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A Return of a Lost Medical ‘Art’ May Benefit People at Home

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Mar 13, 2018
A Return of a Lost Medical ‘Art’ May Benefit People at Home

Once upon a time, many moonrises ago, the medical profession in the United States looked dramatically different than it does today. In those days of yore, when homesteaders raised children and cattle and crops, when transportation was limited to horses and buggies, and even through the earliest days where horseless carriages -or automobiles- were the purview of the wealthier Americans, doctors made house calls. Then, something shifted in American medicine and changed all that.

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The Continuing and Growing Impact Home Care Has on Overall Health for Patients Across the Country

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Mar 9, 2018
The Continuing and Growing Impact Home Care Has on Overall Health for Patients Across the Country

It’s no secret that the health care industry in the United States continues to change. As the cost of care continues to increase (anticipated to rise 5.5% annually through 2026), and with the federal government constantly attempting to work out a plan that will insure the maximum number of citizens, there has been greater focus on how best to provide long-term and supportive care for patients, and home care is becoming a more potent option.

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Walmart’s New Medical Care Model May Lead to Changes in Home Care, Too

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Mar 9, 2018
Walmart’s New Medical Care Model May Lead to Changes in Home Care, Too

Health care costs in the United States continues to rise. In fact, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency tasked with running these assistance programs, anticipates that health care costs will rise about 5.5 percent per year through 2026. Finding ways to help curtail these rising costs is crucial for not just individuals, but companies and insurers. There are plenty of potential solutions, but some companies, like Walmart, are finding the answer and it could lead to other aspects of long-term care, such as in home support services.

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Doctors Claim Improved Patient Care Should Be Focused on the Home and Community

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Mar 8, 2018
Doctors Claim Improved Patient Care Should Be Focused on the Home and Community

When a person has to be hospitalized, it’s an intensely stressful situation, not just for that individual, but often for the family, too. There are often many questions raised about what’s going to happen, what the prognosis is, or what is being done. Too often, according to some medical professionals, the entire system of caring for these patients is fractured. Doctors end up focused on independent issues and neglect the patient as an individual.

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New Wearable Technology May Improve Care and Support at Home

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Mar 6, 2018
New Wearable Technology May Improve Care and Support at Home

It’s no secret or surprise that technology is playing a greater role in quality care and support for people, especially when they want to remain home as opposed to other options. More companies are working on developing some quality technologies that improve safety for people at home, and others that can provide monitoring options. One new technology is wearable and uses light emitting diodes that can relay crucial vital information wirelessly to a nurse or doctor for proper monitoring.

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Alleged Failure of MCOs to Pay Home Care Agency Leads to Closure

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Mar 5, 2018

A home health care agency franchisee has shuttered its doors, but not due to any incompetence, failure to find clients, or to maintain quality caregivers. It has closed because, according to owner Bonnie Phillips, it wasn’t receiving Medicaid reimbursement payments from the state for services provided because the managed care organizations responsible for distributing those payments failed to do so.

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San Francisco Helping Middle-Income Families Pay for Home Care

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Mar 2, 2018
San Francisco Helping Middle-Income Families Pay for Home Care

A great deal of attention is provided to low-income families -seniors and disabled adults- when it comes to home care support services. For those who barely have enough income to cover basic living expenses, such as rent or mortgage, food, and utilities, it can feel almost impossible to even consider paying a home care aide or a visiting nurse, even when it’s absolutely necessary.

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Indictments for New Orleans Psychiatrists and Marketer in Home Health Care Fraud

By Valerie VanBooven, RN BSN, Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com | Mar 1, 2018
Indictments for New Orleans Psychiatrists and Marketer in Home Health Care Fraud

Two psychiatrists and a health care marketer out of New Orleans are facing charges they worked together, along with a home care agency owner, to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. The owner of the home care agency pleaded guilty last year to their part in the scheme, and now these other three are facing charges.

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