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• Prudential Insurance Co. of America (Newark, NJ) will offer long term care insurance that includes a monthly home care benefit. The company has received regulatory approval to sell the product, Prudential Long-term Care Insurance, in 29 states, reported Dow Jones News Service. The company is marketing the product in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut, Missouri, Arizona, and Rhode Island. It plans to offer the product in eight more states by the end of April and across the country over the next eight months.
• The Healthcare Companion, a publication which describes the treatment and diagnosis of 88 conditions and alerts people of the need for home healthcare, is now available through Milliman & Robertson (Seattle). The publication addresses when symptoms indicate a need for a doctor, when to go to the emergency room, and when the use of home care might be necessary. Cost is $35. For more information, call (800) 598-2292.
• The National Home Infusion Association (NHIA; Alexandria, VA) and B. Braun/McGaw (Bethlehem, PA) have introduced the first ever university-based Inter-company Operational Benchmarking Project for Infusion Therapy, a new resource for home infusion organizations. The project will provide infusion organizations with critical information that will allow them to manage more efficiently and effectively. Those interested in participating in the project should call NHIA at (703) 549-3740 or Braun/McGaw at (610) 691-5400.