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AUG 2019

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coaching guidance, providing them with ac- tionable information to support individual self- management. Rx and Specialty Providers UROMED EXITS SUPPLIES MARKET C O N T I N U E D F R O M PA G E 1 HME NEWS / AUGUST 2019 / WWW.HMENEWS.COM 17 Option Care opens center in Atlanta Option Care Enterprises has opened a new state-of-the-art Care Management Center in Atlanta. At a ribbon cutting and open house in late June, attendees had the opportunity to tour the new center, which features up-to-date infusion technology and equipment in a comfortable setting. "The new center not only expands Option Care's capacity to provide vital care services to more patients in the Atlanta area, its full-service pharmacy and sterile compounding room meet and surpass current regulatory standards," the company says. The center will provide care for about 1,000 patients—either in their home or at the Ambulatory Infusion Suite—who rely on complex infusion therapies for anti-infectives, clinical nutrition support, immunoglobulin therapy, and conditions like inflammatory and bleeding disorders. Craig Vollmer, who recently moved into the newly created role of chief commercial officer, says one of his goals is to provide customized data to specific clients, including health plans, physicians and manufacturers. "We are doing some things where we go beyond providing traditional residual data and we are now actually engaging manufacturers with real world evidence for them to understand what their drug is doing in the marketplace post-launch," he said. "There are a number of new drugs in the pipeline. It's valuable for them if they've got the data to be able to under- stand, not just the products, but what that patient experience is." NOT JUST ABOUT THE DRUGS All this growth means Soleo Health is add- HME NEWS: Why is a device like the Elvie an attractive option for breastfeeding moms? Jennifer Jordan: Traditional office workers can put time on their calendars to pump and take those scheduled breaks. If you have someone who is a physician or drives a UPS truck, they're not able to take a break or necessarily have that opportunity. HME: While offering the latest in technol- ogy is important, you also seek to edu- cate and empower women. Jordan: Just ship- ping a breast pump and being done is incredibly short- sighted. Breastfeed- ing is natural, but it's not easy and we want to be that go-to source for mothers. We are mom's biggest cheerleader and we really want to give her the information to where she can go and have a conversation, whether it be with her supervisor or HR, so she is positioned for success. HME: Aeroflow recently did a survey on breastfeeding and pumping in public. What surprised you? Jordan: It's disappointing when you hear that one in four people find feeding or pumping in public inappropriate. I think we've made great strides, but we have so much room to normalize breastfeeding. No one cares if I eat a hamburger or ice cream. The long-term goal is for us is to understand this is how a mother feeds her baby. We need to support mom and her choice. HME DENVER – Key members of BioScrip's lead- ership team will continue in executive roles with the combined company follow- ing the close of its pend- ing merger with Option Care Enterprises. Dan Greenleaf, president and CEO of BioScrip, will become special advisor to the newly combined company's board chair- man, Harry Kraemer, and CEO John Rademacher. Greenleaf will provide strategic and operation- al counsel to ensure a smooth transition, opti- mize the integration of b o t h c o m p a n i e s a n d drive long-term opportu- nities. In addition, Har- riet Booker will continue as COO, Rich Denness will become chief strategy officer, John McMahon will become senior vice presi- dent of corporate finance, Bob Roose will continue as senior vice president of pro- curement and Arcot Prakash will become vice president of information technology. PHS NAMES FORMER US CONGRESSMAN TO BOARD ST. PAUL, Minn. – Pediatric Home Service has appointed a new board member: Erik Paulsen, a former representative for Min- nesota's 3rd Congressional District in the BioScrip execs will stay on at OptionCare U.S. House of Representatives. "Erik's experience and leadership on health care, while serving in Congress and in the Min- nesota House, will be a strong comple- ment to our board and a welcome asset to our team at PHS," said CEO Cameo Zehnder. Paulsen served in Congress from 2009-19 and held the positions of chair- man of the Bicameral Joint Economic Committee; member of the House Com- mittee on Ways and Means, including the Health Subcommitee; and co-chairman of the House Medical Technology Caucus. He served in the Minnesota House from 1995-2009. AASM NAMES NEW BOARD PRESIDENT SAN ANTONIO – Dr. Kelly Carden was announced as the 34th president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine's board of directors. She assumed the role during SLEEP 2019, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLCS, a joint venture of the AASM and the Sleep Research Society. Carden will serve a one-year term leading the 10,000 physicians, scientists, advanced practice providers and allied health professionals who make up AASM's membership. She has been an AASM member since 2004 and has served on its board since 2013, including as secretary/treasurer from 2015-18. With an interest in health policy, she has also served in multiple ways to help address practice management issues related to coding and reimbursement. HME SOLEO SEES OPPORTUNITY IN DATA C O N T I N U E D F R O M P R E V I O U S PA G E BRIEFS Ascensia touts interconnected approach to diabetes care SAN FRANCISCO – People with Type 2 diabetes who participated in a pilot study using As- censia Diabetes Care's investigational Inter- connected Diabetes Management Solution significantly lowered HbA1c, the company reported at the American Diabetes Associa- tion's 79th Scientific Sessions in June. As the primary endpoint, mean HbA1c decreased by 0.43%, from 8.44% at the start to 8.01% after 12 weeks. "These data are the first in- dication of clinically meaningful results from the use of this IDMS and suggest that the solution has the potential for benefit in the management of Type 2 diabetes," the com- pany said. Ascensia's investigational solution is designed to provide additional support for adults with diabetes to help them more ef- fectively manage their condition. PHS recognized as top workplace ST. PAUL, Minn. – Pediatric Home Service has been recognized as one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune for the ninth consecutive year. The annual ranking recognizes companies based on employee surveys measuring en- gagement, organizational health and satis- faction. "We want work to be a place where our employees enjoy coming," said CEO Cameo Zehnder. "We have outstanding in- dividuals who work every day to ensure our patients are receiving the very best care and service." ing anywhere from 50 to 100 employees each year, says Walk. In 2018, it received three Stevie Awards in the Annual Ameri- can Business Awards, which underscores its commitment to create an environ- ment where it can recruit and retain great employees. "We want employees that feel good about what they do and feel good about the company because we think that is reflected in what they do every day," he said. "When it comes to patient care, it really is all about the people that are interacting with patients whether it's the pharmacist or the person managing the phone. We think it really has an impact on how our external clients and custom- ers feel." HME Medicaid plans (like UroMed)." Provider Bert Burns says he's heard from UroMed customers, too, including Medicaid recipients in Texas, Maryland and Georgia. 'We'll take care of all of them that can come on," said Burns, co-owner of Uro- Stat Healthcare in Buford, Ga. For Burns, who founded UroMed in 1996 with Malcolm, the news of UroMed's demise is bittersweet. "When I sold it, we had 120 employees JORDAN C O N T I N U E D F R O M P R E V I O U S PA G E "Our passion is to help guide mom down the path that's going to allow her to reach her breastfeeding goals." and 7,000 customers," he said. "It was a thriving business. I'm not sure what went down." Cardinal called the decision to close UroMed "difficult." "Since acquiring the business in 2014, many customers decided to transition their service to Edgepark and continu- ing to operate the businesses as separate entities compromised our primary goal of delivering a consistent and excellent cus- tomer experience," the email read. HME Dan Greenleaf J. Rademacher

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