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

Relief funding: CMS stops accepting new applications for advance payment

Second tranche of CARES Act funding starts
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04/28/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS has suspended its Advance Payment Program to Part B providers and has stopped accepting new applications for the program as of April 26.

Ventilator project targets equipment shortages

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04/24/2020

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Absolute Respiratory Care is part of a group helping to collect CPAP and bi-level machines for hospitals treating COVID-19 patients as part of VentilatorProject.Org.

What’s it like for an HME RT during the pandemic?

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04/24/2020

WATERBURY, Conn. – Respiratory therapist Patricia DeMaida has spent her entire career taking care of patients, both in the hospital and in the home, but she’s never seen anything like the COVID-19 pandemic, she says.

Coronavirus raises stakes for home infusion therapy

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04/24/2020

WASHINGTON – Home infusion stakeholders have asked CMS to issue an 1135 blanket waiver to allow coverage for all home infusion therapies during the current public health emergency.

House joins Senate in passing relief funding

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04/24/2020

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $484 billion agreement for pandemic relief, including $310 billion to replenish the depleted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

COVID forces RESNA to cancel event

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04/23/2020

WASHINGTON – RESNA has canceled its annual conference scheduled for July 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, Va. “As you can imagine, this decision was incredibly difficult,” said Mary Ellen Buning, RESNA board president, in an email to members.

Senate refreshes PPP

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04/22/2020

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill earmarking $310 billion to replenish the depleted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Golden offers discounts on recliners

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04/22/2020

OLD FORGE, Pa. – Golden Technologies has expanded its overstock inventory with more than 500 power recliners to create a special “hero program” for its HME retailers to use to thank employees and community members.

Philips reports mixed quarterly results

Company expects return to growth and improved profitability in the second half of the year
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04/21/2020

AMSTERDAM – Philips reported sales of EUR 4.2 billion for the first quarter, a 2% comparable sales decrease.

Income from continuing operations was EUR 42 million, vs. 245 million; and adjusted EBITDA margin was 5.9% of sales vs. 8.8%.

Stakeholders push states to adopt federal policies

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04/21/2020

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare’s payer relations team is involved in ongoing meetings and conversations in 46 states to encourage Medicaid to follow Medicare’s lead in covering beneficiaries with acute respiratory conditions, and relaxing documentation, testing and other requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.

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