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Home Care Industry By The Numbers:

# of Medicare Certified Home Health Care Agencies in the U.S.

11,801

(*Data.Medicare.Gov 09/03/2017)

# of Non-Medical Home Care Agencies in the U.S.

30,000

(*various sources)

# of Home Health Care Workers in the United States

2.2 million

(*PHINational.org)

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Ohio State Auditor Claims Home Care Agency Owes Back Reimbursements

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Oct 16, 2017
Ohio State Auditor Claims Home Care Agency Owes Back Reimbursements

While the state is claiming that a Washington Township home care agency owes back reimbursements of almost $4 million due to ‘widespread’ noncompliance among staff, legal representatives for the company claim the state has used fault mathematics to come to this conclusion. It’s a contentious issue that may not be resolved in the near future, but it highlights important aspects of home health care in Ohio and other regions across the country.

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Successful Home Care Agencies Expand Operations to New Regions

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Oct 13, 2017
Successful Home Care Agencies Expand Operations to New Regions

When the Department of Labor altered its rules and provided minimum wage and overtime protections to home health care aides, and when Medicaid cut its reimbursement rates to home care agencies by 14 percent to make room for Obamacare, many small, independent agencies began to struggle. With innovative thinking and a strong long-term plan, though, some of these same agencies have found a way to expand.

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New York Home Care Agency Owner Headed to Prison for Cheating Employees 

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Oct 12, 2017
New York Home Care Agency Owner Headed to Prison for Cheating Employees 

Arthur Anyah, 67, will be spending one year in prison after pleading guilty in June to charges that he defrauded employees of his home care agency in Peekskill, New York. Authorities claimed that Mr. Anyah had cheated a number of employees out of more than $135,000 through his agency, Mical Home Health Care Agency, Inc. 

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Seniors Face More Risks by Refusing Home Care Following a Hospital Stay 

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Oct 11, 2017
Seniors Face More Risks by Refusing Home Care Following a Hospital Stay 

Numerous men and women have a difficult time even thinking about a complete stranger coming into their home to provide any number of services. Unfortunately, this mode of thinking (focusing on a ‘stranger’ rather than a home health care aide or other provider) is limiting the number of seniors who actually rely on these services. 

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Brokering Peace with Home Care Franchisees During Difficult Seas 

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Oct 10, 2017

Numerous home care franchise agencies across the country faced difficult times when the Department of Labor changed the rules governing minimum wage and overtime for home care workers. When these rules suddenly meant caregivers working for agencies could no longer be considered ‘independent contractors,’ it added costs to those smaller agencies, and some could not make it without other changes. 

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Dealing with Infections Often Becomes the Burden of Families After Transitioning Home 

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Oct 9, 2017
Dealing with Infections Often Becomes the Burden of Families After Transitioning Home 

Spending time in the hospital is not on anyone’s top ‘things to do’ list, but when they finally get the chance to return home, family is often the ones providing support. While there are numerous things to worry about, one issues that can be overlooked involves infections. 

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California Counties Backlogged with Home Care Cases

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Oct 6, 2017
California Counties Backlogged with Home Care Cases

In order for men and women who need assistance at home to avoid nursing home care or another more expensive and less ideal situation, they need support. If that support is not available and family are unable to step in, then safety becomes a major concern. California has often been on the forefront of social programs, but in some counties throughout the state, including Contra Costa, a backlog of social services cases means many of its residents are going without the necessary support they need.

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New Home Care Agency Sets Up in Boca Raton

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Oct 5, 2017
New Home Care Agency Sets Up in Boca Raton

The number of elderly men and women in the United States is increasing. According to many estimates, the overall population of people 65 or over in the U.S. is expected to double, as a percentage of the general population, within the next 20 years. Some parts of the country have seen a greater surge of aging populous, including Boca Raton, Florida.

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Medicaid: A Bastion or Albatross for Those in Need?

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Oct 4, 2017
Medicaid: A Bastion or Albatross for Those in Need?

Millions of men, women, and children across the country rely on Medicaid for their healthcare. While the program was initially designed to support the elderly, it expanded through the years, like so many federal programs do. It then began to offer coverage to expectant mothers, then their children, then poor, regardless of age.

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