Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • The 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo hosted annually by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) took place in Long Beach, October 15-17. The annual Caring Awards promote and reward acts of caring and humanitarian service around the country and internationally. Throughout the year, the Caring Institute receives nominations for [...] Read More The post 2017 NAHC Confere...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • There are four commonly accepted principles of health care ethics that providers follow to ensure optimal patient safety: autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice. Let’s take a closer look at the definition of each of these principles and how they are put into practice in the home health care environment. Autonomy In the medical field, autonomy [...] Read More The post The Four Principl...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • Today there is an estimated 6.5 million seniors needing assistance with their daily activities and this number is expected to double by 2020 as the graying of America occurs. In addition, as cited in an AARP survey, approximately 89% of seniors want to age in their own homes for as long as possible. These two [...] Read More The post Outlook for Home Care Franchise Industry Positive as Senior Popu...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • Originally posted by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. Shared with permission. Are you someone who wants to succeed in the home care and/or hospice industry? (If not, why are you reading this?) As the baby boom generation continues into its retirement years, huge opportunities are opening up in an industry considered by [...] Read More The post Are You Ready to Succeed in Home Care...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • In late July 2017, thirteen home health care agencies in Indiana settled with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to resolve violations of overtime provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The compensation to 379 home health workers totaled $948,000 in back wages and damages. This amount doesn’t even include legal expenses. The DOL [...] Read More The post Home Health Agencies Involved in...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • Many of the disaster preparedness resources available over the years have been developed for institutional healthcare providers, but home care and hospice workers—and their agencies—need to have working plans as well. These disaster response plans should correspond with state and local laws, regulations, guidelines and standards, most of which can be accessed fairly easily online [...] Read More T...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • Often, when thinking in terms of assisting those later in life, we do so to provide comfort, but there is another, important aspect of reducing medical problems and discomfort in the later stages of life: preventive healthcare. Prevention reduces the chance that chronic conditions will overwhelm individuals and their loved ones as they age. Even [...] Read More The post Ongoing Preventive Care Imp...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • Safety and wellness are not just policies a home care agency lists in its business manual. They should be part of a culture of best practices that benefit both employees and patients. Ingraining the behaviors that create and perpetuate these virtues is an ongoing process, but one that will potentially assist in reducing Workers’ Compensation, [...] Read More The post Create a Culture of Safety at ...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • When hospice is mentioned, many people think of the ultimate outcome rather than the period of care a seriously ill patient needs and receives under the at-home model of healthcare. It’s an impression that is worth correcting in favor of recognition of the whole-person treatment palliative care provides. It’s also important to consider what it [...] Read More The post Palliative Care Serves the Wh...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • Legislation to include the home care industry in the determination of eligibility for Medicare coverage for those needing home healthcare has been introduced in Congress. The bipartisan-sponsored H.R. 2663—the Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act of 2017—was introduced on May 25 and has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means (funding) [...] Read More The post Congr...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • May 2017’s WannaCry ransomware attack hit more than 250,000 victims in more than 150 countries, shutting down servers, locking data and causing business income losses and patient-portal problems in multiple instances. The United Kingdom’s National Health Service, for example, had 16 medical center data systems taken down in the attack. Medical care systems are of [...] Read More The post Home Heal...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • The home care industry includes home health care agencies and providers, companion care firms, visiting nurse associations (VNA) and in-home hospice care services. They provide at-home services, such as skilled nurses, personal care, homemaking, companionship, physical therapy, social services, medical equipment supplies, counseling, occupational and vocational therapy, dietary and nutritional ser...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • The 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo, brought to you by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), is set to take place this October 15-17, 2017 in Long Beach, California. The conference is designed for peers throughout the home healthcare industry to network and share ideas, receive information on the [...] Read More The post Continuing Education Helps Improve Patien...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • Originally posted by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. Shared with permission. Are you someone who wants to succeed in the home care and/or hospice industry? (If not, why are you reading this?) As the baby boom generation continues into its retirement years, huge opportunities are opening up in an industry considered by [...] Read More The post Are You Ready to Succeed in Home Care...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Blog Post
