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Hurricane Sandy update: 'We just had to take it on the chin'

October 24, 2013Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

It's been a year since Hurricane Sandy blew ashore, and provider David Chase says, despite the financial difficulties the storm wrought, he wouldn't do anything different.“I am still proud of my staff and the way we responded,” said David Chase, CEO of Hampton Home Care in Southampton, N.Y. “We are all a community and that was one thing we could do so that people didn't have to go to the hospital.”When the storm struck Oct. 29, 2012, it wiped out power to millions of people...

Home Medical Equipment (HME), Hurricane Sandy

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ACOs: Work within an integrated network

December 28, 2012Carla Hogan

A. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, healthcare news was flooded with stories of HME providers tirelessly caring for their patients during the storm. HME providers kept their patients out of emergency rooms and safe at home—an invaluable service for the patients and the healthcare community at large. As we reflect on the triumphs of the HME providers, we are in the midst of growing ACO coverage and it seems that HME emergency effectiveness can only improve with the participation in ACOs.ACOs...

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Home Medical Equipment (HME), Hurricane Sandy

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Convaid donates wheelchairs to Hurricane Sandy victims

December 19, 2012HME News Staff

TORRANCE, Calif. - Convaid, a manufacturer of customized mobility devices, has teamed up with a Girl Scout Troop to donate wheelchairs to children who lost equipment during Hurricane Sandy, according to a press release. Convaid was one of several companies contacted by Girl Scout Haley Rodenfeld, a member of Troop 5227 in Staten Island, who sought to help those affected by the storm. Convaid is set to deliver the wheelchairs on Dec. 22, 2012, to Home Medical Equipment in Garden City, N.Y.  “We...

Convaid, Girl Scouts, Home Medical Equipment (HME), Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy: Providers persevere, but at what cost?

November 21, 2012Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

NEW YORK - As things slowly return to some type of normal here, HME providers are calculating the financial damages wrought by Hurricane Sandy.When the powerful storm struck the heavily populated New York-New Jersey coast on Oct. 29, one of the biggest impacts on providers were the power outages that led to gas shortages. That meant providers like Apria Healthcare trucked in fuel from Texas at its own expense.“(The storm caused) hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses and lost revenue,”...

Financial Damages, Home Medical Equipment (HME), Hurricane Sandy

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The Audit Team assists providers affected by Sandy

November 19, 2012HME News Staff

CANTON, Ohio - The Audit Team is offering providers in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy free and significantly reduced fees for the next 60 days. “We were encouraged to read the CMS announcement that it would give providers in the area a 30-day reprieve from additional documentation requests,” stated Rick Worstell, founder and CEO of The Audit Team, in a press release. “We also realize that many providers will need much more than 30 days to get their operations up and running again....

CMS, Hurricane Sandy, The Audit Team

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In wake of Sandy, CMS grants audit relief

November 9, 2012Elizabeth Deprey

BALTIMORE - HME providers who are dealing with the fallout from Hurricane Sandy won't also have to deal with audits, AAHomecare announced Nov. 7."We're very pleased with the decision CMS has made here," said Walt Gorski, vice president of government affairs for AAHomecare.Providers located in parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut now have a 30-day reprieve from additional documentation requests (ADRs) from CMS contractors, according to the announcement.This is a victory for AAHomecare and...

AAHomecare, Apria, CMS, Hurricane Sandy

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"Mention home care! Mention home care!"

November 9, 2012Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

I was watching, I believe, the CBS Evening News last night and caught a segment about how storm weary New Yorker/New Jersey residents were holding up without power. I caught a clip of a caregiver who was filing up/firing up--whatever it is you do the generator three times a day. She was caring for someone (sorry, I was only half-listening at that point) that uses a vent, a nebulizer and goodness knows what else. She did it she told the earnestly somber TV reporter, because otherwise he'd have to...

Home Care, Home Medical Equipment (HME), Hurricane Sandy

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Providers persevere through floods, outages

November 2, 2012Elizabeth Deprey

YARMOUTH, Maine - Hurricane Sandy may be over, but HME providers and their patients in the hardest-hit areas are still dealing with the fallout—and there are more dark days ahead. When Sandy struck the New Jersey coast Oct. 29, it cut power to East Coast residents and caused massive flooding. "You can't even imagine the situation down there (in the New York City area)," said Carol Napierski, executive director of the New York Medical Equipment Providers Association. "Power lines are...

Bachs Home Health Care Supply, Cape Medical Supply, Hurricane Sandy, Lincoln Medical Supply, Medicare, New York, Provider, Reliable Medical, Robert Home Medical

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HME providers rally around Sandy victims

November 2, 2012Leif Kothe

YARMOUTH, Maine - With the eastern seaboard reeling in the aftermath of Sandy, several HME providers have made concerted efforts to assist those devastated by the hurricane.When William Korslin, CEO of Naperville, Ill.-based Centrad Healthcare, learned that one of his employees, Miguel Paredes, was among those adversely affected by the storm, his company undertook relief efforts.Paredes, a distribution manager at the company's Long Island facility, along with his family, lost their home and most...

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MetroStar opens doors to Sandy victims

November 1, 2012HME News Staff

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - To assist in recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy, MetroStar Home Health Products will open its warehouse doors to a donation drive for victims of the disaster, according to a press release. MetroStar will be accepting donations of canned goods, nonperishable items, household items and monetary donations. “We are a Brooklyn-based company,” Isaac Newman, COO at MetroStar, stated in the release. “Our employees, families and patients have been directly affected by...

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