Editor’s Picks: Delays in Wage Rule Enforcement, Innovative Partnerships Reduce Hospital Visits

This week, readers caught up on the latest update in the home care worker wage drama and explored what the tech startup boom might mean for the industry down the road. Readers also learned how partnerships can help stem hospital visits and delved into ACOs’ trouble in integrating home health data. Here in the newsroom, we were shocked by the costs of Alzheimer’s care for women, and we couldn’t help but smile as some residents of Louisville’s Wesley Manor hopped on the backs of Harley motorcycles.

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DOL to Delay Home Care Wage Rule Enforcement—The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it won’t enforce rules extending minimum wage and overtime protections until 30 days after their compliance is mandated by a federal appeals court. Despite the delay, the DOL has been working to help employers prepare for compliance.

What the Tech Startup Boom Means for Home Care’s Future—The success of innovative tech startups in the home health sector could make room for players like Google, but industry professionals have differing viewpoints on what such a future might look like.

Innovative Partnerships Help Seniors Age in Place—HHCN spoke with two senior housing providers that have partnered with nearby health care agencies to provide certain services just outside their doors. In the home health sector, similar partnerships can play a major role in allowing seniors to stay at home longer through retirement.

ACOs Struggle to Integrate Home Health Data—A survey by eHealth Initiative found that home health agencies are among the least likely to easily integrate data with an accountable care organization (ACO). Home health agencies can play a significant role when it comes to cost savings for ACOs as patients transition from acute to post-acute care settings, and ACOs rely heavily on integrated data to identify gaps in care and compare clinician performance.

Weekend Reads

Women the Bigger Loser’s in Terms of Alzheimer’s Costs—New research conducted by Emory University in Atlanta found that the cost of caring for a woman with Alzheimer’s disease is about six times more than it is for a man. In fact, costs exceeded those of men in every area explored: Medicare expenses, Medicaid costs and out-of-pocket home and assisted living costs. The findings are slated for publication in the September/October issue of the journal Women’s Health Issues.

For Your Viewing Pleasure

Louisville Seniors Relive Their Youth on the Backs of Harleys—Residents at Wesley Manor in Louisville didn’t let their age get in the way of taking a ride on a Harley. Check out their reactions as they go for a spin.

Written by Kourtney Liepelt