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This is the home for our coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the HME industry.

CU moves users conference online

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08/11/2020

BILLINGS, Mont. – Computers Unlimited will transition its annual Users Group Conference to a virtual event due to the ongoing COVID-10 pandemic.

AdaptHealth posts strong quarter amid pandemic

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08/05/2020

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – AdaptHealth reported net revenue of $232.1 million for the second quarter ended June 30, an 87% increase from the same period in 2019, aided by its ability to supply critically needed equipment and medical supplies to referral partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Option Care sees significant impact from pandemic

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08/05/2020

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. – Option Care Health reported net revenue of $740.8 million for the second quarter ended June 30, a 49% increase compared to the same period in 2019.

CMS moves to solidify telehealth

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08/04/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS is proposing changes to expand telehealth permanently, following President Trump’s signing of the “Executive Order on Improving Rural and Telehealth Access” on Aug. 3.

Providers who wear capes: Free lunch, diapers and a really big giveback

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07/31/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – HME providers have stepped up in acts both big and small to prove the COVID-19 pandemic has also brought out the best in people. 

Stakeholders issue last call for signatures

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07/30/2020

WASHINGTON – A last minute push by HME providers boosted to 101 the number of signatures on a “Dear Colleague” letter that seeks to pause Medicare’s competitive bidding program.

CMS updates COVID-19 data

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07/29/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS paid $2.8 billion in Medicare fee-for-service claims for COVID-related hospitalizations, or an average of $25,255 per beneficiary, according to new data released by the agency.

A new, but temporary, era in audits

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07/24/2020

WASHINGTON – Industry stakeholders now have a better idea of CMS’s plans for restarting program integrity activities on Aug. 3, but they still have questions, like what product categories will get audited.

Public health emergency renewed

Several relief efforts related to HME are tied to the duration of PHE
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07/23/2020

WASHINGTON – Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, signed a renewal of the COVID-19 national public health emergency on Thursday.

SuperCare, Optum collaborate on telemonitoring

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07/23/2020

DOWNEY, Calif. – SuperCare Health has collaborated with Optum to create a COVID-19 telemonitoring program that allows asymptomatic patients to be monitored and to recover in their homes, avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations.

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