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Telehealth pilot programs gain traction

Wake Forest Baptist Health’s pilot program launched with Scanwell will equip at-risk patients with an mHealth platform to test for antibodies associated with the coronavirus while at home. Approximately 200,000 connected health kits are going to patients of Wake Forest Baptist Health as well as Atrium Health, WakeMed, Vidant Health, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the Campbell University Osteopathic School of Medicine.

Hospices lean on phone apps for patent/family support

A rising number of hospice providers are turning to smartphone and tablet apps with digital-memory-sharing platforms to enhance bereavement services as they support patients, families and friends going through the dying process. The technologies make it possible for users to memorialize loved ones through videos, audio recordings and other media forms.

Home care briefs for Friday, Oct. 9

Study shows that pediatric home healthcare services market is thriving worldwide . . . NGHS and LHC Group partner to form Northeast Georgia Home Health . . . PolitiFact breaks down healthcare and coronavirus policy claims made during Wednesday’s vice presidential debate

Humana cites better outcomes and lower costs for MA members

Humana has unveiled its annual Value-based Care Report, showing that the 2.41 million Humana individual Medicare Advantage beneficiaries receiving care from primary care physicians in value-based payment models experienced, on average, better health outcomes, lower costs and more preventive care, as opposed to those in fee-for-service models. Results reflect data collected in 2019.

Home care briefs for Thursday, Oct. 8

NAHC partners with WellEntry for COVID-19 screening solution … White House clears FDA coronavirus vaccine standards … Experts warn against states’ plans to vet COVID vaccines … VA leaders recognized for advancements in healthcare access, 3D printing applications

Medicare Advantage at age 60?

As health insurers expand their Medicare Advantage health plan offerings to seniors with new regulations allowing for added benefits, these plans could become an even greater draw for seniors should a Joe Biden administration convince Congress to lower the eligibility of Medicare to 60.

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