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ACHC Receives Deeming Authority for Home Infusion Therapy
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its recognition of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) as a national accrediting organization for home infusion therapy suppliers through 2024.
The decision gives ACHC deeming authority to conduct surveys that meet or exceed Medicare requirements, including new reimbursement rules mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act. Beginning January 1, 2021, the act stipulates that home infusion therapy suppliers seeking Medicare reimbursement must be accredited by an approved accreditor like ACHC.
"ACHC is proud to receive national recognition from CMS for our Home Infusion Accreditation program," said Susan Mills, ACHC Associate Clinical Director. "This confirms our dedication to supporting care of the highest quality as demand grows for home infusion therapy services. Our standards meet new requirements for patient care
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COVID-19: What You Need to Know About Antibody Testing
As the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. surpasses 800,000, many Americans want to know if recovered patients have immunity to the novel coronavirus.
The answer could come from an antibody test.
Antibody tests measure the number of antibodies – proteins made by plasma cells – in the blood. The body's immune system uses antibodies to neutralize pathogens such as viruses and bacteria.
While these tests are commonly used to tell if someone is immune to diseases such as measles or chickenpox, they're not yet widely available for COVID-19. But it's not clear what the results would mean, said infectious disease specialist Rekha Murthy, MD, vice president of Medical Affairs and associate chief medical officer at Cedars-Sinai.
"We have the expectation that a positive antibody test can be associated with protection against future infections. But since this pandemic has evolved so quickly,
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May is National Better Hearing Month
As more become isolated in COVID-19 crisis, audiologists are working diligently to educate legislators and the public on the importance of continued hearing healthcare
As coronavirus forces the public into isolation, many of those experiencing hearing loss face magnified loneliness, fear and depression. This is particularly true for seniors.
Hearing loss alone causes many to feel isolated. Large numbers of the population experience hearing loss, according to a 2016 study by the National Institutes of Health NIDCD, approximately 15 percent (37.5 million) of American adults aged 20 to 69, have some trouble with hearing and approximately 28.8 million could benefit from the use of hearing aids. As the baby boomer population ages, more Americans are forced to face hearing health challenges.
COVID-19 is creating challenges for many seniors in gaining access to audiologists. The crisis h
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New Covid-19 Ethics Guidance Supports Hospitals, Other Health Care Providers, in Regional Collaboration
The Hastings Center released new ethical guidance for hospitals and other health care organizations responding to Covid-19. The recommendations, produced by an advisory group of leading health care ethicists, help providers work beyond their institutions to respond effectively to community and workforce needs. They feature promising practices from ongoing collaborations across the United States.
The new guidance supplements The Hastings Center’s influential ethical guidance for institutions responding to Covid-19, issued in mid-March. The new guidance reflects data and lessons from Covid-19 response, and priorities going forward. It recommends that hospitals and other institutions that include Covid-19 care settings – such as clinics, residential care facilities, hospice programs, and home health agencies – collaborate to:
- safeguard the regional health care workforce, not limited t