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New rates fuel ‘engine’ of HME industry

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New rates fuel ‘engine’ of HME industry

April 8, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – An increase in oxygen reimbursement is a shot in the arm for the HME industry, say providers. CMS in March released an updated fee schedule for oxygen that will result in an increase in fee schedule amounts ranging from $6.72 to $8.19 in former competitive bidding areas; $5.17 to $5.43 in other non-rural areas; and $4.14 to $6.82 in non-contiguous and rural areas, according to the VGM Group. “This is a big thing for our industry, and it needs to be celebrated,”...

BritKare, budget neutrality, home oxygen equipment, Josh Britten


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Inogen names new exec 

April 8, 2021HME News Staff

GOLETA, Calif. – Inogen has appointed George Parr as executive vice president and chief commercial officer, effective April 12, 2021. Parr has 25 years of experience across medical technology, consumer products and industrial markets, most recently as executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Becton Dickinson and Company. “I would like to congratulate George on this appointment as I believe that he will be a tremendous asset to Inogen and a...

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Providers deliver, despite already stressed infrastructure

February 26, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

HOUSTON – Already taxed by the COVID-19 pandemic and equipment shortages, HME providers went to great lengths to continue servicing patients during a devastating ice storm in Texas.  The storm, which brought snow, ice and single-digit temperatures to a state ill equipped for such conditions, knocked power plants offline for lengthy stretches. In some cases, providers were forced to tell vulnerable patients to...

Home Medical Equipment, home oxygen equipment, Texas ice storm


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Repairs: Adapt to circumstances

February 10, 2021Dan Meyer

Q. How has COVID-19 impacted my oxygen concentrator repair needs?   A. Providers are running out of concentrators and having a tough time getting more. In a recent HME Newspoll, 86% of respondents reported equipment shortages, saying they’re waiting up to 12 weeks for new units, turning away patients or even risking future surplus by overordering.  Not surprisingly, they’re also...

Dan Meyer, home oxygen equipment, Repair Authority


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Notebook: FDA warns against self-prescribed oxygen

February 1, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – A consumer warning from the Food and Drug Administration urging against using oxygen concentrators without a prescription has resulted in some interesting calls for HME providers.  Portable Oxygen Solutions, an online provider of POCs and accessories, saw an uptick last March in people wanting to buy POCs for themselves or family members, says Todd Flesch, co-founder of the Charlotte, N.C.-based company.  “On calls, when we explained...

coronovirus outbreak, FDA warnings, home oxygen equipment, oxygen concentrator


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At capacity: Pandemic exacerbates problems created by bid program

January 29, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – CMS’s competitive bidding program set the stage for a number of the difficulties that the HME industry is seeing as it tries to meet increased demand for oxygen therapy for COVID-19 patients, say the leaders of Apria Healthcare and Lincare and the Council of Quality Respiratory Care.  The agency may have dropped oxygen from Round 2021, its latest round of bidding, but 10 years since the program’s...

apria healthcare, coronavirus outbreak, Council for Quality Respiratory Care, CQRC, Crispin Teufel, Dan Starck, home oxygen equipment, lincare


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Providers maneuver bumpy referral streams

June 19, 2020Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - How much a provider's referral stream has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic is very much tied to its business model, according to the results of the recent HME Newspoll.HME companies with an emphasis on retail and sleep therapy have been more likely to be negatively impacted by the pandemic, the poll found.“We have seen the complete collapse of our retail, walk-in traffic,” wrote one respondent. “The virus has drastically changed the manner in which we...

coronavirus outbreak, home oxygen equipment, sleep


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AdaptHealth sees oxygen 'broadly up'

May 8, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - It's impossible to predict the full impact of the COVID-19 crisis on its business, but AdaptHealth remains confident about its strategy and its prospects, company executives said during an earnings call.“The past 60 days have been unlike anything I've experienced in my 15 years in the HME industry,” said President and COO Josh Parnes. “In six days in March, we transitioned more than 75% of employees to work from home. We've continued to meet the needs of...

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CAIRE ups production of 02 equipment

March 26, 2020HME News Staff

BALL GROUND, Ga. - CAIRE has added production shifts, extended work hours and is expanding production lines at its facilities in Ball Ground, Ga., Buffalo, N.Y., and Chengdu, China, to meet the increased demand for oxygen equipment due to the coronavirus pandemic. “As the Covid-19 virus has spread in recent weeks, we have seen a dramatic increase in demand for stationary oxygen from our customers globally—particularly from those who are providing emergency aid in pandemic hot zones,”...

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HME providers scrounge for PPE, ramp up infection control as they prep for coronavirus

March 20, 2020Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - With the coronavirus pandemic rapidly expanding across the country, HME providers say the goal is to prep, not panic.“Communication of proper personal protective equipment and training for all,” wrote one respondent to a recent HME Newspoll. “(We need) to be safe without panic. Wrong information causes extremes in carelessness or panic.”More than three-quarters of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll report the outbreak is affecting how they do business.PPE—or...

coronavirus outbreak, Home Medical Equipment, home oxygen equipment


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