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

A new, but temporary, era in audits

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07/24/2020

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders now have a better idea of CMS’s plans for restarting program integrity activities on Aug. 3, but they still have questions, like what product categories will get audited.

Public health emergency renewed

Several relief efforts related to HME are tied to the duration of PHE
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07/23/2020

WASHINGTON – Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, signed a renewal of the COVID-19 national public health emergency on Thursday.

SuperCare, Optum collaborate on telemonitoring

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07/23/2020

DOWNEY, Calif. – SuperCare Health has collaborated with Optum to create a COVID-19 telemonitoring program that allows asymptomatic patients to be monitored and to recover in their homes, avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations.

F&P ramps up manufacturing staff amid pandemic

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07/22/2020

IRVINE, Calif. – Fisher & Paykel Healthcare has hired about 600 additional manufacturing staff in New Zealand and more than 500 in Mexico, according to the New Zealand Herald.

3B Medical expands into disinfection

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07/22/2020

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – 3B Medical has expanded its product portfolio to include the Lumin Wand, an easy, fast and chemical free way to disinfect countertops, surfaces, keyboards and phones, the company says

Audits will not resume full bore

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07/21/2020

WASHINGTON – When program integrity activities resume on Aug. 3, CMS will not be auditing claims started during the public health emergency, industry stakeholders have learned.

SoClean expands into air purification, device disinfection

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07/21/2020

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. – SoClean has expanded its product portfolio to include the SoClean Air Purifier and the SoClean Device Disinfector.

Providers adjust their staffing models

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07/17/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, HME providers, like many other companies, sent employees home to work. It’s been mostly successful, they say.

NCPA launches ‘Essential’ campaign

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07/16/2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association has launched an “Essential” campaign to rally pharmacists and other small business owners to pressure Congress to include several key provisions in the next COVID relief package

What a first half of the year it’s been

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Monday, July 13, 2020

It being July (how did that happen—very quickly and very slowly at the same time), I logged into Google Analytics to find the most read stories for the first half of the year.

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