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Questions Abound for People Looking into At-Home Health Care Services

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Jul 10, 2018
Questions Abound for People Looking into At-Home Health Care Services

It’s rarely a time when people are in a ‘good place’ emotionally when they begin searching for in home health care services. In most cases, an emergency has arisen in which a loved one -be it a spouse, aging parent, or possibly even a sibling- needs care at home before the search for proper support begins.

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Union Dues for Home Care Workers in Illinois to Be Reviewed

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Jul 9, 2018
CMS Deals Blow to Unions That Had Been Automatically Deducting Dues from Medicaid-Paid Home Healthcare Workers 

The U.S. Supreme Court struck a major blow to public unions last week when it decided in favor of a plaintiff who had argued he shouldn’t be forced to pay union dues. The decision had been expected and many local unions had been fervently working with some state legislators to try and counter the short and long-term ramifications of the decision, but the Supreme Court also advised a lower court in Illinois to review whether the union there should reimburse $32 million to individuals who had dues taken out automatically from government paychecks while they cared for family or others as in home care providers.

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Home Health Care Making a Difference in the Fight Against Hospital Readmissions

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Jul 6, 2018
Home Health Care Making a Difference in the Fight Against Hospital Readmissions

When the federal government began placing increased pressure on hospitals to reduce their readmission rates, many said it was impossible. Some in what are considered poorer neighborhoods claimed that it would run them out of business, as their patients didn’t have the ability or resources to avoid a return trip to the hospital.

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A Doctor and Two Nurses in Texas Convicted of Home Health Care Fraud

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Jul 6, 2018
A Doctor and Two Nurses in Texas Convicted of Home Health Care Fraud

In what authorities claimed was a $12 million Medicare fraud scheme, a doctor and two nurses were found guilty of charges they bilked the federal program over the course of eight years. The charges stemmed from what prosecutors claimed was a system in which the defendants had billed Medicare for home health services that were either unnecessary or never provided.

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Florida Couple Facing Charges of Exploiting Numerous Aging Seniors in Alleged Home Health Care Scam

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Jul 5, 2018
Florida Couple Facing Charges of Exploiting Numerous Aging Seniors in Alleged Home Health Care Scam

A married couple is facing a number of charges alleging they exploited the elderly and infirm and stole more than $250,000 from up to 50 men and women. Christopher and Lauren Kydes, through their attorney, claim they were selling prepaid home health care services through an agency.

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California Supreme Court Rules Family Not Liable for Injuries Sustained by Live-In Caregiver Supporting Senior with Alzheimer’s

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Jul 3, 2018
California Supreme Court Rules Family Not Liable for Injuries Sustained by Live-In Caregiver Supporting Senior with Alzheimer’s

Most people who take on the often difficult task of being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s is not going to be easy. As the disease progresses, it can cause irrational behavior, and sometimes even violence. One California live-in caregiver was injured during a situation while caring for an aging senior with this disease and sued the homeowners for damages.

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Digital Innovation Driving Lasting Changes to the Home Health Care Industry

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Jul 2, 2018
Digital Innovation Driving Lasting Changes to the Home Health Care Industry

It’s no real secret anymore that technology is playing an increasingly significant role in home health care services. As the federal government has cut Medicaid reimbursements to this sector of the health care field and as more hospitals are pressured to reduce their readmission rates (and are therefore turning to home health care agencies), the demand for reducing costs increases.

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Pennsylvania Legislation to Help Seniors Have Access to In-Home Care Stalled in Senate

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Jun 29, 2018
Pennsylvania Legislation to Help Seniors Have Access to In-Home Care Stalled in Senate

For some, the idea of a parent reaching an age when he or she suddenly needs extra care and support at home is not a pleasant one. That’s because, the way certain states have set up and established their social services, one of the first options is to place them in a nursing home, even though home care may be more comfortable, preferred, and affordable. In Pennsylvania, legislation that would simplify the approval process through Medicaid-funded support for home care passed the House, but has since stalled in the Senate.

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