The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that more than 1 in 10 seniors experience some form of abuse during their lifetime. The truth is, no matter who is caring for your aging loved ones, they can be left vulnerable to healthcare fraud, waste, abuse, and neglect. For sisters Amy Moon and Melissa Troutman, these were major concerns when their 79-year-old father, John, began to need more assistance.
Today marks the official launch of "Ed Explains," a web series featuring HealthStar's founder and CEO, Dr. Ed Breazeale. In this series, we are going to explore the past, present, and future of home health care. You can expect to learn about the innovations, ideas, and insights driving our industry forward, as well as the systems, laws, and misconceptions that may be holding us back.
The state of modern health care is constantly in flux, as the worlds of medicine and technology continue to converge and reshape one another. With innovation and reform happening more rapidly than ever before, we’re predicting 2019 will be a breakthrough year for the industry and its stakeholders. Some of those breakthroughs will be technological, while others will have more to do with our approach to patient care.
We spend lot of time talking about fraud, waste, and abuse – three of our industry’s most serious ills. Acknowledging these systemic problems creates a platform for discussion and legislative reform which, in turn, results in better care for patients. But in our haste to highlight where the system is falling short, we sometimes fail to mention how our industry is moving in the right direction. To know where you’re going, you must remember where you’ve been.
More than 44 million providers, family members, and volunteers help patients manage their health care needs at home. For some, caregiving is a career. For others, it is sacrifice made in service of a loved one. According to the National PACE Association, "6 out of 10 family caregivers work full or part-time in addition to juggling their caregiving responsibilities at home." In addition, most caregivers end up having to reduce their work hours, take a leave of absence, or quit their job to fulfill their caregiving responsibilities.
With the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act in 2016, electronic visit verification (EVV) became an important, and at times controversial, topic of national conversation. Two years later, the dialogue around EVV and its potential has progressed immensely. However, some stakeholders have lingering questions and concerns about this technology.
The 21st Century Cures Act mandates that every state select and implement an electronic visit verification (EVV) system. But not all EVV systems are created equally. With so many vendors and systems out there, it can be difficult to discern which is best for your state. So, how do you choose the right one? Here are some points to consider as you search for an EVV vendor and partner.
Neglect and fraud have become rampant in home care settings at large. This month, the Office of the Inspector General published a federal report analyzing hospice patient and Medicare payment data dating back to 2005. The report highlighted findings of fraud and neglect as well as serious vulnerabilities in the Medicare hospice program.
Knoxville, TN: HealthStar, LLC Founder and CEO Dr. Ed Breazeale has earned an additional patent for his company’s innovative approach to electronic visit verification (EVV). Issued by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office on May 4, patent No. 2,696,394 was granted for the underlying technology used in HealthStar Visit, the company’s signature EVV software.