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Minnesota Lawmakers Vote More Funds, Higher Wages for Home Health

Minnesota’s state senate voted this week to increase home health spending by $80 million.  According to a Duluth News Tribune report, the home health funds would come as part of a larger, $209-million add-on to the two-year, $39 million budget that was enacted last year and would be the area with the largest spending increase […]

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Congress Passes “Doc Fix” Bill, Delays Shift to ICD-10

This week, Congress passed what’s known as a “doc fix” bill, delaying not only cuts to Medicare physician payments, but also pushes back the implementation of ICD-10 coding system for one year.  The temporary “fix” delays a 24% reduction in Medicare physician reimbursement until October 2015, which initially would have taken effect March 31 as […]

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The Hill Column: Please, Congress, Don’t Cut Home Health Funds

Proposed cuts to Medicare funding for home healthcare are endangering one of the few solutions the United States has in caring for seniors, writes former Congressional Budget Office director and American Action Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin in a The Hill column this week.  While policy makers have taken a step in the right direction by reversing […]

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Home Health Group Applauds Proposal to Lower Cost and Improve Care

Legislation proposed last week that aims to improve care and lower costs for Medicare beneficiaries was recently met with applause from the home health industry.  Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Congressmen Erik Paulson (R-MN) and Congressmen Peter Welch (D-VT) intend their proposal, the Better Care, Lower Cost Act of 2014 (S.1932/H.R.3890) will […]

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USA Today: States Hone in on Home Care Worker Laws

In response to growing concerns over the qualifications and training of some home care workers, states are paying closer attention to the rules and regulations around home health care workers and home care aides, and the different training and requirements that apply to each.  Home health aides, regulated under the Center for Medicare and Medicaid […]

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