HOUSTON (May 11, 2021)—Sewa International has spent more than $6 million in the last 15 days to procure lifesaving equipment such as oxygen concentrators, ventilators, BiPAP and CPAP machines as part of its “Help India Defeat COVID-19” campaign.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 23, 2021)—On April 21, the Biden Administration announced, as part of its goal to get more Americans vaccinated, that it is calling on all employers to provide paid time off for employees to recover from any side effects of the vaccine. The administration also announced a tax credit to offset the costs of providing leave.
CAESAREA, Israel (April 12, 2021)—Itamar Medical Ltd., a medical device and digital health company focused on the integration of sleep apnea management into the cardiac patient care pathway, announced results from a recent survey to health care professionals that covered sleep testing dynamics in their practices during 2020 and expectations for future use of home sleep apnea testing (HSAT) versus polysomnography (PSG) testing performed in sleep laboratories.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 2, 2021)—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a continuation of the phased-in participation of the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for home health agencies (HHAs) in Florida and North Carolina for an additional 90 days, due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (April 2, 2021)—Always Best Care Senior Services, a senior care franchise systems in the United States, announced that it has been selected as the only primary non-medical organization to be awarded with a grant to facilitate rapid Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 testing that will further help to ensure the safety of caregivers, clients, patients and their families.
IRVINE, Calif. (March 19, 2021)—Masimo announced the U.S. introduction of softFlow, innovative pulmonary care therapy which provides nasal high-flow warmed and humidified respiratory gases to spontaneously breathing patients. The technology, available on the softFlow 50, offers adult patients high-flow respiratory support through a soft nasal cannula by generating a consistent high flow of warm, humidified air or air/oxygen mixture.
BALTIMORE (March 18, 2021)—One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Senior Helpers, a provider of in-home senior care, released findings of its “Seniors: One Year in Quarantine” survey, which explores attitudes and behaviors of adults aged 65+ since March 2020, along with their feelings toward the future. Surprisingly, a majority of seniors (72%) reported they feel safer and more comfortable seeing friends and family now, even without having been vaccinated themselves.
Senior loneliness and isolation are more than just buzzwords—it’s a very real problem that only grew during the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns. In 2019, up to 40% of Americans over age 45 suffered from chronic loneliness.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2021)—With the moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequester cuts currently set to expire on March 31, the American Association for Homecare and health care sector coalition partners have redoubled efforts to engage legislators in support of extending the pause on these cuts.
As a result of this outreach, an updated bill that would extend the moratorium throughout the end of 2021 may be introduced as early as this week.
AMSTERDAM (March 10, 2021)—Royal Philips, a global provider of health technology, announced the findings of its sixth annual sleep survey in a report titled “Seeking Solutions: How COVID-19 Changed Sleep Around the World.”
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ATLANTA (March 9, 2020)—When Medtrade Spring (now Medtrade West) started on March 2, 2020, we greeted friends and colleagues with handshakes and hugs. By March 3, I noticed a few people who were still shaking my hand, but they immediately disinfected with a lotion or some kind of wipe. I was taken aback, but as the day progressed I took no offense.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 25, 2021)—The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) has moved their annual Legislative Conference to a virtual event, set to be held Sept. 29, 2021.
“While we are still not able to gather in person, a strong voice for HME in Washington remains a critical priority in advancing better public policy for our industry,” the association said in a press release.
ALBANY, New York (February 18, 2021)--At a time when homecare providers face a 50% workforce recruitment-and-retention funding cut and other reductions in New York’s state budget, the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA) has issued a report showing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on homecare operations and workforce amid a rising demand for services and escalating new costs for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other needs.
The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has not been raised since 2009. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many making minimum wage have lost their jobs, furthering the wealth gap in the United States.
CONCORD, N.C. — It had been months since Tremellia Hobbs had an excuse to bring out the pompoms. Before the pandemic, they were a crowd favorite at movie nights and bingo tournaments that Hobbs organized as activities director at the Brian Center Health & Retirement/Cabarrus nursing home.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present an important edition in its COVID-19 Town Hall webinar series, Vaccine Hesitancy Among Caregivers.
The webinar will air on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM Eastern.
The webinar is free to all, but registration is required.