HME News

OCT 2017

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at Booth 1665 MedTrade Expo Atlanta, GA 8/24-25/2017 Rx and Specialty Providers hme news / october 2017 / 19 810-653-5000 | uni v e r Serving the nation's largest providers WE'LL CARE FOR YOU, SO YOU CAN CARE FOR THEM. SO YOU CAN CARE FOR THEM. Your patients rely on you for quality care and peace of mind. Don't you deserve the same from your software provider? Trust your systems to Universal Software Solutions. We'll be here for you. Always. Let our HDMS software help you run and grow your HME practice. From estimates and customer intake to patient care and billing, our strong built-in workflow engine and powerful API will allow for tight integrations across platforms, giving you more time for what matters most: patient care. See what we can do for you: HME Providers Pharmacies Home Infusions Hospice Home Health Providers at Booth 1655 MedTrade Expo Atlanta, GA 10/24-25/2017 s hort takes: o ption c are, m edicine s hoppe, Abilene c PAP s ales & s upplies Bannockburn, Ill.-based Option Care, an indepen- dent provider of home and alternate treatment site infusion services, has signed an agreement to be- come a national contracted provider of Radicava, an IV infusion treatment for ALS. Radicava is the first ALS treatment option approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in more than 20 years. Op- tion Care says its national payer network includes contracts with more than 800 health plans, ensuring that we've always done." o ne of those employees, Alison Garfinkel, RN, says Miller's passion is palpable and a big reason why the staff has shown so much loyalty over the years. "She's incred- ibly knowledge- able, compas- s i o n a t e a n d empathetic," she said. Serving a pedi- atric popula- tion also means forging strong relationships with their families. It requires honesty and clear com- munications with them, even if it involves telling them what they don't want to hear, Miller says. "We convey to them what is possible and don't give them false expectations," she said. "Some- times we can't give them what they want." PediStat's payer mix is 95% Med- icaid and though the program has been under federal scrutiny, the rates are fairly stable, which gives Miller a reliable revenue expecta- tion. o ver the past year, the com- pany's revenues rose 12%. hme parenting resources in the state. The guide includes 20 categories with nominations coming from PHS families and local partners. Dana Johnson, marketing manager for PHS, which serves children in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, northern Iowa and eastern North and South Dakota, said the guide, the first of its kind PHS G u IDE c o n t i n u e d f r o m p r e v i o u s pa g e in the state, helps fill a need for accessible recreational opportu- nities for children with complex medical needs. "That's what PHS is all about— keeping families in their commu- nity," Johnson said. "A list like this is screaming to be created." It took about six months to develop the list and solicit cat- egories and nominations from families and nonprofit partners, Johnson said. hme PEDISTAT c o n t i n u e d f r o m p r e v i o u s pa g e SLEEP REG c o n t i n u e d f r o m pa g e 1 D-N.J., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., sent a strongly worded letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation this month questioning the FMCSA and FRA's decision. "These crashes are continu- ing to happen," said Michael Trufant, industrial manager for Asheville, N.C.-based Aeroflow Healthcare, a sleep provider. "Sen. Schumer said, how many do you need to have happen before you move?" Whether required testing is finally realized or not, doctors are increasingly referring drivers for testing, says Garrish. "I think it will still be busi- ness as usual," he said. "What I think may happen is there will be a call for more and more groups, both within and out- side the government, to let the proposal go through because its safety related. Nobody wants to be around a tired operator." hme Grizzy Miller medtrade booth 1655 broad access to the treatment…After more than two years of planning, the new Medicine Shoppe Phar- macy in DuQuoin, Ill., is near completion, accord- ing to the Harrisburg Register. The 3,000-square-foot pharmacy, which will also carry DME, is expected to open in the next two months with added features like drive-up windows and better parking…Abilene, Kan.-based Abilene CPAP Sales & Supplies was re- cently accredited by the Healthcare Quality Associa- tion on Accreditation. The company was started by husband-and-wife team Curtis and Sheree Osland, CPAP users themselves, about three years ago.

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