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Understanding Where Home Health Care Providers Get the Support They Need

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Nov 15, 2019
Understanding Where Home Health Care Providers Get the Support They Need

Home health care has become an integral part of the overall health care industry. As the population in the United States ages, it is placing increased pressure on short and long-term health care providers. More people, if given the choice, would prefer to age in place — remaining home, even as they deal with some serious health issues — as opposed to nursing home care or other facility-based care.

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Medicaid Funding of Nursing Homes in New York Spell Opportunity for Home Care

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Nov 6, 2019
Medicaid Funding of Nursing Homes in New York Spell Opportunity for Home Care

New York is planning on significant Medicaid reimbursement cuts to the nursing home sector in the state. An estimated $250 million is proposed to be cut from the Medicaid assistance that the state’s Department of Health offers nursing homes. Critics claim this is going to cause a potential mass exodus of nurses and other staff, thus leaving vulnerable patients without adequate care.

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The Cost of Home Care Outpacing Other Options

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Oct 31, 2019
The Cost of Home Care Outpacing Other Options

Although the in-home care industry is the leading job creator and demand for these services is far outpacing other types of long-term care, those rising costs are starting to take a toll on various agencies, organizations, and individuals who desire to remain home.

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The Growing Impact of Technology in Home Care to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Oct 23, 2019
The Growing Impact of Technology in Home Care to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

When the federal government began placing increased financial pressure on hospitals to reduce their readmission rates, there was significant pushback. Many hospitals — especially those in poorer regions of the country — complained that this would impact their bottom line too much and cause them to no longer offer support for everyone who needed it.

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Massachusetts Push to Raise Wages for In-Home Care Workers

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Oct 16, 2019
Massachusetts Push to Raise Wages for In-Home Care Workers

As more legislators become aware of the impact home health care has on elderly and disabled adults, they also discover that relatively and traditionally low wages are hampering agencies’ abilities to attract, hire, and retain valuable caregivers. Recently, legislation was put forward in Massachusetts to try and help secure vital caregivers for the aging population in the state.

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Home Health Care Allows More Seniors to Remain Home, but Funding Remains Critical

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Oct 9, 2019
Home Health Care Allows More Seniors to Remain Home, but Funding Remains Critical

A social services pilot program designed by HUD (the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) is aimed at determining the value that receiving healthcare services at home can offer aging and disabled seniors. The focus of this program is to find out how effective it can be at not only providing an option for aging seniors to remain home, but to also reduce long-term health care costs in the country.

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New Legislation Seeks to Make Home Care a More Appealing Career Option

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Oct 3, 2019
New Legislation Seeks to Make Home Care a More Appealing Career Option

Congress is seeking to bolster the home care industry with new legislation. Even though it’s the number one job creator in the country, and that trend is expected to continue for another five or 10 years, at least, stagnantly low wages make it exceedingly difficult for agencies and other businesses to retain valuable caregivers.

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Tech Devices -Including Robotic Pets- Are Making Inroads into Home Health Care

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Sep 25, 2019
Tech Devices -Including Robotic Pets- Are Making Inroads into Home Health Care

When CMS (the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) slashed reimbursement rates for home health care, it placed significantly more pressure on the industry itself. Out of this pressure, though, came innovation. A lot of the innovation was in the form of technology and it has impacted millions of lives in the years since.

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