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Ford, GE step up to produce vents

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04/01/2020

DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, will begin producing a third-party ventilator with the goal of producing 50,000 units within 100 days and up to 30,000 a month thereafter as needed.

CMS opens access to respiratory therapy

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03/31/2020

WASHINGTON – Medicare will cover respiratory related devices and equipment for any medical reason determined by clinicians during the coronavirus pandemic, CMS announced last night.

Package includes permanent change to ordering

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03/31/2020

WASHINGTON – The stimulus package passed last week also includes provisions that allow physician assistants, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists to order DMEPOS and home health services for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, AAHomecare reports.

CMS accelerates payments to providers

Agency anticipates advanced payments to be issued within seven days of requests
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03/30/2020

WASHINGTON – CMS announced on Saturday that it is expanding its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating health care providers, including DME providers, during the coronavirus pandemic.

HME providers shift business models, face challenges

‘We’re re-evaluating on a moment-to-moment basis’
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03/27/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – With respiratory equipment back-ordered, PPE in short supply, and employees practicing social distancing from each other and patients, HME providers say it's anything but business as usual as they gear up to backstop hospitals during the coronavirus pand

Complex rehab industry acts quickly

Stakeholders share policy changes with public and private payers, develop specific guidance for remote evaluations
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03/27/2020

EAST AMHERST, N.Y. – NCART this month assembled a COVID-19 CRT Work Group consisting of providers, clinicians and manufacturers to identify issues, develop action plans and secure solutions.

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HME NewsPoll April 2020

The coronavirus is more severely affecting people who are over 60 years old and who have underlying conditions like diabetes, and heart and lung disease.