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

Heartland, virtual edition, kicks off Monday

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06/11/2020

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM’s Heartland at Home conference kicks off Monday with a keynote from its regulatory and payer relations experts, Mark Higley, Ronda Buhrmester, Craig Douglas and John Gallagher.

AAHomecare: Time to ‘raise awareness’ on bid delay

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06/11/2020

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is urging its members to ask lawmakers to support a one-year delay of Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program.

Cognixion, Lincare AAC provide speech-generating device

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06/10/2020

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Cognixion has announced the release of the Expression Eye speech-generating device in conjunction with Lincare AAC.

Airport uses WHILL to reduce contact

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06/10/2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Haneda International Airport will use the WHILL Autonomous Drive System to help prevent spread of COVID-19, the company says.

HHS releases funds for Medicaid providers

Stakeholders have asked HHS to include HME providers
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06/10/2020

WASHINGTON - The Department of Health and Human Services is distributing an additional $15 billion in relief funding from the Provider Relief Fund, this time specifically for health care providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs, VGM reports.

Medtrade 2020: Pondering possibilities

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Mark Lind

ATLANTA – What will the Nov. 2-4 Medtrade look like in 2020? Wider aisles, sanitation stations, dedicated entrances/exits, and reimagined registration areas are all on the table. The Medtrade team is discussing these and other possibilities for putting on the event coming out of the COVID-19 situation.

Providers navigate changed environment

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06/05/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – In the early days of the public health emergency, HME providers were focused on taking on discharged patients as hospitals made way for COVID-19 patients. Now, they’re caring for COVID-19 patients themselves.

QS/1 launches virtual conference

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06/05/2020

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – QS/1 is launching the iQ Virtual Series, an online event that replaces its 2020 iQ Conference, cancelled earlier this year due to COVID-19.

NCPA applauds PPP loan extension

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06/04/2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association says allowing small businesses up to two years to qualify for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program is a victory for local pharmacies.

Business changes due to COVID-19 will ‘outlast disease,’ survey says

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06/03/2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Sixty one percent of community pharmacists expect to offer point-of-care testing for various illnesses, including COVID-19 when it becomes available, according to a new survey* from the National Community Pharmacists Association.

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