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

Pandemic speeds up consolidation

But deals are taking longer to close, analysts say
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07/10/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – After briefly hitting the pause button in March when “the world turned upside down,” buyers and sellers are back at the table, say M&A analysts.

VGM’s Mike Mallaro on how to get to the other side

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07/10/2020

WATERLOO, Iowa – The COVID-19 pandemic has broken the mold for how the HME industry has always done business, but that can create opportunity—if providers are open to it, says VGM CEO Mike Mallaro.

Oswald’s Pharmacy to offer antibody testing

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07/09/2020

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Oswald’s Pharmacy will begin offering COVID-19 antibody testing.

Protech: We’re ‘solid’

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07/08/2020

CINCINNATI – Demand for respiratory equipment is increasing, and demand for CPAP and other supplies remains strong, Protech Home Medical says in a July 7 corporate update.

Round 2021: All eyes on CMS

‘We’re beginning to see a surge, and we don’t know what the fall and winter will bring’
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07/02/2020

WASHINGTON – There’s no crystal ball, but after two meetings with high-level CMS officials in late June, industry stakeholders feel there could be a chance the agency pauses Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

Apria’s Dan Starck on silver linings on a silver anniversary

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07/02/2020

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – A global pandemic wasn’t exactly a consideration in the company’s contingency plans, but as it celebrates its 25th anniversary, Apria Healthcare CEO Dan Starck says it has always paid to be prepared.

SECO USA to donate vents to underserved Black communities

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07/02/2020

ROCKVILLE, Md. – SECO USA will donate several new ventilators to hospitals in Black communities. Biorespira Pulmonary Ventilators are non-invasive pulmonary ventilators that deliver oxygen to patients with difficulty breathing in a closed loop system and are easily operated by nurses and in-home care providers.

AAH provides update on Tricare and COVID-19 relief

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06/30/2020

WASHINGTON – Tricare East contractor Human Military loaded new reimbursement rates authorized by the CARES Act into their system on June 3, according to AAHomecare.

Reporter's notebook: Long view, body cams and deadlines

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06/29/2020

Taking a short and long view

While there are “still some fires to put out,” complex rehab stakeholders are shifting part of their focus on longer-term issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, says Don Clayback.

Legal round up: What is price gouging?

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06/29/2020

MIAMI – Amid the coronavirus pandemic, health care attorney Matthew Fischer has found himself advising clients on matters like pivoting their business to selling PPE.

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