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CMR: ‘You ensure no one is left behind’

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CMR: ‘You ensure no one is left behind’

October 29, 2021Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Editor’s note: The following is a message that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers gave to the attendees of the Virtual AAHomecare Washington Legislative Conference on Sept. 29.  I’d like to start by saying thank you to everyone here for your tremendous work during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more than a year now, you’ve joined doctors and nurse across the country working around the clock to care for the sick and save lives. Many of you have been going to work each day putting your...

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, COVID-19 Pandemic, Home Medical Equipment


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Tsunami of rising costs impacting DME supplier community

October 1, 2021HME News Staff

There are a myriad of challenges facing DME/HME providers, not the least of which is a sharp increase in costs pertaining to several facets of their business. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, PPE, fuel, vehicle and labor costs have risen sharply. Several major DME manufacturers have now announced yet another round of surcharges that have been or will be implemented. In other industries, when a surcharge or price increase is incurred, the cost is passed to the end user purchasing that product....

Craig Douglas, Home Medical Equipment, VGM


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Rising costs and stagnant reimbursements are squeezing HME suppliers

October 1, 2021HME News Staff

That’s a phrase I’ve used repeatedly over the last year-and-a-half in interviews, op-eds, and discussions with policymakers and HME leaders. As AAHomecare continues the aggressive national media outreach campaign we started this year, and also engages Capitol Hill and CMS to secure much-needed and long-overdue adjustments to Medicare reimbursement rates, I know I’ll have ample opportunity to continue to point out HME’s essential contributions to meeting the challenges posed...

aahomecare, Home Medical Equipment, Tom Ryan


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Debbie Fisher

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There's value in hospital-in-home in post-pandemic environment

July 30, 2021Debbie Fisher

COVID-19 imposed massive changes to the world throughout 2020. It rocked the health care world, in particular, bringing facilities to capacity and many would-be patients to avoid hospitals because of their perceived risk of contracting the virus. The public health crisis amounted to 41% of Americans delaying or avoiding care by the end of June 2020(1). With 32% of deferments for routine health care and 12% for urgent or emergency care, chronic conditions place patients at a higher risk for severe...

COVID-19, Debbie Fisher, NavCare


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Higher product costs and supply chain bottlenecks continue to challenge HME

May 28, 2021Gordon Barnes

Even as vaccination rates grow and new cases of COVID-19 are slowing nationwide, HME suppliers and manufacturers remain in the grip of another side effect of the pandemic: higher product costs and increased operational expenses. HME suppliers first began seeing these impacts in early 2020, as demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) surged, with shortages and higher costs quickly following. Additional impacts of the pandemic were confirmed in a May 2020 survey on supply chain disruptions...

aahomecare, Coronavirus Outbreak, Gordon Barnes, Home Medical Equipment


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With resilience, business has continued

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With resilience, business has continued

March 1, 2021Miriam Lieber

Looking back at 2020, one of the additions I have made to my repertoire during the pandemic is to listen to more podcasts while walking, cooking, etc. Recently, I listened to a podcast on LinkedIn with the prolific author, Adam Grant. He spoke about some of his takeaways from 2020. He mentioned using the experience of last year to “go back and interview teams for re-entry. What have we done that’s worked? What is the most surprising lesson you’ve learned by working from home? What...

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Lessons in risk management: 2020 taught us as much as it challenged us

February 1, 2021Bill Wilson

2020 may well go down in history as one of the most challenging years of the modern era. From the COVID-19 pandemic to civil unrest and a contentious political climate, this year required more flexibility and resilience from individuals and businesses than any in recent memory. Yet, these challenges also shed light on issues both old and new. And for those with an eye for opportunity, 2020 brought many lessons that can help grow and improve their businesses for the future.   Here’s...

Bill Wilson, Coronavirus Outbreak, VGM Insurance


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The new reality of patient-as-payer

September 29, 2020Guest Commentary

In theory, health care consumerism is a straight-forward idea: Shifting costs to consumers, typically in the form of high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), gives them an incentive to make informed decisions about the health care services they purchase. In practice, consumerism represents a significant challenge to providers' bottom lines. A recent report reveals that for 74% of providers, patient collections take over a month. Further, 66% of providers said patient receivables are a primary revenue...

Availity, DJO Healthcare Solutions, Health care consumerism


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M&A before, during and after a global pandemic

August 3, 2020Guest Commentary

Since 1965, when the Medicare Trust was first established, entrepreneurial individuals have established and built a wide variety of health care businesses to serve and support a growing population of those in need of medical care. Soon thereafter, the HME sector as we now know it was born.Receiving care and treatment in the safety and comfort of their home quickly became the preferred method for patients to receive medical care. The associated cost savings became increasingly attractive to the U.S....

Jonathan Sadock, Paragon Ventures


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Don't underestimate the 'sidekicks'

June 1, 2020Guest Commentary

With COVID-19 permeating every aspect of our lives and our media experience, we look for the good in our communities and continue to celebrate the front-line workers: health care staff, truckers, grocery store clerks, gas station attendants and the list continues. They are the heroes tirelessly working so we can stay at home and abide by the stay at home orders.Have you wondered about the “sidekicks” who are behind the scenes making sure the heroes and heroines have what they need to...

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