Out of Equipment? Too Much Equipment? SWAP IT.

Published in Member Communities on March 25, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow and evolve, the demand for equipment that will be essential in treating COVID-19 in the post-acute setting, such as ventilators, oxygen concentrators, hospital beds, and likely BIPAP/CPAP/RAD equipment will likely grow as well. Based on some projections, demand could potentially end up greater than the supply of those products, resulting in shortages of equipment in certain areas.

We recognize that our members and vendor partners are critical lifelines in this crisis and would like to assist in addressing this potential shortage and help our members show the value of what the DMEPOS supplier community offers. To that end, VGM would like to help our members help supply equal demand whenever possible. Some of you will run out of equipment, while others will be sitting on a surplus of that same equipment. We are opening up our vgm.com members only portal as a venue for providers to identify areas (both geographic areas as well as equipment categories) where demand is outweighing supply, or vice versa. Providers who so choose can share/rent/buy equipment to/from one another.

It is simple.

  1. Log in to vgm.com/portal.
  2. Click on Discussion Boards.
  3. Type in your request. 
    1. Ex: I am out of concentrators and I am looking to buy 25 of them, and I am located in Seattle, WA. I need them within 2 days, does anyone have any available that they can spare? Please contact me to discuss details.
  4. Subscribe to updates so you are notified when someone has equipment or wants to buy your equipment.

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