Volume 10, Number 22 May  12, 2021




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

The caregiver shortage is front and center again this week. Some blame low wages, some long hours, or not enough hours. Some blame the federal government's extended unemployment payments. But the wise among us look for solutions instead of placing blame. This week, we are happy to offer some wisdom regarding technology solutions from guest author Stephen Tweed. The longtime private duty home care consultant turns his well-known and highly respected expertise to an exploration of some of the new technologies that are springing up in response to the caregiver shortage challenge you face. The tech innovations Stephen recommends address both recruiting and retention. At least one of them might work well for you. All of them are worth a closer look. Scroll down to "Applying Technology to Improve Caregiver Recruiting and Retention."

 

 

In Other Tech News

A healthcare provider we were previously unfamiliar with, AMN Healthcare, has just acquired Synzi, the patient engagement and remote patient monitoring technology company we have often written about. (We will fix that with an interview with AMN before our next issue.)

Also in this week's Vendor Watch column, read about the new strategic advisor whom CareCentrix hired away from Livongo, and the chief medical director brought into Biofourmis, a Boston-based provider of virtual care and digital therapeutics that is making a move into the post-acute care arena.

 

Telehealth News

Still speaking of remote patient monitoring, our friends at Vivify Health are justifiably boasting about a major award presented to them last week. Read about "Medtech Breakthrough Awards" below in "Vivify Health Recognized for Remote Patient Care Innovation." Also, in that article, and on our main web site, you can download Vivify's free white paper, "Moving Closer to Embracing Remote Care."

We sent staff writer Darcey Trescone to investigate two telehealth bills making their way through Congress. One in the House and one in the Senate would make permanent the temporarily loosened regulations on telehealth that were put in place to help you serve COVID-19 patients. You may want to copy down the names and numbers of the bills and follow their progress from committee to floor vote to (cross your fingers) the President's desk. These bills were originally proposed in 2016, but many believe that COVID has given them a genuine chance of becoming law. Darcey's article is below. Click on "CONNECT for Health Act Would Authorize Post-COVID Telehealth."

CMS News

Finally, this week's issue brings good news for home health providers. CMS has added bonus payments for healthcare providers who give monoclonal antibodies to patients in their homes. See our CMS News column below.

 

 

Worth the Trip

Finally. FINALLY! When we say "trip," we do not mean from your kitchen to your makeshift home office. Darcey and I hope to see you at Homecare100 on Marco Island, Florida next month...in person! See the graphic ad below for the details. I think there may be room for a few more if you hurry. After that, the NAHC Financial Managers meeting will be live and in person in Chicago, August 1-3, and their Annual Meeting & Expo in New Orleans in October. I will also be at the personal care provider's annual meeting, HCAOA, in Orlando in September. I hope to see you at at least one of these.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



Applying Technology to Improve Caregiver Recruiting and Retention
If recruiting and retaining caregivers is your #1 problem, consider these new technology solutions outlined by guest author Stephen Tweed.

CONNECT for Health Act Would Authorize Post-COVID Telehealth
Patients, providers, and payers have learned the efficacy of remote patient monitoring during the pandemic. Bills making their way through the House and Senate would make permanent the temporary lifting of restrictions.

Vivify Health Recognized for Remote Patient Care Innovation
Prestigious "Best Remote Patient Monitoring Solution" received at 2021 MedTech "Breakthrough Awards" program.

CMS News: Payment Increase Announced
— Regulators recognize that at-home administration of monoclonal antibodies is expensive and should be reimbursed.
— Beta testers needed for new patient assessment tool, "Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation"

Vendor Watch
— AMN Healthcare Acquires Synzi
— Jennifer Schneider, MD Joins CareCentrix Strategic Advisory Board
— Biofourmis names Harvard professor Maulik Majmudar, MD as Chief Medical Officer



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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

Why Did Humana Buy the Other 60% of Kindred?
Acquisition confirms that commercial payors are finally learning what everyone in home health and home care has known since 1965: in-home care saves more than it costs. Will public payors ever get the message?

Connect America Acquires Philips Aging and Caregiving Business
Combined business will service an expanded customer base of PERS and senior living subscribers and healthcare providers across the U.S. and in Canada.




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