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President Moves to Ramp Up Ventilator Production

President Trump uses Defense Production Act to order Health and Human Services and Department of Homeland Security to facilitate increased ventilator production by six manufacturers.

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CAIRE Increases Production of Oxygen Equipment To Meet Demands of Coronavirus Pandemic

The oxygen manufacturer with facilities in China, Europe and the U.S. has also implemented several measures to protect employees, including sanitizing production lines, quarantining supplies and social distancing in common areas.

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NavCare Announces New Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Tim Paden, a family medicine doctor in Arkansas, will provide strategic guidance and oversight to chronic care management service provider’s clinical team.

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New PlayMaker Health Report Details Hospice and Home Health Market Trends

The Q3 2019 report finds that the median length of stay for hospice patients is 16 days, while 60 percent of home health referrals come from community sources.

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WellSky Launches Care Coordination Platform in Response to Coronavirus Crisis

The platform aims to make it easier for care managers to administer interventions, connect patients to local providers and relieve hospitals suffering from bed shortages due to COVID-19.

CMS IFR Streamlines DMEPOS Regulations

In response to COVID-19, CMS’s new Interim Final Rule incorporates several relief provisions that industry advocates requested to help providers better care for patients during the pandemic, but does not include a Round 2021 delay.

COVID-19 Protocols, Practices Quickly Emerging in HME Industry

Across the country, providers of varying care categories and business models are developing best practices and common protocols for sales, patient visits, deliveries, telehealth, referrals relations and operations, according to survey interviews.

Stimulus Package Signed Into Law

The House passed the stimulus package, which includes various HME provisions including the extension of the 50/50 blended rate for HME in rural and non-contiguous, non-bid areas, and Pres. Trump signed the legislation into law.

Senate Upvotes Stimulus Package — With HME Provisions

Bill includes an extension of the 50/50 blended rate for HME in rural and non-contiguous, non-bid areas, and temporarily eliminates the 2 percent Medicare sequester reduction, and eliminates some telehealth requirements.

Respiratory HMEs and COVID-19

President of national HME provider AdaptHealth joins the HME Business Podcast to discuss what kinds of changes his business is making to continue caring for oxygen patients during COVID-19, as well as the need for providers to convince Congress and CMS to protect patient access to oxygen equipment during COVID-19.



HME Stakeholders Back Letter to Commercial Payers Concerning COVID-19

At least 150 providers sign letter that outlines 18 policy recommendations to help HME suppliers better serve patients and ease burdens on hospitals during the COVD-19 pandemic.

Medtrade Calls For Presentation Proposals Ahead of Planned November Conference

HME experts and speakers can submit presentations, particularly for town hall/panel-style sessions, through May 1.

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children Adds Wayne van Halem to Board

The HME regulatory expert will join the nonprofit organization, which provides millions of dollars in DME supplies to people with disabilities.

Product Spotlight

Fleet Management Comes to HME

All sorts of industries have tools to help them manage their equipment 'fleets.' Quality Biomedical aims to bring that to its customers with Q-Connect.

Business Solutions

Ideas for Growth

Providing respiratory products and services continues to be a business beset by declining reimbursement. We interviewed several experts who offered up more than 30 pro-tips to help oxygen providers add revenue and widen margins.

Taking Leadership During COVID-19

Cape Medical Supply's Gary Sheehan discusses how his HME provider business has prepared for COVID-19 in terms of staff protection, patient care, teleworking, management and operations.

HME Business Handbook: Oxygen

How to Educate Your Oxygen Patients on POC Usage

How do providers educate both patients that aren't using their POCs as much as they should be, as well as help 'super users' understand device limitations?

Special Focus on Portable Oxygen

02 On The Go

Portable oxygen solutions are helping patients to get out and independently enjoy their lives — and that includes going abroad. How can respiratory providers help their long-term oxygen therapy patients travel safely?

Products & Technology

Owning the Loop

If we look at the sleep market, a compelling business case for remote patient monitoring comes into focus. RPM lets providers help referral partners provide better care and demonstrate outcomes to payers, which is a big differentiator. However, does RPM work for all categories? Moreover, for how long can HMEs expect to control the information loop?

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Coping With COVID-19

As the country stays at home and engages in social distancing, the HME industry starts shaping its response to a pandemic that threatens many vulnerable patient groups.

Glooko Offers Free Remote Diabetes Care During COVID-19

To cut down on risk of in-person visits, Glooko is providing its remote-care solution that provides live patient-to-clinician connectivity at no charge.

COVID-19 Response: AAHomecare Asks CMS to Change Key Policies

In order to help HME providers better serve patients during pandemic, industry association asks agency to change coverage and documentation requirements. At the top of the list: a requirement waiver for respiratory equipment and a one year competitive bidding delay.

VGM Pushes for Better Provider Access to PPEs

As state governments call on Trump Administration to release Federal supplies of PPEs and other medical resources, VGM calls on HME stakeholders to push for priority access in order to help contain COVID-19.

March 20 Webinar Focuses on HME During COVID-19

A joint webinar from AAHomecare, VGM and Team@Work will cover how providers can approach various aspects of their businesses during COVID-19.

Using Software to Automate Key Steps In Your Patient Workflow

Providers must deliver stellar service in the face of reimbursement cuts, which means they must maximize workflow efficiency. How can the industry's software offerings help?

Podcast: HME's Emerging COVID-19 Protocols

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