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Stakeholders mine American Rescue Plan for relief opportunities

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Stakeholders mine American Rescue Plan for relief opportunities

June 11, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – The payer relations team at AAHomecare is working with its association partners to craft a letter asking state governments to include HME in their allocation of millions of dollars in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion act, also known as the COVID-19 Stimulus Package, in March, providing, among other things, $195.3 billion to states and the District of Columbia to help them cover increased expenditures, replenish lost...

aahomecare, COVID-19, payer relations


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COVID-19: Need a back-to-office primer?

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COVID-19: Need a back-to-office primer?

June 11, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

AMARILLO, Texas – Employers that are calling on employees to return to the office need to navigate a number of “sticky subjects,” including whether they can require them to get vaccinated and wear masks. Allison Davis, a shareholder and employment law attorney at Brown & Fortunato, answers those questions and emphasizes why it’s important to stay up to date on changing guidelines.  HME News: Can employers require that employees get vaccinated?  Allison Davis:...

Allison Davis, COVID-19


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Providers worry about CPAP report’s ripple effect

June 11, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – Providers say a recent draft report on the effectiveness of CPAP is questionable, but they worry it could still impact everything from patient confidence in the therapy to adequate access and payment for equipment and services.  The report, released in April by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, states that published studies show little evidence of long-term benefits of CPAP therapy on cardiovascular and other health outcomes.   “I think...

AHRQ, CPAP, sleep apnea


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Gary Sheehan

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Gary Sheehan on industry’s shared vision

June 11, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

SANDWICH, Mass. – Just a year after forming through the merger of America's HealthCare at Home, Cape Medical Supply and Health Complex Medical, Spiro Health was acquired by AdaptHealth – and no one was more surprised than CEO Gary Sheehan.  “That was never part of the plan, but life happens,” he said. “We watched the merger of Adapt and AeroCare and have a ton of respect for both senior management teams. So, we took the call to discuss what it might look...

AdaptHealth, Cape Medical Supply, Gary Sheehan, Spiro Health


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In brief: Medline investment, SoClean award, MAC reviews

June 11, 2021HME News Staff

NORTHFIELD, Ill. – Medline Industries has entered into an agreement to receive a majority investment from a group of private equity firms, including Blackstone, Carlyle Group and Hellman & Friedman, worth a reported $30-plus billion.  Medline, which generated revenues of $17.5 billion in 2020, will use the new resources from the partnership to expand its product offerings, accelerate international expansion and continue to make new infrastructure investments to strengthen its global...

Apria, Inogen, NCART, Option Care Health, Permobil Foundation, Rehab Medical, SoClean, VGM Heartland


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Permobil, Pirates surprise fan with custom wheelchair

June 10, 2021HME News Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Permobil Foundation, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Pirates, LiveLikeLou and Phi Delta Theta, surprised a fan with a team-branded, custom power wheelchair at a home game on June 3. The reveal was part of the first-ever Lou Gehrig Day celebrations that Major League Baseball will hold each June in honor of Gehrig, who died of ALS. “We are honored to be part of the inaugural Lou Gehrig Day and to partner with MLB to raise awareness in the fight against ALS,”...

Permobil Foundation, Pittsburgh Pirates, power wheelchair


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OneDrop surpasses 25 billion data points

June 10, 2021HME News Staff

NEW YORK – OneDrop, which provides solutions for people with chronic health conditions, has surpassed 25 billion biometric data points on its health platform. Those data points include glucose, A1C, blood pressure, weight, medications, food intake, physical activity, heart rate, other self-care data (e.g., sleep) and personal data (e.g., gender, year of diagnosis). "We can't keep throwing money at treating the symptoms of sickness and neglect the investment in prevention required to keep...

Diabetes, OneDrop


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Event news: NCPA, ISS

June 10, 2021HME News Staff

Registration is now open for the National Community Pharmacists Association’s 2021 Annual Convention, Oct. 9-12 in Charlotte, N.C. This year’s in-person event is a great opportunity to reconnect with neighborhood pharmacy colleagues and allies at the premier event for owners and their staff, says NCPA President Brian Caswell. “Though travel was curbed and meetings were held online, in many ways, independent pharmacy came together as never before to serve our communities, adapt to...

International Seating Symposium, national community pharmacists association


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Stock watch: Apria, Option Care Health

June 10, 2021HME News Staff

Apria has announced a price to the public of $27 per share for a previously announced secondary offering of 4.5 million shares of common stock by a selling stockholder affiliated with Blackstone. The selling stockholder has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 675,000 additional shares of common stock. The offering is expected to close on June 14, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions…Option Care Health has announced that an affiliate of Madison Dearborn...

Apria, Option Care Health


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Kannan Ramar

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Survey: Americans mostly unaware of sleep apnea

June 10, 2021HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. – Nearly 70% of Americans who sleep with a bed partner report those partners snore while sleeping, according to a 2021 survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).   Snoring can be an indicator of obstructive sleep apnea and AASM is asking Americans to consider, “Is it more than a snore?”  “While not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, snoring is a warning sign that should be taken seriously,” said Dr. Kannan Ramar, AASM president....

American Academy of Sleep Medicine, sleep apnea


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