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Mental health conditions increase complications and costs of pregnancies, study finds

Every year, the U.S. healthcare system spends $102 million more on hospitalizations for pregnant people with mental health disorders than those without. A new study published in Health Affairs found that the presence of mental health disorders during pregnancy coincided with a 50% rise in unexpected severe complications for the mother, including heart failure, hysterectomy or…

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OIG: Most states not doing enough to monitor Medicaid telehealth fraud for behavioral health services

Many states don’t monitor for telehealth fraud and fail to evaluate how telehealth has impacted patient access and care, a Department of Health and Human Services watchdog found. The agency’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report Tuesday that explored how states are evaluating the use of telehealth to treat behavioral health in Medicaid. While states…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Join us as we RISE together to help uplift women in need. Please visit The National Breast Cancer Foundation where you can learn about Breast Cancer, make donations, participate in fundraisers, and help women NOW.

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Feds charge 138 medical professionals with $1.4B in healthcare fraud, including telehealth schemes

The Department of Justice on Friday announced criminal charges against 42 doctors and nurses and nearly 100 other medical professionals for alleged healthcare fraud schemes that cost $1.4 billion in losses. The charges target approximately $1.1 billion in fraud committed using telehealth services, $29 million in COVID-19 healthcare fraud, $133 million connected to substance abuse treatment facilities, or…

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White House Moves Forward $17.7 Billion in COVID-19 Provider Relief Funds

The Biden Administration is infusing the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) with an additional $17.7 billion. The program is designed to help defray some of the financial burden of the pandemic. The boost to PRF is part of a $25.5 billion package that also includes billions of dollars for the American Rescue Plan and the Children’s…

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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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