COVID-19: Coronavirus


AAHomecare Submits Comments on CMS IFR

After thanking CMS for relief given to providers to help them continue providing services during COVID-19, association sought further clarification and recommended additional relief.

Serving Sleep Patients During COVID-19 — and After

To tackle COVID-19, a number of solutions have been deployed to continue providing sleep therapy products and services to patients during the pandemic. How will that impact sleep care and business models after the PHE?

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Editor's Note

What's Your Telehealth Plan?

COVID-19 is pushing U.S. healthcare to adopt practices it should have integrated years ago, and telehealth is at the top of the list. Why? Because it makes a lot of sense, especially for HME.

SIDEBAR: Vendors Also Respond to Pandemic

New services for HMEBs emerge in the wake of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Pandemic!

As epidemiologists and public health officials first started warning about COVID-19, some HME providers were already making plans. How has the industry responded to the public health emergency? How have these changes impacted their businesses and patients? How has public policy adjusted? How might all these changes impact the future of the HME?

SBA Issues 2 IFRs on PPP Loans

IFRs covers several issues related to loan forgiveness, loan review procedures, and borrower and lender responsibilities. VGM provides overview.

AAHomecare Offers Guidance on IFR Comments

The association has outlined a number of requests it is making in its public comments on CMS’s April 6 interim final rule. Comments are due June 1.

HHS Updates Guidance on Provider Relief Fund and Attestation Requirements

Latest update is part of multiple new and modified FAQs that HHS has released in the past week.



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Brown & Fortunato Releases COVID-19 White Paper

Document offers guidance on protecting patients and employees under the current public health emergency.

Providers Not Required to Submit CMN For Oxygen Claims During COVID-19 Pandemic

The change comes after CMS issued an interim final rule waiving clinical indication requirements for respiratory NCDs and LCDs.

HHS Extends Attestation Deadline for COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund

Along with the extension to 45 days after receipt of payment, HHS released answers to 12 frequently asked questions about documentation and oversight measures.

AAHomecare Survey Reveals Supply Chain Disruptions, Price Increases For HME Providers During COVID-19 Crisis

The survey asked more than 500 providers about the issues they have faced in obtaining PPE, oxygen equipment and other products since the onset of the pandemic.

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AdvaMed Releases Compliance Guidelines For Medical Tech Companies Navigating COVID-19

The guidance addresses concerns such as legal obligations during declared national emergencies, staff volunteering, charitable donations and more.

HME Operations: Inside the Pandemic

Joe Candiano, director of operations for New York provider Hampton Homecare, explains how his business rapidly rolled out new responses to COVID-19 and discusses the types of permanent post-acute changes that might result from the public health emergency.

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ResMed Expands Remote Monitoring Capabilities on Ventilators in Europe

The company sped up their timeline for launching its AirView platform on ventilators and Lumis bilevel devices across Europe.

CMS Releases Updated Fee Schedule For Non-Bid, Non-Rural Areas

The reimbursement rates reflect relief measures for HME providers included in the CARES Act, which went into effect in late March.

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Has HME Reached the Tipping Point?

What the efforts by CMS and Congress to help HME providers respond to the COVID-19 crisis can tell us about their willingness to work with the industry.

NPIAP Provides Guidelines on Preventing Mask Injuries

Association statement and infographic outline ways that healthcare workers can prevent pressure injuries from N95 respirator masks, which have a high risk for injury due to need for a tight fit.

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BOC Offers Remote-Proctored Testing

To help HME professionals gain new certifications while maintaining COVID-19 social distancing, BOC certification candidates can complete exams from the home or office using the new service.

CMS Suspends Advance Payment Program

Agency is reevaluating the amounts that will be paid under its Accelerated Payment Program and has suspended its Advance Payment Program to Part B suppliers.

Reassuring Retail HME Customers During Tough Times