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

CQRC asks CMS for concessions to protect access during coronavirus outbreak


WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care has asked CMS to pay for home respiratory equipment, supplies and services for patient with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

Providers deploy precautions


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

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

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.

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.

Manufacturers weigh impact of coronavirus

ResMed, Inogen, Philips and F&P have all made comments

YARMOUTH, Maine – It’s too early to say how much the coronavirus outbreak is affecting their supply chains, HME manufacturers say, but there could be other trickle-down effects.

F&P increases guidance, in part due to coronavirus outbreak


IRVINE, Calif. – Fisher & Paykel Healthcare has updated its revenue and earnings guidance for the financial year ended March 31, 2020, due to better-than-expected sales in its home care product group.

Leadership and clinical roles in pandemic response

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.”


Survey: Media coverage of coronavirus drives run on surgical masks


ARLINGTON, Va. – Sixty-three percent of local pharmacists say customers are buying surgical masks as a precaution against the coronavirus, and 96% say they’re selling them faster than they can restock, according to a new survey from the National Community Pharmacists Association.