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AMC Health launches RPM program with BCBS 

May 12, 2021HME News Staff

NEW YORK – AMC Health will provide certain Medicare Advantage enrollees who have congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with Bluetooth monitoring devices to transmit real-time biometric data to its clinicians as part of a new partnership with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island.  Launching this program helps to better ensure that pre-acute exacerbations of...

AMC Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, remote patient monitoring, telehealth


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In brief: Option Care Health and Viemed results, TexMEP exec, Heartland registration

May 7, 2021HME News Staff

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. – Option Care Health reported revenue of $759.2 million for the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 7.6% compared to $705.4 million for the same period last year.   Gross profit was $165.5 million, or 21.8% of net revenue, and adjusted EBITDA was $52.2 million for the quarter.  “The Option Care Health team delivered solid financial results in the first quarter while continuing to lay the foundation for sustained growth,” said John Rademacher,...

Heartland, Medtrade, Option Care, TexMEP, Viemed


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CQRC to subcommittee: Provide relief to preserve access

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CQRC to subcommittee: Provide relief to preserve access

May 3, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Home respiratory care providers have played a crucial role amid the ongoing public health emergency and lawmakers should support policies that ensure long-term reimbursement stability in the market, the Council for Quality Respiratory Care stated in testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.  The CQRC submitted the testimony as part of a recent hearing on “The Long Haul: Forging a Path Through...

Council for Quality Respiratory Care, public health emergency, respiratory therapy


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Industry in waiting 

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Industry in waiting 

April 30, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – CMS’s decision to delay finalizing a proposed rule could signal the agency’s intent to focus on other matters, say industry stakeholders.  “We believe CMS is planning on issuing a proposed rule to modify the bid program,” says Cara Bachenheimer, who heads up the government affairs practice at Brown & Fortunato, where she is also a shareholder. “My guess is they are focused on that.”   In a notice...

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Home Medical Equipment, Tom Ryan


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In brief: AdaptHealth increases credit, Permobil goes Progeo, Alick’s buys Pill Box

April 30, 2021HME News Staff

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – AdaptHealth has expanded its credit by $300 million to boost acquisitions and for general corporate purposes.  The company amended its senior secured credit facilities to increase its term loan by $100 million and to expand the maximum borrowing capacity under its revolving credit facility from $250 million to $450 million.   “We appreciate the support of the company’s lenders as we continue to execute on the company’s...

aahomecare, AdaptHealth, Alick's, nonin, Oventus Medical, permobil


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In brief: AAHomecare campaign, PHE extension, telehealth review

April 23, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has tapped public relations firm Keybridge Communications for a media campaign to build awareness of the value of HME.  “Stepping up our strategic communications capacity is essential to our continued efforts to bring home more policy wins for HME suppliers and manufacturers,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO. “Keybridge Communications brings a strong level of experience in developing effective messages and...

aahomecare, ACHC, Aveanna Healthcare, cpap, InfuSystem Holdings, NHIA


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AAHomecare launches campaign to ‘underscore’ HME’s role 

April 22, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has tapped public relations firm Keybridge Communications for a media campaign to build awareness of the value of HME.  “Stepping up our strategic communications capacity is essential to our continued efforts to bring home more policy wins for HME suppliers and manufacturers,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO. “Keybridge Communications brings a strong level of experience in developing effective messages and demonstrated...

aahomecare, Home Medical Equipment, Keybridge Communications


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HHS extends PHE

April 20, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Xavier Becerra, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, has extended the public health emergency for another 90 days.  The PHE, which was set to expire April 21, is now good through July 21. The PHE was initially declared on Jan. 31.  There are a number of HME-related provisions that are tied to the PHE, including Medicare’s 75/25 blended reimbursement rates for non-rural, non-competitive bidding areas, and waivers of...

public health emergency, respiratory therapy, telehealth


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Draft assessment questions impact of CPAP therapy

April 19, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – Published studies mostly do not support that CPAP therapy affects long-term, clinically important outcomes, according to a 155-page draft technology assessment prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Specifically, with low strength of evidence, randomized controlled trials do not demonstrate that CPAP therapy affects all-cause mortality, various cardiovascular outcomes, changes in psychological measures...

CPAP therapy, evidence review, outcomes


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HME industry is open to business travel in 2021

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HME industry is open to business travel in 2021

April 16, 2021Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine – The majority of respondents to a recent HME Newspoll (62%) say they plan to attend at least one in-person industry event this year, because “it’s time for us to get back to business as usual.”  Helping to make their decision easier, say several respondents: vaccines.  “I’ve missed seeing friends and colleagues,” said Victoria Peterson of Respiratory & Medical Homecare in Texas. “With an...

coronavirus outbreak, Home Medical Equipment


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