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Minnesota Home Health Workers Approve Union in Historic Election

In one of Minnesota’s largest labor organizing efforts since the Depression, thousands of home care workers across the state voted to create their own union, according to several reports. The final tally was 3,543 in favor of a union and 2,306 opposed, according to data released Tuesday by the state’s Bureau of Mediation Services. With the […]

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Maine Rallies Around Package of Bills Aimed at Aging in Place

Maine’s state Legislature is moving along with a three-pronged package of bills aimed at strengthening the resources available to help its seniors age in place. Mark Eves (D-North Berwick), speaker of Maine’s House of Representatives, last week unveiled a comprehensive set of proposals under an initiative dubbed “KeepME Home,” which addresses key concerns of older adults, including […]

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Home Health Agencies’ Transition to Managed Care Plan ‘Lukewarm At Best’

A reaction to managed care from home care agencies and joint home care/hospice agencies can be described as “lukewarm at best,” according to a new report by The National Council on Medicaid Home Care.  In July and August, National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s affiliate, the National Council on Medicaid Home Care, surveyed its members as […]

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WSJ: Home Health Care Booming, But Leaving Workers Behind

Home health care is among the fastest-growing sectors in the U.S., projected to create nearly a million new jobs in the next decade. But the growth isn’t without significant challenges, the Wall Street Journal reports. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts the profession will grow by nearly 50% by 2022, the equivalent of close to […]

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Investigators Dismantle $60 Million Home Health, Pharmacy Fraud Ring

Federal investigators announced Friday the take down of a massive health care fraud scheme that involved more than $60 million of improper billing to Medicare and Medicaid and the convictions of 39 defendants in Michigan. Propagated by ringleader Babubhai Patel, 51, of Canton, Mich., the scheme involved 26 pharmacies, nine doctors and several home health […]

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