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Viemed’s Casey Hoyt on the RTs behind the vents


LAFAYETTE, La. – Viemed Healthcare has been supplying ventilators to healthcare facilities around the country and educating them on using the high-tech devices, even as it maintains its own role in treating patients in the home to free up hospital beds for COVID-19 cases.

Trump invokes DPA to boost ventilator manufacturers


WASHINGTON – President Trump has formally invoked the Defense Production Act to ensure that domestic manufacturers, including General Electric, Hill-Rom, Medtronic, ResMed and Royal Philips, can produce ventilators.

Ventec partners with GM to ramp up production


BOTELL, Wash. – Ventec Life Systems is collaborating with GM to increase production of its respiratory care products to support the growing fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Complex respiratory: It’s not the product, it’s the program


ATLANTA – As clinicians, respiratory therapists are more focused on patient care than profitability, but it doesn’t have to be one or the other, said speaker Dave Lyman.

Most read: Vents dominated headlines in 2018


As so often happens, 2018 was a year that saw forward progress, even as CMS seemed poised to take at least one giant step backward, as is reflected in our Top 5 most-read specialty provider stories.

CQRC sends letter to Verma on vents


WASHINGTON – The Council for Quality Respiratory Care has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma expressing its “serious reservations” with the proposal to include home ventilators in the competitive bidding program.

CMS extends comment period


WASHINGTON – CMS has extended a comment period for its plans to add new product categories to the competitive bidding program.

CMS doubles down on vents


WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders were caught off-guard by a proposal in a recent final rule to include numerous types of ventilators in Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

Rent vs. buy: Trace Medical expands coverage


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Trace Medical now rents ventilators to HME providers across the country.

Bill seeks improvements to vent category


WASHINGTON – A bill that would create medical necessity standards and boost payments for ventilators was introduced in the Senate July 14.