WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 12, 2022)—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and their contractor, Abt Associates, are recruiting additional Medicare-certified hospice providers to participate in a beta test of the draft hospice patient assessment instrument called Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE). Recruitment is ongoing and training will occur on a rolling basis. Data collection begins when training is completed and is expected to continue through fall 2022.

MINNEAPOLIS (August 12, 2022)—Nonin Medical announced that its board of directors has appointed health care industry veteran John M. Hastings as its new chief executive officer, effective Aug. 29, 2022. Hastings brings global leadership and technical expertise in quality, research and development, manufacturing, regulatory affairs, engineering, supply chain and distribution, along with a demonstrated ability and passion to develop and advance effective business strategies.

RAMAT GAN, Israel (August 12, 2022)—Intuition Robotics, the company empowering older adults to live more engaged lives at home, announced that The Honorable Lance Robertson, former United States’ Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Aging, has joined its advisory board. Robertson brings an immense amount of relevant expertise to Intuition Robotics and will help the company form more partnerships with the aging network across the U.S.

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass. (August 11, 2022)—Breas Medical USA announces the release and immediate availability of the Xpac by Breas extended life battery. The Xpac enhances ventilator dependent patient mobility with boost of battery life of the Breas Vivo 50 and Vivo 65 by 12 hours and the Vivo 45 LS by 18 hours. With Xpac, the ultra-compact and lightweight Vivo 45 LS can now run 25.5 hours off the grid. 

WOONSOCKET, R.I & DALLAS (August 9, 2022)—CVS Health is planning to make a bid on Signify Health, a technology company focused on shifting the health care continuum to value-based care, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources. 

CVS Health announced its intentions to expand into homecare and primary care on its second quarter earnings call, a strategy that will include mergers and acquisitions, CEO Karen Lynch said.

ALBANY, New York (August 9, 2022)—A first-of-its-kind statewide Workforce Development Summit was held on May 16 to discuss models and strategies for health personnel recruitment, training and retention to meet the current and future needs of all New Yorkers. In an environment of severe, persistent health care workforce shortages and other challenges, the summit provided a foundation for accelerated, collaborative work and next steps.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.(August 9, 2022)—Netsmart announced that it has acquired CORE Analytics, a skilled nursing facility (SNF) claims data analytics offering from Zimmet Healthcare. With the addition of Core Analytics, Netsmart Simple is now the only solution suite in the market capable of calculating quality measures and Five-Star ratings leveraging Minimum Data Set (MDS), Payroll-Based Journaling (PBJ) and UB-04 claims data.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (August 5, 2022)—Aeroflow Breastpumps, a durable medical equipment (DME) provider specializing in helping pregnant and nursing women receive maternity and postpartum recovery items through their insurance, has announced the results of a proprietary survey designed to highlight the need for improved access to lactation services to help women achieve their breastfeeding goals.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 4, 2022)—National Seating & Mobility (NSM), a provider of comprehensive mobility solutions, will return as the official Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) sponsor of Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival Sept. 24-25, 2022. The sponsorship will mark the third consecutive year of NSM’s partnership with the festival which is held at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennessee.

CHICAGO (August 4, 2022)—Help at Home, a provider of in-home, personal care services for seniors, announced that it has been named No. 14 on Forbes 2022 List of America's Best Employers for Women. The just-released Forbes list names Help at Home as one of the top on its list of 400 best employers for women in the country. The designation comes from data from more than 30,000 employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people in the U.S.