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NCPA: Labor woes lead to longer wait times

August 18, 2022HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – More than three-quarters of community pharmacists say they are having a tough time filling open positions, resulting in higher payroll costs and longer wait times for patients, according to a new survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association.   “Community pharmacies are small businesses, and even though they are affected by the same tough conditions that are battering the rest of Main Street, the biggest threat to their ability to continue to provide...

Labor, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), Shortage

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A fine line 

May 18, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Am I the only one getting CPAP shortage vibes from the baby formula shortage?  I’m not going to lie. The formula shortage wasn’t fully on my radar until recently. With a seven-year-old, my days of buying formula are long over. But seven years ago, it would have been a different story, as my daughter was 100% formula fed. (My breastfeeding story, by the way, is not uncommon. Difficulty with latching. Supply issues with pumping. There is no shame here.)  I can’t imagine...

Consolidation, CPAP, CPAP Recall, Shortage

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Providers struggle with staffing shortages due to COVID-19


Providers struggle with staffing shortages due to COVID-19

January 21, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – HME companies are struggling to maintain business as usual amid the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 42% of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll saying 6% to 10% of their staff is in quarantine.  Another 23% say 11% to 20% of their staff is in quarantine.  “Staffing is precarious already, that an absence is devastating to workflow,” wrote one respondent. “We can only care for customers; billing is waiting. Our staff is also very...

COVID-19, Home Medical Equipment (HME), Labor, Shortage

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Inogen reports growth, but it’s unable to fulfill some orders

November 5, 2021HME News Staff

GOLETA, Calif. – Inogen reported $93.1 million in total revenue for the third quarter of 2021, up 25.3% from the same period last year.  By business segment, it reported $36.3 million in revenue for domestic direct-to-consumer sales, up 24.6%; and $12.1 million for rentals, up 61.3%.  “I continue to be pleased with the sustained demand we are seeing for our market-leading portable oxygen concentrators, in spite of the challenging supply chain environment,” said Nabil...

Financial Results, Inogen, Shortage, supply chain constraints

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VGM takes temp on labor shortage

August 10, 2021HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM has launched a survey to determine the impact of the labor shortage on the HME industry. VGM plans to share the responses to the nine-question survey with lawmakers to help them understand the difficulties that providers face in hiring and retaining employees. The survey asks providers what state they are in, how many employees they have, how many employees they have lost during the pandemic, what kind of employees they’re trying to hire, and what incentives...

COVID-19, Labor, Pandemic, Shortage, VGM Group

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Specialty Providers

Survey: Pharmacies can’t fill positions

June 3, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Eighty percent of independent pharmacists are having trouble hiring for open positions, according to a new survey from the National Association of Community Pharmacists.  What’s more, nearly 90% of survey respondents say they can’t find pharmacy technicians, a critical position.  “This is a major challenge for community pharmacies that are seeing many more patients because of the pandemic,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, pharmacist....

Labor, National Association of Community Pharmacists, Shortage

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