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Amazon’s Exploration into Medical Services at Home May Raise Hopes 

It’s no secret that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is heavily invested in more than just online retail sales. In just the past couple of years Amazon purchased Whole Foods and has partnered with the United States Postal Service to improve delivery to customers across the country. Now, it has been reported that Amazon is exploring certain technologies that could help provide direct medical support services to clients in need at home. 

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Denver Home Health Company Sees Licensed Revoked After Charges of Neglect and Abandonment 

Home in Health Services Inc. saw its Medicare licensure was revoked recently due to allegations of neglect and abandonment. According to a federal report, the Denver, Colorado agency’s license was revoked after state investigators determined its staff was inconsistent with the level of care it provided to patients in need. 

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To “Age in Place” in Florida, We Need Change!

We, as providers, have significant obstacles to overcome in all areas of home care, but specifically in private home care. My belief is private home care is the future and a fundamental necessity for assisting in safe and healthy aging in place and preventing rehospitalization!

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Bill Aimed at Improving Access to Home Care Moves Through NJ Legislation  

New Jersey legislators are taking an active role in helping to improve health care access and support to residents throughout the state. Recently, legislators moved a bill forward that would help connect privately owned home care agencies to government operated agencies that cannot adequately meet the needs of their community. 

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New Joint Venture Between Pharmacy and Home Health Services Companies Highlight Changing Landscape in the Industry 

The home health care industry has been changing rapidly in recent years. As the federal government has been intent on reducing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements for home care support services it has forced many companies in the sector to become more innovative. Some of those innovations have led to technological advancements to improve communication and support, but it is also led to some intriguing joint ventures. 

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14 Home Health Care Workers Face Charges of Fraud in St. Louis

14 residents of the St. Louis area have been indicted by a federal grand jury. They are accused of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid of approximately $1.3 million for home health care services that were never provided. Prosecutors allege that 13 out of the 14 people indicted were not even in the United States at the time when services were reported to have been provided.

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Penn. Gov. Wolf Moves Forward with Plan to Impact Home Care Throughout the State

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently enjoyed two victories, one involving a legal challenge to his efforts to empower more than 20,000 home health care workers that some declared an effort to unionize these men and women who are reimbursed by the state and the other his successful reelection in November. Now, with those victories in…

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New Home Health Care Deal Highlights Continuing Financial Challenge for Businesses in the Industry

As the federal government has continued to cut funding for home health care through the Medicare and Medicaid system, it has placed increasing pressure on many businesses operating within the industry. Smaller agencies that rely heavily on Medicaid funded clients have felt the brunt of these cuts more acutely than larger companies that have a broader spectrum of clients, but even large companies have been forced to make some changes to the way they operate and that means, for some, selling large stakes of their home health and hospice businesses.

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Opportunities for Home Care Amidst the Federal Government’s Push to Reduce Readmissions

The federal government has been levying fines against hospitals that fail to reduce their readmission rates. Nursing homes are also being fined for failing to provide adequate care and avoid patients returning to the hospital. In Connecticut, 75 percent of nursing homes throughout the state are receiving penalties based on how often their patients need to be readmitted to the hospital.

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