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JAN 2018

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Mobility Briefs NSM makes splash NASHVILLE, Tenn. – National Seating & Mobility has been named the exclusive U.S. distribu- tor of the new Splashy portable bath seat from Firefly. The seat adapts to a child's pos- tural support needs, with the option of a five- point harness or the three-point pelvic sup- port. The seat will be available through NSM and AccessNSM branches nationwide. U.K.- based Firefly is part of the Leckey Group, a designer and manufacturer of clinically fo- cused pediatric postural support products. RESNA updates paper ARLINGTON, Va. – RESNA has published an updated position paper on the application of power mobility devices for pediatric users. The goal of the paper is to share typical clini- cal applications, as well as provide evidence from literature, supporting the application of power mobility for young children and to as- sist practitioners in decision-making and jus- tification. The paper, approved by RESNA's board of directors on Nov. 2, has now been updated with more current and additional scientific literature. The paper, which was worked on by a working group of three or more experts and underwent a 30-day public comment period, is valid for five years. Toyota challenge benefits people with paralysis LOS ANGELES – The Toyota Mobility Founda- tion, in partnership with Nesta's Challenge Prize Centre, has launched a $4 million global challenge to change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis, culminating with the unveiling of winners in Tokyo in 2020. The challenge seeks teams around the world to create game-changing technology that will help radically improve the mobility and inde- pendence of paralyzed people. A panel of expert judges will pick five finalists who will each receive $500,000 to take their concepts from an intelligent insight to a prototype. The winner will receive $1 million to help get their product to market. Among the ambassadors supporting the challenge is Rory Cooper, di- rector of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh. NSM names new CIO NASHVILLE, Tenn. – National Seating & Mobility has named Mark Marschke its new CIO. The national complex rehab provider recruited Marschke from a unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. He will oversee NSM's technology strategies and solutions. Most re- cently, Marschke was CIO of Atlanta-based Larson-Juhl, which designs and makes pic- ture frames. At Larson-Juhl, he was a mem- ber of the Berkshire-Hathaway CIO Council. ISS releases program VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The program for the 34th International Seating Symposium, March 6-9 at the Westin Bayshore here, is now available online. The event's program addresses current and future developments in seating, positioning and mobility, with topic areas that include service delivery, product development, research and outcomes. ■ The third- place winner in the GOEL photo contest is Ismael Arena. See photo next page. 14 h ME NE w S / j AN u AR y 2018 / www.h MENE w S . COM VGM rebrands AHIA to VGM Live at Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Push for accessories reaches crescendo . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 AAH's rehab council publishes white paper . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Q&A: Peter Kopp of Kids Mobility Network . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Stakeholders try to position bill Home mods committee spreads representation Operational excellence Nashville, Tenn.-based National Seating & Mobility has completed the expansion and remodeling of its operations center in Chattanooga, Tenn. To commemorate the occasion, NSM hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Nov. 3, with guests of honor that included NSM CEO Bill Mixon and Republican state Sen. Bo Watson. The operations center now has more than 20,000 square feet of additional space to accommodate the company's continued growth. The center, which now features an open design and break rooms, houses NSM's payer relations, accounting, billing and collection departments, employing more than 200. update: a ccessories for manual wheelchairs Rehab council spells it out A C C E S S O R I E S S E E N E x T pa g E By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor WASHINGTON – Complex rehab stakeholders in December zeroed in on increasing the number of co-sponsors for a bill in the House of Repre- sentatives that would protect accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs. At press time in mid-Decem- ber, H.R. 3730, which would exempt these accessories from By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor A AHome CAR e's Com- p l e x R e h a b a n d m obility Council has published a short white paper that outlines the dif- ferences between complex rehab and standard mobil- ity products in grids and photos. While industry stake- holders have published o t h e r m a t e r i a l s h i g h - lighting the specialized nature of complex rehab, this three-page paper also By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor DULUTH, Minn. – In another nod that it's a specialized but growing market, the m id- west Association for m edi- cal e quipment s ervices has opened up its Home m odifi- cation Accessibility Commit- tee to providers nationwide. At press time, the commit- tee had 14 members, includ- i n g n e w m e m - b e r s f r o m A r i - zona, m ississippi a n d C a l i f o r n i a , according to Rose s chafhauser, executive direc- tor of m A mes . "It's a great opportunity to network in such a spe- cific area," she said, "which is extremely helpful when something pops up on a state level." Jim Greatorex, vice presi- dent of the newly rebrand- competitive bidding pric- ing, had 69 co-sponsors. " W e ' r e s t a y i n g i n regular con- tact with our c h a m p i o n s a n d w h a t they've told us is, stay focused on building the level of support for the bill," said s eth Johnson, senior vice president of govern- ment affairs for p ride m obility p roducts. "It'd be great to get the number of co-sponsors to 75-80." A previous bill that would have exempted accessories for both complex rehab power and manual wheelchairs from bid pricing had more than 100 co- sponsors. s takeholders had also been working on getting a compan- ion bill introduced in the s en- ate, but while they still have support there from s ens. Bob Casey, D- p a., and Rob p ortman, R- o hio, they're running out of time. "When the House passes the bill and it comes over to the s enate, (Casey and p ortman) will look to move it through the process," Johnson said. "They're supportive, but they're CRMC's white paper highlights importance of both complex rehab, standard mobility ed VG m l ive at Home, has been named chairman of the committee. o ne issue that's been pop- ping up on a state level and that spurred m A mes to cre- ate the committee in the first place: laws that require eleva- tor contractor licenses for the installation of stair lifts and platform lifts. " l e g i s l a t i o n w a s i n t ro - duced in Kansas that basically mir- rored what was passed in m inne- sota and we were able to share lessons learned and it ended up dying on the vine in Kansas," s chafhauser said. "The committee is an opportunity for us to edu- cate members about, here's what you can do when this happens." An expanded committee also helps to put more weight behind national initiatives like the s enior Housing Act, a bill in the House of Repre- sentatives that would provide incentives to individuals 60 years old or older to "age in place" by providing $30,000 tax credits for home modifi- cations like the widening of doorways, and the installa- tion of ramps, handrails, grab bars and non-slip flooring. "We want to have a com- mittee with providers from across the country as we go about kicking that ball down the road," Greatorex said. hme VGM's Jim Greatorex will chair the newly expanded committee R . Schafhauser Jim Greatorex Don Clayback VGM Live at Home thinks big See story page 1 R E H A B C O u N C i l S E E N E x T pa g E

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