Missouri Union Achieves Higher Wage For Home Care Workers

Following a statewide campaign to raise the minimum wage, the Missouri Home Care Union announced Monday it had reached a deal with state negotiators to raise the wage for its home health workers.  The collective bargaining agreement set home health care attendants’ wage between $8.50 and $10.15 an hour, less than the $11 proposed minimum […]

FDA Approves 2 Philips Telehealth Apps Aimed at Improving Transition Home

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two telehealth apps from electronics company Philips that seek to ease the transition from hospital to home care, the company announced earlier this month.  The eCareCoordinator and eCareCompanion apps, part of Philips Hospital to Home’s suite of telehealth programs, focus on reducing readmissions to the hospital by providing […]

CMS Issues Extension for Hospices Hiring Contract Nurses

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the period of time hospices can hire contract nurses as long as they qualify for an “extraordinary circumstance” exemption, the agency announced in a memorandum recently. Under normal circumstances, a hospice must ensure that all core services — including nursing — are provided directly by […]

Mayo Clinic Launches Telemedicine Pilot Using Walk-In Kiosks

As part of its overall effort to reduce health care costs and improve access to medical services, the Mayo Clinic announced last week a new telemedicine pilot project involving private kiosks, reports indicate.  The pilot, called Mayo Clinic Health Connection, will be offered through its HealthSpot platform, which includes cloud-based software combined with a private […]

ABC News: Navigating Payment Options for Long-Term Care

Many Americans may not be prepared to pay for long-term care, but the reality is that most of them will need it. Whether they receive care in a community setting or in their own homes, they will need to learn about the different payment options that are available for different care types. And then figure […]

Lawmakers Push for Sweeping Change to PACE Programs

A group of senators are pushing for changes Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) that would expand the services that fall under pace as well as the care teams that collaborate through the system. In a letter sent to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Department of Health and Human Services, Sen. Pat Toomey […]

Home Care Nets Less Turnover With Training Focus

As home health care companies struggle to keep reduce employee turnover rates and compete to attract clients, one element is at the heart of an agency’s success: training. Ongoing training programs for employees to advance their skills can reduce costly turnover, said Sharon Brothers, founder and CEO of the Institute for Professional Care Education, during The Home […]