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Earnings lag, but GAO predicts home care job growth of 40%

Although the Department of Labor’s 2015 Home Care Rule — which extended Fair Labor Standards Act minimum wage and overtime protections to more home care workers — has benefited home care workers to some extent, earnings lag behind other full-time occupations with similar education and training requirements, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office.

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Post-hospital therapy crucial for COVID-19 patients, medical expert says

As older adults with COVID-19 battle “brain fog,” physical weakness and emotional turmoil, family members should insist on securing rehabilitation services — physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, cognitive rehabilitation — upon hospital discharge and a return to home, according to E. Wesley Ely, M.D., MPH, co-director of the Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction and Survivorship Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Home care company to pay $3.1 million to resolve false claims allegations

Altranais Home Care, Lowell, MA, and its owners, Constant Ogutt and Shakira Lubega, will pay $3.1 million to resolve allegations that they knowingly, or with reckless disregard of billing requirements, submitted false claims to MassHealth and MassHealth Managed Care Entities for home health services that had not been appropriately authorized by a physician, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Friday.

Home care briefs for Monday, Oct. 19

Impact of telehealth on healthcare delivery topic at virtual 2020 Self-Insurance Institute of America annual conference … Joint venture acquires Christus Santa Rosa Hospice in San Marcos, TX … Platform designed to increase effectiveness of patient communications

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