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Kelly Grahovac

News

Audits slowly ramp up

July 9, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – The DME MACs are moving forward with audits for claims filed after March 2020, when COVID-19 hit the U.S. and certain waivers went into effect, but audit experts don’t anticipate any widespread problems.  Early in the pandemic, CMS temporarily waived several requirements, including coverage criteria, face-to-face requirements and delivery signatures for respiratory equipment.   “The MACs have been easing into audits since last August, even though...

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AARC releases videos to thank RTs

June 24, 2021HME News Staff

IRVING, Texas – The American Association of Respiratory Care has released a series of new videos, “Thank a Respiratory Therapist,” to help increase community awareness of the profession and highlight the essential role RTs have played in patient care during COVID-19 and beyond. “Like many health care professionals working on the front lines of the pandemic, respiratory therapists worked tirelessly and selflessly to help patients everywhere,” said Sheri Tooley, president...

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Vendors

Medline bulks up respiratory portfolio

May 18, 2021HME News Staff

NORTHFIELD, Ill. – Medline plans to acquire a significant portion of the Hudson RCI brand of respiratory products from Teleflex, in a bid to strengthen its offerings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Hudson RCI’s oxygen and aerosol therapy, active humidification and pulmonary hygiene products will complement Medline’s respiratory portfolio; will add two manufacturing facilities in Arlington Heights, Ill., and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico; and will add 1,000 employees.  “Hudson...

Acquisition, Hudson RCI, M&A, Medline, Oxygen Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Teleflex


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Casey Hoyt

Specialty Providers

Viemed sees patient uploads rebound in March

May 4, 2021HME News Staff

LAFAYETTE, La. – Viemed Healthcare reported net revenues for its core business were $25.5 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021, a 12% increase compared to the same quarter last year.  Total revenues were $28.4 million, including $2.9 million for contract tracing services and product sales related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “The first quarter will very likely be the quarter where things began to reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic and I am once again...

COVID-19, Financial Results, Respiratory Therapy, Viemed Healthcare


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CQRC to subcommittee: Provide relief to preserve access

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CQRC to subcommittee: Provide relief to preserve access

May 3, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Home respiratory care providers have played a crucial role amid the ongoing public health emergency and lawmakers should support policies that ensure long-term reimbursement stability in the market, the Council for Quality Respiratory Care stated in testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.  The CQRC submitted the testimony as part of a recent hearing on “The Long Haul: Forging a Path Through...

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HHS extends PHE

April 20, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Xavier Becerra, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, has extended the public health emergency for another 90 days.  The PHE, which was set to expire April 21, is now good through July 21. The PHE was initially declared on Jan. 31.  There are a number of HME-related provisions that are tied to the PHE, including Medicare’s 75/25 blended reimbursement rates for non-rural, non-competitive bidding areas, and waivers of...

Public Health Emergency, Respiratory Therapy, Telehealth


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Aveanna launches IPO

April 20, 2021HME News Staff

ATLANTA – Aveanna Healthcare Holdings, a diversified home care platform that provides respiratory therapy products and services, has launched an initial public offering of about 38.2 million shares of its common stock at an anticipated initial public offering price of $16 to $18 per share. The company also intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 5.7 million shares of its common stock. Aveanna has applied to list its common stock on the Nasdaq under...

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Protech adds locations in Fla, NH

March 18, 2021HME News Staff

CINCINNATI – Protech Home Medical has accelerated its organic growth initiatives by opening new locations in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Concord, N.H. “With the addition of new locations in Florida and New Hampshire, we continue our aggressive path of scaling our business,” said Greg Crawford, chairman and CEO of Protech. “Our patient-centric model leveraging our interconnected health care platform is providing us much opportunity to gain market share and this is just the beginning...

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Providers

Protech Home Medical reports ‘robust’ financial results

March 2, 2021HME News Staff

CINCINNATI – Protech Home Medical reported revenue of $22.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, a 32% increase compared to the same period in 2020.  Adjusted EBITDA was $5.1 million vs. $3.3 million, a 53% increase.  “The momentum across the business continues to be robust as evidenced by our first quarter financial and operating results, and I am pleased to saw that we are seeing similar strong trends into our second quarter,” said CEO and Chairman...

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Tim Safley

News

ACHC develops distinctions for respiratory, custom mobility

March 2, 2021HME News Staff

CARY, N.C. – The Accreditation Commission for Health Care has developed two new distinctions for DMEPOS-accredited organizations to help them demonstrate their commitment to patient quality of life.  The Distinction in Clinical Respiratory Patient Management allows providers to demonstrate expertise in managing respiratory conditions, and the Distinction in Custom Mobility recognizes first-rate providers of custom mobility products.  “By offering these groundbreaking distinctions,...

Accreditation, Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Custom Mobility, Respiratory Therapy


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