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World Breastfeeding Week August 1 – 7

Please visit WABA who coordinates the global World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) campaign that aims to inform, anchor, engage and galvanize action on breastfeeding and related issues.

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🌞 August is Summer Sun Safety Month!! ☀️ 🌤

Stay Healthy in the Sun! Please visit Be Safe in the Sun to learn about UV Exposure, steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from the Sun, how to check for signs of skin cancer, and much more! Cancer Facts: Prevention and Screening Be safe this summer! 🌞 ☀️ 🌤

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Better Care Better Jobs Act Would Expand Medicaid Funding for HCBS

WASHINGTON, DC (June 25, 2021)–New legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House on Thursday that would strengthen and expand access to quality homecare services and support the caregiving workforce that provides them. According to a summary of the bill provided by the Senate Committee on Aging, the Better Care Better Jobs Act, a key…

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How States Could Expand Medicaid HCBS Programs

A large chunk of the home-based care industry and its workforce is focused on the Better Care Better Jobs Act, a recently introduced piece of legislation that would pump billions of dollars into care for the elderly. Medicaid-reimbursed in-home care providers haven’t forgotten about the increased federal matching rate — or “FMAP” — for home- and…

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Telehealth Is Here to Stay

In the earliest days of the emerging COVID-19 pandemic—in a news story published on March 16, 2020, to be exact—we reported that homecare companies were facing a new problem: denials of service. Patients and customers were increasingly refusing to let providers into their homes out of fear of infection, and professionals were declining to go…

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As Pandemic Eases, Home Care Providers Discover Some Costs Stick

While the COVID-19 crisis’ primary effect on the home care industry may have been temporary, its secondary effects could be more long-lasting. The same idea holds true for other aging services providers as well. A recent report from the American Health Care Association (AHCA) highlighted the economic headwinds that providers are facing even as the…

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Government Investigation of PPP, other COVID Relief Fraud Expected to Ramp Up

PHOENIX, Arizona (July 13, 2021)—A number of legal and government entities will be hunting for fraud around COVID-19 relief programs, and the health care sector—the largest recipient of first-draw Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans—is dead in their sights. While enforcement of the PPP, Provider Relief Fund, and other pandemic aid has already ramped up, most…

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What Is the PACE Plus Act?

Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) help medically complex low-income seniors and people with disabilities age in their homes and communities. Many of the seniors in PACE are dual-eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. PACE serves as an alternative and complement to Medicaid-covered home- and community-based services. PACE provides comprehensive care for low-income…

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Report Sheds New Light on Looming Caregiving Crisis

As the U.S. population ages, there has been a struggle to keep up with the demand for caregivers. Building the caregiver workforce will take a number of strategies that each address the various challenges that these workers face. Several recommendations were highlighted in a new report by the Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) and Home…

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Care Continuity Likely Lowers Rehospitalization Risk for Home Health Patient with Dementia

Continuity of care — or pairing the same medical professionals with the same patients — is incredibly important in the delivery of home health services. It’s even more essential when caring for people living with dementia, a new study suggests. If home health patients with dementia are seen by the same clinicians visit after visit,…

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