NAHC president offers upbeat forecast for home care in 2024

Though providers weathered hardships from Medicare rate cuts to worker shortages in 2023, developments on the horizon give encouragement for home care’s future, according to William Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice.

CMS crackdown on fraudulent hospice providers in full effect in 2024, expert says

In recent years, unscrupulous hospice providers have cropped up in California and other states. In response, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has prepared a slew of tools to curtail the fraud. States continue to feel the effects.

 

Thanks to high demand, low barriers to entry, home care employment remains high, study finds

Home care, which includes home health and personal care, remains a top job on the market as high demand and low barriers to entry have kept employment rates high, according to a recent study by healthcare software firm Tebra.

 

The researchers compared 46 healthcare industry jobs by median pay, 10-year outlook and expected job growth, employment per 10,000 workers and web search volume, using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau. Home health and personal care aides earned the second-highest rank, behind only advanced practice registered nurses.

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Research overwhelmingly points to benefits of smart home health technology

A growing body of research has indicated that smart home health technology provides a wealth of benefits for home care patients and older adults aging in place.

In a literature review published by BMC Geriatrics, researchers analyzed 163 studies conducted between 2000 and 2021 concerning the use of smart home health technologies. These technologies included tools to monitor patients’ physiological well-being or functional status, safety and security technology; tools that facilitate social interaction; and other instruments like home reminder systems or medication management devices.

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