NEW YORK, (November 17, 2020)—The COVID-19 global pandemic has shed light on significant needs within the home healthcare industry. At the same time, societal and cultural changes have accelerated a demand for new ways to take care of the elder population who are staying at home more than ever before.
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.
HARTFORD, Conn., (November 12, 2020)—A new report by CareCentrix finds a majority of people are ready to open their doors to health care at home, and nearly all payers agree that health at home is often more cost effective than treatment in a facility. Payers, providers, policymakers, and people who need care are all open to more care delivery in the home.
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (November 11, 2020)—3B Medical is pleased to welcome Katherine Royster to the 3B Medical team in the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In this role Royster will execute our marketing and sales strategy in the U.S. market and lead the company’s independent sales representatives across the country.
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.
LAFAYETTE, La., November 10, 2020)—LHC Group, Inc. announced that it has agreed to purchase East Valley Hospice and East Valley Palliative Care in Mesa, Arizona. The agreement is expected to close on Jan. 1, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.
FRISCO, Texas (November 10, 2020)—Soleo Health, a national provider of complex specialty pharmacy and infusion services, announced it was selected as a tier-one preferred provider by AscellaHealth for the care and management of its members requiring intravenous immunoglobin therapies (IVIG) as well as subcutaneous immunoglobin therapies (SCIG).
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.
BALA CYNWYD, Penn. (November 10, 2020)—Connect America, a provider of comprehensive telehealth, remote patient monitoring (RPM), and personal emergency response systems (PERS) announced today that Janet Dillione has been hired to lead the company as its new chief executive officer (CEO).
CHICAGO—(November 10, 2020)—BrightStar Care, a national provider of homecare and medical staffing services, announced it will join Dina’s digital home care coordination network.
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:
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (November 6, 2020)—Numotion, a provider of complex rehab technology (CRT), announced its first physical location in Buffalo, New York. Numotion Buffalo will be located at 2400 N. America Drive, West Seneca, NY, and staffed by an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and additional dedicated service and support teams.
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.
ATLANTA, Georgia (Nov. 5, 2020)—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) is seeking an unprecedented level of advice from stakeholders even as it makes major changes to the competitive bidding program, Mark Higley, vice president or regulatory affairs for VGM, and others said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 5, 2020)—The 2021 release of the Hospice Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER), anticipated spring 2021, will include at least one new target area—Average Number of Part D Claims per Hospice Episode.