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The average pay rate for home health care aides spiked almost 4% in 2020 to $25.62 per hour, according to a new study on the cost of care by insurance claims solution provider LTCG. That’s above the five-year trend of 3% increases before the pandemic; nurse pay also increased significantly. Read more.
Speaking of caregiver pay, are you properly tracking overtime pay and travel time? One Massachusetts home health agency is on the hook for $85,000 after a lawsuit said they didn’t. The same company is facing litigation in another case claiming it stole millions from the state by falsely billing unauthorized services. Read more here.
Ready to write an email today? The American Association for Homecare wants providers to urge their U.S. Representatives to support provisions exempting manual complex rehab technology (CRT) from competitive bidding before the current exemption expires at the end of the month. The sign-on letter they’re asking for closes today. For more information, visit

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Join HomeCare and Brightree next Tuesday, June 22 at 1:00 p.m. CDT for a webinar on technologies to help improve patient engagement. Register Here.
Patients have come to expect telehealth services, but the latest technology can leave your home health agency open to cyberattacks, data breaches and HIPAA violations. You can protect your business by adding cybersecurity coverage to your insurance policy. Philadelphia Insurance Companies lays out why and how to put a policy in place. Download here.
The durable medical equipment (DME) industry has been witnessing shrinking margins and collections—with staffing among the biggest challenges. Why spend additional staff time on revenue cycle management (RCM)? Curasev explains how it has transformed RCM by strengthening billing and claims management, raising operational efficiencies and eliminating the need to ramp up staffing. Download the white paper to learn more.
Don't Let Fear Get in the Way of Medication Adherence
High-tech options have a better track record when it comes to medication compliance—but clients need to sign on. Read more.
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