WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 25, 2020)—The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a warning to health care providers about the Taidoor Malware being used by the Chinese government.

The warning from the OCR and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) includes a warning about malware, as well as response actions and recommended mitigation techniques.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 24, 2020)—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of up to $165 million in supplemental funding to states currently operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs. This funding will help state Medicaid programs jump-start efforts to transition individuals with disabilities and older adults from institutions and nursing facilities to home and community-based settings of their choosing.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 24, 2020)—Home medical equipment (HME) suppliers have received a notice from the CBIC indicating that that Competitive Bidding Round 2021 “contract offers and disqualification information would soon be provided” in Connexion and encouraging suppliers to make sure their CMS Enterprise Portal information was up to date. 

EAST AMHERST, N.Y. (September 24, 2020)—The National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART) announced the results of the elections of its officers and board of directors for the 2020-2022 term. The elected officers are President—Chris Yule of Travis Medical; Vice President—Greg Packer of U.S. Rehab; Treasurer—Seth Johnson of Quantum Rehab; and Secretary—Alexis Ward of National Seating & Mobility.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (September 24, 2020)—PointClickCare, a cloud-based software platform for the senior care market, announced that it would be joining the coalition of health care companies that have launched the COVID-19 Research Database, a secure repository of HIPAA compliant, de-identified and limited patient-level data sets made available pro bono to public health and policy researchers to extract insights to help combat

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.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 18, 2020)—The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services conducted an audit to determine whether the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ensured that MACs and QICs reviewed appealed extrapolated overpayments consistently and in a manner that conforms with existing CMS requirements.

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.

WINTER PARK, Fla. (September 15, 2020)—HomeCare Connect, a national ancillary service provider specializing in home health services in workers’ compensation, welcomes Jason Luce as Director of Sales. 
Luce’s responsibilities include overseeing daily activities of the sales team, increasing the growth of accounts and the sales team, overseeing training programs and developing accounts.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (September 16, 2020)—Today the WellSky Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for vulnerable populations, announced it has donated $50,000 to Meals on Wheels America, a national leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the United States that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger.

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. 

WASHINGTON, (Sept. 15, 2020)—AbsoluteCARE Atlanta announced their "LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer" designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). The designation was awarded in the 13th edition of HRC's Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), released September 15. A record 765 health care facilities actively participated in the HEI 2020 survey, 193 earned an "LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer" designation.