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In brief: Providers deploy precautions, infusion bills introduced


YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers have begun taking proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of employees, patients and their communities in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus outbreak: AAH seeks HME-specific guidance


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is asking CMS to relax Medicare requirements for chronic lung disease to better facilitate home oxygen therapy during the coronavirus outbreak.

In brief: KabaFusion buys Lincare’s home infusion biz, Knueppel Healthcare to close


CERRITOS, Calif. – KabaFusion has acquired the home infusion assets of Lincare, expanding its footprint to 28 specialty pharmacies.

AAH fuels state advocacy efforts


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has developed a toolkit for leaders at state and regional HME associations to use in their advocacy efforts.

In brief: Rowheels ‘redefines’ distribution channel, Heartland registration opens


MADISON, Wis. – Rowheels has launched, an online marketplace for rehab equipment from the top manufacturers and brands.

van Halem Group, Ossur partner to improve O&P documentation


ATLANTA – The van Halem Group will provide clinical prescreen reviews and appeal services for custom orthotics and prosthetics provided by Ossur’s customers.

Industry on president’s budget: ‘It sounds a little more like a plan’


WASHINGTON – Although a proposal to expand Medicare’s competitive bidding program to rural areas also appeared in the president’s budget last year, new details have raised eyebrows, say industry stakeholders.

Providers retool their communication skills


YARMOUTH, Maine – A majority of HME providers (70%) plan to shake up their patient engagement efforts in 2020 to incorporate new technology, according to the most recent HME Newspoll.

Medicaid block grants: Make HME part of conversation, says Laura Williard


WASHINGTON – CMS in late January took a formal step toward so-called Medicaid block grants with Healthy Adult Opportunity, a pathway for states to receive capped federal funds to deliver and pay for healthcare services for able-bodied adult recipients un