WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 7, 2020)—Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) introduced the COVID-19 Hospice Respite Care Relief Act of 2020 (S. 4423), designed to establish additional flexibilities related to delivery of respite care services during public health emergencies (PHEs) such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

PHILADELPHIA (July 22, 2020)—BAYADA Home Health Care, a nonprofit provider of in-home health care and support services, announced today that six of its home health offices were recognized for excellence in client satisfaction with SHPBest Awards from Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP), while four of BAYADA's hospice offices were honored with Hospice Honors awards in the HEALTHCAREfirst by ResMed 2020 Hospice CAHPS Honors Awards program.

CHICAGO (July 21, 2020)—Evolution Health, a home health, hospice and infusion therapy provider, has selected Dina’s new Staff Screening and Check-In solution to automate its employee wellness and health screening process. 

Digital health care company Dina is an artificial intelligence-powered care coordination platform that recently expanded its product line to include employee engagement, health screening and remote patient monitoring solutions. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 3, 2020)—As announced first in January 2019, starting in calendar year (CY) 2021 (and through CY 2024) the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin a demonstration program under the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) model to test coverage of hospice care as part of the Medicare Advantage (MA) benefit package.

WASHINGTON, D.C (May 29, 2020)—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the Medicare Program: Contract Year 2021 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage Program, Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, and Medicare Cost Plan Program, with important information about the special election period for hospice beneficiaries.

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.

PLANO, Texas (January 29, 2020)—Vivify Health, the developer of a connected care platform for holistic patient care and engagement, announced that TRU Community Care, a Colorado-licensed, Medicare and Medicaid-certified, nonprofit health care organization providing a continuum of care for individuals living with advanced illness and loss, has agreed to implement Vivify’s remote patient monitoring (RPM) and telehealth so