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CMS opens access to respiratory therapy

March 31, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - Medicare will cover respiratory related devices and equipment for any medical reason determined by clinicians during the coronavirus pandemic, CMS announced last night.Previously, Medicare only covered them under certain circumstances.“Clinicians now have maximum flexibility in determining patient needs for respiratory related device and equipment and the flexibility for more patients to manage their treatments at the home,” the agency states. “The current NCDs and...

Coronavirus Outbreak, coverage, respiratory devices


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Package includes permanent change to ordering

March 31, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The stimulus package passed last week also includes provisions that allow physician assistants, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists to order DMEPOS and home health services for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, AAHomecare reports.Previously, PAs, NPs and CNSs were only able to order DMEPOS for Medicare beneficiaries, not Medicaid beneficiaries.“These provisions will significantly improve Medicaid patient access to DMEPOS by allowing highly skilled physician assistants...

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Lunella streamlines sleep apnea diagnosis

March 31, 2020HME News Staff

BOSTON - Lunella has launched today, allowing consumers to go through the entire process for a sleep apnea diagnosis from testing to a prescription for therapy if needed, all from their homes. Lunella leverages a collaboration with Itamar Medical and its FDA-cleared WatchPAT ONE to test for sleep apnea; and a network of independent board-certified sleep physicians to interpret confidential test data and prescribe therapy if needed. “We believe one of the biggest obstacles to diagnosing sleep...

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McKesson responds to PPE shortage

March 31, 2020HME News Staff

IRVING, Texas - McKesson has put restrictions in place for personal protective equipment, including limiting orders to only current customers and monitoring how much they're ordering. “Unfortunately, customers may not be able to get enough PPE from McKesson to satisfy their needs,” the company stated in an update. “The demand for PPE continues to increase daily in the U.S., compounding the unprecedented global surge in demand for these items that started in late January. In addition...

Coronavirus Outbreak, McKesson, PPE


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Aulisa positions remote monitoring as solution

March 31, 2020HME News Staff

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Aulisa Medical says it is working with government officials at FEMA and in Washington state and New York to increase access to its wearable wireless vital sign monitoring systems during the coronavirus pandemic. The company's Guardian Angel devices, which are FDA approved and HIPAA compliant, monitor pulse rate, oxygen saturation and perfusion index, offering continuous remote monitoring. They also offer alarms, two-way audio and video communication. Aulisa currently has CPT coding...

Aulisa Medical, Coronavirus Outbreak, remote monitoring


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van Halem Group, Ossur build confidence

March 30, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ATLANTA - The van Halem Group has been given the “stamp of approval” by Ossur to provide clinical prescreen reviews and appeals services for custom orthotics and prosthetics for the manufacturer'scustomers.“It's a testament to Ossur and its allegiance to its customers to reach out to us on their behalf and seek out an arrangement like this to assist them,” said Wayne van Halem, president of the van Halem Group.The van Halem Group will provide, among other things, a prescreen...

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Stakeholders pound pavement in Florida

March 30, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

TALAHASSEE, Fla. - The state of managed care in Florida motivated Sylvia Toscano, a long-time industry consultant, to visit the state capitol for the first time in January.“To see these unhealthy patterns happening with MCOs and TPAs in the state has been upsetting,” said Toscano, who was part of a group of more than a dozen members of the Florida Alliance of Home Care Services (FAHCS) to make the trip. “I'm seeing small providers just shutting down because of it. That's what got...

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Vendors

Sunset Healthcare enters CPAP cleaning market

March 30, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

CHICAGO - The new Zoey CPAP cleaning device from Sunset Healthcare Solutions is the company's first foray into manufacturing a more complicated device.Sunset Healthcare manufactures some respiratory supplies in Chicago, but it's often viewed in the HME industry as more of a distributor.“We're actually more of a manufacturer, so it's extremely exciting to manufacture a product like this,” said PJ Ruflin, vice president of business development. “Six years ago, it wouldn't have been...

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Business Development

Diabetes providers deal with changing dynamics

March 30, 2020John Andrews

Medicare reimbursement in the diabetes market has constantly slid downward, thwarting even meager margins on diabetic products.If HME providers have a future in the category, it may depend on their commitment to selling products for cash. As manufacturers point out, retail products relevant for diabetes patients can also pertain to patients for other therapies and services.Diabetes-specific items have historically included orthotic shoes and inserts, compression hosiery, blood glucose monitors and...

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Specialty Providers

Viemed inks VA contract

March 30, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

LAFAYETTE, La. - Viemed Healthcare in 2019 continued its growth path, snagging a major contract as it pushed to diversify its product mix, said CEO Casey Hoyt during a recent earnings call.The company reported net revenues of $21.4 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2019, a 30% increase over revenue less bad debt expense reported for the comparable quarter in 2018. Net income was $2.4 million, a 20% decrease.For the full year, net revenues were $80.3 million, a 38% increase compared to 2018....

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