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As Health Is Directly Connected to Home, Some Hospitals May Be Investing More Heavily in These Levels of Care

Medical professionals routinely state that a person’s health is determine not just by what they do (diet, exercise, etc.), but how and where they live. In fact, according to Dr. Megan Sandel, a leader of Boston Medical Center’s housing initiative, “Only about 10 to 20 percent of health is actually determined by what type of health care you get.”

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Study Shows Healthcare Providers Investing More Heavily in Home Care

It’s no surprise, or secret, now that hospitals have been under increasing pressure to reduce readmission rates. For nearly a decade, the federal government, through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has been forcing these medical practices to reevaluate the level of post-discharge care and support they offer patients in order to improve recovery.

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DOJ Announces Arrest of Physician in What It Labels the Largest Health Care Fraud Scheme in History, Affecting Home Care as Well

The U.S. Department of Justice is labeling a recent arrest as being involved in the largest health care frauds in the history of the country. Nehaj Rizvi was arrested recently in relation to her part of a home health care fraud scheme that bilked the government out of millions of dollars in Medicaid funding.

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Greater Infection Control Compliance Comes by Attitude and Organizational Policies within Home Health Care, Study Finds

Combating infection is one of the critical issues hospitals and doctor clinics face across the country. Within these organizations, there’s extensive focus placed on proper training and policy to ensure everyone who may come in contact with a patient practices appropriate protocol to limit (minimize) the potential spread of an infection. What has often been overlooked at times, though, when it comes to infection control has been in how home health care nurses deal with these same issues.

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Union Dues for Home Care Workers in Illinois to Be Reviewed

The U.S. Supreme Court struck a major blow to public unions last week when it decided in favor of a plaintiff who had argued he shouldn’t be forced to pay union dues. The decision had been expected and many local unions had been fervently working with some state legislators to try and counter the short and long-term ramifications of the decision, but the Supreme Court also advised a lower court in Illinois to review whether the union there should reimburse $32 million to individuals who had dues taken out automatically from government paychecks while they cared for family or others as in home care providers.

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Home Health Care Making a Difference in the Fight Against Hospital Readmissions

When the federal government began placing increased pressure on hospitals to reduce their readmission rates, many said it was impossible. Some in what are considered poorer neighborhoods claimed that it would run them out of business, as their patients didn’t have the ability or resources to avoid a return trip to the hospital.

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A Doctor and Two Nurses in Texas Convicted of Home Health Care Fraud

In what authorities claimed was a $12 million Medicare fraud scheme, a doctor and two nurses were found guilty of charges they bilked the federal program over the course of eight years. The charges stemmed from what prosecutors claimed was a system in which the defendants had billed Medicare for home health services that were either unnecessary or never provided.

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California Supreme Court Rules Family Not Liable for Injuries Sustained by Live-In Caregiver Supporting Senior with Alzheimer’s

Most people who take on the often difficult task of being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s is not going to be easy. As the disease progresses, it can cause irrational behavior, and sometimes even violence. One California live-in caregiver was injured during a situation while caring for an aging senior with this disease and sued the homeowners for damages.

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