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Business changes due to COVID-19 will 'outlast disease,' survey says

June 3, 2020HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Sixty one percent of community pharmacists expect to offer point-of-care testing for various illnesses, including COVID-19 when it becomes available, according to a new survey from the National Community Pharmacists Association. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they didn't offer this testing prior to the pandemic. “Pharmacies have adapted to the crisis in ways that may outlast the disease,” said Brian Caswell, president of the NCPA and owner of Wolkar Drug....

Coronavirus Outbreak, Home delivery, NCPA, teleahealth, testing


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NCPA urges other states to follow New York's lead

April 28, 2020HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The National Community Pharmacists Association, which represents more than 21,000 independent pharmacies across the country, lauds New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for authorizing independent pharmacies to serve as COVID-19 test centers. “We are deeply grateful to Gov. Cuomo for enlisting independent pharmacies in the fight against the pandemic,” said CEO B. Douglas Hoey. “Local pharmacies in New York and every state have been fighting for the authority to do testing...

Community Pharmacies, Coronavirus Outbreak, NCPA, testing


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Short takes: sleep apnea

May 16, 2017HME News Staff

The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear a case from a truck driver who claimed his employer violated his rights by requiring him to get tested for sleep apnea opens the door for trucking companies to more widely require the tests, according to Trucks.com. The court's decision in April follows Robert Parker's appeal of a lower court decision that Crete Carrier didn't violate his rights under the American with Disabilities Act when it required him to be tested because he had a body mass index of 35...

Military, Sleep Apnea, testing, trucking


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NJ Transit takes 11 off rails…

December 16, 2016HME News Staff

NEWARK, N.J. - Eleven New Jersey Transit train engineers or conductors have been temporarily removed from duty under a new program to assess fatigue-related conditions like obstructive sleep apnea, according to news reports. Under the program, launched in October, engineers and conductors who show indications of potential fatigue symptoms will be removed until they can document that they've controlled or corrected their conditions, according to reports. Previously, NJ Transit allowed engineers with...

sleep regs, testing, train


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…Truck drivers challenge fed on sleep

December 16, 2016HME News Staff

GRAIN VALLEY, Miss. - The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a petition on Dec. 14 challenging language related to sleep apnea in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's final rule on medical examiner certification, according to the Journal of Commerce. The appendix of the rule states: “If the medical examiner detects a respiratory dysfunction, that in any way is likely to interfere with the driver's ability to safely control and drive a commercial motor vehicle,...

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Survey finds low awareness of OSA screening, testing

October 3, 2013HME News Staff

GLEN BURNIE, Md. - There's a clear lack of awareness among Americans about the latest screening and testing technologies for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to a survey commissioned by NovaSom and the American Sleep Apnea Association. The survey, which polled 500 men and women between the ages of 30 and 65, found that 88% were unaware of either the Epworth or Stop-Bang questionnaires, and 82% were unaware of home sleep tests. Additionally, it found 40% who suspected themselves or a spouse/partner...

Awareness, NovaSom, Sleep Apnea, survey, testing


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