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Administration expands vaccination requirements for health care settings

September 13, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The Biden-Harris administration will require COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified facilities, including HME providers, to protect both them and patients from the virus and its more contagious Delta variant, CMS announced on Sept. 9.  CMS, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says emergency regulations requiring vaccinations for nursing home workers will be expanded to include hospitals, dialysis...

COVID-19 Pandemic, COVID-19 Vaccine, mandate, Requirement

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Starck reflects on pandemic


Starck reflects on pandemic

August 31, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

As the COVID-19 pandemic began to take hold in early 2020, Apria, like most other companies, had no idea what to expect, says CEO Dan Starck.  “It’s been an interesting 17 months,” he said. “We’re still observing all things related to good practice, PPE, contactless delivery. We’re contemplating bringing people back at some point, but that’s the exception right now.”  Starck spoke with HME News recently, reflecting on lessons learned...

Apria Healthcare, COVID-19 Pandemic, Dan Starck, Home Medical Equipment

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PHE extended through October

July 20, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Xavier Becerra, secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, on Monday extended the public health emergency from July 20 for another 90 days.  There are several HME-related provisions tied to the PHE, including:  Medicare’s 75/25 blended reimbursement rates for non-rural, non-competitive bidding areas  Waivers of the coverage criteria and face-to-face requirements for respiratory therapy  Reimbursement for telehealth services...

COVID-19 Pandemic, Public Health Emergency

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On the Editor's Desk

Sheer will and goodwill

May 11, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Being the recipient of Google Alerts for “oxygen concentrator” is a scary and sad place to be right now.  I have these alerts set up for a number of key terms in the HME industry – think “sleep therapy” and “home infusion” and “AdaptHealth” and “Invacare.” They’re delivered to my email inbox every afternoon.  Recent alerts for “oxygen concentrator” have been almost exclusively related to...

Coronavirus, Council for Quality Respiratory Care, COVID-19 Pandemic, CQRC, Home oxygen therapy, Oxygen Concentrator, Reimbursement relief

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