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Debbie Fisher

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There's value in hospital-in-home in post-pandemic environment

July 30, 2021Debbie Fisher

COVID-19 imposed massive changes to the world throughout 2020. It rocked the health care world, in particular, bringing facilities to capacity and many would-be patients to avoid hospitals because of their perceived risk of contracting the virus. The public health crisis amounted to 41% of Americans delaying or avoiding care by the end of June 2020(1). With 32% of deferments for routine health care and 12% for urgent or emergency care, chronic conditions place patients at a higher risk for severe...

COVID-19, Debbie Fisher, NavCare


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Higher product costs and supply chain bottlenecks continue to challenge HME

May 28, 2021Gordon Barnes

Even as vaccination rates grow and new cases of COVID-19 are slowing nationwide, HME suppliers and manufacturers remain in the grip of another side effect of the pandemic: higher product costs and increased operational expenses. HME suppliers first began seeing these impacts in early 2020, as demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) surged, with shortages and higher costs quickly following. Additional impacts of the pandemic were confirmed in a May 2020 survey on supply chain disruptions...

aahomecare, Coronavirus Outbreak, Gordon Barnes, Home Medical Equipment


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With resilience, business has continued

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With resilience, business has continued

March 1, 2021Miriam Lieber

Looking back at 2020, one of the additions I have made to my repertoire during the pandemic is to listen to more podcasts while walking, cooking, etc. Recently, I listened to a podcast on LinkedIn with the prolific author, Adam Grant. He spoke about some of his takeaways from 2020. He mentioned using the experience of last year to “go back and interview teams for re-entry. What have we done that’s worked? What is the most surprising lesson you’ve learned by working from home? What...

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Lessons in risk management: 2020 taught us as much as it challenged us

February 1, 2021Bill Wilson

2020 may well go down in history as one of the most challenging years of the modern era. From the COVID-19 pandemic to civil unrest and a contentious political climate, this year required more flexibility and resilience from individuals and businesses than any in recent memory. Yet, these challenges also shed light on issues both old and new. And for those with an eye for opportunity, 2020 brought many lessons that can help grow and improve their businesses for the future.   Here’s...

Bill Wilson, Coronavirus Outbreak, VGM Insurance


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The new reality of patient-as-payer

September 29, 2020Guest Commentary

In theory, health care consumerism is a straight-forward idea: Shifting costs to consumers, typically in the form of high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), gives them an incentive to make informed decisions about the health care services they purchase. In practice, consumerism represents a significant challenge to providers' bottom lines. A recent report reveals that for 74% of providers, patient collections take over a month. Further, 66% of providers said patient receivables are a primary revenue...

Availity, DJO Healthcare Solutions, Health care consumerism


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M&A before, during and after a global pandemic

August 3, 2020Guest Commentary

Since 1965, when the Medicare Trust was first established, entrepreneurial individuals have established and built a wide variety of health care businesses to serve and support a growing population of those in need of medical care. Soon thereafter, the HME sector as we now know it was born.Receiving care and treatment in the safety and comfort of their home quickly became the preferred method for patients to receive medical care. The associated cost savings became increasingly attractive to the U.S....

Jonathan Sadock, Paragon Ventures


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Don't underestimate the 'sidekicks'

June 1, 2020Guest Commentary

With COVID-19 permeating every aspect of our lives and our media experience, we look for the good in our communities and continue to celebrate the front-line workers: health care staff, truckers, grocery store clerks, gas station attendants and the list continues. They are the heroes tirelessly working so we can stay at home and abide by the stay at home orders.Have you wondered about the “sidekicks” who are behind the scenes making sure the heroes and heroines have what they need to...

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Patient experience is top priority in home care

June 1, 2020Guest Commentary

Perhaps a piece of silver lining that has come from the pandemic is the provider's hands-on experience in adapting to change and creating new forms of patient management. Historically, they have provided equipment that is crucial in the care continuum, but now they must evolve and provide more value than tangible equipment, especially when they are offering products that may not be unique.Care providers will seek DMEs who are complete partners in each patient's health care journey, provide excellent...

Aeroflow Healthcare, Coronavirus Outbreak, Home Medical Equipment, Ryan Bullock


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Best practices for respiratory management

May 5, 2020Guest Commentary

Proper management of respiratory equipment is one of the most overlooked and underserved areas of your business, potentially “leaking” tens of thousands of dollars (or more) per year.Know your assetsI'm constantly surprised at how many HME companies do not know the status of their fleet of respiratory equipment. Simple questions such as: How many concentrators/vents/POCs do you have? Where are they? When were they last serviced? What are the PM due dates? Many companies rely on spreadsheets...

Jim Worrell, Quality Biomedical


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Clinical leadership in pandemic response

March 30, 2020Guest Commentary

The recent coronavirus pandemic is a good reminder that we should be planning now for the next pandemic. And the one after that. These events are matters of “when” they will hit, not “if.”Natural disasters—whether severe ice storms, Hurricane Katrina or pandemics—also have reminded HME providers that they are first responders and should be built in to disaster protocols.  There's no excuse for Americans to get caught flat-footed, since we have done plenty...

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