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Archive: May 2020


Providers

AdaptHealth makes diabetes play, with emphasis on tech

May 29, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - AdaptHealth execs say recurring revenue streams and a focus on connected health care made a recent pair of acquisitions doubly attractive.The provider last week announced it would pay $425 million for Solara Medical Supplies and $62 million for ActivStyle, extending its reach further into the diabetes and incontinence supplies markets, respectively.The Chula Vista, Calif.-based Solara, a national supplier of continuous glucose monitors, insulin pumps and diabetes supplies,...

ActivStyle, AdaptHealth, CGMs, diabetes, incontinence supplies, Solara Medical


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Specialty Providers

Aeroflow embraces telehealth for sleep patients

May 29, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Aeroflow Healthcare was already dabbling with telehealth for its sleep patients, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the provider to ramp up its efforts, says Eric Mongeau.“We saw an opportunity to get away from the concept of sending a clinician to the homes,” said Mongeau, national sales director of its sleep and respiratory division. “Some (things) are hard to handle over the phone, but we saw opportunity to have a video interaction with patients.”Aeroflow...

Aeroflow Healthcare, coronavirus outbreak, cpap, telehealth


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News

Legal roundup, COVID edition

May 29, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

AMARILLO, Texas - With Round 2021 a wild card, health care attorney Jeff Baird is advising his clients to hold off on making any serious financial decisions for as long as possible.CMS's latest round of competitive bidding is due to start Jan. 1, with payment amounts announced this summer and contract suppliers announced this fall, but industry stakeholders are trying to make the case to the agency that the bids they submitted last fall are outdated.“It's really difficult to see how competitive...

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Vendors

Demand for Lumin 'explodes'

May 29, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Editor's note: To hear Angela Giudice on the HME News in 10 podcast, click here.WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - It's been a whirlwind few months for 3B Medical's Lumin, which has found a new purpose amid the coronavirus pandemic.The company's phone started ringing off the hook in mid-March when the New York Times published a story about the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha using ultraviolet light to decontaminate medical supplies and reuse them. The Lumin uses UV to sanitize CPAP masks and accessories.“It...

3B Medical, coronavirus outbreak, HME News Podcast, Lumin


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In brief: AAHomecare comments on IFR, NSM buys CRT-supplies combo

May 29, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare has submitted its comments on an Interim Final Rule that provides relief for suppliers treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The association thanked CMS for its efforts and recommended further clarification and additional regulatory relief, including clarifying when an initial sleep study is not required, suspending the enforcement of clinical conditions for coverage of hospital beds, and postponing the implementation of Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program.HHS...

3B Medical, aahomecare, Aeroflow, NCPA


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AAHomecare comments on IFR

May 29, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - AAHomecare has submitted its comments on an Interim Final Rule that provides relief for suppliers treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The association thanked CMS for its efforts and recommended further clarification and additional regulatory relief, including clarifying when an initial sleep study is not required, suspending the enforcement of clinical conditions for coverage of hospital beds, and postponing the implementation of Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program. ...

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eSolutions launches MBI lookup tool

May 29, 2020HME News Staff

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - eSolutions has created a free lookup tool to help health care providers more easily transition to Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers for claim reimbursement. CMS on Jan. 1 implemented the MBI system to prevent fraud, identity theft and abuse. eSolutions' MBI Lookup tool is a secure portal that allows its clients to look up MBIs with only a patient's first name, last name, date of birth and SSN. “Today's uncertainties mean timely reimbursement and cash flow are absolutely...

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Short takes: 3B Medical, Amoena, Sunrise Medical

May 29, 2020HME News Staff

3B Medical has completed independent lab testing of the use of its Lumin device to decontaminate an N95 respirator. 3B is in the process of obtaining approval from the Food and Drug Administration so that the device can be used to sanitize PPE…Amoena's Adapt Air line of breast prostheses has been awarded a Red Dot Award for product design. The Adapt Air can be individually adapted to the chest wall and the natural silhouette of the user, shortening the fitting process in mastectomy supply stores....

3B Medical, amoena, Lumin, sunrise medical


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Groups collaborate to prevent diabetes

May 28, 2020HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The National Community Pharmacists Association is partnering with the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists and OmniSYS to prevent Type 2 diabetes. The initiative, funded by the Centers for Disease Control, will allow small independent pharmacies to offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program to people with pre-diabetes. “The National DPP will enable neighborhood pharmacies—the most accessible health care providers—to better identify those at...

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Masimo, Royal Philips re-up partnership

May 28, 2020HME News Staff

AMSTERDAM & IRVINE, Calif. - Masimo and Royal Philips have reinforced their partnership whereby Philips integrates additional Masimo measurement technologies into select IntelliVue MX-series multi-parameter monitors to help clinicians assess cerebral oximetry and ventilation status. “As a global leader in health technology, we are delighted to reinforce our partnership with Masimo, bringing their advanced measurements to our innovative IntelliVue patient monitors, thereby making them even more...

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