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Maestro-Connections Home Health Systems to Pay $1M in Fines

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Dec 14, 2017
Maestro-Connections Home Health Systems to Pay $1M in Fines

Maestro-Connections Home Health Systems has recently agreed to pay more than $1 million in fines and penalties in connection to failing to pay overtime to more than 600 home care providers. They failed to maintain accurate payroll records as well. The agreement was announced by Attorney Gen. Maura Healey.

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New Home Care Registry Law Draws Concern by Some in the Industry

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Dec 13, 2017
New Home Care Registry Law Draws Concern by Some in the Industry

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker recently signed a law that will require all home care workers who receive reimbursement through state to have their names, addresses, and other information entered into a registry database. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the most powerful in the state, has praised this new legislation while some home care advocates are decrying it.

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The Unintended Impact of Unexpected Home Care Costs

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Dec 12, 2017
The Unintended Impact of Unexpected Home Care Costs

The National Opinion Research Center has indicated that 77% of aging Americans would prefer to remain at home, even if they require some level of support and assistance. There are plenty of reasons for that, not the least of which are concerns many of these men and women have about nursing home care and other services. Unfortunately, with the cost of long-term care increasing, especially as it relates to an increase in demand and reduced federal support, many of these same Americans don’t believe it’s possible to pay for extended care and remain home or dramatically underestimate what it will cost them out of pocket.

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Plan Ahead for Long-Term Support, Including Home Care

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Dec 11, 2017
Plan Ahead for Long-Term Support, Including Home Care

As more Americans reach retirement age, there are plenty of financial experts and consultants urging these men and women to plan better for those years. With 401(k)s, investments, bonds, CDs, and more, the emphasis could be solely placed on those endeavors, but something gets missed in the process and that involves long-term care, such as home care services.

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Massachusetts Home Care Registry Signed into Law

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Dec 8, 2017
Massachusetts Home Care Registry Signed into Law

In an effort to provide consumer protection, according to those supporting a home care registry, a bill was signed into law in Massachusetts that is aimed to help those needing in home care. The bill requires that any home care employee who works for a state contracted agency will now be required to include their name, address, gender, job title, and training or certifications into a database.

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First Responders Now Having to Provide Some Level of Home Health Care

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Dec 7, 2017
First Responders Now Having to Provide Some Level of Home Health Care

In recent years, there has been a noticeable uptick in the number of hospital visits from patients who may only require minimal care, something that, for example, could be provided for them at home. However, many states have laws that stipulate if 911 is called for a medical emergency, then that individual must make a trip to the hospital.

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Home Care Costs Rising in Kansas and Missouri

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Dec 6, 2017
Home Care Costs Rising in Kansas and Missouri

With an increase in needs, higher wage demands, and a number of other factors, the cost of long-term care, at least in Kansas and Missouri, has increased. During the past year, the cost of long-term care in Kansas and Missouri has climbed 5 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively. That trend is only expected to continue as more men and women reach retirement age and begin placing greater demands on these services.

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Two Home Health Care Workers Wanted for Questioning in Thefts from Clients

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Dec 5, 2017
Two Home Health Care Workers Wanted for Questioning in Thefts from Clients

In St. Louis, Missouri, authorities are seeking the assistance of the community in locating two persons of interest in separate cases involving potential theft from elderly clients. Police would like to speak to Deanna White, 36, and Brandi Buettner, 42.

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Unions Strive to Get More of the Home Health Care ‘Pie’

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Dec 4, 2017
Unions Strive to Get More of the Home Health Care ‘Pie’

As some unions in the United States, such as the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) have been losing memberships in recent years, they have turned to other outlets in an effort to shore up those losses. One area the SEIU has focused on recently is within the home health care industry. Through concerted efforts and (according to some sources) questionable tactics, the SEIU has managed to have home health care workers represented by them, though not everyone was pleased.

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