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HME providers leverage connections, lend support in time of crisis

April 10, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - While HME providers have always known the value of forging strong relationships as part of operating a successful business, it becomes even more apparent during challenging times, they say.Chalk one up for industry champsWith the traditional supply chains for personal protective equipment under restricting orders, providers say they've had to get creative when it comes to protecting employees and patients.“There's been a scramble for masks and hand sanitizers,” said...

Coronavirus Outbreak, Providers, Relationships

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Manufacturers reassess terms

August 30, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - With three high-profile HME providers now moving through the bankruptcy process, should it come as a surprise that manufacturers are trying to protect themselves by tightening their payment terms?Providers who responded to a recent HME NewsPoll say the days of 90-day payment terms are long gone. Instead, they say they're lucky to get 60 days and, in some cases, they're getting 45 days or less.Manufacturers declined to provide specific payment terms to HME News—“We haven't...

Bankruptcy, Invacare, Landauer, Providers, ResMed, respironics, The Scooter Store

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CMS addresses providers going out of business

August 23, 2013HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS has announced that, effective immediately, it will allow the replacement of oxygen equipment when suppliers exit the business. In a bulletin this week, CMS stated that, under such circumstances, it will now consider the equipment lost and start a new 36-month rental period for the new supplier on the date the equipment is furnished. CMS noted that suppliers exiting the business without transferring patients to new suppliers are in violation of statutory and regulatory requirements.

CMS, Oxygen, Oxygen equipment, Providers

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MetroStar launches social media presence

July 25, 2013HME News Staff

NEW YORK, N.Y. - MetroStar Home Health Products now has Facebook and Twitter pages that give customers another way to communicate with the company. MetroStar plans to post daily health tips and facts on social media. "Social networks have become an important tool for business these days," stated COO Isaac Newman in a press release. “We hope that, in addition to being a resource for our customers, they can get a glimpse of who we are as people.”

Providers, social media


Medtrade sneak peek: Stay accountable

October 12, 2012Jennifer Keirn

ATLANTA - Accountable care organizations (ACOs) seem perfectly designed to demonstrate the value of home care, creating collaboration among healthcare professionals to reduce the need for acute care and hospital admissions. Attorney Carla Hogan believes ACOs are a great opportunity for HME providers, but only those who demonstrate their value in-patient care will get a seat at the table. Hogan will speak on this topic at Medtrade. Here's a preview.HME News: Do you believe ACOs are working?Carla Hogan:...

ACO, Medtrade, Providers

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On the Move

The Fault in Our Stars

September 21, 2012Elizabeth Deprey

You know when you get a new car, suddenly every third car you see is the same blue Honda Civic you just bought? It's been like that with me and HME. Everywhere I go, I spot scooters and wheelchairs and rollators. I guess I never really took notice of these before. In some ways, learning about what kinds of HME is out there and how it can help people made a really great book mean that much more to me last weekend. I was reading "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green, a young adult book about two 16-year-olds...

dftba, HME, Providers, TFiOS

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Summit recharges providers

September 21, 2012Liz Beaulieu, Editor

PITTSBURGH - Several speakers at last week's HME News Business Summit had the same take-home message for providers: “This is your time.”Everette James, who kicked off the event, encouraged providers to view themselves and present themselves as “disrupters”—a driving force in making the current healthcare system more affordable.“This should be your time, if you can figure out a little thing called reimbursement,” said James, a professor of health policy and...

HME News Business Summit, Providers

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Biggest factor in presidential election? Business

September 21, 2012Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - When it comes to the November presidential election, HME providers say they are voting with their pocketbooks.A whopping 75% of respondents to a recent HME NewsPoll said they plan to cast their vote for Republican candidate Mitt Romney because he understands and supports small business."I'm interested in the candidate who is pro-small business and I believe Romney to be that candidate," said Brian Keith, Tarheel Mobility & Service Center in North Carolina. "Being in business can't...

DME, Election, Providers

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On the Move

I'm adding one more thing to your plate

September 14, 2012Elizabeth Deprey

I know being a provider these days is really stressful. Trying to keep up with Medicare's ever-changing policies—do those cryptic DME MAC updates even help?—as well as keeping up with everything every other business owner has to keep up with, like payroll, community involvement, taxes, etc. is a huge job. And then, as if keeping track of all the paperwork isn't enough, consultants are saying you need to branch out to new products, keep thinking about the future, embrace social media—all...

HME News, Providers, social media, yelp

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Being a Grinchy Grinch

August 6, 2012Elizabeth Deprey

They're doing construction on the floor below us at HME News World HQ. All last week, they were sandblasting the ceilings down there, and, as a coworker put it, it sounded like we were working in a car wash. Now, I'm OK with newsroom noise, jibber jabber and the white noise hum of our electric devices—even the occasional show tune from a few cubicles down, but the carwash noise (whoosh-whoosh-whoosh-WHOOSH) was making me extremely cranky. I felt like the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas,...

Competitive Bidding, HME, HME News, Providers

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