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In brief: SoClean sues Philips, Better Health gets investment, Movair launches ventilator

October 15, 2021HME News Staff

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. – SoClean Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Philips, alleging the company has sought to blame it for problems related to its recall of certain respiratory devices.  The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for Massachusetts, alleges Philips has misled the public and engaged in acts of deliberate misdirection, placing blame on SoClean to divert attention away from obvious design flaws, including a poor choice of sound abatement foam, which led to its recent...

Better Health, Home Medical Equipment, Medtrade East, Movair, Permobil, Philips Recall, SoClean


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Regulatory: Verify, verify, verify

October 13, 2021Andrea Stark

Q. Can suppliers bill monthly rentals for Medicare patients with recalled Philips CPAP devices? A. Yes, so long as the patient continues to use the device. Suppliers, however, should be increasingly diligent in their monthly verification procedures because the publicity surrounding the recall may persuade regular CPAP users to stop using their machines, even those produced by Philips’ competitors. Remote monitoring is the easiest way to satisfy the requirement, but suppliers can also...

Andrea Stark, CPAP, Home Medical Equipment, Philips Recall


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SoClean sues Philips, seeks damages in excess of $200 million

October 13, 2021HME News Staff

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. – SoClean Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Philips, alleging the company has sought to blame it for problems related to its recall of certain respiratory devices. The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for Massachusetts, alleges Philips has misled the public and engaged in acts of deliberate misdirection, placing blame on SoClean to divert attention away from obvious design flaws, including a poor...

CPAP, Philips Recall, SoClean


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It’s been a year

October 7, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

It’s always around this time of year – it’s early October as I write this – that I start itching to find out what have been the most read stories of the year on the HME News website.  For normal people, fall signifies all things pumpkin – pumpkin bread, yes; Pumpkinhead beer, no, if you’re asking – but not for me.  What have you all been reading? When the year is three-quarters through, that’s what I want to know.  Before I even...

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Philips recall: Questions continue more than two months later

September 3, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – Philips’ announcement last week that it will begin repairing and replacing CPAP devices affected by a recall was welcome news to providers, but they still have more questions than answers.  The company announced Sept. 1 that it had received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin replacing the sound abatement foam with new material in certain sleep and respiratory care devices starting this month.  “The question I have...

CMS alert, CPAP Machines, Home Medical Equipment, Philips Recall


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Medicare alert on recall is ‘disappointing’

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Medicare alert on recall is ‘disappointing’

September 3, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WASHINGTON – Medicare’s recent alert to beneficiaries on the Philips recall of certain CPAP devices resulted in a wave of repercussions for HME providers, including a rash of phone calls from upset patients.  While technically correct, the alert made it sound like providers have repairs or replacements at the ready, when they don’t. Philips just announced on Sept. 1 that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its repair plans, and supply...

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In brief: Discontinued devices, freight surcharges, rehab expansions

September 3, 2021HME News Staff

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. – Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare will discontinue its DV5 and DV6 series of CPAP devices as of December 2021, citing raw material shortages, difficulty securing needed parts and increased component pricing.  The company will continue to focus on its oxygen products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Over the last two years, Drive DeVilbiss has been a major supplier of critical oxygen products during the largest respiratory pandemic in history,”...

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, Home Medical Equipment, Invacare, National Seating & Mobility, Northshore Care Supply, Philips Recall, Reliable Medical Supply, SuperCare Health


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Philips begins remediation

September 1, 2021HME News Staff

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – Royal Philips has received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin replacing the sound abatement foam with new material in certain sleep and respiratory care devices starting this month.  The company has also started replacing certain affected first-generation DreamStation CPAP devices in the U.S. with DreamStation 2 CPAP devices, which aren’t affected by the recall.  “We fully recognize...

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Philips recall: Senator pushes for answers

August 30, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., sent a three-page letter to Vitor Rocha, the CEO of Philips North America, on Aug. 24, asking him to answer seven questions, including, when does Philips expect to have repaired or replaced all impacted devices?  Blumenthal writes that he has heard from constituents with concerns about the lack of information surrounding a recall of certain Philips CPAP devices and ventilators announced in June.  “The current situation is...

CPAP Devices, DreamStation, Philips Recall, Repair, Replace


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Jeff Hingher

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Sleep8 is bullish on cleaning market

August 27, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Sleep8 is leaning on a new president and a new partnership with VGM & Associates to differentiate itself in a market that’s come under scrutiny due to a recent recall of certain Philips CPAP devices.  The company, under the leadership of President Jeff Hingher, posted a blog to its website in July emphasizing that, while its CPAP cleaning system uses ozone, it only cleans the mask, tubing and water chamber – not the CPAP device.  “I’d...

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