Home Care News

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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Minnesota’s Anticipated Raise for PCAs May Affect How Some Residents Access Quality Home Care 

Raising pay for home health care providers is a wonderful thing all around. It not only helps attract more experienced, quality care providers and also reduce turnover, it also helps those workers establish a higher quality of life with more financial resources. As the Minnesota legislature is engaged in intense budget discussions, a proposed increase of Medicaid reimbursements to personal care assistants -or home care providers- has been ongoing. 

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Two Massachusetts Home Health Companies Reach Settlements in Fraud Case 

Two home health care companies operating in Massachusetts have reached settlement agreements that help to resolve allegations they had defrauded the state’s Medicaid program for a number of years. Improper billing is the main focal point surrounding the charges against Amigos Homecare LLC of Lawrence and Avenue Homecare Services Inc. in Dracut. 

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Interim HealthCare Inc. Announces 2019 ‘Nurse of the Year’

SUNRISE, Fla. – May 13, 2019 – Interim HealthCare Inc., a leading national franchisor of home care, hospice and healthcare staffing, today announced Rakel Nussbaumer as its 2019 Nurse of the Year. Rakel works as a registered nurse for Interim HealthCare of Clovis, New Mexico, bringing comfort and care to her patients and their families. The “Interim HealthCare Nurse of the Year” is awarded annually during National Nurses Week, which begins May 6 and ends May 12, on Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

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CMS Deals Blow to Unions That Had Been Automatically Deducting Dues from Medicaid-Paid Home Healthcare Workers 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) dealt what could be a potentially devastating blow to unions that had been including home health care providers in their memberships. A new regulatory change enacted by CMS now stipulates that union dues can no longer be automatically withdrawn or deducted (paid) from a health care workers paycheck if the money is being paid directly through Medicaid. 

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