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Petito chases trend in wheelchair seating


MIDDLEBURG, Fla. – Doctors, discharge planners and patients agree: Wheelchair evaluations are better when they’re done in the home.

Partnership allows Convaid to push in to Canada


TORRANCE, Calif. – Convaid has formalized a partnership with Centric Health, a Canadian healthcare company, expanding its ability to distribute products in the country.

Bidding and wheelchairs: ‘The system is not working’


YARMOUTH, Maine – Industry warnings of access problems due to Round 2 of competitive bidding are becoming a day-to-day reality for power wheelchair users.

Bidding redirects wheelchair market


As it has with several other HME categories, it appears that competitive bidding is causing mobility providers to re-think and re-engineer wheelchair sales. For bid winners, wheelchair provision is, for all intents and purposes, a nonprofit venture.

UsersFirst: Help save the wheelchair


WASHINGTON – Efforts to create a separate benefit for complex rehab have made significant headway, including bills in the House of Representatives and Senate, but there’s still a lot to be done.

Maddak reels in another award


EDISON, N.J. – Maddak, Inc., a manufacturer of aids for daily living (ADL) products, can now add another award to its trophy case to go along with the Medtrade Spring Innovation Award it won in March.

Update on PMD demo: Spending drops 50%


BALTIMORE – Spending on power mobility devices (PMDs) has taken a nosedive ever since CMS implemented a demonstration project that requires providers to submit prior authorization requests before supplying equipment.

PMD demo: Could it help to increase access?


YARMOUTH, Maine – Provider Doug Westerdahl says one of the benefits of the PMD demo has been providing wheelchairs to Medicare beneficiaries that he never would have provided before.

Sometimes freezing is the better option

Friday, January 25, 2013

It’s been a chilly week here at HME News World HQ, with temps in the low single digits dipping into the negative double digits. 

Last winter was my first back in southern Maine after living along the Canadian border, and it was warm and wonderful, with only about two snowstorms. 


Let's all stare at Shannon

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Before I went to CELA this spring, I hadn’t met anyone who used a wheelchair. I mean, sometimes when family members took my grandmother to a mall or Disney World, they’d grab a wheelchair to help her get around because of her sore knees, but that’s about it.