Plus: Finding success in 2021
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Happy New Year! We may have thought 2021 would be different, but much of the news is still about the continuing public health emergency. In good news, this week Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar urged states to vaccinate more seniors and others who are high-risk—including offering unused doses to people 65 and over. 
In other COVID-19 news, the Washington Post questions whether all of the ventilators ordered by the government during the earlier days of the crisis were even usable for the disease. And the Sacramento Bee reports that fewer than 950 of California’s statewide stockpile of 14,000 ventilators had been distributed.
If you weren’t anxious enough, Checkpoint Software Technologies Ltd. reports that cyberattacks on health care have increased 45% since the beginning of November. That’s much higher than in other industries. Hospitals seem to be the focus for ransomware attacks, but is your data safe? Here’s some advice on keeping patient info secure. You can read the report here.
See you Monday!




Industry News


Each year, we survey our readers on salary and benefit trends in the home medical equipment and home health industries. This 10-minute survey will help us better understand how businesses like yours are doing. And you could win a $100 Visa gift card!

Senior care expert Carolyn Merrick breaks down the risks of social isolation—and how to combat the growing problem—in this new webinar sponsored by Hamilton CapTel. Join us Jan. 27 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern to learn more about how the pandemic has affected social isolation and about proven therapies and technologies to combat the problem. Can't attend on the 27th? Register anyway and we'll send you a link.

An increased demand for care at home has independent home health agencies scrambling to manage more business. How can you meet the need and grow your business while providing quality care? One option is to consider joining a nationally recognized franchise brand. Find out more about being in business for yourself—but not by yourself. Sponsored by BrightStar Care.



Take a Tough Look at Your 2021 Goals
After a tough 2020, preparing for a profitable year can seem daunting. But success is in reach with this three-point blueprint.


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