Employers Increasingly Post “Urgent” Home Health Care Job Openings

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Job postings on Indeed qualified as “urgent hires” have increased 50% since January, 2021. Many of the open positions with urgent needs are in the healthcare field. At Direct Care Innovations, we support the managed healthcare and home healthcare providers serving people with intellectual disabilities. This segment, too, feels the weight of the current situation. […]

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Funding Keeps Those Living With Developmental Disabilities in the Home

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Funding and home healthcare staffing shortages could combine to create an untenable situation for those living with developmental disabilities in the home. Many of those with disabilities have loved ones and family members who provide care, and they don’t want congregate care. That being said, many factors contribute to their ongoing needs and their loved […]

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Disability Advocates Praise Recent Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare

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The Supreme Court recently refused to hear a case against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is also known as Obamacare. Why? They declined to hear the case because it lacked standing. Regardless, many healthcare advocates, including those who support people living with disabilities, consider it a huge win. To that end, Direct Care Innovations […]

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5 Sensible Guidelines for Interacting with Individuals with Disabilities

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Those living with disabilities and those who work with such individuals are all too familiar with others’ discomforts. Certainly, ignorance and prejudice can spark discomfort. At the same time, some people fear they’ll say or do something wrong, and yet others fall somewhere in between. No matter where you place yourself on the spectrum, it’s […]

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How to Prepare for the Electronic Visit Verification Mandate

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By now, you’re familiar with the federal Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) regulation. The mandate requires caregivers for the elderly or developmentally disabled to track visits electronically. In addition to the length of time and other visit details, GPS functionality also fulfills the requirement. Direct Care Innovations understands the burdens placed on caregiver agencies and managed […]

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Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Includes Caregiver Pay Raise

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Those struggling with intellectual disabilities who can’t live independently rely on loved ones or paraprofessionals to provide care. In either scenario, lack of consistency and low wages present obstacles to quality care. President Biden’s infrastructure plan includes a $400 billion provision in Medicaid to support caregiver pay raises to address this issue. In this post, […]

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Employers Become Intentional About Adults with Autism in the Workplace

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There has never been a more opportune time for adult employees on the autism spectrum in the workplace when it comes to employment. Some high-profile companies have taken the lead, and many others seek to be more inclusive. Coincidentally, neurodiversity falls squarely within corporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts. Naturally, Direct Care Innovations praises […]

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DCI Art Contest: The Colorful World of Those with Intellectual Disabilities

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Depending on what part of the country you live in, spring may enter like a lamb. Gentle, yellow daffodils and white, purple, pink, and yellow tulips introduce their first blooms. The skies turn a brighter blue, while green leaves and grass return for a new season. Direct Care Innovations appreciates the benefits that color yields […]

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Letter to the CDC Seeks Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization

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At least 17 groups advocating for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) penned a letter on February 22, 2021, to leadership at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The groups strongly encouraged the CDC to include all those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities in COVID-19 vaccine prioritization. Direct Care Innovations supports these advocacy […]

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American Jobs Plan Proposes Increased HCBS Funding

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President Joe Biden recently unveiled a $2 trillion infrastructure plan, and people have been clamoring to uncover the proposal’s details. So far, it is clear the American Jobs Plan includes hefty spending on programs unrelated to traditional infrastructure. However, the proposed level of investment into programs such as home- and community-based services (HCBS) stands to […]

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