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Congress Votes to Repeal Medical Device Tax That Could Affect Some Home Care Services

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 14, 2018
Congress Votes to Repeal Medical Device Tax That Could Affect Some Home Care Services

Medical devices are becoming a more integral part of home health care throughout the country, and Congress recently voted with bipartisan support to cease a 2.3 tax imposed on medical devices enacted to help pay for the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The legislative move won’t have any direct and immediate impact on the industry, though, as a temporary block on this tax had already been in place since 2016, though that was set to expire next year.

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Latinos Find Communication Barriers When Relying on Home Health Care Services: Report

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 13, 2018
Latinos Find Communication Barriers When Relying on Home Health Care Services: Report

According to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, 6 in 10 Latinos report having a difficult time communicating with a health care provider. Of those surveyed, most reported that when they do have trouble, they turn to outside sources for help, which could be family or friends and sometimes others. Not only does this complicate the health care process (which could include home health care), it also diminishes privacy that is often taken for granted by others.

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Significant Home Care Challenges Coming Due to a Shortage of Workers and Historically Low Wages: PBS

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 10, 2018

It’s been a favorite talking point of political pundits for a number of years: low wages within the home care industry. PBS’ Paul Solman recently conducted an interview with numerous individuals who are involved in the home care sector regarding the potential crisis about to impact elderly and disabled individuals who rely on these workers for daily care and health.

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Unionized Home Care Workers Celebrate Passage of Law That Creates Registry

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 9, 2018
Unionized Home Care Workers Celebrate Passage of Law That Creates Registry

A mock signing of new legislation in Rhode Island took place recently that will provide a registry for home care providers in the state. On the surface, this legislation may appear to be a great resource and benefit for elderly and disabled adults throughout the state who require in home care support, but opponents to the legislation have marked it another union supporting tool.

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Battle for Maine Ballot Referendum Over Funding for In-Home Care Intensifies

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 8, 2018
Battle for Maine Ballot Referendum Over Funding for In-Home Care Intensifies

A ballot measure in Maine is starting to ramp up with rhetoric from both sides of the argument. This measure, though, would directly affect the in-home care industry throughout the state and impose a 3.8% tax increase on the highest earners, those reporting more than $128,400 per year.

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The Rising Cost of Long-Term Care Concerns the Baby Boomer Generation

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 7, 2018
The Rising Cost of Long-Term Care Concerns the Baby Boomer Generation

It’s no secret that the Baby Boomer generation constitutes a large section of the U.S. population. Those born shortly after the end of World War II and the mid-1960s are considered ‘baby boomers’ and while they have witnessed many changes throughout their lifetime, it’s the one thing that could be coming that causes concern: the cost of long-term care.

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Public Misconceptions About Home Healthcare Continue to Run Rampant

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 6, 2018
Public Misconceptions About Home Healthcare Continue to Run Rampant

The battle over public unions and whether they can compel employees to pay monthly fees, and even whether they can opt out of the union altogether (while still benefitting from increased wages and benefits negotiated with the state by the unions) is a topic that’s running rampant in this country. There are numerous men and women considered public workers and within the home care field, the vast majority of those taking care of disabled or elderly adults at home are family members.

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Boston Startup Aims to Tackle Medical Mistakes by Bringing Nurses Home to Care for Patients

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Aug 3, 2018

Sometimes, a person endures a personal tragedy that ultimately leads them on a quest to make sure no one else has to suffer the same consequences. Such was the case for Richard Rakowski, founder of Medically Home. His father, who had survived three concentration camps, died as a result of three consecutive medical errors at the hospital. According to Rakowski, this was the result of hospitals constantly pressured to reduce costs.

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