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COPD patients benefit from telerehabilitation, according to trial 

January 9, 2023HME News Staff

NEW YORK – Long-term telerehabilitation and unsupervised training at home for COPD patients are both successful in reducing hospital readmissions and can broaden the availability of pulmonary rehabilitation and maintenance strategies, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Researchers embarked on the randomized controlled trial because, despite the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD, many patients do not access or complete...

COPD, respiratory care, Telerehabilitation

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ResMed: COPD numbers ‘should be a warning’

September 6, 2022HME News Staff

SAN DIEGO – More than 480 million people worldwide likely suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, according to a new abstract led by ResMed and presented on Sept. 4 at the European Respiratory Society Congress. This figure is 22% to 126% higher than today’s most cited estimates of 212 million to 392 million. “This number should be a warning,” said study co-author and ResMed Chief Medical Officer Carlos M. Nunez, M.D. “It should urge doctors to be more...

COPD, ResMed

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Study: RT home visits can reduce COPD readmissions

January 12, 2022HME News Staff

YARMOUTH, Maine - At-home interventions by a respiratory therapist can reduce hospital readmission rates among patients with COPD, according to a new study published in Respiratory Care. Study authors looked at outcomes in patients enrolled in a respiratory therapist-led COPD Disease Management Program, comparing outcomes of 658 patients who were discharged from five hospitals in the Atlantic Health System with outcomes of 435 patients who were discharged and then enrolled in the management program....

COPD, Readmissions, Respiratory Therapy

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ResMed invests in Scottish tech start-up

December 2, 2021HME News Staff

SAN DIEGO – ResMed has made a minority investment in Lenus Health, an Edinburgh, Scotland-based health-tech startup that specializes in improving outcomes and lowering costs for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to the Scottish Business Times. “Lenus Health’s achievements underscore the power of digital health to improve people’s lives, delivering care closer to home while also significantly reducing health care costs for whole systems,” said...

COPD, Lenus Health, ResMed

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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,...

COPD, Non-invasive ventilation, Viemed Healthcare

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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...

COPD, Non-invasive ventilators, study, Viemed Healthcare

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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....

COPD, Coronavirus Outbreak, Philips, survey

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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...

Competitive Bidding, COPD, COPD Awareness, Council for Quality Respiratory Care, Home oxygen therapy

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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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