Home health and hospice workers have played a critical role on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite being included in many states’ top-priority groups, they’re now being all-too-often overlooked when it comes to vaccine access, AccentCare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anna Loengard told Home Health Care News. Initially, a large portion of
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Another 20 companies joined The Climate Pledge, a public commitment to “go green” launched by Amazon and Jeff Bezos in 2019. Including the new signatories announced Wednesday, there are 53 companies in 12 countries that have joined. The most high profile company of the latest group is IMB. It announced Tuesday its agenda to hit
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The public health emergency has resulted in higher demand for home medical equipment (HME). Several factors are contributing to the trend, including the rise of hospital-at-home programs, the diversion of patients away from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and individuals generally voicing a preference for home-based care. As an industry, HME is fairly diverse when it
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The anecdotal claims from home health insiders were true: Across the country, home health agencies gained a greater share of discharges from short-term acute care hospitals during the public health emergency. Specifically, the percentage of patients discharged into home health care rose 1.8% from March to May of 2020, from 17% to 18.8%. That would
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Critical care workers insert an endotracheal tube into a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positive patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, February 11, 2021. Shannon Stapleton | Reuters Some Covid-19 patients are experiencing shortness of breath, fatigue, headaches and “brain fog” for months to nearly a year after their
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Throughout 2020, healthcare organizations were forced to turn inward to help staff not only confront the stress related to a global pandemic, but also issues around social injustice. At Novant Health, leaders were able to quickly build on existing work to get new resources to staff. For Tanya Blackmon, executive vice president and chief diversity,
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A growing number of stakeholders in the skilled nursing facility (SNF) world believe the recent spike in hospital discharges to home health care services will not become permanent. Executives from real estate investment trust (REIT) Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) made that argument during a fourth quarter earnings call earlier in February. Executives from CareTrust
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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s appointee to run the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listens as Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his health and coronavirus response teams during a news conference at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, December 8, 2020. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters Dr. Rochelle
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