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This is the home for our coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the HME industry.

NCPA lauds new pilot program for COVID testing

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05/27/2020

ALEXANDRIA, N.Y. – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a new pilot program that involves independent pharmacies conducting up to 7,000 COVID-19 tests per week.

HHS releases Provider Relief Fund updates

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05/26/2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reminded eligible providers that they have until June 3, 2020, to accept the terms and conditions, and submit their revenue information for the Provider Relief Fund.

Brown & Fortunato offers guidance on written protocols

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05/26/2020

AMARILLO, Texas – Brown & Fortunato has released a new white paper to help HME providers develop written guidance on protecting patients and employees under the challenging conditions of the current public health emergency.

Stakeholders try to get ahead of Medicaid cuts

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05/22/2020

WASHINGTON – HME industry stakeholders are laying the groundwork to push back against anticipated Medicaid cuts, as states grapple with budgetary pressures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Build case for telehealth now

‘So six months from now, we can say, ‘This really worked well and we want it to continue’
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05/22/2020

WASHINGTON – The complex rehab industry needs to make the most of CMS’s decision to expand telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic, says Mark Schmeler.

A new era for respiratory therapy?

We need ‘the right therapies to go to the right people’
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05/22/2020

SAN DIEGO – The coronavirus pandemic has raised awareness of the different types of respiratory equipment available, particularly bi-level positive airway pressure machines, says Carlos M. Nunez, M.D., chief medical officer at ResMed.

Home infusion does its part

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05/22/2020

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. – While much of the current focus around the coronavirus pandemic focuses on respiratory complications, home infusion providers have been busy doing their part to help hospitals “clear the decks” and free up hospital beds for COVID-19 patients, says Harriet Booker, COO at Option Care Health.

Protech ‘ready to seize on industry forces’

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05/22/2020

CINCINNATI – Protech Home Medical reported revenues of $24.1 million in the second quarter of 2020, a 16% increase compared to the same period in 2019.

Change Healthcare launches solutions update, expands access in wake of pandemic

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05/22/2020

NEWTON, Mass. – Change Healthcare, a healthcare technology company that provides data and analytics-driven solutions, has launched InterQual 2020, the latest edition of its flagship clinical decision support solution,

Access2CRT conference pushed to 2021

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05/21/2020

WASHINGTON – NCART and NRRTS will not hold an Access2CRT Summit this year, after originally postponing it in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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