ST. LOUIS (September 30, 2022)—United States District Judge Stephen R. Clark sentenced a woman from St. Charles, Missouri to four years and nine months in prison for her role in a $2.5 million fraud involving Missouri’s Medicaid program and a nearly $60,000 fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program loan.
Judge Clark also ordered Barbara Martin, 63, to repay $2,566,989 to Missouri’s Medicaid program and $58,295 to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
CHICAGO (September 30, 2022)—Relias, trusted partner to more than 11,000 health care organizations and 4.5 million caregivers, and Hucu.ai, a patient-centered secure messaging platform, are now partnering to better serve their health care customers.
SEATTLE (September 29, 2022)—Rippl, a mental health company focused on caring for seniors with dementia and other neurocognitive conditions, launched with $32 million in seed round funding led by ARCH Venture Partners and General Catalyst. The round also includes investment from GV, F-Prime Capital, and Mass General Brigham Ventures.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (September 29, 2022)—Compassus, a national provider of home-based care services including home health, infusion therapy, palliative and hospice care, has announced the promotion of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Laura Templeton. An industry veteran with more than 20 years of clinical experience, Templeton has held leadership roles with increasing responsibility over her decade with the company.
ASHEVILLE, N.C., (September 29, 2022)—Aeroflow Healthcare, a national provider of consumer-driven health care products and services, announced a contract with UCare, an independent, nonprofit health plan providing health coverage and services across Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (September 29, 2022)—WellSky, a health and community care technology company, announced it is taking a significant role in the national effort to increase access to and facilitate sharing of social determinants of health (SDoH) information across care settings. WellSky’s commitment was recognized on Sept. 28, at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.
DALLAS & OMAHA, Neb. (September 27, 2022)—Homecare HomebaseSM (HCHB), a software for home-based care, together with enterprise content management solution WorldView, announced a new collaboration designed to maximize efficiency for home health and hospice agencies.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 27, 2022)—The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) has alerted the health care industry to a monkeypox-themed phishing campaign targeting health care providers, including home health agencies.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (September 27, 2022)—Agape Care Group, a portfolio company of Ridgemont Equity Partners and a leading hospice and palliative care provider in the Southeast, announced it has acquired GHC Hospice (GHC). Founded in 2014, GHC is a hospice care provider serving 25 counties in Georgia and South Carolina with a reputation for superior clinical excellence.
DALLAS (September 27, 2022)—The much-anticipated Medtrade 2023 is on the calendar for March 28-30 in Dallas, Texas.
In collaboration with the Educational Advisory Board (EAB), the official call for speakers is in effect-complete with a relatively new format for educational programs covering a wide range of topics.
Elements of the new format:
FRESNO, Calif. (September 27, 2022)—BFlow Solutions recently welcomed Paul Maszy, MBA as chief technology officer. Maszy brings a wealth of knowledge and technology leadership to the table, the company said in a press release.
DURYEA, Penn. (September 23, 2022)—Quantum Rehab has entered into a multiyear sponsorship of Team Gleason Foundation which includes a commitment that no person living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) goes without power seat elevation such as iLevel.
PITTSBURGH & CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (September 23, 2022)—Philips RS North America LLC, formerly known as Respironics, Inc., a nationwide manufacturer of sleep and respiratory durable medical equipment (DME), has agreed to pay more than $1.2 million to settle allegations that it unlawfully induced referrals for its equipment in violation of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 22, 2022)—Home medical equipment (HME) industry leaders shared their passion for high-quality care and detailed the challenges they are facing in the current reimbursement and business environment for more than 240 House and Senate offices in the Virtual Washington Legislative Conference. Thanks to the higher number of attendees, advocates were able to reach almost 10% more offices than last year, the American Association for Homecare reported.
ARLINGTON, Va. (September 22, 2022)—The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) board of directors approved the appointment of Nick Bush to a board of directors at large seat for the 2022-2023 board class. Bush is the director of business development with Direct Supply Brands and brings more than 15 years of experience in the health care industry. In his current role, Bush is focused on leveraging technology to help providers improve care, efficiency and outcomes in health care.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 22, 2022)—The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Administration for Community Living, released the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers. It highlights nearly 350 actions the federal government will take to support family caregivers in the coming year and more than 150 actions that can be adopted at other levels of government and across the private sector to build a system to support family caregivers.
During the past decade, a growing body of research has shown that air pollution harms older adults’ brains, contributing to cognitive decline and dementia. What hasn’t been clear is whether improving air quality would benefit brain health.
Two studies published this year by researchers at six universities and the National Institute on Aging provide the first evidence of such benefits in an older population.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (September 20, 2022)—DMEscripts LLC, an industry-owned e-prescribing platform that digitally connects a national network of medical prescribers with durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers, announced the addition of John Brady as chief executive officer and Frank Schools as chief financial officer.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (September 20, 2022)—RedSail Technologies has launched and implemented Axys by Integra, an all-new cloud-based pharmacy management system created for long-term care. Partnering with Guardian Pharmacy of Indianapolis, the site successfully went live the first week of September.