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Archive for December, 2012

In wake of agreement, new normal for Invacare
by:  Liz Beaulieu -  Friday, December 28, 2012

ELYRIA, Ohio – A Dec. 21 agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will limit operations at Invacare’s Taylor Street manufacturing facility, but HME providers will still have access to the manufacturer’s manual and power wheelchairs, says Gerry Blouch, president and CEO.

Invacare may continue to manufacture and distribute wheelchairs and seating systems under certain conditions: when a patient requests the same or newer version of an existing product and the clinician submits a form acknowledging the agreement; and when an evaluation determines the product is medically necessary for a particular condition that can’t be addressed by another manufacturer’s product, and the clinician and physician submit a form acknowledging the agreement. Read more

New Tax on all US Sales of Medical Device Manufacturers or Importers

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 09:12 AM  posted by jbuytaert

The 2009 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as the Healthcare Reform Law, is expected to impose a new tax on all US sales of meeical device manufacturers or importers starting January 1, 2013. The tax is intended to be one of the financing mechanisms of the Healthcare Reform Law. Read more

by:  Theresa Flaherty -  Friday, December 14, 2012

WASHINGTON – The HME industry is within spitting distance of its goal of 100 co-sponsors for H.R. 6490, a bill to replace the competitive bidding program with a market-pricing program (MPP).

The latest count: 80 co-sponsors, with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle singing on. Stakeholders say that number is likely to increase in the coming weeks.

“Victory brings victory,” said Walt Gorski, vice president of government affairs for AAHomecare. “The more co-sponsors you get, the easier it gets to add even more co-sponsors.” Read more

Recycle your holiday lights 

Friday, December 7, 2012 @ 08:12 AM  posted by jbuytaert

Do you have a light on the tree that won’t light on one side? Perhaps you’re making the switch to energy efficient LED holiday lights. Either way, recycle your old lights. 

Recycle Your Holidays is a statewide holiday light recycling program. Drop off unwanted light strings at any of our 450+ participating locations during the holiday season starting through the end of January. Ace Hardware is one the chains that takes them but to find other locations: http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/campaigns/ryh-12-13 

The program is a partnership between the Recycling Association of Minnesota, WCCO, Great River Energy, Ace Hardware stores, and CERTS (Clean Energy Resource Teams). 

It employs more than 200 individuals with disabilities at vocational centers throughout Minnesota. Every part of the strand is dismantled by vocational center clients and properly recycled locally.

Handi Medical Supply wants you to be healthy during this flu season!

Friday, December 7, 2012 @ 08:12 AM  posted by jbuytaert

According to flu.gov

How do I keep myself and others in the home from getting sick?

Keep the sick person away from other people as much as possible, especially those who are at high risk of complications from the flu. You can do this in your home by creating a sick room. Keep the sick person in a room away from common areas of the house. If you have more than one bathroom, have the sick person use one and well people use the other. Clean the sick room and bathroom daily with household disinfectant. The sick person should not have visitors other than caregivers. An email, text message, or phone call is safer than a visit.

Take these additional steps to protect yourself and people in your home from getting the flu. Read more