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

Decline in HME providers strains those that are left

There are fewer providers to serve more patients, amid a pandemic that has increased demand
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06/26/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – Medicare’s competitive bidding program has decimated their ranks over the past 10 years and now those HME providers that are left are in the middle of a pandemic and facing Round 2021.

In brief: COVID-19 data, tax penalty on relief funds, oxygen shortages and review of NIV

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06/26/2020

WASHINGTON – Older Americans and those with chronic health conditions are at the highest risk for COVID-19, according to data released by CMS last week.

WHO warns of oxygen shortage

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06/25/2020

GENEVA, Switzerland – The World Health Organization is warning of a shortage of oxygen concentrators as the number of cases of COVID-19 increases around the globe.

CMS to update COVID-19 data monthly

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06/23/2020

WASHINGTON – Older Americans and those with chronic health conditions are at the highest risk for COVID-19, according to data released by CMS this week.

Unlocking the front door: Keys to reopening your business safely after COVID-19

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Monday, June 22, 2020
Adam Miller

The coronavirus pandemic’s effect on daily life has been unprecedented, and everyone—including business owners—has looked forward to returning to normal (in whatever shape that takes). Whether you find yourself in an area that has already lifted stay-at-home orders or is about to, there’s a lot to consider before resuming operations.

Heartland: Signs ahead point to ‘growth’

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06/19/2020

WATERLOO, Iowa – The HME industry has weathered its share of hardships and the current COVID crisis is no exception. But, as “first responders,” providers will get through this too, VGM’s Mark Higley said in the kick-off last week to Heartland at Home.

Providers maneuver bumpy referral streams

But they report ‘strong increases’ in June
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06/19/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – How much a provider’s referral stream has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic is very much tied to its business model, according to the results of the recent HME Newspoll.

AAHomecare reaches out on Medicaid relief

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06/18/2020

WASHINGTON —AAHomecare is working to get equitable treatment for HME suppliers who have been denied Medicaid-based relief.

Stakeholders press CMS for delay

They’re also asking lawmakers to apply pressure
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06/12/2020

WASHINGTON – It’s time to take “one last shot” at getting CMS to delay Round 2021, with the agency scheduled to announce payment amounts this summer, says AAHomecare.

Referral streams begin to return, sleep providers say

Remote patient monitoring, home sleep testing expected to lessen the impact of pandemic going forward
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06/12/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – CPAP referrals dropped off when sleep labs temporarily closed at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, but providers say things are picking back up.

When elective surgeries went away, so did many CPAP setups, says Jason Jones.

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