HomeCare magazine knows that the coronavirus outbreak will impact almost every aspect of how homecare businesses operate. This page is a way to stay abreast of the latest developments surrounding the virus as it affects home health agencies, home medical equipment providers and the aging in place community. We’ll post news updates, industry developments, evolving risks and online resources as we become aware of them, so check in regularly for up-to-date information.

AMSTERDAM (November 17, 2020)—Royal Philips, a global provider of health technology, today announced findings from its first ever World COPD Day survey ahead of the awareness day on November 18. Philips surveyed more than 4,000 adults in China, India, Russia and the U.S. to gather insights on global awareness of respiratory conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced overall perceptions of respiratory health.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 13, 2020)—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare beneficiaries can receive coverage of monoclonal antibodies to treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with no cost-sharing during the public health emergency (PHE). CMS’s coverage of monoclonal antibody infusions applies to bamlanivimab, which received an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 9.

 FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (October 28, 2020)—New York state Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul recently visited D’Addario’s Farmingdale factory to tour the facility and learn more about the company’s COVID-19 Face Shield Initiative. During the height of the crisis, D’Addario, the world’s largest musical instrument accessories manufacturer, shut down all normal operations and rapidly converted to producing personal protective equipment (PPE) face shields.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (October 19, 2020)—The COVID-19 pandemic changed the world for homecare—but also elevated the profession in the eyes of the public and lawmakers, William A. Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, said Monday as he opened the group’s annual conference.

“What has emerged is energy and enthusiasm about our future,” Dombi said.

MassPACE, the Massachusetts chapter of Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, has taken an innovative approach to serving its clients, mostly patients who are dual eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, during the pandemic. While traditionally center-based, MassPACE shifted to an at-home model, sending caregivers out with tablets for telehealth and also setting up social activities, counseling and more.

ATLANTA (October 1, 2020)—Since 1979, Medtrade has brought the home medical equipment (HME) industry together to connect, share ideas and experience the newest HME technology and personal health products; our goal is always to support this remarkable community. 

Given the ongoing concerns around COVID-19, and our commitment to the safety of our industry, we are cancelling our in-person event at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, scheduled for Nov. 2-4, 2020. 

PHILADELPHIA, (September 29, 2020)—OneClick.chat, an innovative video chat platform, announced positive outcomes in the study of older adults—with and without mild cognitive impairment (MCI)—who used their video chat technology to engage in social activities to meet new people of all ages with shared interests. Some of the participants' favorite topics of conversation were books, health, family and exercise.

FORT WORTH, Texas (September 22, 2020)—VERTESS, a health care mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory firm, announced the closing of four major durable medical equipment (DME) health care transactions in Q2 and Q3 2020, despite challenges brought on by the pandemic. Even during unprecedented times, 2020 has been steadily gaining momentum within the DME industry. With several successful transactions this year, traction continues to increase in this sector.

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (SEPTEMBER 16, 2020)—According to a Relias survey of more than 5,000 health care and public safety professionals, 59% of respondents indicated a lack of well-developed methods of evaluating whether training is actually being put into practice on the job. This is down from 74% in 2017; however, it alludes to the prevalent gap in the perceived value and the impact of staff development and training.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 15, 2020)—The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a "Temporary Rule" in response to an Aug. 3, 2020 decision of a federal court in New York that invalidated the department's earlier rulemaking. While there remains a legal issue as to whether the court's ruling is limited to New York, DOL chose to issue a new rule that would be effective prospectively beginning Sept. 11, 2020.