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Dispatches from the dining room: 'Sorry, Dr. Masood, I can't hear anything!'

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

I had no sooner positioned my phone on the dining room table, speaker phone engaged and introduced myself to Dr. Sohail Masood of KabaFusion when the lawn guys showed up in all their noisy, machine-wielding glory.

Dispatches from the dining room: Notes on the coronavirus

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

My most important task as a reporter when it comes to any crisis happening in the world at large is talking to HME providers to find out what’s happening on the front lines. What are you seeing? What’s been the impact? What are you doing?

Let’s not wait until next time

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Friday, March 27, 2020

I saw some back-and-forth on twitter between HME providers asking what the HME industry is like in Italy and the role it is playing in responding to the coronavirus pandemic there.

Relaxed HIPAA requirements for telehealth encounters during the COVID-19 national emergency

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Sunday, March 22, 2020
By Kelly Grahovac

On March 13, 2020, the Trump Administration announced regulatory flexibilities to help health care providers and states to respond to and contain the spread of coronavirus.

CQRC to CMS on coronavirus outbreak: We need your help to remove barriers to care

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Friday, March 13, 2020
Dan Starck
chairman, Council for Quality Respiratory Care

Editor’s note: The following letter was written by Dan Starck, chairman, Council for Quality Respiratory Care, and sent to CMA Administrator Seema Verma.

Leadership and clinical roles in pandemic response

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
By Michael Reinemer

The recent coronavirus pandemic is a good reminder that we should be planning now for the next pandemic. And the one after that. These events are matters of “when” they will hit, not “if.”

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OK, so we're shaking hands?

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

We’re back in Las Vegas, complete with hand sanitizer stations in the lobby of Mandalay Bay and conspicuously thinner crowds in the restaurants and at the blackjack tables in the casino, what with the unfortunate confluence of coronavirus panic and Medtrade Spring. I’ve shaken plenty of hands.

Snowy hill or Sisyphean task?

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

HME News World HQ is located in a tiny little dip where the land meets the sea. There are three roads out, all uphill. In yesterday’s snowstorm, which wasn’t markedly different than any other snowstorm, I found myself unable to coax my car up the steep hill to Main Street.

Help us give you what you want

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

I was recently a guest on Erik Mickelson’s podcast “DME Coach.” Erik asked me, “You’re a reporter; what makes your life easier, from the reporter side of things; what are you looking for from us providers?” I joked, “That the providers we call pick up the phone and talk to us?”

One world, one app

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

I’m not a big app user, but I recently downloaded, after years of hearing about it, the myfitnesspal app. It lets you log pretty much all the food (including your recipes! You can scan labels!), and calculates nutrition and macros and all that.

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