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Providers worry about CPAP report’s ripple effect

June 11, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – Providers say a recent draft report on the effectiveness of CPAP is questionable, but they worry it could still impact everything from patient confidence in the therapy to adequate access and payment for equipment and services.  The report, released in April by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, states that published studies show little evidence of long-term benefits of CPAP therapy on cardiovascular and other health outcomes.   “I think...

AHRQ, CPAP, Sleep Apnea


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Survey: Americans mostly unaware of sleep apnea

June 10, 2021HME News Staff

DARIEN, Ill. – Nearly 70% of Americans who sleep with a bed partner report those partners snore while sleeping, according to a 2021 survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).   Snoring can be an indicator of obstructive sleep apnea and AASM is asking Americans to consider, “Is it more than a snore?”  “While not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, snoring is a warning sign that should be taken seriously,” said Dr. Kannan Ramar, AASM president....

American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Apnea


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Survey: Pharmacies can’t fill positions

June 3, 2021HME News Staff

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Eighty percent of independent pharmacists are having trouble hiring for open positions, according to a new survey from the National Association of Community Pharmacists.  What’s more, nearly 90% of survey respondents say they can’t find pharmacy technicians, a critical position.  “This is a major challenge for community pharmacies that are seeing many more patients because of the pandemic,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, pharmacist....

labor shortage, National Association of Community Pharmacists


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E-commerce provider creates community

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Better Health means better community

May 28, 2021Tracy Orzel

SAN FRANCISCO – When it comes to questions about medical devices or supplies, nine times out of 10, the doctor is not the best person to answer them, says Naama Stauber Breckler. That’s why Better Health, which recently launched with the close of a $3.5 million seed round, offers one-on-one coaching, peer support and education, including interactive webinars covering various topics from ostomy leaks to diet and exercise, and even swimming. “They don't know the difference...

Better Health, Incontinence Supplies, Naama Staubler Breckler


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Casey Hoyt

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Viemed pushes back on OIG’s findings

May 25, 2021HME News Staff

LAFAYETTE, La. – Viemed Healthcare says a recent report from the Office of Inspector General shows how disconnected investigators are from CMS’s clinical protocols for non-invasive ventilators and shines a light on the lack of understanding of the critical role HME providers play in providing this life-saving care to patients.  The OIG in May published a report saying most of the Medicare claims submitted for the monthly rental of NIV by Viemed, under its original name Sleep...

non-invasive ventilators, OIG report, Viemed Healthcare


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BOC honors top O&P professional

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BOC honors top O&P professional

May 19, 2021HME News Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – BOC has named Michael Arnette, BOCO, BOCP, as its Certificant of the Year for, among other achievements, his prosthetic care work in Nigeria. The award recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to their profession, including commitments to service, research and outreach. “I am honored to be named BOC’s Certificant of the Year,” said Arnette. “I am proud to accept as a representative of the many clinicians who strive to improve the...

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Viemed sees ‘dramatic comeback’ 

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Viemed sees ‘dramatic comeback’ 

May 14, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

LAFAYETTE, La. – After weathering some of its toughest months in January and February from the dual impacts of COVID-19 and a treacherous ice storm, Viemed Healthcare saw significant patient growth in March, says CEO Casey Hoyt.  “In January and February, we were admitting 65% of our pre-COVID new patients,” he said on a recent earnings call to discuss first quarter financial results*. “March was right around 90% of pre-COVID numbers....

Casey Hoyt, Home Respiratory Services, Viemed Healthcare


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Option Care hungry for M&A 

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Option Care hungry for M&A 

May 14, 2021Theresa Flaherty, Managing Editor

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. – With a tuck-in acquisition in the Southeast, a new state-of-the-art facility in Chicago and new therapies added to its chronic care portfolio, Option Care Health is laying the groundwork for sustainable growth, say company officials.  Option Care announced May 6 it had paid $18.5 million for Houston-based BioCureRx, a regional provider of certain chronic care therapies.  “While limited in size, the BioCure transaction signifies...

Home Infusion Therapy, John Rademacher, Option Care Health


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CMS boosts pay for antibody treatment in the home

May 10, 2021HME News Staff

WASHINGTON – CMS has established a higher rate of $750 to administer monoclonal antibody treatment to Medicare beneficiaries with COVID-19 in their homes, including permanent residences or temporary lodgings.  The new rate accounts for the increased costs associated with the one-on-one nature of this care model and reflects additional information provided to CMS about providing these services in a safe and timely manner.  “CMS’s...

Home Infusion, monoclonal antibody treatment, payment


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Option Care Health reports ‘solid’ results 

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Option Care Health reports ‘solid’ results 

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,...

Home Infusion Therapy, John Rademacher, Option Care Health


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