Our guest writer this week is Linda Vincent, R.N., P.I., who is not only a colleague of mine, but an identity theft and healthcare fraud prevention expert specializing in medical consulting and investigations.
As more and more baby boomers reach their golden years, more and more of them need the services of homecare and hospice agencies. This rapid influx is good for the industry, but homecare and hospice agencies need to be as vigilant as ever in their hiring practices of caregivers.
Why? Because medical identity theft is on the rise, and homecare and hospice agencies are easy targets. You need to take immediate action to safeguard your agency, reputation, and clients from the growing threat of medical identity theft.
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Our guest writer this week is Margaret Jacoby, SPHR, of MJ Management Solutions, whom has tailored human resources consulting services to small business clients since 1999.
The Department of Labor (DOL) enforces more than 180 employment laws and regulations, and the specific laws that apply to a particular business depend upon its number of employees, the nature of its business, and numerous other factors.
While it is difficult to keep up with the changes in both the federal and state regulations, it is essential that you do so for your home care/health care agency. Failure to comply with even one of the myriad of regulations can land you in serious trouble and impact your bottom line significantly.
Come gather ’round people, wherever you roam, and admit that the waters, around you have grown!
Just like the Dylan song said, The Times They Are A-Changing in private duty home care. What are the issues that will impact how we conduct our business of home care over the next 5 years and what strategies will serve us as we await clarification on those issues? The home care industry is likely to be significantly affected by Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA), changes to the Companionship Exemption and the introduction of licensure in states that have not had licensure in the past.
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The contributions nurses make to the health and well-being of the patients we serve has a long history of positive results and outcomes. Prior to the early 1920s, nurses worked with physicians as independent practitioners. Nurses were sovereign in their decision making, and performed their jobs without interference or governance from any other discipline.
In the early 20s, the American Medical Association (AMA) began to see nurses as a threat to the fiscal stability of their medical practitioners. Paul Starr’s enlightening book, “The Social Transformation of American Medicine,” outlines the purposeful and direct effort by the AMA to pass state and federal laws that put nursing under the direct control of doctors. They were successful, and these laws, and more, are still in place today.
Yet, this stronghold is beginning to weaken. As modern healthcare puts more and more strain on our resources, nursing is reestablishing itself as a viable, strategic, and independent profession. At the heart of this trend is the push for nurses to take their rightful role, in tandem with doctors, in the move to improve medical care in this country.
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