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

Providers maneuver bumpy referral streams

But they report ‘strong increases’ in June
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06/19/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – How much a provider’s referral stream has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic is very much tied to its business model, according to the results of the recent HME Newspoll.

AAHomecare reaches out on Medicaid relief

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06/18/2020

WASHINGTON —AAHomecare is working to get equitable treatment for HME suppliers who have been denied Medicaid-based relief.

Stakeholders press CMS for delay

They’re also asking lawmakers to apply pressure
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06/12/2020

WASHINGTON – It’s time to take “one last shot” at getting CMS to delay Round 2021, with the agency scheduled to announce payment amounts this summer, says AAHomecare.

Referral streams begin to return, sleep providers say

Remote patient monitoring, home sleep testing expected to lessen the impact of pandemic going forward
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06/12/2020

YARMOUTH, Maine – CPAP referrals dropped off when sleep labs temporarily closed at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, but providers say things are picking back up.

When elective surgeries went away, so did many CPAP setups, says Jason Jones.

Heartland, virtual edition, kicks off Monday

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06/11/2020

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM’s Heartland at Home conference kicks off Monday with a keynote from its regulatory and payer relations experts, Mark Higley, Ronda Buhrmester, Craig Douglas and John Gallagher.

AAHomecare: Time to ‘raise awareness’ on bid delay

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06/11/2020

WASHINGTON – AAHomecare is urging its members to ask lawmakers to support a one-year delay of Round 2021 of the competitive bidding program.

Cognixion, Lincare AAC provide speech-generating device

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06/10/2020

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Cognixion has announced the release of the Expression Eye speech-generating device in conjunction with Lincare AAC.

Airport uses WHILL to reduce contact

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06/10/2020

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Haneda International Airport will use the WHILL Autonomous Drive System to help prevent spread of COVID-19, the company says.

HHS releases funds for Medicaid providers

Stakeholders have asked HHS to include HME providers
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06/10/2020

WASHINGTON - The Department of Health and Human Services is distributing an additional $15 billion in relief funding from the Provider Relief Fund, this time specifically for health care providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs, VGM reports.

Medtrade 2020: Pondering possibilities

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Mark Lind

ATLANTA – What will the Nov. 2-4 Medtrade look like in 2020? Wider aisles, sanitation stations, dedicated entrances/exits, and reimagined registration areas are all on the table. The Medtrade team is discussing these and other possibilities for putting on the event coming out of the COVID-19 situation.

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