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Big Win for Non-Medical Home Care Today! CMS Medicare Advantage Final Rule is OUT!

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Apr 3, 2018
Big Win for Non-Medical Home Care Today! CMS Medicare Advantage Final Rule is OUT!

Big Win for Non-Medical Home Care Today! CMS Medicare Advantage Final Rule is OUT!

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Home Care Providers Still Struggle with CMS’ Implementations of Conditions of Participation (CoP)

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Apr 3, 2018
Home Care Providers Still Struggle with CMS’ Implementations of Conditions of Participation (CoP)

In January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented new requirement guidelines for home care agencies if they want to continue receiving reimbursements through the government agency for services offered to their clients. Some agencies and advocates for these providers claimed the new regulations were confusing and difficult to implement, but CMS states that they (the providers) have had plenty of time to bring their operations into compliance.

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The Battle Continues Over Forced Union Membership for Home Health Care

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Apr 2, 2018
The Battle Continues Over Forced Union Membership for Home Health Care

Home health care ‘employees,’ those who are reimbursed directly through Washington State’s Medicaid and Medicare system, are continuing to be caught in a battle between legislators, the Supreme Court, and one of the strongest public unions in the country, the SEIU. Right now, legislators are working on finding a way around the Supreme Court’s ruling in Harris v. Quinn in which the decision allowed people to opt-out of union membership while still benefitting from negotiations the organization conducts on behalf of its members.

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Seniors Are Generally Planning Better for Their Funeral Than Care in Later Life

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Mar 30, 2018
Seniors Are Generally Planning Better for Their Funeral Than Care in Later Life

How many people are actually planning for the possibility they’d need any type of long-term care? When looking at the numbers, it might be surprising. That’s because more seniors and those approaching retirement focus on funeral expenses and desires rather than having adequate support if (and when) the time comes that they’ll need it.

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The Value in Properly Matching Home Care Workers with Patients

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Mar 29, 2018
The Value in Properly Matching Home Care Workers with Patients

Within the home care industry there are numerous factors that determine if an agency or other provider is going to be successful over time. Management, resources, compliance, and so on all have an impact. While compliance is becoming a greater challenge for many of these agencies, there is also the ability to properly match home care workers with the clients they serve that could have a direct influence on success.

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Decreasing Numbers of Home Health Care Workers Nationwide Raise Concerns Due to Increased Demand for These Services

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Mar 28, 2018
Decreasing Numbers of Home Health Care Workers Nationwide Raise Concerns Due to Increased Demand for These Services

It’s no secret or surprise that demand for in-home care support services continues to increase across the country. The Baby Boomer generation (men and women born between the end of World War II through the mid-1960s) are retiring and as they do, these aging seniors will require more direct support and care at home. This is placing more pressure on the home care industry, but there’s also decreasing numbers of home care aides and other providers available to meet that demand.

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Home Care Patient Credited with Saving Caregiver’s Life Following Overdose

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Mar 27, 2018
Home Care Patient Credited with Saving Caregiver’s Life Following Overdose

A home care worker’s life was saved by her client after she had overdosed on heroin. In a case that garnered a firm and strong rebuke of the home care provider by police, Amber Graziano is facing drug charges while caring for a 73-year-old woman who is confined to a wheelchair.

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MedPac Recommends Changes for In-Home Care, Including 5% Cut in Reimbursements

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Mar 26, 2018
MedPac Recommends Changes for In-Home Care, Including 5% Cut in Reimbursements

The home care industry has been dealing with tremendous challenges in recent years and for those agencies and providers that rely at least in part on Medicare and Medicaid Services for reimbursements, these past several years have added to the struggles. With rate cuts of 14 percent being fully implemented over four years (completed in January, 2017), there has been talk among political leaders in Washington, DC, of even more potential cuts coming.

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