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Affordable Care Act Compliance Spurs Sales of MedScope's New mPERS Systems

  (July 01, 2014)

WYNNEWOOD, Pa., July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- MedScope (www.medscope.org), the leading provider of high tech medical alert systems, has announced that use of its new two-way communication mobile Personal Emergency Response Systems (mPERS) has surged 35% in the first half of 2014. This growth is a result of increased sales from health plans, hospitals and accountable care organizations looking for cost-effective ways to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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As part of the ACA, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program penalizes hospitals for failing to reduce readmissions through escalating penalties that decrease all of an organization's payments for its Medicare cases. Medicare health plans are rated through the Medicare Star Rating program on how well they perform in five categories: 1) helping members stay healthy, 2) managing chronic conditions, 3) member experience, 4) member complaints or problems getting services and improvement in the health plan's performance and 5) customer service.


A low-cost solution to ensuring patients' independence and safety, the MedScope mPERS is a self-contained wearable system that includes both a microphone and speaker in a single device that allows for two-way voice communication between the wearer and emergency care specialists. Unlike traditional medical alert systems that require land line phone service and a base station, MedScope's mPERS can be used anywhere--inside or outside of the home.

In making today's announcement, Raymond Smith, President said, "As a result of the pressure to comply with the ACA, hospitals and health plans are looking for highly-effective, low cost ways to decrease preventable readmissions. A key way to prevent readmissions is to avoid emergencies and to facilitate communication between patients and their health care providers. Our mPERS does just that. As a result, we are working with numerous hospital discharge planners to design programs to transition patients from inpatient care to outpatient settings with the use of our mPERS for personalized monitoring and continued follow-up to avoid preventable readmissions. Not only does our mPERS address the hospital readmission challenge, it also helps to assist health plans in meeting all five criteria of the Star program on which they are rated."

For a single, per month per patient monitoring fee, MedScope provides all of its equipment free of charge. There are no upfront costs or binding agreements. MedScope offers complimentary use of its web-based Partner Portal for health care providers and plans to manage their programs.

With the use of both cellular triangulation and U-TDOA, or (Uplink-Time Difference of Arrival) technology, a 911-approved wireless location technology that relies on sensitive receivers located at cell towers to determine the location of a mobile device, MedScope's mPERS is not limited by range and can be used anywhere in the US where there is cellular service. Even more sophisticated than GPS-based devices that require a direct line of sight to satellites in the sky, mPERS can pinpoint the location of a wearer anywhere including inside a home, multi-story building, shopping mall, or basement.

Weighing just about one ounce and slightly larger than a quarter, the mPERS also features a very long battery life with its rechargeable battery lasting up to 2 months between charges. This is 43 times longer than other mobile alert devices, and will provide an audible notification when it is ready to be recharged.

For more information on MedScope's mPERS, contact Jerry Smith, National Director of Sales/Marketing at phone: 800-645-2060 x711or email: jsmith@medscope.org.

About MedScope

As a privately-held company, MedScope (www.medscope.org) is an industry-leading medical alert provider offering a range of plans with a variety of features designed to meet a multitude of needs. MedScope currently provides medical alert devices to home care organizations, hospitals, and health systems that are looking to offer additional, value-added products and services to their aged and disabled clients.

Media Contact: Melissa M. Krantz, MedScope, 917-653-6716, mkrantz@krantzandco.com

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