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COVID-19

This page contains resources you need to stay updated on the coronavirus. This is a resource page for VGM & Associates and all communities, including complex rehab (U.S. Rehab), Women's Health (Essentially Women), Orthotics & Prosthetics (OPGA), and Home Modifications (Live at Home).

Please click an icon below for specific COVID-19 resources, or scroll down for the most recent updates.


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Recent Updates: 

HHS Extends Compliance Deadline to 90 Days

May 29, 2020

Healthcare providers who received HHS relief payment initially had 30 days to sign an attestation form which signaled they were agreeing to the Terms and Conditions and were keeping the payment they received. That 30 day window to sign the attestation form was later extended to 45 days, and on May 22 HHS extended that window even further, now allowing providers 90 days from the date they received a payment to accept HHS Terms and Conditions or return the funds. READ MORE


Important PPP Update

May 27, 2020

The SBA issued two interim final rules on May 22, 2020 addressing loan forgiveness, loan review procedures, and borrower and lender responsibilities. Mark Higley provides a full overview. Please review our summary here.


Updated Economic Stimulus Programs Tool

May 27, 2020

We have updated our summary level descriptions of six main economic programs with supplemental information provided in case you want to dive deeper into any of them. Click here for details.


Health Plan Policy Changes Updated 5.26.20

May 26, 2020

Click here for the latest policy changes to private payers (Health plans) due to COVID-19. 


Deadline to Apply for HHS Relief Payments (Round 2) June 3rd

May 21, 2020

Those of you who received a payment from HHS between April 10 and April 24th (the payments that were automatically sent to you, that you didn’t ask for or apply for) are able to apply for a second round of HHS Relief Payments. In fact, ONLY companies that received Round 1 HHS relief payments can apply for Round 2. I’ve included a few links below that are pertinent to the Round 2 application process. READ MORE


Industry Matters Podcast - Start With Yes: A Chat with Bellevue Healthcare's President, Joel Gallion

May 13, 2020

U.S. Rehab President, Greg Packer, asks Joel Gallion, President at Bellevue Healthcare in the state of Washington, what it's been like on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen below or click here.


Find Out How to Get Oxygen Claims Paid

May 13,2020


Updated Q &A: How to Get a Small Business Loan Under the Paycheck Protection Program

April 23, 2020

On April 21, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, the $484 billion agreement to deliver more pandemic aid to small businesses and hospitals in addition to federal, state, and local coronavirus testing. The new loan program is separate from existing federal loan programs, including the Small Business Administration’s disaster relief loans. To learn about the SBA’s other relief programs, visit the SBA’s COVID-19 resource center.

Click here to view the updated Q&A regarding the Paycheck Protection Program.


CMS Waivers and Flexibilities

On March 30, CMS announces new waivers and rules to help healthcare providers. See information below:


HME Guide to Continued Patient Care

April 7, 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic has turned our country’s healthcare delivery system upside down. Remote diagnostics, telehealth, remote patient setup, training and compliance/management programs will all play an essential role. In this guide you will find a list of preferred VGM partners along with a summary of the resources and services offered by each of them.


Key Health Organizations Recommend:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Practice social distancing

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