LAS VEGAS (May 27, 2020)—The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association have decided to hold the Financial Management Conference (FMC) as a virtual meeting in July 2020. While the association was looking forward to seeing members in person in Las Vegas, the safety of guests is the paramount concern, so the conference has been moved online.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 27, 2020)—AAHomecare is currently working on comments for the Interim Final Rule (IFR), Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 public health emergency that was published on April 6, 2020. This IFR provided relief on coverage for respiratory products and allows non-physician healthcare professionals to prescribe DME under Medicaid.
LAS VEGAS (May 27, 2020)—NATURALLY ABLE, an online community for people with disabilities, has expanded its advisory team to include N-ABLE guides who contribute lifestyle advice, resources and news with the goal of helping readers lead healthier lives. The website, naturallyable.com, also offers a free magazine via email subscription signup and an online discussion group.
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Back home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Richard and Denise Victor would get to see their four grandchildren almost every day. One set of kids lives around the block; the others are half an hour away, all close enough for frequent visits and sleepovers.
After she landed in the hospital with a broken hip, Parkinson’s disease and the coronavirus, 84-year-old Dorothy “Poogie” Wyatt Shields made a request of her children: “Bring me home.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2020)—The National Association for Home Care & Hospice announced full support of the COVID-19 Emergency Manufacturing Act, a bicameral bill introduced by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the Senate and Rep.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2020)—The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released additional information on the Provider Relief Fund deadline for submitting revenue information. The Agency is also reminding eligible providers that they have until June 3, 2020, to accept the Terms and Conditions and submit their revenue information to support receiving an additional payment from the Provider Relief Fund $50 billion General Distribution.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21,2020)—Today, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) released a “Long Term Care Workforce Roadmap for Governors and States,” outlining ways state public health officials can help nursing homes and assisted living communities address workforce needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
AGOURA HILLS, Cailf. (May 21, 2020)—Casamba, a provider of electronic medical record (EMR) solutions for contract therapy providers, skilled nursing facilities, home health and hospice agencies, and outpatient therapy, announced Billie Nutter has been named chief executive officer effective immediately. She takes over for Ronnie Amrany, the company’s founder and previous CEO, who has been appointed the firm’s executive chairman.
TUCKER, Ga. (May 20, 2020)—Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) raised over $45,000 in its 20th Annual Run Walk ‘n Roll on Saturday, May 9. One of the organization’s main annual fundraisers, this year the family-friendly event was re-imagined as a “virtual” event due to the pandemic.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 20, 2020)—The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish permanent flexibilities allowing hospices to utilize telecommunications to deliver multi-disciplinary, patient-centered care, and to ensure that such services can be recorded and monitored for their impact on quality of care.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 20, 2020)—The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is now accepting proposals to present new education at the 2020 Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida from October 18-20.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 29, 2020.
SAN DIEGO (May 18, 2020)— ResMed has launched ResMed MaskSelector, a digital tool to make remote patient mask selection and sizing easier and more effective, helping patients receive the care they need from home.
MIRAMAR, Fla. (May 20, 2020)—Vohra Wound Physicians, a wound care physician group, announced the launch of its new Vohra@Home Patient Care Program, introducing telehealth wound care service to patients who are managing their wounds at home.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (May 20, 2020)—While nearly every state has a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), not all of the data collected crosses state lines to other pharmacies and health care providers. A new partnership between QS/1 and Scriptera will push PDMP information in real time to stakeholders who need to see it.
(May 19, 2020)—In the U.S., there are some 130,000 medical residents — doctors in their final years of training after medical school — who make up a vital part of the workforce.
Now a global pandemic has become the centerpiece of their training.
Many are pulling long hours in emergency departments and intensive care units treating patients infected with the coronavirus, all while witnessing the health care system under unprecedented stress.
TYLER, Texas (May 19, 2020)—The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed several shortcomings in the United States health care system along with new opportunities. The question remains, what have we learned about the healthcare system's capabilities or lack thereof during the coronavirus crisis and how might those lessons be applied in a post-COVID-19 world, whenever that day comes?
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 15, 2020)—A recent survey of more than 500 home medical equipment suppliers shows that the COVID-19 pandemic is seriously impacting suppliers’ access to products on account of supply chain disruptions and rising prices from manufacturers and distributors.