December 2003

Poll Results Check for final results in a future issue of HomeCare. Read more >
Just hours after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping Medicare reform bill on Nov. 22, political commentator Al Hunt told comrades on CNN's “The Capital Gang” that it was... Read more >
Let the Rat Out of the Bag I am offended by [CMS Administrator Tom Scully's] statement about pressuring the good guys to “rat” out the bad guys (“Q&A with Tom Scully,”... Read more >
Port Washington, N.Y. Drive Medical has agreed to acquire Los Angeles manufacturer Dr. K International Trading Co. This acquisition represents the fourth over the past two years. The company's... Read more >
Tampa, Fla. Diabetes and respiratory product supplier MP TotalCare has acquired Lawrenceville, Ga.-based Medical Holdings, a supplier of urological products, incontinence supplies, diabetes products... Read more >
Milford, Conn. Byram Healthcare Centers has acquired the disposable supplies patient bases of three HME providers in western Connecticut, western Pennsylvania and Maryland. These acquisitions include... Read more >
Franklin, Tenn. National Seating and Mobility has opened three new branch offices. A branch in El Dorado Springs, Mo., will serve clients throughout central Missouri, northwest Arkansas, Kansas and... Read more >
Baltimore In a mid-November announcement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimated its improper Medicare payments rate for 2003 at 5.8 percent, or $11.6 billion. This figure, however... Read more >
Melrose Park, Ill. Ultra Care has purchased the home respiratory, infusion therapy and durable medical equipment divisions of CareMed Chicago, a not-for-profit affiliate of the University of Chicago... Read more >
WASHINGTON — After months of intense debate and political infighting, including a pre-dawn vote in the House of Representatives and a day-long showdown in the Senate, Congress passed a sweeping... Read more >
Deerfield, Ill. Walgreens Health Initiatives, through Walgreens Home Care, has acquired selected assets from the owners of Pinnacle Home Care, a home infusion business in San Antonio, Austin and... Read more >
New Braunfels, Texas The FBI interviewed about two dozen Scooter Store employees in late October, company and bureau officials confirm, raising additional concern in an HME sector already under heavy... Read more >
Santa Barbara, Calif. Robert Fary, former director of respiratory services for Lake Forest, Calif.-based Apria Healthcare, has been named vice president of sales at Inogen, a respiratory products... Read more >