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Smart Homes Increasing the Reach of Home Care for a Growing Majority of Patients

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 24, 2018
Smart Homes Increasing the Reach of Home Care for a Growing Majority of Patients

With the explosive growth of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), a network of devices that are connected to the Internet, which can include basic devices like laptops and tablets but also dishwashers, TVs, washing machines, and so much more, it’s possible to control numerous devices from home or away. It’s also making it more likely that people who need some level of care at home can receive remote assistance and monitoring.

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Care at Home for Patients Has Been Saving Money for Years

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 23, 2018
Care at Home for Patients Has Been Saving Money for Years

As news organizations seem to be focused on the seemingly recent revelation that caring for patients at home saves money, it’s been done this way for years. In fact, tracing the health care industry back to its roots, house calls were the norm, especially in more rural regions of the country. Over time, hospitals and doctor clinics began to replace home visits and then nursing homes became the main source of support for long-term health care. Today, more Americans prefer other options than nursing homes and extended hospital stays, and home care is a key candidate.

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Home Care Aide in Missouri Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Client

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 22, 2018
Home Care Aide in Missouri Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Client

Ashley N. Garr, 33, had been charged with fraud in a case where she had worked as a home care aide for a client. In 2014, according to court documents, Ms. Garr was working for a client and brought her children over to visit with the elderly client. While there, she excused herself to use the bathroom, but instead found the client’s checkbook. She subsequently took information about the woman and this began a series of unauthorized purchases and transfers from the victim’s account.

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Home Healthcare Market Anticipated Growth Projected to Hit Nearly $350 Billion by 2020

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 21, 2018
Home Healthcare Market Anticipated Growth Projected to Hit Nearly $350 Billion by 2020

The healthcare industry in the United States continues to experience strong growth, and the home health care sector is also booming. According to some estimates, the home health care sector could reach $350 billion in revenue by 2020. This level of growth is due to numerous factors, not the least of which is a desire by more people to remain home as opposed to spending time in a nursing home or hospital environment.

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CMS Proposed Rule Could Affect Individual Home Care Aides, not Agencies

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 20, 2018
CMS Proposed Rule Could Affect Individual Home Care Aides, not Agencies

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a rule change that would make it more difficult for public unions to automatically collect dues from individual caregivers. A recent Supreme Court ruling determined that public level employees could not be forced to join or remain in a union, thus meaning they could stop paying these dues. While this rule change within CMS would target individual caregivers (the majority of whom are family members taking care of loved ones), some are claiming it’s a direct attack on unions by the Trump Administration.

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Nursing Home Staffing Issues in Maine Highlight the Need for More Home Care Workers

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 17, 2018
Nursing Home Staffing Issues in Maine Highlight the Need for More Home Care Workers

The federal government has given four Maine nursing homes the lowest possible ranking during to their staffing levels. In some of these nursing homes, the number of patients they take on has been cut, leaving some elderly and disabled men and women unable to receive optimal care when needed. This is one more example of why home care is such a vital factor for an aging population.

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Home Health Care Worker Sentenced for Stealing Items from Client

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 16, 2018
Home Health Care Worker Sentenced for Stealing Items from Client

A home health care worker in Dallas was sentenced to 6 to 23 months in prison and ordered to pay $14,105.37 restitution to the widow of a former client. On December 4, 2017, the victim contacted police some time after her husband passed away in November and reported a number of items missing from the home.

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Home Health Care Agency Owner Convicted of Defrauding MassHealth

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 15, 2018
Home Health Care Agency Owner Convicted of Defrauding MassHealth

As the federal government continues to crack down on home health care fraud across the country, states are also dealing with fraud at the local level. Massachusetts successfully charged a home agency owner with fraud and that owner, Elena Kurbatzky, 45, of Boston, was recently convicted of the seven charges levied against her.

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