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

Aeroflow embraces telehealth for sleep patients

‘We’ve tried to set up a model where everything we do has multiple modalities’
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05/29/2020

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.

Legal roundup, COVID edition

A bid program in question, a technology pushed to the forefront
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05/29/2020

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.

Demand for Lumin ‘explodes’

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05/29/2020

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.

AAHomecare comments on IFR

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05/29/2020

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has submitted its comments on an Interim Final Rule that provides relief for suppliers treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NCPA lauds new pilot program for COVID testing

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05/27/2020

ALEXANDRIA, N.Y. – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a new pilot program that involves independent pharmacies conducting up to 7,000 COVID-19 tests per week.

HHS releases Provider Relief Fund updates

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05/26/2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reminded eligible providers that they have until June 3, 2020, to accept the terms and conditions, and submit their revenue information for the Provider Relief Fund.

Brown & Fortunato offers guidance on written protocols

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05/26/2020

AMARILLO, Texas – Brown & Fortunato has released a new white paper to help HME providers develop written guidance on protecting patients and employees under the challenging conditions of the current public health emergency.

Stakeholders try to get ahead of Medicaid cuts

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05/22/2020

WASHINGTON – HME industry stakeholders are laying the groundwork to push back against anticipated Medicaid cuts, as states grapple with budgetary pressures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Build case for telehealth now

‘So six months from now, we can say, ‘This really worked well and we want it to continue’
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05/22/2020

WASHINGTON – The complex rehab industry needs to make the most of CMS’s decision to expand telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic, says Mark Schmeler.

A new era for respiratory therapy?

We need ‘the right therapies to go to the right people’
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05/22/2020

SAN DIEGO – The coronavirus pandemic has raised awareness of the different types of respiratory equipment available, particularly bi-level positive airway pressure machines, says Carlos M. Nunez, M.D., chief medical officer at ResMed.

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