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Two large health plans forge unique agreements with firms in home care space

Two major health plans this week disclosed partnerships to provide more services to patients at home. Ready, an on-demand healthcare service, said Wednesday that it now offers at-home healthcare services to Empire BlueCross BlueShield members located in New York City. And the Geisinger Health Plan in Pennsylvania disclosed a partnership with Tomorrow Health, a home medical equipment provider.

Home Care briefs for Friday, March 5

DispatchHealth raises $200M in Series D financing, bringing total raised to $417M … PHI policy head calls for workforce interventions in direct care … Editorial: Nominee Becerra would support labor unions over home-care workers … Software firm survey: 76% of referral sources would switch to a post-acute care provider that offers more electronic data capabilities…

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Durable medical equipment provider charged in $10M healthcare fraud scheme

A Perfect Fit for You, a Morehead City, NC, maker of durable medical equipment — including powered wheelchairs, powered air flotation beds, osteogenesis stimulator, pneumatic compressor, orthotic braces and diabetic shoes — was sentenced this week to five years’ probation and ordered to pay a $2 million fine and $10 million in restitution to the state’s Medicaid program for submitting extensive fraudulent claims.

Home Care briefs for Thursday, March 4

Lawmaker wants CMS to make Medicare telehealth waivers permanent … ObvioHealth and RedHill Biopharma launch first in kind remote COVID-19 therapy trial … Zeel discloses 5,000 in-home COVID-19 PCR tests administered … Northern Light Home Care & Hospice partners with mall to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinic

NAHC clears up confusion on face-to-face encounters, other questions stemming from COVID-19 statute

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice reports that it has received clarification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding some discrepancies between Medicare regulations and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The issues in question include face-to-face requirements for home health certifications, and whether allowed non-physician practitioners may order private duty nursing under Medicaid.

Home Care briefs for Wednesday, March 3

Illinois coalition pushes bill to protect telehealth . . . LHC Group and Orlando Health expand partnership in Florida … Home Centered Care Institute names new president … Industry study: Adult children are willing to pay more to renovate parents’ homes to ensure independent living … Tomorrow Health partners with Geisinger Health Plan to provide…

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Pandemic has bolstered LTSS, advocacy firm finds

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed state policymakers to make their Medicaid programs more flexible, analysts from Manatt Health, with funding from The SCAN Foundation, reveal in a recently published resource guide. Those actions have expanded remote care options, stabilized the long-term services and supports workforce by waiving certain training requirements, extended home-based care to more people, and other tactics, according to the guide.

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