PETAH TIKVA, Israel (January 20, 2021)—Biobeat, a global provider of continuous remote patient monitoring solutions for the health care continuum, has launched a new home-based remote patient monitoring kit. The solution allows health care providers to remotely monitor patients' vital signs and receive updates and deterioration alerts, helping to alleviate hospital overload, reduce costs and improve patient care.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 15, 2021)—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized a signature accomplishment of the new Office of Burden Reduction & Health Informatics (OBRHI). This final rule builds on the efforts to drive interoperability, empower patients, and reduce costs and burden in the health care market by promoting secure electronic access to health data in new and innovative ways.

BOSTON (January 15, 2021)—CareAcademy, a homecare and home health workforce empowerment platform, announced a strategic partnership with Wild Iris Medical Education that will further expand the company’s offering to include accredited nursing continuing education. By leveraging Wild Iris Medical Education’s American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accredited and approved courses, CareAcademy will add more than 70 courses, representing more than 300 contact hours.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 8, 2021)—Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model has been certified for expansion through rulemaking beginning no sooner than Calendar Year (CY) 2022. The model, implemented in nine states, has resulted in an average 4.6% improvement in home health agencies’ quality scores as well as average annual savings of $141 million to Medicare.

SUNRISE, Fla., (January 8, 2021)—Interim HealthCare Inc., the nation's leading franchise network of home care, senior care, home health and hospice and health care staffing services, names Ethan Sowell, physical therapist, as the 2020 Therapist of the Year. Ethan earned widespread appreciation from patients and leaders for his commitment to delivering compassionate care and supporting the mission of Interim HealthCare of the Upstate in South Carolina.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 6, 2021)—Occupational therapy practitioners are celebrating passage of the large year-end omnibus legislative package because one measure will ease access to therapy for our nation’s most vulnerable populations. The Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act (H.R. 3127/S. 1725) was enacted among multiple health care priorities when signed into law on Dec.

DALLAS, Texas (January 4, 2021)—Leading technology innovator for care at home Axxess has bolstered its senior leadership team by hiring private duty homecare expert Patricia Drea.

Drea, who served a dozen years as Chair of the Board and Chief Operating Officer at Visiting Angels and is a past chair of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s Private Duty Home Care Association, joins Axxess as a Senior Vice President.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 16, 2020)—CareBridge, an end-to-end technology and clinical company helping states and health plans managing patients receiving home and community-based services, announced its strategic partnership with BAYADA Home Health Care. CareBridge and BAYADA will join capabilities to explore and deliver innovative health care strategies together that improve the quality of life and efficiency of care for high-risk individuals.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (December 11, 2020)—Empath Health and Stratum Health System announced that their Boards of Directors have formally approved the merger of the two organizations, pending regulatory approval. The merger will create the country’s largest not-for-profit health system delivering non-acute care and services through its skilled, significant medical and holistic programs to individuals with chronic, advanced and terminal illnesses. 

BOSTON (December 3, 2020)—Prospero Health, a team-based home health care company, announced today that it is expanding into 16 states to reach more than 8,000 new patients in need of home health care in 2021. With its expanded footprint, Prospero will serve 25,000 patients in a total of 26 states, bringing its model of home-based care and 24/7 telemedicine support to a growing population of people living with serious health conditions.