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CMS, CDC Update Nursing Home Visit Guidelines for Hospices, Other Visitors

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have revised their previous guidance for visitors accessing nursing homes, including service providers such as hospices. The availability of vaccines was a key factor in the update. The agencies now indicate that facilities can allow ”responsible…

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Patient Safety Awareness Week March 14-20 2021

About the Initiative Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual recognition event intended to encourage everyone to learn more about health care safety. During this week, IHI seeks to advance important discussions locally and globally, and inspire action to improve the safety of the health care system — for patients and the workforce. Patient Safety…

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$1.9T Stimulus Bill Now Includes 10% Payment Boost for Home- and Community-Based Services

The $1.9 trillion stimulus package took a critical step on Saturday. It passed in the Senate, which then sent it back to the House of Representatives for final deliberation before ultimately landing on President Joe Biden’s desk. From a home-based care perspective, one of the most noteworthy elements of the Senate passage was that the…

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Amazon Joins Home-Based Care Providers to Advocate for Better Health Care Policy

An eclectic group of health care providers has formed a new organization dedicated to advancing home-based care. The long-term vision of the new entity, branded “Moving Health Home,” is to fundamentally change the way policymakers think about how, when and where patients are treated. The coalition, unveiled Wednesday, is made up by eight diverse founding…

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Amazon Joins Home-Based Care Providers to Advocate for Better Health Care Policy

An eclectic group of health care providers has formed a new organization dedicated to advancing home-based care. The long-term vision of the new entity, branded “Moving Health Home,” is to fundamentally change the way policymakers think about how, when and where patients are treated. The coalition, unveiled Wednesday, is made up by eight diverse founding…

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As $1.9T Stimulus Bill Heads to Senate, Here’s What It Could Mean for In-Home Care

The House of Representatives passed the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill Saturday, which means the next step for the “American Rescue Plan” is to go through the Senate, where its provisions related to home-based care will likely be tinkered with again. Because pandemic-related unemployment benefits are set to expire on March 14, lawmakers are trying to…

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National Kidney Month

Please visit Kidney.org for this chart and to learn the kidney basics, treatment & support, and get involved to help win the fight against kidney disease!

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Thanks to Home Care Providers, Telehealth Is Turning into a $250B Industry

Telehealth vendors experienced a major business boom last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many believe the increased demand will stick around in 2021, too, driven by a need to constantly monitor vulnerable populations in the home setting. Synzi — a St. Petersburg, Florida-based company that provides virtual visit and messaging tools via its telehealth…

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CVS Health Building ‘Home Health Hub’ to Better Care for Seniors

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) has allotted ample resources toward home- and community-based care over the past year. It has done so for several reasons, CVS Health leaders point out. For one, investing in home-based care makes it easier for patients to access necessary services during the public health emergency. But CVS Health’s focus on the…

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Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Could Limit Access Care, Critics Caution

In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed plans to expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model — a Medicare demonstration that aims to tie reimbursement to quality of care. While HHVBP has gained popularity within the home health industry, some experts believe there are potential downsides to scaling the…

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