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Tactile Medical buys AffloVest

September 21, 2021HME News Staff

MINNEAPOLIS – Tactile Medical has acquired the assets of the AffloVest respiratory therapy business from International Biophysics Corp., a privately held company that developed and manufactures the portable, wearable vest.  AffloVest is used to treat patients with chronic respiratory conditions such as COPD-associated breathing conditions like bronchiectasis, or conditions resulting from neuromuscular disorders and cystic fibrosis, by managing airway clearance.  “The addition...

AffloVest, COPD, M&A, Tactile Medical, Tactile Systems Technology

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Viemed adds to evidence for NIVH

September 20, 2021HME News Staff

LAFAYETTE, La. – Patients with COPD and CRF who were prescribed noninvasive ventilation at home had statistically significant reductions in risk of death (38.3%), hospitalizations (21.0%) and ED visits (42.9%) compared with similar patients not treated with NIVH, according to a new study from Viemed Healthcare. The study, which was published Sept. 15 in the online edition of The American Journal of Managed Care, also shows NIVH is associated with a one-year risk difference of 13% for mortality,...

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Non-invasive vents decrease mortality, hospitalization, ER visits, Viemed study shows 

January 11, 2021HME News Staff

LAFAYETTE, La. – Viemed Healthcare has published a study that shows non-invasive ventilation at home improves survival and decreases health care utilization in Medicare beneficiaries with COPD with chronic respiratory failure.  “This study is the first of its kind published in the U.S. and represents a significant milestone in our mission of educating the medical community on the benefits of NIVH,” said Casey Hoyt, Viemed CEO. “The data supports...

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Philips survey shows respiratory health is more of a priority

November 17, 2020HME News Staff

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands - The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for the COPD community, but it has also increased awareness of the condition and pushed patients to pursue alternative care options, according to the first ever World COPD Day survey by Royal Philips. “Despite impacting millions of people around the world, COPD isn't talked about as often as other chronic conditions like heart disease,” said Huiling Zhang, head of medical office for connected care at Philips....

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CQRC ties COPD awareness with bid relief

November 11, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - The Council for Quality Respiratory Care recognizes November as National COPD Awareness Month by commending CMS for its plans not to award competitive bidding contracts to 13 product categories, including oxygen supplies and equipment, in 2021. If finalized, the proposal would ensure that patients will be able to continue accessing oxygen supplies and equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the CQRC says. “We applaud CMS for properly addressing policies that could have threatened...

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CMS reviews NIV therapy for chronic respiratory failure

June 24, 2020HME News Staff

WASHINGTON - CMS on July 22 will conduct a virtual Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee meeting to review the evidence specific to the home use of non-invasive ventilators by patients with chronic respiratory failure consequent to COPD. The agency seeks the committee's recommendations on the characteristics that define patient selection and usage criteria, and concomitant services, as well as the equipment parameters necessary to best achieve positive patient health outcomes...

Chronic Respiratory Failure, COPD, Coverage Criteria, Non-invasive vents

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ResMed, ATS support research on remote monitoring for COPD patients

February 4, 2020HME News Staff

SAN DIEGO - ResMed and the ATS Foundation have awarded their third $100,000 research fellowship grant to Claude Farah, PhD, of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia, to study how remote monitoring can help improve the management of COPD patients. The aim of the study: to detect early changes in lung function from daily recordings and notify patients when to commence more intensive treatment or seek medical attention. In his application for the grant, Farah predicts, “This...

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Gerould's all in on value-based care

November 22, 2019Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

ELMIRA, N.Y. - Gerould's Healthcare Services will launch a remote patient monitoring program for COPD patients in December that builds on the provider's increasing focus on value-based care.Using a device such as a tablet, laptop or phone, patients will answer a series of questions and, depending on their answers, will be given a color-coded score, says Cheryl Henninger, director of Gerould's Healthcare Services and Community Cares Health Solutions.“If it's green and they are short of breath,...

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COPD researcher receives grant

May 28, 2019HME News Staff

NEW YORK - Spyridon Fortis, MD, of the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa has received the ATS Foundation/Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Research Award in Respiratory Support with Nasal High Flow Patients with CODP. The $100,000 award will help fund Dr. Fortis' study, “The Effect of Heated, Humidified High-Flow Air in COPD Patients with Chronic Bronchitis.” “(Dr. Fortis') proposal targets a very promising application of nasal high flow that has not yet received much...

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COPD initiative shows reduction in readmissions, costs

May 15, 2019HME News Staff

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - A collaboration between Philips and healthcare providers resulted in an 80% reduction in acute readmissions for COPD patients and saved $1.3 million, the company shared at ATS 2019 this month.Other findings from the Integrated COPD Care Initiative, launched by Philips in 2017, included a 70% reduction in all-cause diagnoses readmissions and $4.4 million saved in all-cause diagnoses readmission.“Given the need for cost-efficient improvements in the care of COPD patients, healthcare...

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