Person Protective Equipment Shortage

Published in Member Communities on April 07, 2020

With mask being in limited supply, HME suppliers are scrambling to find masks and are often taking anything they can find. VGM is continuing our efforts to obtain, source, and/or uncover opportunities for our members as it relates to PPE offerings. We are in contact with our contracted vendor and distribution partners on a routine basis to get updates. We request and are provided updates with allocation procedures specific to distribution of these critical items. VGM posts this information where applicable on our website for all vendor partner updates. VGM’s focus is assisting the frontline workers in desperate need of these necessary items to function in a healthcare setting.

Letter From 3M Regarding Fraudulent Activity and Counterfeit Products: 3M recently put out this letter warning consumers of fraudulent activity with their respirators. Examples include people misrepresenting themselves as being affiliated with 3M or having authentic 3M products to sell.


comments powered by Disqus

From Our Experts

NCART: House Circulates Sign-On Letter for CRT Manual Wheelchair Accessories thumbnail NCART: House Circulates Sign-On Letter for CRT Manual Wheelchair Accessories NCART recently announced some good news from our Congressional champions. As we prepare for National CRT Awareness Week, Representatives John Larson (D-CT) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) are circulating a bipartisan letter to CMS for additional signatures to ensure people with disabilities who use Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) manual wheelchairs have the same access as those using CRT power wheelchairs. We need you to get your Representative to sign on! HME News: Accessories: Time to Follow Up, Stakeholders Say thumbnail HME News: Accessories: Time to Follow Up, Stakeholders Say Complex rehab stakeholders are working with their champions in Congress to craft a letter asking CMS to permanently change its payment policy on accessories for complex rehab manual wheelchairs, according to a recent article from HME News. HME News Business Summit 2020 thumbnail HME News Business Summit 2020 Join us as we talk with Liz Beaulieu, Editor of HME News, about the upcoming virtual HME News Business Summit. DMEPOS Warriors: Brooke Strachan, Owner of The Boob Shop thumbnail DMEPOS Warriors: Brooke Strachan, Owner of The Boob Shop When hard times come, it's not always easy to think on the bright side. For Brooke Strachan, finding the positives in any situation is her philosophy, and this state of mind is what led to her owning her own business. More Details on Medicare Audits Beginning August 3 thumbnail More Details on Medicare Audits Beginning August 3 In recent meetings with CMS, The van Halem Group has learned that while the date to begin medical review functions is August 3rd, there will likely be a delayed time frame before audit requests officially go out. CMS is currently working to develop instructions for contractors and intends to take a "toe in the water” approach, as opposed to opening up a flood gate of audits. HME News: Challenging Fall Awaits Complex Rehab Providers thumbnail HME News: Challenging Fall Awaits Complex Rehab Providers Don Clayback, executive director of NCART, stated that complex rehab providers could see a downturn in revenues in late summer, early fall. 2020 HME Woman of the Year Nominations Open Through August 14 thumbnail 2020 HME Woman of the Year Nominations Open Through August 14 Now in its fifth year, the award, sponsored by VGM, recognizes one woman in the industry who has made increasingly significant contributions throughout her career to her company, community, and the home medical equipment industry. VGM's Mike Mallaro on How to Get to the Other Side thumbnail VGM's Mike Mallaro on How to Get to the Other Side The COVID-19 pandemic has broken the mold for how the HME industry has always done business, but that can create opportunity—if providers are open to it, says VGM CEO Mike Mallaro.