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Benefits of Mobile Apps for Direct Care Managers

June 15, 2017 1:11 pm

To keep pace with government regulations, care providers are investing in technology solutions that help them stay in compliance. Additionally, direct care agencies are seeking mobile functionality that integrates into their existing systems and keeps information secure. Enterprise mobility management (EMM) and mobile apps are very valuable to healthcare providers, and direct care providers can experience many of the same benefits. Cost... View Article

Essential Home Care Regulations

June 6, 2017 1:06 pm

There are numerous regulations regarding the home care industry. Keeping in compliance with these regulations can be difficult, especially when you are growing your business. Here are four pertinent federal regulations you should be aware of. Payment Regulations for Caregivers The Fair Labor Standards Act details specific payment obligations for caregivers, including pre-hire and orientation periods, on-call time, travel time and... View Article

Direct Care and the Internet of Things (IoT)

May 31, 2017 11:10 am

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the whole category of web-connected devices, from fitness trackers to toasters. Wearable devices in health care promise to change the industry. What does that mean for direct care workers? More Long-Term In-Home Care Wearable IoT devices can monitor patients with chronic diseases and conditions. That means it will be possible for some patients to... View Article

Trends in Health Care Technology

May 22, 2017 11:06 am

The healthcare industry relies more and more on technology to improve productivity and make the lives of both patients and service providers easier. As technology evolves, it’s important to understand what the latest trends are and how you can benefit from them. From improving record keeping to tracking home care visits, mobile-enabled and integrative apps help agencies avoid audits and... View Article

How to Protect Patient Data against Hackers

May 16, 2017 11:03 am

The recent ransomware attack that hit hospitals throughout Europe did so through a security opening in the Microsoft Windows operating system. Ransomware, unlike many other forms of malware, can sneak past firewalls and security measures, then communicate back with its central computer through encryption messages that are not picked up by monitoring programs. By the time the computer system identifies... View Article

FLSA Compliance: Direct Care Workers and Sleep Time

May 4, 2017 11:02 am

When working as a domestic employee, there are specific pay requirements outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act. This information goes over how and when employees who work at a patient’s home should be paid. Understanding FLSA requirements is essential, both for employers and their employees. Direct Care Innovations helps your company track billable hours and when employees are considered on... View Article

Direct Care Pay Requirements for Travel Time

April 24, 2017 10:59 am

In the home care industry, federal regulations dictate what employers are required to pay for and what they are not. While employers are not required to pay for meal breaks, personal time and exempted sleep time, they do need to pay for certain kinds of travel. When Do Direct Care Agencies Have To Pay for Travel Time? When an employee... View Article

US DoL Direct Care Worker Pay Requirements

April 17, 2017 10:58 am

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) Direct Care Worker pay requirements can be tricky to understand. Here’s what you should know: What does the DOL consider a Direct Care Worker? According to the DOL, Direct Care Workers are workers who provide home care services, such as CNAs, home health aides and personal care aides. The DOL also considers caregivers... View Article

How Electronic Visit Verification Protects Clients and Agencies from Fraud

April 10, 2017 10:56 am

Medicaid is designed to give financial assistance to those in need of medical treatment. There are specific programs in Medicaid that allow aging people and the disabled to receive non-medical help at home. However, there are far too many incidents reported around the country where care takers simply collect the checks and fail to provide services. For recipients of care,... View Article

Legislation to Watch: Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act

April 3, 2017 10:55 am

The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 1825) was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The purpose of this Act is to allow non-physician practitioners (NPPS), including physician assistants (PA), nurse practitioners (NP), clinical nurse specialists and certified nurse midwives the ability to order home health services and certify face-to-face encounters with Medicare patients. What... View Article

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