TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 28, 2022)—BAYADA Home Health Care Inc. is laying off nearly 700 employees in the state of Florida. 

Notices went out Monday, Jan. 24, to the impacted employees, with layoffs effective as of April 1, 2022.

The company is closing its Assistive Care State Program, part of the state’s Medicaid home health program, eliminating 12 job positions and 682 employees.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (January 27, 2022)—Numotion, a provider of products and services that provide mobility, health and personal independence, is continuing its mission to bring innovative mobility products to people living with disabilities. The company announced it has signed an agreement with Braze Mobility Inc. to distribute the company’s blind spot sensors for wheelchairs.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 25, 2022)—As the omicron death rate escalates and weakens the nation’s capacity to provide care for millions of endangered older Americans, the national organization representing America’s nonprofit providers of aging services, including nursing homes, called on the president to work with Congress on a six-point package of emergency relief. 

LOS ANGELES & SAN FRANCISCO (January 21, 2022)—The UCLA Center for SMART Health, an interdisciplinary collaborative that looks to the integrated transformation of health care through emergent data and technologies, and Hearst Health, a division of Hearst and leader in care guidance, announced their partnership to offer the Hearst Health Prize.

PHOENIX (January 21, 2022)—Early rates for the 2022 Medtrade West are in effect through Jan. 28. “Whether you opt for the Conference Pass, which includes access to the Expo floor, or the Expo Pass, this is an excellent time to buy,” said York Schwab, show director, Medtrade West. “The show is only four months away, and it’s not too early to make a commitment to improve your business and add inspiration, knowledge and new products to your 2022.”

RANKFORT, Ky., (January 20, 2022)—Vohra Wound Care has been awarded a grant by Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The grant will improve the care of Kentucky's nursing home residents by training nurses about prevention, assessment and management of wounds in the nursing home setting. The $81,113 award is made possible through the reinvestment of civil money penalties issued to Kentucky nursing homes.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (January 20, 2022)—In a statement, the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) and several allied organizations called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state regulatory agencies to investigate unregulated direct access infusion businesses, which provide individuals with intravenous solutions absent the recommendation of a licensed prescriber.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 18, 2022)—The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently opened the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting portal for providers to begin entering data to submit their second period PRF reports. Providers who received one or more General and/or Targeted PRF payments exceeding $10,000, in the aggregate, from July 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020 must report on their use of funds in Reporting Period 2.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 18, 2022)—The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met Thursday, January 13, to vote on their annual recommendations to Congress regarding payment policy and reporting requirements. This session served as a formality following presentation and discussion of the same recommendations that were put forward at the commission’s December 2021 meeting.