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• Andrew Peacock, executive director of VNA HealthCare Services (Swissvale, PA) commended the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for an editorial on the damages from Medicare cuts, which have fallen on nursing homes and home healthcare agencies. "As you pointed out," Peacock wrote in his letter, "the indiscriminate slashing disproportionately hurts Pennsylvania agencies. Ironically, our reimbursement rates were set well below the national average because we have been low-cost providers in the past."
• Home Healthcare agencies in the south are facing shortages of home healthcare aides, even though one state Florida has 35,000 to 40,000 aides, said an editorial in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Two technical institutes in the state are trying to bolster enrollment in home healthcare programs, but private agencies should also consider how much of the shortage is due to low wages, the paper said. "In some cases, the presence of an aide could mean the difference between patients staying in their own homes or having to move into a nursing home," the editorial said.