VGM Launches New Respiratory Service

Initiative aims to support respiratory equipment providers via a variety of services and vendor relationships.

VGM has launched a new program, VGM Respiratory, that aims to provide resources tailored to providers of respiratory equipment.

Designed for both companies that specialize in respiratory equipment and those looking to add it as a new line of business, the new program will offer members webinars and continuing education units for respiratory therapists, profitability calculators, a ListServe community for peer-to-peer support, resources focused on policy and procedure, billing tips and incremental growth ideas.

Respiratory vendors participating in the new initiative include:

  • Afflovest;
  • Philips Respironics;
  • Invacare;
  • Medtronic;
  • WestMed; and
  • Teleflex Medical.

Dave Lyman will head up the new program as vice president of VGM Respiratory. Lyman began his career as a respiratory therapist and has more than 20 years of experience in durable medical equipment. Lyman has also served on multiple committees focused on patient outcomes and care.

“Dave’s experience as a respiratory therapist coupled with his knowledge of clinical, operations, billing, management, and sales in the DME industry has been instrumental in building this program,” said Clint Geffert, president of VGM & Associates, in a prepared statement. “He has used his vast experience to create a robust respiratory offering that providers can use to enhance their existing business model or diversify into another, which is imperative in today’s environment.”

“This is an exciting opportunity to share my experience and passion for the respiratory market,” said Lyman in a news release. “Approximately 70 percent of VGM’s members are offering respiratory. Through VGM Respiratory, I look forward to connecting this community to a number of new resources and a matrix of vendor partners, further strengthening the programs available to our members.”

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