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Mike Swinford

Mobility

Complex rehab is ‘beyond challenging’ right now

January 14, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Arguably all HME providers have been impacted by supply chain constraints, but complex rehab providers have had additional complexities to contend with, they say.  “The typical complex rehab product that we provide has components from three to five manufacturers,” said Mike Swinford, CEO of Numotion. “It may have a base from one manufacturer and a custom molded seat from a different manufacturer. The number of cases where we’re waiting for...

Complex Rehab, National Seating & Mobility, Numotion, supply chain constraints


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Supply chain constraints: ‘It’s going to get worse,' says Graham-Field CEO

January 7, 2022Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ATLANTA – Even though it manufactures most of its products in the U.S., GF Health Products still imports certain components, not to mention about 1,000 containers of products a year, meaning it, too, has felt the sting of supply chain constraints, says Ken Spett.  “Our logistics people – we never paid too much attention to them,” said Spett, president and CEO. “Now we’re in meetings with the logistics people every day.”  Here’s what...

Graham-Field, Home Medical Equipment, Ken Spett, supply chain constraints


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In brief: HIDA research, catheter white paper, Quipt acquisition

January 7, 2022HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Medical supplies are being delayed 37 days due to ongoing supply chain problems, according to research by the Health Industry Distributors Association.  These delays are impacting 8,000-12,000 containers of supplies throughout the U.S. transportation system, the association says.  “HIDA recommends a fast-pass system to prioritize essential medical supplies through ports, onto rail and truck for expedited delivery to the front lines of health care,”...

aahomecare, Catheters, Health Industry Distributors Association, Inogen, One Drop, supply chain constraints


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Providers scramble with significant backlogs

December 17, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – With delays on equipment orders stretching past 60 days or more, respondents to a recent HME Newspoll say they must stay nimble to manage their businesses – and their patients.  Thirty percent of respondents report backlogs of 90 days or more and another 19% report backlogs of 60 days or more.  “We are finding delays with all the product categories except supplies, but respiratory has the most impact on our referrals and customers,” wrote...

CPAP, Home Medical Equipment, Philips Recall, supply chain constraints


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HIDA calls for further transportation action

November 10, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Health Industry Distributors Association has called for further action to avoid delays in delivering medical supplies to health care providers.  In a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation, HIDA first thanked the administration for its recent work to expand the business hours of ports.   “Unprecedented transportation delays have hindered reliable and timely movement of medical products,” said Linda Rouse O’Neill, HIDA vice president...

Health Industry Distributors Association, Home Medical Equipment, supply chain constraints


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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, shortages, supply chain constraints


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Linda Rouse O'Neill

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Linda Rouse O’Neill on supply chain constraints: We need to expedite health care products

October 15, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Supply chain constraints have made transportation a health care issue, says Linda Rouse O’Neill of the Health Industry Distributors Association.  In September, when O’Neill was a guest on the HME News in 10 podcast, she said about 70 cargo ships were waiting off the coast of California, a 30% increase compared to last year.    “When you think about COVID and (the bottlenecks at) our West Coast ports...

HIDA, Home Medical Equipment, Linda Rouse O'Neill, supply chain constraints


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Distribution: Practice proactive, not reactive, purchasing

October 13, 2021Colton Mason

Q. Where did all the crutches go? A. According to a recent poll conducted by HME News, providers say they’re increasing on-hand inventory levels to try and combat supply chain disruptions. So, when an item like adult crutches goes on backorder with a big-name brand, providers start ordering up and clearing out the warehouses of other manufacturers for fear that they may not be able to procure that item in the short-term, in many cases, doubling the amount of inventory they are carrying on...

Colton Mason, Distribution, Home Medical Equipment, supply chain constraints


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Invacare implements new surcharges

August 31, 2021HME News Staff

ELYRIA, Ohio – Invacare informed its provider customers in a letter last week that it will be implementing surcharges on a select group of products effective Aug. 30 to help defray increasing freight rates.  On Oct. 11, the company will also be implementing a 10% price increase on select bed and manual wheelchair spare parts.  “Like all manufacturers around the globe, we have experienced numerous challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote Joost Beltman,...

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