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This is the home for our coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the HME industry.

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.

Package provides relief to HME industry ‘on the front lines’

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03/27/2020

WASHINGTON – A stimulus package passed by Congress this afternoon will provide a financial boost to HME providers caring for patients during the current coronavirus pandemic.

NC board paves path to increase RTs

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03/27/2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The North Carolina Respiratory Care Board has implemented waivers reducing the licensing time for respiratory therapists from 30 days to two days, according to the ACMESA.

AOPA monitoring ‘essential’ businesses

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03/27/2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association has stated that O&P facilities will continue to be exempt from state and municipal orders restricting or closing non-essential business until further notice.

TBO maintaining operations

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03/27/2020

MODESTO, Calif. – Tactical Back Office, a firm offering remote personnel services for processing HME orders, has continued operations throughout the coronavirus outbreak, resulting in little disruption for its clients, while keeping employees and clients safe.

Let’s not wait until next time

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Friday, March 27, 2020

I saw some back-and-forth on twitter between HME providers asking what the HME industry is like in Italy and the role it is playing in responding to the coronavirus pandemic there.

Bedard partners to create, donate masks

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03/26/2020

LEWISTON, Maine – Bedard Pharmacy & Medical Supplies has teamed with a local manufacturer, Allen Manufacturing, to make and distribute cloth face masks.

CAIRE ups production of 02 equipment

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03/26/2020

BALL GROUND, Ga. – CAIRE has added production shifts, extended work hours and is expanding production lines at its facilities in Ball Ground, Ga., Buffalo, N.Y., and Chengdu, China, to meet the increased demand for oxygen equipment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Stimulus package includes HME provisions

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03/26/2020

WASHINGTON – The Senate last night passed a $2 trillion stimulus package that included several HME-related provisions, including extending the 50/50 blended rate in rural and non-contiguous, non-competitively bid areas.

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