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

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | May 14, 2019
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 A new regulatory change enacted by CMS now stipulates that union dues can no longer be automatically withdrawn or deducted (paid) from a health care workers paycheck if the money is being paid directly through Medicaid. 

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Midwest Health Company to Sell Two Home Health Agencies 

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | May 13, 2019

A Missouri health care company has entered into a deal to sell two of their home health care agencies to a joint venture. This joint venture includes the LHC Group. These home health care agencies are located in Jefferson City and Mexico. They are both affiliated with SSM Health. 

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The Potential Impact CT Tolls Could Have on In-Home Care 

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | May 10, 2019
The Potential Impact CT Tolls Could Have on In-Home Care 

As Connecticut debates adding tolls to most of its major highways that pass through the state, many residents have been trying to figure out how much this will actually cost them. While 40 percent of the anticipated $800 million in revenue that might be generated by tolls across I-95, I-91, I-84, and the Merritt Parkway is expected to come from out-of-state vehicles, that leaves 60 percent being footed by residents. One aspect that is easily ignored during these debates over such topics is how it can affect small businesses and workers who need to travel, like home care providers. 

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Home Health Care Nurse Injured When Gun Discharges at Patient’s House 

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | May 9, 2019
Home Health Care Nurse Injured When Gun Discharges at Patient’s House 

Fortunately, it’s not a story we hear all that often, but an Indiana home health care nurse was recently injured in a gun related accident. The incident occurred in Wayne County. It involved a visiting nurse whose name has been withheld. 

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Changing the Perception of Low Wages Within Home Health Care 

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | May 8, 2019
Changing the Perception of Low Wages Within Home Health Care 

If a person conducted a survey of the general public, trying to determine what their perception of home care agencies are when it comes to how they treat their caregivers and home care aides, the results may not be flattering. It has become a mantra among some groups across the country that businesses — large or small — that don’t pay ‘fair wages’ are nothing more than greedy enterprises.

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Can Home Care Earn the Respect It Deserves Among the General Public? 

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | May 7, 2019
Can Home Care Earn the Respect It Deserves Among the General Public? 

Aretha Franklin said it best when she sang: R-E-S-P-E-C-T, but despite that anthem of wanting more respect, it’s not always easy to earn. Some people are reluctant to give another individual, worker, or even an entire profession the respect it deserves for any number of reasons. One simple reason could be a lack of information or understanding about what some workers do, such as home care providers. 

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Boston’s Parking Problems Affect Home Care 

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | May 6, 2019
Boston’s Parking Problems Affect Home Care 

Unless a person lives in a major city (and drives), they may not fully appreciate the challenges faced by residents and workers when it comes to parking. In Boston, parking problems have become so significant that there are proposals to begin charging for residential spaces and/or limiting the number of vehicles a resident in the city can own. 

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HomeWell and Home Care Pulse Team Up

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | May 3, 2019
HomeWell and Home Care Pulse Team Up

HomeWell and Home Care Pulse have teamed up to survey the clients and caregivers of HomeWell franchises and gather detailed client/caregiver experience data to help them enrich their quality of care and keep a continual pulse of the well-being of their clients and caregivers. 

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