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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.

ResMed Debuts MaskSelector

HIPAA-compliant digital tool lets patients use sleep attributes and facial measurements to determine their optimal mask options.

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Etac Adds Convaid and R82 Products Territory Managers

Both new managers bring extensive product and industry knowledge and experience to the Western Canada, Southern California and Nevada region.

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.

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.

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Being Social in the New Normal

The COVID-19 crisis has forced us to adopt a set of new phrases and behaviors into our daily lives, but we can still do things to strengthen our lasting relationships with patients, caregivers, referrals, coworkers and all the people in our lives.



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Paragon Ventures Welcomes New Managing Director

Samantha Lincoln joins the mergers and acquisitions firm after working with Paragon to sell Pacific Pulmonary Services.

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.

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.

VGM Opens Registration for Heartland At Home

VGM’s annual event is now taking place as a virtual conference with multiple daily sessions that will run June 15 to July 10. Registration is now open and free to VGM members.

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.

Medtrade Extends Deadline For Presentation Submissions For Fall Conference

The Nov. 2-4 conference is still being planned, and HME experts have until Thursday to submit proposals.

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.

WellSky and Qlik Launch COVID-19 Heat Map

The online tool lets HME providers track current outbreak hot spots and anticipate locations with increasing infection rates to help protect staff and patients and better apply finite resources.

HHS Distributes Remainder of CARES Act Funds

HHS automatically disperses the remaining $20 billion from the Provider Relief Fund to providers based on their share of 2018 net patient revenue.

CMS Releases COVID-19 IFR

The Interim Final Rule includes HME-related items, including a widening of who can conduct telehealth visits, discussion of CARES Act provisions on rural and other non-bid-area reimbursement rates, continuous glucose monitors, and more.

HME Business Handbook: Sleep Therapy

How to Fast Track Getting the Right Mask and Fit For Patients

How can sleep therapy providers implement the sorts of procedures that will foster the right mask selection and fit?

Taking Leadership During COVID-19

Gary Sheehan of sleep therapy provider Cape Medical Supply's discusses how his business has prepared for COVID-19 in terms of staff protection, patient care, teleworking, management and operations.

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Products & Technology

Sharing Best Resupply Practices

Sleep therapy was the proving ground for how technology and smart resupply practices can benefit care and expand revenues. Now, other corners of HME are starting to apply those lessons.

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