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

Round 2021: All eyes on CMS

‘We’re beginning to see a surge, and we don’t know what the fall and winter will bring’
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07/02/2020

WASHINGTON – There’s no crystal ball, but after two meetings with high-level CMS officials in late June, industry stakeholders feel there could be a chance the agency pauses Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

Apria’s Dan Starck on silver linings on a silver anniversary

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07/02/2020

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – A global pandemic wasn’t exactly a consideration in the company’s contingency plans, but as it celebrates its 25th anniversary, Apria Healthcare CEO Dan Starck says it has always paid to be prepared.

SECO USA to donate vents to underserved Black communities

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07/02/2020

ROCKVILLE, Md. – SECO USA will donate several new ventilators to hospitals in Black communities. Biorespira Pulmonary Ventilators are non-invasive pulmonary ventilators that deliver oxygen to patients with difficulty breathing in a closed loop system and are easily operated by nurses and in-home care providers.

AAH provides update on Tricare and COVID-19 relief

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06/30/2020

WASHINGTON – Tricare East contractor Human Military loaded new reimbursement rates authorized by the CARES Act into their system on June 3, according to AAHomecare.

Reporter's notebook: Long view, body cams and deadlines

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06/29/2020

Taking a short and long view

While there are “still some fires to put out,” complex rehab stakeholders are shifting part of their focus on longer-term issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, says Don Clayback.

Legal round up: What is price gouging?

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06/29/2020

MIAMI – Amid the coronavirus pandemic, health care attorney Matthew Fischer has found himself advising clients on matters like pivoting their business to selling PPE.

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.

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