Home Care Industry News - #theHCD

Posts by Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com

Kansas Home Care Worker Suspect of Stealing Up to 6-Figures Worth of Valuables from Clients

A 59 year old Kansas woman is facing a series of theft charges as she allegedly stole numerous items from at least one or more clients while she was providing in home care for them. Aldean ‘Suzy’ Foster is facing charges that she stole what could total more than $100,000 from clients in a short amount of time, then pawned many of the items in a variety of area pawn shops.

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Axxess Offers Complimentary Quality Improvement and Patient Engagement Tool to All Home Health Agencies

Axxess, which services more than 2,000 Medicare-certified agencies in North America and is the industry’s first software provider certified as a home health CAHPS (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) vendor, is inviting all home health organizations – including those not currently Axxess clients – to leverage the rich resources of AxxessCAHPS Preview, a complimentary, cloud-based tool that assists with improving quality care measures and patient engagement ratings.

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Cardinal Health Expanding Focus with Purchase of Medical Supply Business

Medtronic is a medical supply company that has been innovating a number of product lines through the years and Cardinal Health is set to buy a number of those lines. The long-term goal appears to be an expansion of not just medical care and treatment within hospital settings, but also to capitalize on the growing in home health care industry.

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Home Care Workers Eyeing Repeal of Obamacare with Concern

There have been numerous news agencies across the country that have been pointing to various groups and even individuals concerned about the prospect of a GOP repeal and replacement of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Within the home care industry, with the average hourly rate earned by aides and other caregivers hovers around $10 per hour, many workers have been taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act to have health insurance, which wasn’t something they had access to in the past.

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Audit Shows Concern About Oversight for Medicaid Home Care Services

In recent years, federal authorities have been cracking down on home health care fraud. In the DC Metro region, just three years ago 25 people were indicted on fraud charges, At the time it was heralded as a great step in the right directed toward cracking down on Medicaid fraud that was costing taxpayers billions of dollars nationwide annually.

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