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Audit Shows Concern About Oversight for Medicaid Home Care Services

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Apr 21, 2017
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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Home Health Care Owner Sentenced to 50 Years for Fraud

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Apr 20, 2017
Home Health Care Owner Sentenced to 50 Years for Fraud

Deloris Diane Hunt was the owner of Home Sweet Home, an in home care business, had been charged with 25 counts of health care fraud for falsely billing Medicaid services for services that were never rendered. She was found guilty and received a sentence of 50 years in prison, but with the vast majority of that sentence suspended.

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Home Care Pulse Releases the 2017 Home Care Benchmarking Study

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Apr 19, 2017
2017 Home Care Benchmarking Study

Today Home Care Pulse is releasing their 8th Annual Home Care Benchmarking Study which features insights and benchmarks in sales, marketing, recruitment, retention, finance, operations, and client experience.

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APRIL 24TH WEBINAR FOR HOME CARE PROFESSIONALS AND EXECUTIVES TO EXPLAIN HOW HOME EQUITY CAN BE USED TO COVER COSTS OF CARE

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Apr 19, 2017
APRIL 24TH WEBINAR FOR HOME CARE PROFESSIONALS AND EXECUTIVES TO EXPLAIN HOW HOME EQUITY CAN BE USED TO COVER COSTS OF CARE

One alternative for homeowners 62 and older is to convert a portion of their home equity into cash proceeds with a reverse mortgage loan. Clients can use their loan proceeds to pay for in-home care and other purposes that support aging in place.

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ClearCare Announces Acquisition of HomeTrak

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Apr 19, 2017
ClearCare Announces Acquisition of HomeTrak

ClearCare, the market leading SaaS and mobile platform for home care agencies, today announced the acquisition of HomeTrak, a pioneer in private duty home care software solutions.

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Houston Couple Faces Home Health Care Fraud Charges

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Apr 19, 2017
Houston Couple Faces Home Health Care Fraud Charges

In recent years there have been a string of home health care fraud cases authorities have been clamping down on. The latest arrests involve a couple who allegedly had been filing false claims for in home care services rendered, yet that had never been provided. In fact, in a twist for this case (compared to…

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Frustration Mounts for Health and Home Health Care Concerns Across Parts of Country

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Apr 18, 2017
Frustration Mounts for Health and Home Health Care Concerns Across Parts of Country When President Trump was Candidate Trump, one of the major issues for his platform that helped build a strong base of support was his professed desire to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The Republican’s proposal was met with great resistance from all sides of the political spectrum and it has raised concerns among citizens across the country whether a plan that reduces access to health care and that could even impact in home health care for elderly and disabled clients is the best option. GOP leaders and other representatives have been appearing in town hall style meetings with constituents recently and have been met with a number of frustrated citizens. Rep. Greg Walden, from Oregon, was one of those legislators who saw firsthand just what impact the latest proposed bill to replace the Affordable Care Act is causing. According to Paige Winfield Cunningham’s article, Republican House leader avoids selling GOP health-care plan at home, published by The Washington Post: “That was certainly the case at home this week in his sprawling eastern Oregon 2nd District, which he won with a comfortable 72 percent of the vote in November. Walden held events in Hood River and Wasco counties, the least conservative areas that he represents — winning in Hood by just five votes in the last election. When he asked participants at the community college whether they voted for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in the presidential election, the vast majority raised their hands.” It is fair to state that citizens in a region that may be more frustrated by Trump’s election and may be more vocal about proposed legislation, but the sentiment has appeared to be consistent across the country. When it comes to access to health care services and in home care support, the majority of Americans are concerned about not being able to afford or receive these services when the time comes. As Congress is about to return from a brief recess, it is unclear what, if any, new proposals will be put forth in the House of Representatives to replace the Affordable Care Act. From these town hall style meetings, it is clear that some Americans are frustrated with what had been proposed and the uncertainty that remains for an industry (in home care) that continues to grow with unprecedented demand and yet that has garnered little serious consideration about how to improve access for millions of people by their representatives.

When President Trump was Candidate Trump, one of the major issues for his platform that helped build a strong base of support was his professed desire to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The Republican’s proposal was met with great resistance from all sides of the political spectrum and it has raised concerns among citizens across the country whether a plan that reduces access to health care and that could even impact in home health care for elderly and disabled clients is the best option.

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Authorities Search Pittsburgh Home Health Care Business

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Apr 17, 2017

According to sources close to the investigation, representatives from the FBI, IRS, and Postal Service were noticed going into a home care business’s main operations and sifting through files and folders and documents. There was no immediate word on what they were looking for.

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California Seniors and Disabled Who Rely on Home Care Worried About New Health Care Plan

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Apr 14, 2017
California Seniors and Disabled Who Rely on Home Care Worried About New Health Care Plan

Even though the GOP’s proposed health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act was withdrawn, it raised a great deal of concern for some who rely on support from the federal government for in home care. One of the major concerns for Californians with regard to this prospective replacement health care bill is that it could limit the amount of time (number of days) seniors can get government supported in home care services.

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