Nearly 18 months after getting COVID-19 and spending weeks in the hospital, Terry Bell struggles with hanging up his shirts and pants after doing the laundry.

Lifting his clothes, raising his arms, arranging items in his closet leave Bell short of breath and often trigger severe fatigue. He walks with a cane, only short distances. He’s 50 pounds lighter than when the virus struck.

WATERLOO, Iowa (May 19, 2022)—VGM Group, Inc. has begun the search for a president to head its VGM & Associates division, the nation’s largest member service organization for post-acute health care. This role leads a 70-person team serving VGM’s 3000 member organizations, as well as vendor partners and the broader home medical equipment (HME) industry. The candidate selected will also join VGM Group’s 10-person senior leadership team.

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (May 17, 2022)—Always Best Care Senior Services, a senior care franchise system in the United States, announced that business development and sales professional Sean Hart has been named Vice President of Franchise Development. In his new role, Hart will lead the brand’s aggressive national growth strategy into new and existing markets across the country.

BIRMINGHM, Ala. (May 13, 2022)—Medicaid can directly pay for independent home health aides' benefits, including health insurance and skills training, according to a final rule the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Thursday. The final rule allows State Medicaid agencies to provide home health aides not working with an agency employee benefit premiums and union dues deducted from their paychecks. 

TROY, Mich. (May 12, 2022)—Best Life Brands, LLC, a multi-brand franchised organization that includes Blue Moon Estate Sales, CarePatrol, ComForCare, At Your Side Home Care, and Boost Home Healthcare has achieved 500 franchise locations across all brands in the United States and Canada. The milestone underscores the company’s position as the premier organization serving people along the continuum of care.

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 12, 2022)—The New York State Medicaid department released their durable medical equipment (DME) manual update, effective June, 1 2022. Per the 202-page manual, all CPAP and BiPAP supplies that were formerly bundled with a new PAP set-up will be unbundled as of June 1.

Heated humidifiers (E0562) and cool humidifiers (E0561) were also unbundled from a new CPAP or BiPAP set up, and will be paid separately.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (May 12, 2022)—Research is now underway for the study “Racial Bias in Orthotics and Prosthetics,” a recipient of a 2021 American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL) Pilot Grant. The Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) committed $30,000 to fund the study, which is the first of its kind in the orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) field.

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. (May 10, 2022)—AdaptHealth Corp. announced first quarter revenues were up 47% over 2021 and the authorization of a share repurchase program for up to $200 million as part of a quarterly earnings report released this week. Adapt Health is a national provider of patient-centered, health care-at-home solutions including home medical equipment (HME), medical supplies and related services.

NELIGH, Neb. (May 10, 2022)—Kubat HealthCare, a health care service provider, announced the acquisition of Hilltop Drugs Etc. located in Neligh, Nebraska.

Founded in October 2008 by co-founder and current pharmacist-in-charge, Jami Schmidt, Hilltop Drugs Etc. quickly became a community staple providing personalized pharmacy and healthcare services. In 2019, Jami Schmidt and her business partner sold to Mark Vogt.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 10, 2022)—The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, a 501(c)3 research foundation, will operate under a new name—Research Institute for Home Care—and adopt a new tagline: "Advancing homecare through research." In announcing the change, the institute will focus on improving access to and delivery of care in the home by promoting research to inform policy and identify best practices and patient care models.