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.

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.

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.

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.

TOLEDO, Ohio, (September 8, 2020)—Ohio Living announced that Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice (Greater Toledo) and Good Shepherd Home (Fostoria) have joined forces as Partners in Care. Effective Sept. 1, 2020, this strategic partnership brings Ohio Living's hospice services to the residents and patients of Good Shepherd Home through a valuable collaboration that advances the missions of both organizations.

NEW YORK (September 3, 2020)—Aetna, a CVS Health company, and Landmark Health and its affiliated medical groups (Landmark) announced today a new relationship to bring physician-led services into the homes of Aetna’s Individual Medicare Advantage members living in New York with chronic health conditions. Service areas will be focused in the New York City boroughs and Long Island and further extend to Albany, Rochester, and Buffalo.

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. (September 3, 2020)—Casamba, a provider of electronic medical record (EMR) solutions for contract therapy providers, skilled nursing facilities, home health and hospice agencies, and outpatient therapy, announced an exclusive partnership with Accelerated Care Plus (ACP), a provider of specialized rehabilitation technologies and evidence-based clinical solutions for post-acute providers.

CHICAGO (August 25, 2020)—Aetna and WellBe Senior Medical are working together to deliver home-based primary care to residents of Chicagoland living with multiple complex health conditions. By providing a new option for home-based medical care, Aetna is helping its members achieve their health goals and access high-quality care in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, Lake, McHenry, and Will.

WASHIGNTON, D.C. (August 25, 2020)—Providers were expecting to receive quarterly reporting instructions from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on Aug. 17, for funds received under the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) program. However, HHS has announced a delay in this information as they are still refining data elements and formulating a template to be used for reporting. The reporting system is still expected to be available Oct. 1, 2020.

NEW YORK (August 21, 2020)—Caring People, a family-owned and operated licensed homecare agency, announces joining forces with Acappella in Home Care, Aging Care LLC, and AMR Care Group, while also launching new branch in New Haven, Connecticut. Caring People was founded in 2001 in Queens, New York in CEO Steven East’s grandmother’s kitchen and has grown over the past 20 years to become one of the largest private pay focused home health care providers in the country.

GARDENA, Calif. — Daisy Conant, 91, thrives off routine.

One of her favorites is reading the newspaper with her morning coffee. But, lately, the news surrounding the coronavirus pandemic has been more agitating than pleasurable. “We’re dropping like flies,” she said one recent morning, throwing her hands up.