  • In late July 2017, thirteen home health care agencies in Indiana settled with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to resolve violations of overtime provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The compensation to 379 home health workers totaled $948,000 in back wages and damages. This amount doesn’t even include legal expenses. The DOL [...] Read More The post Home Health Agencies Involved in...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Blog Post
  • Many of the disaster preparedness resources available over the years have been developed for institutional healthcare providers, but home care and hospice workers—and their agencies—need to have working plans as well. These disaster response plans should correspond with state and local laws, regulations, guidelines and standards, most of which can be accessed fairly easily online [...] Read More T...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Blog Post
  • Often, when thinking in terms of assisting those later in life, we do so to provide comfort, but there is another, important aspect of reducing medical problems and discomfort in the later stages of life: preventive healthcare. Prevention reduces the chance that chronic conditions will overwhelm individuals and their loved ones as they age. Even [...] Read More The post Ongoing Preventive Care Imp...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Blog Post
  • Safety and wellness are not just policies a home care agency lists in its business manual. They should be part of a culture of best practices that benefit both employees and patients. Ingraining the behaviors that create and perpetuate these virtues is an ongoing process, but one that will potentially assist in reducing Workers’ Compensation, [...] Read More The post Create a Culture of Safety at ...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Blog Post
  • When hospice is mentioned, many people think of the ultimate outcome rather than the period of care a seriously ill patient needs and receives under the at-home model of healthcare. It’s an impression that is worth correcting in favor of recognition of the whole-person treatment palliative care provides. It’s also important to consider what it [...] Read More The post Palliative Care Serves the Wh...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Blog Post
  • Legislation to include the home care industry in the determination of eligibility for Medicare coverage for those needing home healthcare has been introduced in Congress. The bipartisan-sponsored H.R. 2663—the Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act of 2017—was introduced on May 25 and has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means (funding) [...] Read More The post Congr...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Blog Post
  • May 2017’s WannaCry ransomware attack hit more than 250,000 victims in more than 150 countries, shutting down servers, locking data and causing business income losses and patient-portal problems in multiple instances. The United Kingdom’s National Health Service, for example, had 16 medical center data systems taken down in the attack. Medical care systems are of [...] Read More The post Home Heal...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • The demand for home-care employees is large and growing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With baby boomers heading into their latter years and their children—the millennial generation—being big on mobility and just getting their employment legs on the heels of the Great Recession, the ability of families to do a lot of the [...] Read More The post In-Home Care Employment Opportunities...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • As of 2017, OSHA’s revised injury and illness on-the-job reporting submission requirements took effect for certain companies, including the home healthcare and staffing industries. The new requirements are outlined below, courtesy of Key Risk, our Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier partner for temporary staffing employers, including medical and non-medical staffing firms for home health care ...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • Terminating the employment of someone due to illicit or unethical behavior is a good move, but it is just one step your home healthcare organization must take to protect itself, potential future employers of the person, and prospective patients. Simione Healthcare’s Thomas Boyd, MBA, CFE, CHFP, Vice President of Reimbursable Services has seen such terminations [...] Read More The post Be a Thoroug...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • Workers’ Compensation insurers should provide solid protection for employers and their employees who get injured at work. Staying in business and doing business the right way as an insurance company requires finding an equilibrium between rates, risk selection and managing risks once an insured is accepted as a policyholder. Elements of carrier stability also include [...] Read More The post The I...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • Updated on May 11, 2017: CMS seeks comments for possible future changes to the rule governing the source of clinical information for certifying terminal illness For hospice service providers, the Medicare certification and recertification process is an essential step in ensuring Medicare payment for their clients. In order to maintain the Medicare hospice benefit, a [...] Read More The post Medica...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • Today’s litigious landscape and evolving business regulations require that a comprehensive insurance program includes Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) to protect against employment-related claims. This is true for all types of organizations across all industry sectors, including home health and hospice providers. According to the insurance association Trusted Choice, employee lawsui...

Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.
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  • Updated April 17, 2017: The Need for HIPAA Compliance The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) under the HIPAA 2017 Audit Program is in the process of completing 167 desk-based audits, the results of which will be released publicly later in the year. The objective of these audits is for the OCR to determine whether HIPAA [...] Read More The post Recent HIPAA Violations and Fines in the Home Health Indust...

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