AAHomecare asks feds to prioritize DMEPOS suppliers

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is asking government officials to include DMEPOS suppliers in the first group of health care professionals to get vaccinated for COVID-19.        

In letters to officials at the Department of Health and Human Services and leadership at Operation Warp Speed, AAHomecare stressed the close contact that suppliers have with patients in home-based settings and highlighted the important role the industry plays in meeting the challenges posed by the pandemic.  

“DMEPOS suppliers are in patients’ homes every day and play a central role in helping individuals infected with COVID-19 manage their health care needs at home so that hospitals and acute care facilities have the capacity to handle those requiring more intensive care,” the letter states. “In addition to directly interfacing with infected individuals, many of the products and services provided by DMEPOS suppliers require their staff to enter homes with other caregivers or family present to set up the equipment for use.”