Home Care Industry News

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

CT Eyes Shifting State Funding from Nursing Homes to Home Care as a Means to Save Money

Connecticut Governor-elect Ned Lamont is discussing ways the state may be able to cut approximately $1 billion from its annual budget. His main goal, as he states, is to do so without negatively impacting grants and services the majority of residents care deeply about. One component that Governor-elect Lamont and other legislators are focusing on may impact home care companies directly.
That’s because the concern some in the legislature have involves the increasing cost of nursing home care. The average cost of nursing home care throughout the state may be around $85,000 annually. If residents who need long-term care are able to be transitioned from nursing homes to a more cost-effective home care plan, it could potentially save hundreds of millions of dollars for the state.

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Vermont Home Health Care Agencies Face More Challenges in RuralCommunities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently altered some of the rules that will affect supplemental payments to “home health and hospice” agencies. The most affected will be those that provide care in rural environments. In Vermont, 70 percent of the home health care agencies operating within the state will be impacted by this new rule change.

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Webinars Can Be a Powerful Outreach Tool for Home Care Support Services

Businesses of all sizes today need to take advantage of all the marketing opportunities available. When it comes to home care support services, in higher population regions there is more competition. With more competition, a business needs to find a way to stand out and also inform its target audience (the general public) about the services it provides. When it comes to home care support, far too many people either don’t fully appreciate what these services provide or have certain misconceptions about them.

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Massachusetts “Insurance” Fee Hitting Home Care Businesses Hard

In response to workers throughout the state of Massachusetts who decided to turn away from more expensive private insurance plans through an employer and to MassHealth, the state subsidized Health Connector, it ended up costing the state more than anticipated. As a result, Massachusetts implemented a new fee imposed on businesses operating throughout the state as an incentive to try and keep workers on those privatized insurance policies.

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Could Elder Abuse Be a Bigger Problem Than First Thought?

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting conducted a survey in 2017 and determined that elder abuse may actually be a larger problem than at first thought. However, the numbers may be a bit deceptive as APS (Adult Protective Services) investigated over 142,000 cases of reported abuse that ultimately were identified as “self-neglect.”

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