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AccentCare Uses AI to Track Social Determinants of Health, Reduce Readmissions

Home health providers typically have to learn about their patients’ social determinants of health on the fly, quickly picking up on risk factors like access to transportation and proximity to healthy food following a hospital discharge. One in-home care giant is turning to artificial intelligence for a head start. Earlier this month, AccentCare Inc. revealed…

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Why COVID-19 Has Made Universal Design More Important for Seniors, Home-Based Care Providers

Seniors overwhelmingly prefer to age in place. That preference has only grown following the COVID-19 pandemic and a general shift toward home-based care, making home safety more important than ever. But for a home to be safe for seniors and caregivers alike, it must adhere to building best practices, including universal design. Broadly, universal design…

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‘There Are Still Many Questions Unanswered’: Home Care Providers Seek Clarity on American Rescue Plan

As part of the recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, state Medicaid programs have seemingly received a major bump in funding for vital home- and community-based services (HCBS). In theory, the bump is designed to help HCBS operators expand their services, attract new workers and take on more clients. Still, some in-home care providers…

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Updates From The HCAHPS Official Website

We have updated the two HHCAHPS website documents listed below to reflect the HHCAHPS Survey CY2023 APU participation period that began on April 1, 2020. We posted the CY2023 APU Participation Exemption Request Form on April 1, 2021. HHCAHPS Exemption Information HHA Responsibilities For more information, contact the HHCAHPS Survey Coordination Team via email at hhcahps@rti.org or…

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World Health Day 2021

Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone In recent years, countries in the Western Pacific have experienced rapid economic growth, migration and urbanization. This created opportunities for better lives for many, but left others behind. The COVID-19 pandemic has undercut recent health gains, pushed more people into poverty and food insecurity, and amplified gender, social and health inequities.  This World Health Day, we’re calling for action to eliminate health inequities,…

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April Is Medicaid Awareness Month

Medicaid is a Lifeline for Millions of Americans This month, advocates and activists across the country will highlight Medicaid’s vital importance in our communities. Medicaid is especially critical as the nation responds to the coronavirus pandemic, providing key funding for hospitals and helping patients get the care they need. Please visit  MedicaidAwareness.Com for state-by-state fact…

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Celebrate Occupational Therapy Month!!

As an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, you are part of a vitally important profession that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Your holistic and customized approach to evaluations, interventions, and outcomes help a child with disabilities participate…

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Happy National Doctor’s Day

History of National Doctors’ Day National Doctors’ Day is held every year on March 30th in the United States. It is a day to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its’ citizens. The first Doctor’s Day observance was March 30, 1933 in Winder, Georgia.  Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr.…

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Former CMS Chief Berwick: Hospice, Health Care Needs to Reorient Systems Around Patient Needs

Delivering quality health care requires a moral compass, according to Don Berwick, M.D., former administrator for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. This requires hospice providers to go beyond regulatory compliance when they think about quality, with equitable access as a key component,…

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OSHA’s Virus Protection Program Could Put Home Health Agencies Under the Microscope

In response to an executive order from President Joe Biden, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a national emphasis program aimed at protecting workers from COVID-19 while on the job. OSHA, part of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), is responsible for assuring “safe and healthy working conditions” for most workers in…

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