HMEB Podcasts

HME Business Podcast

The HME Business podcast offers an insider’s view into the home medical equipment (HME) industry. Host David Kopf, the executive editor of HME Business magazine and, examines key HME news, trends and developments, and interviews various experts to find out how HME provider owners and operators can run efficient, profitable and growing businesses while providing service and care that cements lasting patient and referral relationships. If you’re an HME industry professional, and you want to stay in the loop about smart business strategy and tactics, this podcast will become a regular listen for you.

COVID-19 Lessons From a Policies & Procedures POV

Apr 27, 2021

HME businesses have adapted to a considerable number of changes during COVID-19, but what ones will stick around for the long haul? Tim Safley, the program director for the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) has been in an interesting position when it comes to helping providers integrate new policies and procedures into their operations and workflows. He talks about the major changes the industry has experienced, such as infection control and telehealth, what ones will last, and what things we probably should have been doing all along.

Duration: 34 min

Telehealth Evals for Complex Rehab

Apr 20, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic, one sector of post-acute care that got hit hard was complex rehab, but there was an silver lining: CMS and other payers relaxed the guidelines around telehealth as a means to carrying out patient evaluations. One company that has been at the fore of that technology is TeleHealth Clinical Evals, and its CEO, Bill Paul, joins the podcast to talk about the importance of telehealth for CRT, the technology and tools involved, the problems they solve, and the benefits telehealth brings to patients and providers alike.

Duration: 29 min

The Return of Medicare Claims Audits

Apr 07, 2021

Worried about audits? Maybe you should be. After hitting pause on claims audits during the COVID-19 PHE, CMS surprised everyone last fall by announcing it would resume those audits. Well now CMS has started restarting audits and audit expert Wayne van Halem, president of The van Halem Group, joins the podcast to discuss how CMS’s resumption of TPE, RAC and other audits programs is progressing, as well as what expanding resources at OMHA might mean or HME providers.

Duration: 35 min

COVID-19 and HME: Going Forward

Mar 25, 2021

One segment of HME that has typified the entire industry’s experience with handling the disease has been sleep therapy. Now that we are in the middle of the vaccine rollout, sleep providers — like all HME providers — are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. What happens next? Gary Sheehan, MBA, CEO of Spiro Health, who has shared his insights and perspectives during the pandemic, rejoins the podcast to discuss how sleep providers and the entire HME industry can transition into a post-pandemic reality and what that might look like.

Duration: 30 min

The New Normal for HME Sales Going Forward

Mar 16, 2021

If providers learned anything from COVID-19, it’s that they need a more robust and professionally aggressive selling process. Ty Bello, CEO of HME sales coaching and consulting firm Team@Work, explains why the new normal for HME sales will be grounded in market data and customer relationship management. He discusses how HME market data has grown will be the driving force helping HME sales teams to grow existing referral sources and open new ways to gain market share. Then, he delves into the power of CRM holds for sales teams and how they can leverage it for success. Sponsored by PlayMaker Health.

Duration: 24 min

Hey, Where's My Stuff? Managing HME Inventory in the Field

Mar 01, 2021

When it comes to inventory management and equipment maintenance, HME providers contend with a unique dilemma: they have a considerable amount of inventory overhead, and much of it is out in the field. Simply put, where’s their stuff? And as COVID-19 has driven treatment into the home setting, that challenge the issue has only gotten larger. Industry supplier McKesson’s Biomedical Solutions business offers some clever technology for tackling that challenge, and Dylan Ross, vice president and general manager of McKesson Biomedical Solutions stops by to discuss them.

Duration: 61 min

Managing the Digital Patient Experience

Feb 25, 2021

Various healthcare and market trends have been pushing the digital patient experience toward the home medical equipment industry for a few years, but COVID-19 set that motion on fast-forward. So what is the digital patient experience, why is it important to HME, and how do providers optimize and manage their patients’ digital experience? Nupura Kolwalkar, Chief Product Officer for HME software company Brightree joins the podcast to dive into the topic.

Duration: 30 min

HME Sales Leadership and Strategy in 2021

Jan 28, 2021

It’s 2021, and it’s time to think about how sales strategy will change for HME this year. Last year brought COVID-19 and with it considerable upheaval when it comes to HME sales, but providers learned several strategic sales lessons and innovated a number of creative solutions to tackle the PHE’s challenges. What lessons can they apply this year, and what changes can they expect? Joining the podcast to talk about those questions and a whole lot more is Ty Bello, CEO of HME sales coaching and consulting firm Team@Work.

Duration: 22 min

Renewing Your Accreditation in 2021

Jan 15, 2021

It's 2021, and with the New Year comes an accreditation renewal cycle for most DMEPOS providers. What do providers need to be thinking about this year and how should they be preparing? How has COVID-19 altered the accreditation process? What other factors could impact how providers proceed? Accreditation expert Sandra C. Canally, RN, the CEO and founder of accreditation organization The Compliance Team, shares her knowledge on these topics and more.

Duration: 26 min

Reassessing and Renewing Your Accreditation in 2021

Dec 03, 2020

The New Year is nearly upon us, and 2021 represents another big renewal year for DMEPOS accreditation. Moreover, during these three-year renewal cycles, providers often consider switching up their accreditation organization (AO). What are some the reasons that might make a provider consider switching things up? Is COVID-19 playing a role in that decision? What are the timing issues in play? What should they be asking AOs? Sandra C. Canally, RN, CEO and founder of AO The Compliance Team, shares her insights.

