Survey: Providers aren’t jumping to buy POCs

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Friday, June 28, 2019

NEW YORK – Providers expect only 2.6% growth in their POC purchases over the next 12 months, according to a new survey from Needham & Company.

This, despite also expecting POCs to increase from 21.5% of the ambulatory oxygen market to 31.5% over the next 12 months, according to the 2Q19 HME Oxygen, Sleep and Complex Rehab Survey.

Additionally, providers report Applied Home Healthcare’s OxyGo as the highest rated POC at 5.1 out of 7, followed by Applied’s OxyGo Fit.

On the sleep side, providers say their sleep patient volume increased 10% in the last 12 months and they expect their volume to grow 11.2% in the next 12 months. They say flow generator prices decreased 2% in the last 12 months, while mask prices decreased 0.2% for the same period.

On the complex rehab side, providers say Pride Mobility/Quantum Rehab has the highest rated power wheelchairs for Group 3, followed by Invacare, Permobil and Sunrise Medical. They expect Invacare’s share of power wheelchair purchases to increase 2.5% in the next 12 months.

When it comes to Round 2021, providers expect oxygen reimbursement to decrease, on average, 2%, and CPAP reimbursement to decrease, on average, 2.8%.

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