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Help at Home Reportedly Planning to Go Public by Year’s End

Help at Home — a provider of home- and community-based services (HCBS) — is considering going public. The Chicago-based company has even selected banks to help it prepare for an IPO later this year, Bloomberg News reported. More providers are considering public exits thanks to an increasing demand for home-based care, promising outlooks for public at-home care…

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CMS Green Lights Payments for Homebound Patients’ COVID-19 Vaccinations

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has authorized an additional $35 payment to incentivize health care providers to bring COVID-19 vaccines to patients who cannot easily leave their homes, including many hospice patients. This amount is in addition to the approximately $40 payment that Medicare currently pays for administration of a vaccine…

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‘They Face What We All Face’: Amazon’s Entrance into Home-Based Care Doesn’t Faze Providers

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) takes another step toward health care almost monthly. Lately, one of its biggest focuses has been the shift of health care into the home. The Seattle-based company announced in March that it was expanding its on-demand health service, Amazon Care, from just its employees in Washington to the entire country. It also…

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June 6 is the 34th annual National Cancer Survivors Day

National Cancer Survivors Day® is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived,an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families,and an OUTREACH to the community.   Please visit the official website for National Cancer Survivors Day to hear speakers, purchase merchandise, and view other resources for survivors and their families.

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Join the Alzheimer’s Association in going purple and raising awareness this June. The more people know about Alzheimer’s, the more action we inspire.   Please visit The Alzheimer’s Association where you can share your story and help advance Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

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‘A Huge Victory’: Home Care Turnover Remains Stable at 65.2%

Turnover rates in the home care industry have taken an up-and-down rollercoaster ride over the past few years, jumping from 66.7% in 2019 to 81.6% in 2018, then falling back down to 64.3% in 2019. Yet in 2020, turnover across U.S. home care agencies remained mostly flat, climbing ever so slightly to an overall rate…

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Senate Hearing on Health Care Workforce Shortages Offers Little Discussion Around Home-Based Care

On Thursday, members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions held a subcommittee hearing to address the dire shortage of health care workers in the U.S. The hearing, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), addressed labor shortages in primary care, behavioral health and more. Lawmakers, however, stopped…

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Home-Based Care Providers with PPP Loans Can’t Bank on Forgiveness

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) were a godsend for a lot of home care agencies in 2020, allowing them to keep their heads above water during financial downturns and reward employees for conducting hazardous work. But now agencies must prepare for the aftermath of PPP in the form of…

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Nurses, not-for-profits, others take vaccine to homebound people

For months, Victoria McAllister searched online to make a vaccination appointment. Unlike other people who can hop into a car, though, she has ruptured discs that could slice her spinal cord if she hits a pothole or her wheelchair bumps floor molding. So McAllister, 64, was over the moon when her local county health department…

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Visiting Nurse Health System Cementing Identity Amid Ground-Up Restructuring

Home health providers of all shapes and sizes are currently taking a good, hard look at themselves in the mirror. For the Atlanta-based Visiting Nurse Health System (VNHS), that self-reflection has meant redefining relationships with payers, reprioritizing internal operations and recommitting to talent acquisition, according to Dorothy Davis, the nonprofit’s president and CEO. “In the…

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