Duration: 23 min

CMS's Round 2021 Announcement and Proposed Rule

Nov 06, 2020

After weeks of radio silence, CMS finally announced Round 2021 and its proposed rule for rural providers. The announcement was shocking: it was only bidding two categories — both over-the-shelf braces — and punting on the 13 remaining categories. That news left the industry feeling somewhat in limbo and wondering what this meant for pricing and the possibility of futures rounds. Tom Ryan, president and CEO of the American Association for Homecare stopped by the HME Business podcast to clarify, share some insights, and chart a path forward.

Duration: 20 min

COVID-19: Going Forward

Oct 20, 2020

Sleep therapy is a perfect micro that defines the macro of HME when it comes to COVID-19. Sleep therapy providers have had to ascend a steep learning curve to reshape how they safely and effectively provide products and services. Now that we are seven months into the public health emergency, Gary Sheehan, MBA, CEO of Spiro Health, catches up with the podcast. He discusses sleep care, COVID-19, the lessons sleep providers have learned, and how those lessons might carry them into a post-pandemic future.

Duration: 16 min

Medicare Claims Audits: They're Ba-aack

Sep 18, 2020

Back on March 30, CMS suspended its claims audits for the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Well, CMS surprised everyone in August by announcing it would resume those audits.

Audit expert Wayne van Halem, president of The van Halem Group, discusses how CMS will likely phase back in the DME MAC Targeted Probe and Education, Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC) reviews and Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) audits. He also outlines how providers should prepare, and tackles additional questions.

Duration: 22 min

Backing the Fight to Protect Manual CRT Accessories

Aug 26, 2020

Do you have a free five minutes between now and Aug. 31? Then you have time to protect a vulnerable patient group. Don Clayback, executive director of the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART), sits down with HMEB to discuss a campaign to convince lawmakers to add their signatures to a House sign-on letter urging CMS to not apply competitive bidding-derived pricing to accessories for manual complex rehab wheelchairs.

Duration: 13 min

AAHomcare’s Ambassadors & The House Sign-on Letter

Jul 27, 2020

Tom Ryan, president and CEO of the American Association for Homecare, stops by to discuss two key items:

First, he shines a spotlight on the association’s Ambassador Program, a unique effort by high-profile industry stakeholders to get more HME providers involved in the association.

Second, he discusses the current effort to get HME stakeholders to help convince lawmakers to sign a House sign-on letter calling on CMS to delay Round 2021 of competitive bidding. The deadline is July 29.

Duration: 25 min

HME and Consumer Financing Options

Jul 07, 2020

Consumer financing is becoming commonplace in post-acute care, and that includes HME. In fact, with retail sales playing such a pivotal role in provider revenues, accommodating credit is downright essential. However, there are still providers who are unclear on healthcare-specific financing for HME. What do providers need to know to support healthcare credit cards — and reap the benefits? Randy Baldwin and Claude Royster of healthcare credit card company CareCredit share their expertise.

Duration: 29 min

Digital Tools for Serving Sleep Patients During COVID-19 — and After

Jun 01, 2020

Providers and vendors have deployed a lot of smart care tools and solutions during COVID-19. What happens after the crisis passes? Arturo Garcia, senior product manager of connected solutions for sleep therapy equipment maker ResMed, joins the podcast to look at how sleep therapy providers are leveraging virtual and digital solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how those new protocols and care methods will improve sleep therapy in the post-pandemic future.

Duration: 28 min

HME Operations: Inside the Pandemic

May 08, 2020

New York respiratory, sleep and HME provider Hampton Homecare Inc. has found itself at ground zero of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as its director of operations, Joe Candiano has overseen the company’s response to the public health emergency in terms of deliveries, equipment-handling, patient set-up, telehealth, staffing and other aspects of the business. Joe talks about the measures his business has taken, the sacrifices his team has made, and the lasting industry-wide changes he thinks will result from COVID-19.

Duration: 33 min

Deep Dive into Federal, State and Private Payer Funding Changes During COVID-19

Apr 21, 2020

Sponsored by McKesson, our special COVID-19 coverage continues with a deep dive into the many regulatory changes at the Federal and state level — as well as with private payer insurance — to help HME providers continue serving patients during the pandemic. The American Association for Homecare’s Kim Brummett, regulatory affairs VP, and Laura Williard, payer relations VP, join the podcast to discuss the $30 billion relief fund, relaxed funding requirements, telehealth guidelines, the pause on audits and more.

Duration: 30 min

Assessing and Addressing Your COVID-19 Risk

Apr 09, 2020

In this special episode, accreditation expert Sandra Canally, RN, founder and CEO of The Compliance Team, joins the podcast to provide a mountain of specific, how-to information on how HME providers can implement processes and procedures that will help protect their patients and staff, while continuing to provide care and services. She reviews practices HME businesses should implement at the storefront, in the warehouse, and out in the field. Be sure to keep a pen and notepad handy, because Sandy shares a ton of practical information.

Duration: 31 min

HME Business Podcast