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

SECO USA to donate vents to underserved Black communities


ROCKVILLE, Md. – SECO USA will donate several new ventilators to hospitals in Black communities. Biorespira Pulmonary Ventilators are non-invasive pulmonary ventilators that deliver oxygen to patients with difficulty breathing in a closed loop system and are easily operated by nurses and in-home care providers.

AAH provides update on Tricare and COVID-19 relief


WASHINGTON – Tricare East contractor Human Military loaded new reimbursement rates authorized by the CARES Act into their system on June 3, according to AAHomecare.

Reporter's notebook: Long view, body cams and deadlines


Taking a short and long view

While there are “still some fires to put out,” complex rehab stakeholders are shifting part of their focus on longer-term issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, says Don Clayback.

Legal round up: What is price gouging?


MIAMI – Amid the coronavirus pandemic, health care attorney Matthew Fischer has found himself advising clients on matters like pivoting their business to selling PPE.

Decline in HME providers strains those that are left

There are fewer providers to serve more patients, amid a pandemic that has increased demand

YARMOUTH, Maine – Medicare’s competitive bidding program has decimated their ranks over the past 10 years and now those HME providers that are left are in the middle of a pandemic and facing Round 2021.

In brief: COVID-19 data, tax penalty on relief funds, oxygen shortages and review of NIV


WASHINGTON – Older Americans and those with chronic health conditions are at the highest risk for COVID-19, according to data released by CMS last week.

WHO warns of oxygen shortage


GENEVA, Switzerland – The World Health Organization is warning of a shortage of oxygen concentrators as the number of cases of COVID-19 increases around the globe.

CMS to update COVID-19 data monthly


WASHINGTON – Older Americans and those with chronic health conditions are at the highest risk for COVID-19, according to data released by CMS this week.

Unlocking the front door: Keys to reopening your business safely after COVID-19

Monday, June 22, 2020
Adam Miller

The coronavirus pandemic’s effect on daily life has been unprecedented, and everyone—including business owners—has looked forward to returning to normal (in whatever shape that takes). Whether you find yourself in an area that has already lifted stay-at-home orders or is about to, there’s a lot to consider before resuming operations.

Heartland: Signs ahead point to ‘growth’


WATERLOO, Iowa – The HME industry has weathered its share of hardships and the current COVID crisis is no exception. But, as “first responders,” providers will get through this too, VGM’s Mark Higley said in the kick-off last week to Heartland at Home.