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Home Care Dilemma: Why I'm Glad I'm Not Bill Dombi

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jan 11, 2012 9:05:00 PM

Today, there are labor law exceptions that allow home care agencies not to pay overtime to home care caregivers who work more than 40 hours in a week, and there's legislation under review that would change this.  The premise is that it's more fair to pay overtime than it is to have the exception.  On the surface it sounds simple, but it's not...

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Topics: Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Home Care, NAHC

Mobile Health App Market to grow 70%+ in 5 years

Posted by Will Hicklen on Jan 10, 2012 12:30:00 PM

Healthcare will continue its acceleration towards a highly mobile model, particularly as Accountable Care models force more and more care outside of the hospitals. More effective and less expensive care can be delivered earlier, with more proactive models mitigating the risk of patients being admitted to hospitals in the first place. Mobile healthcare models can be employed to help transition patients from hospital to home, helping them to recover more quickly and successfully. This requires many differerent types of providers, and providers of all types must coordinate to work together efficiently and effectively. Putting technology and information in the hands of the mobile health worker means that mobile health applications are already booming, and we're just seeing the tip of the iceberg. 

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Topics: Recommended Reading, HME Delivery Operations, HME Delivery Software, Home Care Best Practices, Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, transitional care, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Will Hicklen, Home Care Scheduling Software

Can Your Home Care Agency Help Prevent Delirium?

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jan 9, 2012 10:41:00 AM

Delirium is likely to be the most costly and debilitating disease afflicting the elderly that you never heard of.  We focus lots of attention on dementia, alzheimers and fall-related issues, and we should, but at the same time delirium is hurting the quality of life for elderly people and costing Medicare over $143 Billion per year according to a study this year in The Journal of American Geriatric Society.  The November 2, 2011 New York Times article "Another Hospital Hazard for the Elderly" by Susan Seliger tells a chilling story about the onset of delirium and just how common it is:

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Recommended Reading, Alzheimer's, Elderly Care, Home Care Blogs

Geriatric Care Management: Improving Hospital Discharge

Posted by Will Hicklen on Jan 4, 2012 6:34:00 PM

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Topics: Geriatric Care Management, Home Care Industry, Care Coordination, Aging in Place Technology, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Will Hicklen, Home Care Scheduling Software, National Association of Geriatric Care Managers

Home Care Can Create Jobs and Careers...

Posted by Ken Accardi on Jan 3, 2012 7:41:00 AM

In my previous blog article, I covered Home Care Predictions for 2012 based on some thoughts from Laurie Orlov.  One of Laurie's points was that caregiver jobs are being created, but they're not paying well enough for the caregivers to be off of food stamps and Medicaid.  I believe, however, that there is hope for caregiving to be the start of a career...

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Topics: Home Care Entrepreneurship, Home Care Industry, Elderly Care, Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, Aging in Place Technology, Home Care Technology, remote monitoring

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Ankota provides software to improve the delivery of care outside the hospital, focusing on efficiency and care coordination. Ankota's primary focus is on Care Transitions for Reeadmisison avoidance and on management of Private Duty non-medical home care. To learn more, please visit www.ankota.com or contact Ankota.

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