AMSTERDAM (November 17, 2020)—Royal Philips, a global provider of health technology, today announced findings from its first ever World COPD Day survey ahead of the awareness day on November 18. Philips surveyed more than 4,000 adults in China, India, Russia and the U.S. to gather insights on global awareness of respiratory conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced overall perceptions of respiratory health.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 13, 2020)—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare beneficiaries can receive coverage of monoclonal antibodies to treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with no cost-sharing during the public health emergency (PHE). CMS’s coverage of monoclonal antibody infusions applies to bamlanivimab, which received an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Nov. 9.

FRISCO, Texas (November 13, 2020)—Addus HomeCare Corporation, a provider of homecare services, has announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Queen City Hospice, LLC, and its affiliate Miracle City Hospice, LLC (together Queen City Hospice) for a cash purchase price of $192.0 million, representing $162.8 million of value, net of the present value of $29.2 million in estimated tax benefits.

ST. LOUIS (November 11, 2020)—Responsive Respiratory introduces upgraded sanitizing and travel case for the Purify O3 CPAP Sanitizer.

The Purify O3 sanitizer utilizes ozone technology to disinfect reusable medical supplies such as CPAP/BiPAP accessories, nebulizers and more. The newly upgraded sanitizing and travel case offers 53% greater capacity. The Purify O3 is independently laboratory tested to kill 99.99% of bacteria and germs in a short 35-minute cycle.

MCHENRY, Ill., (November 10, 2020)—Medela LLC announced the release of new data in a peer-reviewed SAWC Fall published poster and white paper supplement to Wounds demonstrating the Medela Invia Liberty Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) System innovates the current NPWT standard of care. Despite many important developments since its inception, NPWT has seen little innovation in the way it is delivered and controlled at the wound bed nor how fluid removal is managed.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 6, 2020)—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued another revision to change request 11855—Penalty for Delayed Request for Anticipated Payment (RAP) Submission—Implementation. The Change Request (CR) revision added remittance advice message information related to the No Pay RAP penalty.

Home health agencies (HHAs) should note that Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) will: 

JOHNSTON, RI (November 6, 2020)—Spiro Health announced the successful acquisition of Absolute Respiratory Care in Johnston, Rhode Island. Absolute Respiratory Care is a home medical equipment provider in the state of Rhode Island. The acquisition will continue to allow Spiro Health to have operations across eight states and the District of Columbia; Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (November 6, 2020)—Baptist Health, a health care provider in greater Jacksonville, Florida, has announced a joint venture with BAYADA Home Health Care to expand upon the services provided to the community by Baptist Home Health for more than 25 years. The combined organization, Baptist Home Health Care by BAYADA, will have the capabilities to serve more patients at home, where they can recover and thrive best.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (November 5, 2020)—Carol Li, DO, has been named medical director for Suncoast Hospice, a member of Empath Health. Li is a Hospice and Palliative Board-Certified Physician who joined Suncoast Hospice in 2018 as an inpatient Care Center physician. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey and completed her residency in internal medicine at Largo Medical Center.