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Scoring System Helps Predict Senior’s Risk of a Hospital Readmission and Sets the Stage for More Home Care Support

Hospital readmissions has become a hot button topic throughout the home care industry as well as health care overall for almost a decade. Since the federal government, under the Obama Administration, began placing pressure on hospitals to reduce their readmission rates, these medical facilities have focused on increasing information and support to patients upon discharge. That has led to an increased reliance on home care services, including visiting nurses and other aides.

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Back in January of this year, a 22-year-old home care aide was arrested in Connecticut and charged with theft when she used one of her client’s credit cards illegally. While this case has been ongoing, Kevaughna Sullivan is once again in trouble with the legal system. That’s because she failed to appear in court recently to face these charges.

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Caregiver Sues SEIU, Claiming Union Refuses to Cancel Membership Upon Request, Despite Supreme Court Ruling 

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public workers -those paid by any local, state, or federal government agency- cannot be forced to contribute financially to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining agreements, it led to a number of lawsuits against a variety of unions when leaving was either denied or significantly delayed. 

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Home Health Care Triggers Political Talking Points Among Some Candidates

As the political landscape has become extremely charged in recent years, there were a number of topics candidates focused on in an effort to garner as many votes as possible. One of those topics that an increasing number of candidates running for local, state, and federal positions began talking about was home health care access.

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Maine Proposal Presses on to Make State First to Enact Universal Home Care

As we’ve reported in the past, there is a referendum in the state of Maine that would, if passed, provide universal home care for all. There are passionate voices on both sides of the spectrum for this topic, but one thing to note: if the ballot initiative does pass, it would make Maine the first state to offer universal home care.

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4 Pittsburgh Area Home Care Workers Charged with Fraud

Recently, federal prosecutors charged four home health care workers at Moriarty Consultants, a home health care company located in Pittsburgh on Perryville Avenue of fraud. In April 2017, Moriarty Consultants was raided by federal investigators who were looking to gather evidence that Travis Moriarty, Tiffhany Covington, Autumn Brown, and Brenda Lowry Horton had conspired to commit fraud by submitting false claims, costing the state millions of dollars.

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January 1st Will See End to Joint Home Health Care Venture 

A joint venture, nonprofit home health care service will be coming to an end on January 1. This venture was put together by Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Tower Health, and UPMC Pinnacle. The three organizations mutually agreed to dissolve this partnership, but it isn’t expected that clients who are currently relying on home health care through Affilia Home Health will have to look elsewhere for services. 

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San Francisco Approves Proposal to Raise Wages for Home Health Care and Other City Workers 

San Francisco is, once again, attempting to lead the way to higher wages for traditionally lower income professions. Recently, San Francisco Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Sandra Lee Fewer led an effort to raise the minimum compensation for home care workers, what they referr to as In-Home Supportive Services, from $15 an hour to $16 an hour, which will become effective February 1, 2019. 

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Home Care, Social Media, and Abuse: Why It’s Important to Pay Attention to Outside Warnings

Social media continues to be a powerful influence on modern life. While people may not think much about the impact social media can have for those who rely on home care, a recent news story out of Houston highlights some potential problems and abuses that agencies should take note of in order to protect their clients first and foremost as well as their integrity and the workers who provide these services.

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