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The end of an era? Often, that's best

September 15, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

Fall, for me, is a time of new beginnings. Maybe it’s because for so long, it was the start of a new school year. Maybe it’s because the New England air finally sheds its muggy curtain and I can breathe again. Feeling a sense of renewal and looking to make a fresh start at home, I hired a housecleaner to come in and do a deep clean. They scrubbed the markings off my stove dials and tried to overcharge me, but hey, my kitchen sink looks brand new. For the HME industry, fall...

HME News, Home Medical Equipment


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Newspoll: Backlogs drag on, testing patience

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Newspoll: Backlogs drag on, testing patience

August 19, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – While providers are starting to see improvements in backlogs, nearly all (96%) of the respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they are still seeing a lag in getting the parts and equipment they need.  The backlog, which has stretched over more than a year, is driven by ongoing supply chain issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic and a widespread recall on certain CPAP devices and noninvasive ventilators that was issued in June 2021.  “CPAPs are still...

CPAP, HME News, Home Medical Equipment, supply chain issues


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Game plan: Get to know H.R. 6641

February 16, 2022Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

Lest you think a reporter’s work life is all glamour and press junkets, think again. It’s often a dull retread through accumulated information to provide context and updates while we wait for the next big story.  Take that old staple we here at HME News refer to as the legislative update. Every month (every week, if she could get it), Editor Liz Beaulieu pesters me for a legislative update, even when it feels like there’s nothing new to report.  I, in turn, pester...

H.R. 6441, HME News, Home Medical Equipment


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Financial benchmarking survey is open 

May 7, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa, and YARMOUTH, Maine – VGM & Associates and HME News have partnered on the 2021 Financial Benchmarking Survey. The survey is available online and is open only to providers of home medical equipment. Survey results will be available for free to participating providers and will be presented and analyzed at the Virtual HME News Business Summit, which takes place Sept. 9-10. “This continued partnership makes it convenient for HME providers to have one...

HME Financial Benchmarking Survey, HME News, Home Medical Equipment, VGM & Associates


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Blogging from the beach: The freshman 15

August 26, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

After weeks of receiving email notifications from LinkedIn, I learned the reason why when I logged onto the company Slack this week. August 25 marked my 15-year anniversary with HME News, according to the impeccable records of the Capable Erika. Fifteen years! I'm never sure whether to celebrate or commiserate when someone hits such a lengthy tenure. That first week, I had no idea what I had done, what I was doing, what the heck was a rollator, and what the future held, either for me or this strange...

HME News, Home Medical Equipment


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Survey collects trends, patterns

June 2, 2020HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - VGM & Associates and HME News have launched the 14th annual HME Financial Benchmarking Survey. The two groups have partnered to bring to the industry a single survey for providers to share their business data for benchmarking purposes. “While yearly survey results provide a 'snapshot' of the current state of the industry, more importantly, we are able to observe trends and patterns, which are so valuable to those in the industry considering potential growth opportunities and...

Data, Financial Benchmarking Survey, HME News, VGM


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Why we all show up

January 6, 2020HME News Staff

Greetings and Happy New Year from all of us at HME News!As my first months as publisher of HME News comes to a close, I'd like to thank Rick, Liz, Theresa, Jo and everyone else here on our team for helping me jump into this new role and industry.While there's much to learn and many people and companies to familiarize myself within the industry, I was delighted to start my position as publisher just as Medtrade Fall was taking place. It was a perfect opportunity to get an overview of the industry,...

HME News, Home Medical Equipment, Sarah Flanagan


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HME News names new publisher

October 17, 2019HME News Staff

YARMOUTH, Maine - HME News, the leading news source for the home medical equipment industry, has named Sarah Flanagan publisher effective Nov. 4.It's a return to United Publications—publisher of HME News and Security Systems News—for Flanagan. She was a regional sales manager for Security Systems News from March 2014 to September 2016. “I'm thrilled to be back at United Publications, working with and helping to guide the extremely talented team at HME News,” said Flanagan,...

HME Business Summit, HME News


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Financial Benchmarking Survey is live

April 17, 2019HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa, and YARMOUTH, Maine - VGM Group and HME News have opened the HME Financial Benchmarking Survey. They're partnering on the survey, which tracks data on everything from days sales outstanding to revenue per full-time employee, for the second year. “This continued partnership makes it convenient for HME providers to have one source to submit their business information,” said Clint Geffert, president of VGM & Associates. “We highly encourage all HME providers to participate...

Data, HME Financial Benchmarking Survey, HME News, VGM


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On the Editor's Desk

25 big ones, and still crazy for cartoons

December 14, 2018Liz Beaulieu, Editor

It just occurred to me and Theresa this week, as we were pasting up the January issue (yes, in addition to writing 98% of all the stories that appear in the issue, we also lay it out using InDesign!), that 2019 is the 25th year that HME News has been in print. 25 big ones. Theresa and I have been working at HME News since 2005 and 2004, respectively, so in other words, about half of the publication's life. Looking at the front page of HME News way back in 1995 is quite a trip. Remember when HME manufacturers...

25th Anniversary, Cartoons, HME News


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