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Medtrade East: Change, champs and chicken

October 20, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

It was good to be back at Medtrade’s home base, the Georgia World Congress Center, and exciting (and a tad overwhelming at times) to connect in person. In deference to the Delta variant, fist bumps abounded. Masks, not so much, despite a requirement to wear them on the show floor and at sessions. I guess we’re all just doing our best The more things stay the same, the more they change In speaking with people on the floor, there was a mix of “old school” providers,...

Home Medical Equipment, Medtrade East


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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...

Most read stories, Philips Recall


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CMNs, COVID and the Dunkin’ run

August 20, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

From the moment I open my eyes in the morning, I have one goal: coffee. This is normal any day of the year, but on Cape Cod, getting coffee from Dunkin Donuts is a competitive sport that requires getting keys, wallet and shoes lined up the night before, getting up extra early to try and beat the lines, and dodging horrible drivers (hey, it’s Massachusetts) in the small parking lot, all for the magic elixir that keeps me going. And I’ve needed that fuel to keep up with all the happenings...

Cape Cod, COVID-19, Dunkin, Home Medical Equipment, Oxygen NCD


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Medtrade West, Day 3: Sandals on the ground? Try feet up in the air!

July 14, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

After Medtrade West ended today, I walked with Medtrade communications guy and press liaison Gregg Thompson (what IS your actual title, Gregg?) back to the hotel. On the way we talked about the show, which overall had a positive vibe. Very positive. In fact, Gregg was trying to put his finger on why everyone was so damn positive. (Journalists are, by their nature, a suspicious bunch). My personal theory: people that come out to events, be they trade shows or birthday parties for one-year-olds,...

Home Medical Equipment, Medtrade West


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Medtrade West Day 2: ‘You can’t shovel too much sunshine’

July 13, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

I asked show director York Schwab this morning how his first Medtrade was going and whether such a big undertaking was daunting. Unfortunately, I inadvertently cut off the first part of his video, but to paraphrase, he said it had been a challenge in many ways, with the original date pushed from April to July, and so many unknowns even in recent weeks, as rules and regs keep changing. He gave a lot of credit to Medtrade/Emerald staff for their ability “to pivot.” He loves Phoenix...

Home Medical Equipment, Medtrade West, York Schwab


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Take your shot

July 12, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

These were some of the reactions of industry stakeholders to the news of CMS’s proposed national coverage determination for home oxygen therapy: “Groundbreaking.” “We haven’t seen something this major happen in a long time.” “This obliterates everything that we’ve held to be immovable ground for oxygen coverage.”  If you’re like me, when you first saw the news on that Friday before a long holiday weekend (classic CMS move,...

CMS, Home oxygen therapy, Medicare, National coverage determination


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‘Boots on the ground’ in Phoenix

July 12, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

I got a shout out from Liz in the company Slack channel for my “boots on the ground” reporting for two stories in that week’s very newsy holiday newswire on July 5: “Philips recall: Vent providers in wait-and-see mode” and “’Flat out miserable’: Pacific Northwest providers work through heatwave.” What she means by that is really talking with providers in the trenches to paint a picture of what’s going on out there for the larger...

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Forget COVID

June 29, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

We’ve been doing a lot of talking here at HME News about the Philips recall. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s all anyone’s been talking about in the industry, on webinars, on state association calls, to me. Forget COVID. "This is going to be far worse,” is a common refrain. It’s not hard to understand why, even as we don’t yet fully know how far the ripple effect will spread. While the immediate concerns have focused on just getting information to communicating...

CPAP, Philips Recall


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Change agents

June 16, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

During an intro call in June, two speakers for this year’s HME News Business Summit said they preferred to have our prep call as close as possible to the event because the rate of change in health care right now is so fast. They said, there are things that will happen in the next few months that we can’t talk about now but that we’ll want to talk about at the event. So, we scheduled another call for early September. When I look at the education program for this year’s Summit,...

HME News Business Summit, Hospital at home, Pandemic


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Sheer will and goodwill

May 11, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

Being the recipient of Google Alerts for “oxygen concentrator” is a scary and sad place to be right now.  I have these alerts set up for a number of key terms in the HME industry – think “sleep therapy” and “home infusion” and “AdaptHealth” and “Invacare.” They’re delivered to my email inbox every afternoon.  Recent alerts for “oxygen concentrator” have been almost exclusively related to...

Coronavirus, Council for Quality Respiratory Care, COVID-19 Pandemic, CQRC, Home oxygen therapy, Oxygen Concentrator, Reimbursement relief


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