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Heartland Announcements: HOMELINK Signs New Contracts
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With the signing of several new contracts in the first quarter of 2005, HOMELINK, The VGM Group’s managed care division, has 125 contracts that cover more than 75 million lives with either group health or worker’s compensation insurers.

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Also...VGM Insurance has added a new insurance package that offers its customers property, workers compensation and auto coverage, in addition to the existing product/professional liability coverages the company has been offering since 1990.

“All of our programs are designed specifically for the HME provider, and we are always looking for ways to meet our insureds’ needs,” said John Spragle, president of VGM Insurance. “We’re proud to one of only a few DME liability carriers who have offered a continuous program for 15 years.”

VGM Insurance works directly with providers or with local agents if customers prefer to do so, Spragle adds. The company is known for its quick quotes, minimal paperwork and its ability to get policies bound in a timely fashion.


For more information, call
John Spragle, 800-362-3363

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VGM HOMELINK NEWS, continued...

With the signing of several new contracts in the first quarter of 2005, HOMELINKR, The VGM Group’s managed care division, has 125 contracts that cover more than 75 million lives with either group health or worker’s compensation insurers.

The new contracts are:

Arkansas Managed Care Organization-a regional group health PPO in Arkansas

Arkansas Municipal League Health Benefit-a regional group health PPO in Arkansas

Flora Midwest and PPOM-a national PPO for group health and worker’s compensation

Industry Buying Group-a regional group health PPO in Georgia

4 Comp Network-a regional worker’s compensation PPO in West Virginia and surrounding areas

4 Most Health Network-a group health PPO in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and Maryland

Alternative Insurance Resources, Inc.-a group health and worker’s compensation PPO in AL and surrounding states

Evolutions Healthcare Systems-a national PPO for both group health and worker’s compensation

Rehabilitation Case Management Resources-a national case management company

State Farm Insurance-a national group health insurer, (will start in Michigan)

Synergy-a worker’s compensation PPO in Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee

HOMELINK’s orthotic and prosthetic practitioner group, Orthotic and Prosthetic Group of America (OPGA), has also purchased The POINT Group, which added more than 125 locations and more than 30 contracts. Negotiations are under way to add home medical equipment, home health nursing and infusion and all the other services HOMELINK provides.

HOMELINK, the nation’s largest ancillary provider group, was formed in 1993 and refers millions of dollars of business annually to VGM Group Members.

For more information, contact
Brent Hanson, 1-800-482-1993
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Related story:

HOMELINK, The VGM Group’s managed care division, is announcing the Unified Partner Program, which will assist VGM Group Members in obtaining managed care contracts.

All VGM Group Members (or a network of several provider members) may contact the HOMELINK marketing department for assistance with specific payer/referral sources that do not offer the provider a contract.

“In a ‘unified’ front, HOMELINK will assist the provider to initiate and complete contract negotiations. We believe this will greatly improve the likelihood of a successful contract and direct additional business to our VGM Members,” said Brent Hanson, senior vice president of the company.

Key elements of the partner program include members’ first right of refusal on all orders in the contract area, as well as premium reimbursement rates for referrals. HOMELINK will continue to provide all aspects of the order process – intake, verification of benefits and pre-certification, billing, collections, follow up and standard “back-door” order processes will be followed when applicable.

For more information, contact
Brent Hanson, 888-379-668

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Heartland Approved for CEUs

The VGM Group’s Heartland Conference, scheduled May 31-June 3, has been approved for continuing education units by five accrediting bodies.

RESNA, the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Services, the American Association for Respiratory Care, the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and NRRTS will all award CEUs for the annual educational conference, which will feature 45 speakers presenting 79 classes in HME, Rehab, Respiratory, Products and Technology, and Executive tracks.

RESNA, University of Pittsburgh, IACET and NRRTS will award 1.65 CEUs for those completing 16.5 hours of classes; AARC will offer 1.5 CEUs for 15 classroom hours.

For more information, call Sara Bauer, VGM director of education, 1-800-642-6065
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