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Bridget Ekeberg wrote her senior memoir about getting her powered chair. With the assistance of Handi Medical team member Mike Ruyman, ATP; and Humboldt Senior High’s JoAn Overton, PT; Bridget was able to receive a powered mobility wheelchair rather than continue with her old power assist chair. Below is Bridget’s comments:

“Getting my power chair was one of the best things that ever happened. Having a lot of features really helped me a lot. Being able to move with just a touch of my joy stick. That makes it so important to me and how I could move very quick is so cool to me because I had my half power and half manual-wheelchair. This caused me to have back pain and neck pain. My attitude was decreased severely because when I am not comfortable I have a hard time time doing school work.  Being comfortable helps me succeed in school. One thing that is really cool for me is that I was never able to go up my wheelchair ramp at home on my own. But thanks to the chair I can do that the first time, I did that independently. I cried because I thought it was so coolest thing.  I thought that it so nice that people are looking out for me.  Another thing happened at my work with my new power chair. I am using a shopping cart to do my work so I ended up using a tennis ball to adapt the joystick so I can have two hands on the shopping cart and I use my elbow and control my chair that way.”

According to HME News:

By David Kopf May 23, 2012

After querying its members, the VGM Group has so far built a list of more than 300 businesses that have closed or sold out specifically due to either competitive bidding or other Medicare funding requirements.

The effort came in response to a request from Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) who asked during the recent House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on national competitive bidding for a list of HME providers in Round One areas that have gone “out of business.”

The National Association of Independent Medical Equipment Suppliers also surveyed its membership to yield another 24 provider businesses, putting the total at more than 324. Read more

According to Mobility Management Magazine

Separate Benefit Category Bill Gains Support

By Laurie Watanabe May 22, 2012

H.R. 4378, the U.S. House of Representatives bill that would create a separate Medicare benefit category for complex rehab technology, has signed its first 10 supporters, says NCART Executive Director Don Clayback.

The bill, officially known as the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act of 2012, was introduced on April 16 by Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), a member of the House Ways & Means committee.

Three more Ways & Means committee members are currently among H.R. 4378′s official supporters: Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). Read more

Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 08:05 AM  posted by jbuytaert

Grand Opening of Miracle Field Taking Place on June 7th

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 09:05 AM  posted by jbuytaert

 The City of Woodbury will be celebrating the grand opening of Miracle Field on Thursday, June 7. University of Minnesota mascot Goldy Gopher, Minnesota Twins mascot T.C. Bear and other members of the Twins organization will join kids from the East Metro Miracle League, currently playing at BSC, to help celebrate.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony, which will take place at the site of the new field at Bielenberg Sports Center at 6 p.m.

For more information, see the press release or go to the East Metro Miracle Field’s page on the city’s website.