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Why Do We Need Healthcare Reform? How the U.S. System Compares with Other Nations
The 2014 update to the Commonwealth Fund Report on the U.S. Healthcare System has been released and it shows that we continue to lag behind other developed nations in both affordability and outcomes. The implications for home healthcare are clear. Payers will continue to push to reduce costs. They need to get the message: more home care = lower costs.
Hospice of Southwest Ohio Merges High Tech with High Touch
Packing for one last visit with her dying father, a woman gets the call that he is rapidly declining. It is clear she will not be able to get from her town to his in time. Moved by compassion and armed with state-of-the-art telehealth technology, the hospice nurse on duty proposes that the daughter log onto her computer, through which she is virtually brought into the room with her father. They converse and are able to say a final goodbye. This is much more than Skype. Her father's Cincinnati hospice uses the VGo robot.
New Product Review: Sengistix Patient Safety Monitoring
Jeremy Collins is 31, has Down syndrome, and lived in group homes all of his adult life. Today, he lives in his own 1,100-square-foot townhouse thanks to a web of support that includes his parents, his caregivers, his local county and a passive monitoring technology system.
How Healthcare Lobbying Works Or Doesn't Work in Washington
In strong language, former insurance PR executive Wendell Potter describes exactly how coordinated talking points can drown out the voices of lobbyists, even when they come with truth behind them.
AOD Software Acquires Stratis Business Systems; Joe Kraus and Entire Team to Stay On
After building the leading private duty software company for fifteen years with no outside major investors, Joe Kraus decided it was time to reap the benefits of his efforts and join a larger organization. AOD controls approximately 60% of the CCRC, long-term care and assisted living software market. With the acquisition of Stratis it is positioned to become a major player across senior care business lines. Kraus remains as president and will retain his entire team of software developers and support personnel.
Insights Into CMS's Next F2F Proposal: An Interview with Elizabeth Hogue
"I strongly suggest they make comments before September 2 and express their concerns." Home care attorney Elizabeth Hogue issued a strong warning through HCTR staff writer Liz Seegert. The 'fix' to the F2F rule could be worse than the problem it is fixing. Remain silent and your payment denial pain will get worse.
Seniors' Demand Will Trump Both Telehealth Availability and Payer Reluctance
A July 9 report published in iHealthBeat has generated reaction from a wide spectrum of telehealth advocates. Interviews with industry leaders and advocates, analyzed here by staff writer Audrey Kinsella, reveal hope, optimism, and frustration.
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