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.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 7, 2020)—Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) introduced the COVID-19 Hospice Respite Care Relief Act of 2020 (S. 4423), designed to establish additional flexibilities related to delivery of respite care services during public health emergencies (PHEs) such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

CHICAGO (July 21, 2020)—Evolution Health, a home health, hospice and infusion therapy provider, has selected Dina’s new Staff Screening and Check-In solution to automate its employee wellness and health screening process. 

Digital health care company Dina is an artificial intelligence-powered care coordination platform that recently expanded its product line to include employee engagement, health screening and remote patient monitoring solutions. 

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (July 15, 2020)—3B Medical announced the launch of its newest member to the Lumin family of disinfection products, the Lumin Wand. The Lumin Wand was developed out of a real need to bring to market a professional-strength product to sanitize surfaces. The Lumin Wand provides consumers and small businesses an easy, fast and chemical free way to disinfect kitchen and bathroom countertops, surfaces, keyboards and phones.

AMSTERDAM (July 9, 2020)—Royal Philips, a provider of health technology, announced the launch of the Philips Respironics Mask Selector, a clinically validated, 3D facial scanning solution that helps providers to fit 9 out of 10 patients with the right mask from the start. The proprietary Mask Selector algorithm offers a novel solution in the shift toward digitization of health care, helping to improve business efficiencies by reducing costs associated with fitting time and mask waste.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (July 9, 2020)—PointClickCare, a cloud-based software platform for the senior care market has been selected by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) to provide de-identified patient data for the Discovery Viral Infection and Respiratory Illness Universal Study (VIRUS) COVID-19 Registry.