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On the state front lines


YARMOUTH, Maine – Rose Schafhauser and Beth Bowen both manage multiple state and regional HME associations and had to cancel popular events in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In brief: CMS expands telehealth further, stops Advance Payment Program


WASHINGTON – CMS has made another round of changes to support health care providers during the coronavirus pandemic, including expanding telehealth further and opening up access to continuous glucose monitors.

CMS expands telehealth again, makes other changes


WASHINGTON – CMS has made another round of changes to support health care providers during the coronavirus pandemic, including allowing physical therapists and occupational therapists to provide telehealth services.

Relief funding: CMS stops accepting new applications for advance payment

Second tranche of CARES Act funding starts

WASHINGTON – CMS has suspended its Advance Payment Program to Part B providers and has stopped accepting new applications for the program as of April 26.

VGM makes ‘tough decision’ to take Heartland online


WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM has shifted its Heartland Conference to a virtual event called Heartland At Home in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate refreshes PPP


WASHINGTON – The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill earmarking $310 billion to replenish the depleted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

A supply chain in distress?

Respondents report delays, back orders, cancellations, increased prices

YARMOUTH, Maine – A whopping 95% of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they’re having trouble obtaining new equipment from manufacturers during the coronavirus pandemic.

In brief: MedPAC finds no change in health outcomes, CMS suspends CERT reviews


WASHINGTON – Medicare spending for diabetes testing supplies decreased by 88% between 2010-2017, according to a new report from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, but health outcomes have remained stable.

AAH releases reimbursement tool


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has developed a tool to help providers analyze the estimated 75/25 blended rates for non-rural, non-competitive bid areas during the public health emergency.

CMS relents on vents

‘During a public health emergency, why would you reduce capacity when you need it’

WASHINGTON – Getting non-invasive vents dropped from Round 2021 of competitive bidding is a big deal but there’s a case to be made for delaying the entire program, industry stakeholders say.