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NATIONAL REHAB WEEK

September 20-26 is the annual National Rehabilitation Week. National Rehabilitation Awareness Week during the third full week in September recognizes the outstanding services provided by rehabilitation professionals. The goal of the week is to express appreciation for rehabilitation experts and assistants who work as physical, occupational, cardiac, and speech therapists. Please visit the American Medical…

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CMS to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Workers in ‘Most Health Care Settings’ — Including Home Health Care

President Joe Biden unveiled a new six-pronged national COVID-19 strategy on Thursday, including stronger requirements around vaccinations for U.S. workers. Home health agencies were among the health care organizations explicitly mentioned in the plan. Along with either requiring or pushing American workers to get vaccinated, the Biden administration’s strategy calls for increased testing and masking while allocating…

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Voice of the Caregiver: ‘Hospice is a Safety Net’

Beth Peters, 85, met her husband Charles on a blind date while he was in law school at the University of Virginia. They were married a few months later after Charles graduated in 1957. Now 94, Charles Peters has entered hospice with congestive heart failure, and Beth has joined the legions of Americans who are…

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‘It’s Impacting the Entire Industry’: The Threat Climate Change Poses to Home-Based Care

Home-based care players tout their ability to proactively aid seniors’ health, as opposed to just reactively, and for good reason. Their ability to do just that makes them valuable to patients, payers and partners. To continue keeping seniors safe while they age in place, however, there’s another issue they’ll have to address proactively: increasingly prevalent…

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‘We Are Losing Excellent Direct Care Staff’: Home-Based Care Providers Report Vaccine-Mandate Blowback

Hundreds of in-home care workers in Rhode Island have resigned from their posts due to the state’s mandatory vaccine policies, the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care announced Tuesday. That, in turn, has jeopardized patient care in the state. An emergency declaration was made Aug. 17, requiring all licensed health care workers in Rhode Island…

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month is the international campaign from Alzheimer’s Disease International that takes place every September. Every September, people come together from all around the world to raise awareness and to challenge the stigma that persists around dementia. September 2021 marks the 10th year of this vital global awareness raising campaign. 21 September also marks…

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Vaccine Mandate Might Be Right Around the Corner for Home-Based Care Providers

New York home-based care workers wondering if a COVID-19 vaccine mandate is around the corner will soon have an answer. On Thursday, the New York Department of Health, Codes Committee of the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) will meet to consider implementing an emergency regulation regarding “Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission by Covered Entities.”…

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When Need Arose, Oxygen Providers Stepped Up

Manufacturers & more respond to COVID-19 crisis overseas by Hannah Wolfson Thursday, August 5, 2021 As the COVID-19 pandemic began to recede in the United States this year, Americans watched as other countries without available vaccines buckled under the strain of rising infection rates and deaths. And when the world gasped for air, respiratory and…

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Why Doesn’t Medicare Cover Services So Many Seniors Need?

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (August 12, 2021)—Sorry, Joe Namath. Despite what you keep saying in those TV ads, under Medicare, seniors are not “entitled to eliminate copays and get dental care, dentures, eyeglasses, prescription drug coverage, in-home aides, unlimited transportation and home-delivered meals, all at no additional cost.” But if Democratic lawmakers in Congress have their say, seniors could…

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Delta Variant Has Hospices Increasingly Concerned About Operations, Finances

A year and half into the novel coronavirus pandemic, hospices are growing increasingly concerned that emerging variants of the virus will severely impact their operations, workforce and finances. As infections surge, particularly among the unvaccinated, many communities are reinstating precautions that have been relaxed as more people get their shots. More than 610,000 lives have been…

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