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

Audits will not resume full bore

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07/21/2020

WASHINGTON – When program integrity activities resume on Aug. 3, CMS will not be auditing claims started during the public health emergency, industry stakeholders have learned.

SoClean expands into air purification, device disinfection

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07/21/2020

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. – SoClean has expanded its product portfolio to include the SoClean Air Purifier and the SoClean Device Disinfector.

Providers adjust their staffing models

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07/17/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, HME providers, like many other companies, sent employees home to work. It’s been mostly successful, they say.

NCPA launches ‘Essential’ campaign

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07/16/2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Community Pharmacists Association has launched an “Essential” campaign to rally pharmacists and other small business owners to pressure Congress to include several key provisions in the next COVID relief package

What a first half of the year it’s been

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Monday, July 13, 2020

It being July (how did that happen—very quickly and very slowly at the same time), I logged into Google Analytics to find the most read stories for the first half of the year.

Pandemic speeds up consolidation

But deals are taking longer to close, analysts say
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07/10/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – After briefly hitting the pause button in March when “the world turned upside down,” buyers and sellers are back at the table, say M&A analysts.

VGM’s Mike Mallaro on how to get to the other side

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07/10/2020

WATERLOO, Iowa – The COVID-19 pandemic has broken the mold for how the HME industry has always done business, but that can create opportunity—if providers are open to it, says VGM CEO Mike Mallaro.

Oswald’s Pharmacy to offer antibody testing

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07/09/2020

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Oswald’s Pharmacy will begin offering COVID-19 antibody testing.

Protech: We’re ‘solid’

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07/08/2020

CINCINNATI – Demand for respiratory equipment is increasing, and demand for CPAP and other supplies remains strong, Protech Home Medical says in a July 7 corporate update.

Round 2021: All eyes on CMS

‘We’re beginning to see a surge, and we don’t know what the fall and winter will bring’
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07/02/2020

WASHINGTON – There’s no crystal ball, but after two meetings with high-level CMS officials in late June, industry stakeholders feel there could be a chance the agency pauses Round 2021 of competitive bidding.

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