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Providers scramble to keep up 

January 22, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – Eighty-six percent of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they’re running low on oxygen concentrators, and 88% say they're having difficulty obtaining more.  “Hospitals are full and discharging (COVID-19) patients to complete their recovery with home oxygen therapy,” wrote one respondent. “We are struggling to keep up with the supply and demand due to long delays in shipping of ordered products.”  The...

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F&P sees increased demand due to COVID-19 surges 

January 22, 2021HME News Staff

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Fisher & Paykel Healthcare reports operating revenue for the nine months ended Dec. 31, 2020, was up 73% in constant currency compared to the prior comparable period.  In the hospital product group, operating revenue was up 113%, with hardware growing 446% and consumables growing 54%.  “In many parts of the world, we have continued to see an influx of COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization for respiratory treatment,” said Lewis Gradon,...

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All hands on deck, including community pharmacies, for vaccination effort 

January 15, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – On a recent Saturday, Community Pharmacy of Springdale partnered with two other community pharmacies to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to 609 health care workers – about 18 patients every 10 minutes, says pharmacist/owner Victoria Hennessey.  “It was highly efficient, but it took a village of volunteers,” she said. “Student pharmacists played a critical role, (as did) the Office of Emergency Management, staff...

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United Healthcare extends suspension of prior auths 

January 13, 2021HME News Staff

MINNEAPOLIS – United Healthcare will extend the temporary suspension of certain prior authorization requirements for in-network hospitals and skilled nursing facilities through Jan. 31, AAHomecare reports. They were originally set to expire Jan. 8. The suspensions include COVID-19 oxygen-related requests. In those cases, oxygen can be delivered without a prior auth and does not need to meet current clinical criteria. UCH also noted that it may perform retrospective reviews for services...

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NHIA, NAHC press for vaccine access 

January 13, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Home Infusion Association and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice urge the federal government to ensure home infusion pharmacies have access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The two trade associations have asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and state health departments to ensure state-licensed infusion pharmacies are able to supply vaccines, either directly or in collaboration with home health agencies....

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PHE extended through April

January 12, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has extended the public health emergency for another three months. On Jan. 7, HHS Secretary Alex Azar announced the extension of the PHE, which was set to expire Jan. 21. HHS extended the PHE, originally declared on Jan. 31, 2020, multiple times last year. There are several HME-related provisions tied to the PHE, including Medicare’s 75/25 blended reimbursement rates in non-rural, non-competitive bidding areas; and...

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Providers battle surge, worry about inventory 

January 8, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – As COVID-19 cases spike across the country, HME providers are seeing a spike in demand for home oxygen therapy, so much so that they’re worrying about their supply of concentrators.  Provider Woody O’Neal has seen a threefold increase in oxygen and services since December and says he’s concerned the health care system hasn’t seen the worst of it.  “My concern is that this post-holiday...

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Antibody pilot mobilizes home infusion providers 

January 8, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Upstate HomeCare is among the providers that recently began participating in a pilot program to get monoclonal antibody therapy to patients in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities, where COVID-19 is spreading quickly.  The pilot, part of Operation Warp Speed, is a partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Home Infusion Association. Option Care Health is...

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Option Care Health, Amedisys offer antibody therapy

January 6, 2021HME News Staff

BATON ROUGE, La., and BANNOCKBURN, Ill. – Option Care Health has partnered with Amedisys, a provider of home health, hospice and personal care, to provide COVID antibody infusion therapy in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. In December, the National Home Infusion Association announced a pilot program with Operation Warp Speed and the Department of Health and Human Services to expand access to Bamlanivimab, which is being used to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and pediatrics...

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Gov. Cuomo expands COVID vaccine priority to include DME providers

January 6, 2021HME News Staff

ALBANY, N.Y. – DME providers in New York who are providing direct, in-person patient care are eligible to receive the COVID-10 vaccine, according to an announcement this week from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to a bulletin from NEMEP. “While we're trying to control COVID with one hand, we're trying to defeat it with the other, and the vaccine is the weapon that will win this war," said Cuomo. Industry stakeholders have urged government officials to include DME providers in phase...

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