October 8, 2009 - ZOLL Facility Receives Medicare DMEPOS Accreditation

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A. Ernest Whiton
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ZOLL Medical Corporation
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Diane Egan
ZOLL Medical Corporation
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degan@zoll.com

ZOLL FACILITY RECEIVES MEDICARE DMEPOS ACCREDITATION

October 8, 2009CHELMSFORD, MASS.–ZOLL Medical Corporation (Nasdaq GS: ZOLL), a manufacturer of resuscitation devices and related software solutions, announced today that its facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that manufacturers and sells the LifeVest® Wearable Defibrillator, has received Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Accreditation from Medicare. This designation, in combination with its ISO 13485 certification, makes ZOLL’s Pittsburgh facility one of the few healthcare organization facilities to integrate its Medicare accreditation and ISO 13485 certification into a single accredited management system.

The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) requires all DMEPOS suppliers to meet quality standards for Medicare accreditation, which is mandatory to maintain National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) billing privileges. DMEPOS accreditation specifically focuses on standards for administration, financial management, human resource management, consumer services, performance management, product safety, and information management. The accreditation also contains service standards, including intake, delivery and set-up, training and instruction of the beneficiary and/or their caregiver, and follow-up service.

“ZOLL continues to demonstrate its commitment to the highest level of business standards by obtaining the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services DMEPOS Accreditation,” said Richard A. Packer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ZOLL. “We are pleased that our process and management systems have enabled us to achieve this milestone.”

The LifeVest durable medical equipment (DME) business model allows a physician to protect a specific patient by placing a medical order directly with ZOLL.  From this point, ZOLL manages the process to protect the patient from sudden cardiac arrest through hospital discharge and recovery at home, including fitting the LifeVest to the specific patient, educating the patient in the hospital, managing all of the medical documentation and insurance paperwork, and being available to address any patient needs once home. 

The LifeVest is covered by most health plans in the United States, including commercial, state, and federal plans. To date, the LifeVest has been prescribed to more than 18,000 patients. For more information, go to www.zoll.lifecor.com or call 1-800-543-3267.

About ZOLL Medical Corporation

 

ZOLL Medical Corporation is committed to developing technologies that help advance the practice of resuscitation and temperature control therapies for the treatment of critical care patients. With products for pacing, defibrillation, circulation, temperature management, and fluid resuscitation, ZOLL provides a comprehensive set of technologies, including Real CPR Help® and See-Thru CPR®, which help clinicians, EMS professionals, and lay rescuers resuscitate sudden cardiac arrest or trauma victims. ZOLL also designs and markets software that automates the documentation and management of both clinical and non-clinical information.

ZOLL markets and sells its products in more than 140 countries. The Company has direct operations, distributor networks, and business partners throughout the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia, and Australia. During 2008 ZOLL marked the 25th anniversary of the Company’s resuscitation product development. For more information, visit www.zoll.com .

Certain statements contained in this press release, including statements regarding the future business of the Company, and other statements contained herein regarding matters that are not historical facts, are “forward-looking” statements (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Because such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those factors discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 7, 2009. You should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements in this press release, and the Company disavows any obligation to update or supplement those statements in the event of any changes in the facts, circumstances, or expectations that underlie those statements.

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