WASHINGTON (December 6, 2022)—The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a bulletin focused on how to avoid HIPAA violations when using online tracking technologies. These online tracking technologies, like Google Analytics or Meta Pixel, collect and analyze information about how internet users are interacting with a regulated entity’s website or mobile application.

BELLEVUE, Washington (December 6, 2022)—Edifecs, Inc., a global health information technology solutions company and Empowered-Home, today announced a partnership to provide automated prior authorization to medical associations, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Independent Physician Associations (IPAs), medical groups, and home health care agencies.

DALLAS (December 2, 2022)—The absolute lowest registration rates for Medtrade 2023 are scheduled to go into effect Monday, December 5. With SmartSaver rates, home medical equipment (HME) providers can pick up an Expo Pass for just $30 and a Conference Pass for only $125.

A Conference Pass includes access to the Expo Floor and the Consultant Cocktail Hour. SmartSaver rates will be in effect through December 16.

DALLAS (December 1, 2022)–Axxess now enables clients to offer cognitive impairment services through a new strategic partnership with Cognitive Assessment and Memory Program (CAMP). CAMP combines digital therapeutics with app-based technology and artificial intelligence to provide assessments and treatments for mild to moderate cognitive impairment.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (November 29, 2022)—Some 70% of Americans have no advance directive about their long-term care needs, and only one in 10 have long-term care insurance, according to a new study from insurance company HCG Secure. 

The study is accompanied by interviews that provide a window into the real-world experiences of the 65 million family caregivers in the United States, comprising 90% of all caregivers in America.

BALL GROUND, Georgia (November 29, 2022)—CAIRE Inc., a subsidiary of NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD., announced plans to acquire St. Paul, Minnesota-based MGC Diagnostics Holdings, Inc. (MGC). MGC designs, develops, manufactures, and markets non-invasive cardiorespiratory diagnostic systems, accessories, and consumables for the detection, classification, and management of cardiorespiratory disease. The acquisition will close by the end of the year.

From 2019-2021, fewer than 1,300 Medicare beneficiaries used the home infusion benefit each calendar quarter—even though about 3.2 million patients are served each year by home infusion pharmacies. The National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) and other advocacy groups are working to pass the Preserving Patient Access to Home Infusion Act, a bill that would fix flaws in Medicare’s coverage, including adding pharmacy services.

PHILADELPHIA (November 18, 2022)—Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), the owner of Manatee Healthcare System, which offers an integrated system of care for more than 400,000 people in Bradenton, Florida, and BAYADA Home Health Care, a not-for-profit home health care provider, have launched Manatee Health at Home by BAYADA, a joint venture partnership that will further expand integrated care delivery network capabilities into patient homes.