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The U.S. Centers for Health & Human Services (CMS) has issued guidelines for protecting health care workers who operate in the home and community from COVID-19, including hospice providers. The CMS materials contain guidance for screening for and treatment of the virus in addition to when patients should be transitioned to higher acuity care. The agency recommended that hospices identify high-risk individuals prior to making home visits or on arrival and immediately screen for symptoms that could indicate a COVID-19 or other respiratory infection, particularly for patients who had close contact with a person who had traveled to restricted countries, such as China, within the previous 14 days, or who had contact with a person known or suspected to have been exposed to the virus. “CMS is laser-focused on protecting patients, no matter where or they are receiving care,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “We are receiving up-to-the-minute information about COVID-19 and are in turn, making necessary updates to our requirements and sharing that information with our providers throughout the health care system. America’s patients and providers should rest secure knowing that we are taking aggressive precautions to safeguard your health.”
Thanks to COVID-19, we’re running low on personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizers, and allegedly, in some cases, responsible oversight of government responders. Now it appears that we may run low on healthcare workers thanks to the growing number of such workers who self-quarantine. The first documented instance of community transmission of a patient in Vacaville, California, led to more than 200 hospital workers being quarantined, according to Kaiser Health News (KHN). Jennifer Nuzzo, DrPH, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tells KHN: “It’s just not sustainable to think that every time a health care worker is exposed they have to be quarantined for 14 days. We’d run out of health care workers.” Nuzzo argues that hospitals need to find the proper balance that hinges on the continuing flow of evolving medical information about COVID-19 and maintaining enough staff to keep hospitals and other healthcare institutions in operation.
Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED), one of America's leading home health, hospice, and personal care companies, today announced that Paul B. Kusserow, President and Chief Executive Officer will present at the Oppenheimer 30th Annual Healthcare Conference in New York, N.Y. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The presentation will begin at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To access a live webcast of the Amedisys presentation, please log on through our website at http://investors.amedisys.com.
The growing number of chronic diseases among the geriatric population base and rising support from the government to promote Home Healthcare are key factors fueling the Home Healthcare Market growth. Escalating expenditure on healthcare and growing focus to evaluate patient care at home after surgeries will augment the market growth for home healthcare. Further, a rise in the number of surgical procedures and increased demand for patient care at home with skilled caretakers is encouraging market players. The major companies are expanding new home health care services to cater to the emerging needs of patients. For instance, in 2019, Marken expands services for home-based clinical trials.