WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 18, 2020)—The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services conducted an audit to determine whether the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ensured that MACs and QICs reviewed appealed extrapolated overpayments consistently and in a manner that conforms with existing CMS requirements.

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (SEPTEMBER 16, 2020)—According to a Relias survey of more than 5,000 health care and public safety professionals, 59% of respondents indicated a lack of well-developed methods of evaluating whether training is actually being put into practice on the job. This is down from 74% in 2017; however, it alludes to the prevalent gap in the perceived value and the impact of staff development and training.

WINTER PARK, Fla. (September 15, 2020)—HomeCare Connect, a national ancillary service provider specializing in home health services in workers’ compensation, welcomes Jason Luce as Director of Sales. 
Luce’s responsibilities include overseeing daily activities of the sales team, increasing the growth of accounts and the sales team, overseeing training programs and developing accounts.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (September 16, 2020)—Today the WellSky Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for vulnerable populations, announced it has donated $50,000 to Meals on Wheels America, a national leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the United States that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 15, 2020)—The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a "Temporary Rule" in response to an Aug. 3, 2020 decision of a federal court in New York that invalidated the department's earlier rulemaking. While there remains a legal issue as to whether the court's ruling is limited to New York, DOL chose to issue a new rule that would be effective prospectively beginning Sept. 11, 2020. 

WASHINGTON, (Sept. 15, 2020)—AbsoluteCARE Atlanta announced their "LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer" designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). The designation was awarded in the 13th edition of HRC's Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), released September 15. A record 765 health care facilities actively participated in the HEI 2020 survey, 193 earned an "LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer" designation.

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. (September 15, 2020)—Family Resource Home Care announced an investment partnership with Great Point Partners, a health care-focused private equity group based in Greenwich, Connecticut. The transaction reflects Family Resource’s ongoing strategic plans for market share growth, industry consolidation and geographic expansion.

FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 15, 2020)—VERTESS mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory firm announced that David Coit, Jr., Finance + Valuation Director, recently earned the Certified Business Exit Consultant Designation from the International Exit Planning Association (IEPA). The Certified Business Exit Consultant (CBEC) Designation is a significant achievement and further establishes Coit as one of the elite exit planners in the marketplace today.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (September 15, 2020)—Communication matters, especially during a pandemic. There are a lot of apps and other channels out there for communicating with groups; HomeCare spoke with Mike Eidsaune, the CEO of Carely, an app designed specifically for family caregivers and senior care organizations. Carely recently announced the purchase of the online community Caregiving.com. 

REDWOOD CITY, California (Sept. 10, 2020)--NimbleRx, a platform providing independent pharmacies the ability to offer convenient, online delivery, has announced a partnership with Uber Health to offer safe, contactless prescription delivery from pharmacies in Seattle, Wash. and Dallas, Texas, and soon from other parts of the country as well. The service, which is fully integrated with Uber’s platform, is currently live throughout the Seattle and Dallas metro areas.

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 10, 2020)—CareSignal, offering Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) validated in more than 10 peer-reviewed journal publications to deliver industry-leading clinical and financial returns, has supported tens of thousands of individual patients with heart failure, COPD, diabetes, depression and dozens of other conditions for a combined duration of more than 20,000 patients/year.

NEW YORK (September 8, 2020)—Digital health insurance industry veteran Robert Hurley has joined the Aloe Care Health Advisory Board, effective immediately. Aloe Care is home to an advanced voice-activated medical alert and communication service for elder care. The company, which recently launched a new Essentials offering optimized for COVID-19 protocols, is aligning its service to be covered by Medicare Advantage in 2021.