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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

What to Look For in Medical Practice Management Software

March 31, 2017 2:38 pm

Medical practice management software helps health professionals who handle complex medical business operations on a daily basis. Here are the most important components of the software that you need to consider while choosing one: Scheduling While most types of medical practice management software offer scheduling and calendar tools for patient appointments, you need to look deeper to determine which software... View Article

How to find the right healthcare software for your business

March 24, 2017 2:35 pm

Healthcare software is a make or break system for your practice. It either improves your efficiency or makes operations a nightmare. As more software companies enter the scene, it becomes increasingly important to shop around. Some of the useful characteristics you should look for include: Ease of use Good healthcare software should be easy to navigate and perform various functions.... View Article

How To Become a Health Care Administrator

March 17, 2017 2:31 pm

Health care administrators keep hospitals, clinics, medical practices and medical labs running well so that patients receive the best care possible. When you think of a hospital or other medical facility as more of a small city with its own set of rules, regulations, and communities you can understand the role they play. If this is something that excites you,... View Article

Healthcare Tech Trends in 2017

March 3, 2017 2:29 pm

The healthcare tech industry is booming, and several significant new trends are poised to develop in the field throughout 2017, including: 1. Telehealth It took a few years to iron out the kinks in the telehealth industry. It took even longer to convince the sick and the elderly to put their faith in this new method of medical treatment. But... View Article

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