Home health aides making shockingly little, and often don’t have health insurance of their own.

Is there a role in Health 3.0 for improving the care for our caregivers? And better cohesion across the continuum of care?

Also discussed: unconscious morality judgements, meditating while you light yourself on fire, and more!

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One Response to “Home Health Workers Are Broke (and other not-nice news)”

  1. Bert Walker

    I’m a hospice RN. Home hospice. Quality of care differs widely across agencies. For profit agencies suck. They cut corners on care, cherry pick the pts that cost the least I.e. LTC pts or other long length of stay pts. Quality is better with non-profit hospice agencies but that varies as well. I was with a large state wide stand alone non-profit hospice. There we had good quality of care but had issues with coordinating out of hospital admissions. And the pay sucked. For RNs about 20-25% lower than hospital RNs. I am now with a hospital system based home hospice agency. My pay is the same as the hospital RNs, the care is excellent, the out of hospital admission process is outstanding. Our average length of stay is very short, like 4 days. It’s a losing proposition all the way around. The only reason my Hospice can pull it off is because it’s part of a large hospital system. The system looses less money by supplementing the hospice entity than it does for non-reimbursed ICU repeated admissions for chronic diseases. In my view the best hospice to work for is a non-profit one attached to a large hospital system.

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