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

5 States Sue Federal Government Over CMS Changes 

California is among five states that are taking the federal government to task in a lawsuit regarding a rule change within the Center for Medicaid and Medicaid Services (CMS). The rule change effectively bans unions from automatically deducting dues from members who receive payments directly through Medicaid, most commonly family members reimbursed for support they offer seniors or disabled adults. 

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Technology Continues to Help Seniors Remain Home (and Safer) 

Technology has been highlighted as one of the bright lights for the future of home care access and support. As more seniors reach retirement age, it is well documented that the demand for in-home care support services will increase. With that increased desire to ‘age in place,’ coupled with reduced Medicaid reimbursements for in-home care services, it has led companies to find more innovative and cost-effective ways to help people stay safe and get proper monitoring at home. 

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Home Care Jobs Are Helping to Drive Hiring Numbers, Though Pay Remains Low 

According to the Independent Budget Office (IBO), New York City has been creating an average of 100,000 jobs each year since 2010. This may seem like great news to celebrate, but a significant portion of those jobs have been relatively low-paying. In fact, more than one quarter of those jobs added in the past year involved home care, which has notoriously been a lower paying job. 

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Alabama’s Terri Sewel Introduces Legislation to Help More People Have Access to In-Home Health Care 

Legislation has been introduced to the House of Representatives that would help to preserve access to home health care support services for many of the elderly and disabled residents. Even after the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) cut reimbursement rates to home health care support services by 14 percent to help pay for the Affordable Care act of 2010, there are more reimbursement cuts expected coming in 2020. 

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Home Health Care Company Celebrates Visiting Nurses as Part of ‘Nurses Week’ 

National Nurses Week took place the week of May 6th through the 12th. Many of the home care providers working in the United States are visiting nurses, providing a wide range of services to elderly and disabled clients. In some cases, they will monitor vital stats, change wound dressings, administer medications, and perform other services.

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CRM Tools Could Have a Distinct Advantage for Home Care Companies That Capitalize on Modern Technology 

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) involves tools that are designed to improve company reputation, sales, and overall brand identity and recognition for businesses of all sizes. When it comes to the home care industry, many agencies may be focused on providing quality care and support to its client base, but much of the work that’s done administratively is performed manually. 

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