine Paul about the importance and benefits of adopting telehealth for CRT evaluations.

DMEscripts Formed by Industry Leaders

New alignment with some of the largest HME providers, as well as AAHomecare and VGM, will help drive the adoption of e-prescribing for home medical equipment.

NEMEP Opens Fall Virtual Education Week Registration

The event offers multiple days of online education sessions from the Northeast association. NEMEP is targeting 2022 for its return to in-person events.

Providers Prep for Heartland

Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the VGM event, which features an in-person format with mask and social distancing guidelines, as well as virtual educational sessions.

CPAP Therapy Helps Sleep Apnea Patients Live Longer

Continued CPAP use as directed increased patients’ survival rates over a three-year period, according to a ResMed-backed survey of French OSA patient data.

Drive DeVilbiss Discontinues DV5 and DV6 Devices

The discontinuation of the CPAP units comes after material shortages and move to focus on oxygen equipment production.

Rehab Medical Expands Texas Footprint

The National CRT provider has Acquired Austin Wheelchair Company, which has grown from a custom wheelchair company to a multi-line HME provider.

Two New Chairs Up the Group 2 Ante

The Jazzy EVO 613 and EVO 613Li aim to push boundaries for the power mobility category by incorporating a variety of performance and comfort features.

CMS Announces Hurricane Ida Support

Agency will take measures to ensure access to healthcare, including DME, for beneficiaries in Louisiana and Mississippi.

CMS’s Philips Recall Update Poses Problems

An alert from the agency tells Medicare patients to contact suppliers, but AAHomecare and VGM Government Relations both point out that the announcement’s phrasing will cause difficulties for sleep providers.

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