WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 24, 2020)—Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a blog post that the consumer-facing Compare tools (Hospital, Nursing Home, Home Health, Dialysis Facility, Long-term Care Hospital, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, Physician and Hospice) will be rolled into one new tool called Medicare Care Compare housed on medicare.gov.

HARTFORD, Conn. & ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.(January 17, 2020)—CareCentrix, a provider of in home-based and post-acute care (PAC) solutions, announced today it has entered a strategic alliance with Synzi, a technology enabler for post-acute care. The alliance creates virtual delivery of post-acute services to deeply personalize the work that CareCentrix already does caring for patients.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 17, 2020)—Bipartisan leadership of the Senate Finance Committee has announced proposed legislation providing for the extension of several programs within Medicare and Medicaid. Commonly referred to as an “extenders package” the legislation provides for the continuation of programs that are currently on track to exhaust their current funding allocation.

AKRON, Ohio (January 14, 2020)—Medical device company Okapi Medical announced the appointment of CEO, Darren Obrigkeit, Ph.D. This appointment comes on the heels of a successful pre-clinical study involving the company's innovative wound closure technology. Obrigkeit brings more than 20 years of experience in medical devices, holding leadership roles internationally for both start-ups and large-scale corporations.

DALLAS (January 13, 2020)—A new industry trends report from Axxess, a home health care technology company, and BKD, a national CPA and advisory firm, confirms concern among the home-based care industry regarding implementation of the new Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and other regulatory changes, as well as ongoing staffing challenges.