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?

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (May 13, 2020)—Liz Signorella joins Amatus Health as the company’s chief revenue officer. An Illinois native, Signorella brings more than 25 years of health care revenue and contract management experience to the company including most recently, with BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, the largest customer-owned health insurer in the nation and the fourth largest overall.

BOSTON (May 13, 2020)—Certified Homecare Consulting (CHC), a home health care consulting company with offices in Salem, New Hampshire, and Boston, Massachusetts, is responding to the limited availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) supply resources through strengthening its ordering positions with new and existing supply chain partners in order to ensure that home health care provider agencies are able to source these materials from a reliable partner in a timely manner, with limit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 6, 2020)—Jobs in the homecare sector are expected to grow 37% through 2028, well ahead of the overall growth rate of 5% for all occupations, according to a new report released by the SeniorList. 

The SeniorList compiles an annual report on home health and Homecare quality and affordability each year, with data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. This year's data was gathered before the outbreak of COVID-19. 

SUNRISE, Fla. (May 6, 2020)—Interim HealthCare Inc., a franchise network of homecare, senior care, home health and hospice and health care staffing services, announced today the launch of “The Year of Us,” a campaign to unify messages of support and gratitude toward the nation’s nurses, including employees of Interim HealthCare and especially those fighting on the front line against COVID-19. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2020)—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) most recent COVID-19 Interim Final Rule with Comment (IFC) provides flexibility for hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) to provide services to their patients to their home. During the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), a patient’s home may be considered an off-site location of a hospital department. Only registered outpatients may receive services in the home by the HOPD.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 1, 2020)—More than 40% of home health agencies (HHAs) reported serving actively infected COVID-19 patients—and more than 85% in the New York/New Jersey area—in a survey conducted by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC).

NAHC conducted the survey between April 6 and April 17; more than 1,100 home health companies from all states participated.

GURNEE, Ill. (April 29, 2020)—BrightStar Care, a national private duty homecare and medical staffing franchise with over 300 locations, is always looking for new ways to honor their hardworking and trustworthy staff. Nurse-led care has been the differentiator for the brand and celebrating nurses as they go above and beyond to keep their clients safe during this pandemic prompted BrightStar Care to do something special to truly show their appreciation.

By Judith Graham

Older adults with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, have several “atypical” symptoms, complicating efforts to ensure they get timely and appropriate treatment, according to physicians.

COVID-19 is typically signaled by three symptoms: a fever, an insistent cough and shortness of breath. But older adults — the age group most at risk of severe complications or death from this condition ― may have none of these characteristics.