VNAA Highlights Successful Innovative Home Health Programs

The Visiting Nurses Association of America recently released a collection of case studies highlighting successful methods and techniques its nonprofit home health and hospice members have tested as they adapt to a new healthcare landscape.  The VNAA Case Study Compendium: Innovative Models for the Evolving Home Health and Hospice Industry consists of 10 programs association […]

Kentucky Governor Pushes for Heightened Background Checks for All LTC Workers

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and his administration have plans to push for mandatory, multi-state background checks for all long-term care workers, according to a local report.  The rule would apply to Kentucky workers only, but would prevent workers from potentially running from criminal records held in other states due to the multi-state component of the […]

FDA Will Regulate Only Some Mobile Health Apps

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said last week that it would only regulate some of the growing numbers of mobile health apps, focusing specifically on those that could pose greater risks to patients. The agency intends to “exercise enforcement discretion,” according to a release, meaning it will not enforce requirements under the Federal Drug […]

New York Times Column: Home Care Wage Rule Ignites Debate

Assertions that wage and overtime protections granted last week for home care workers are bad for business are unfortunate, writes NY Times columnist Nancy Folbre in an opinion column weighing in on the changes this week.  Citing opposition from several business associations and congressional republicans in response to the change in rules that allow home […]

AARP Supports Wage Protections for Home Care Workers

Following the announcement Tuesday of a new rule that would grant minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation’s two million home care workers, AARP has weighed in on the topic by expressing its support. “AARP has long advocated for increasing access to home and community-based services for older adults and persons with disabilities,” said […]

Obama OKs Wage Rule, Changes Landscape for Home Health Workers

Home care workers will now benefit from minimum wage and overtime protections following the announcement of a long-awaited rule—what some call a “victory” that has been two years in the making for the nation’s fastest-growing job force. Two years after President Obama pledged his “We Can’t Wait” program, the U.S. Department of Labor announced today […]

Forbes: Remote Monitoring Gold Mine Has Its Pitfalls

Developing remote monitoring devices presents both a golden opportunity and black hole to technology companies, writes a Forbes contributor, as businesses race to enter a field that’s rife with multiple obstacles.  Tech companies are looking to capitalize on opportunities created by health care reform, including home monitoring devices, which can detect and store a variety […]

Home Health Leaders: $100 Billion in Medicare Cuts Would be “Cataclysmic”

Home health industry leaders gathered today for a teleconference to discuss the alarming impacts of a rule that would bring Medicare payment cuts to tally nearly $100 billion in the coming years. The proposed rebasing rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) looks to cut Medicare reimbursement payments 3.5% annually from 2014 […]

Database Expansion Offers Close Look into Home Care Workforce, Wages

Industry members can now access data on home care workers on the state level through the launch of a new resource offered by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, as well as training standards that apply state by state.  The new PHI State Data Center is a web-based database that provides state-by-state profiles of direct-care workers including […]

CMS Imposes First-Ever Home Health Moratorium

In its latest efforts to combat fraudulent billing behavior, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has imposed the first Affordable Care Act (ACA) moratorium to bar the enrollment of new home health providers in the federal program. “The goal of the temporary moratoria is to fight fraud and safeguard taxpayer dollars, while enduring […]