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Stay back in force for change in DHHS services

Posted March 16, 2010

N.C. health, mental health, Medicaid generic

— The North Carolina Court of Appeals overruled a lower court ruling Tuesday in the suit brought against the state Department of Health and Human Services.

It is the latest in the back-and-forth court battle begun when the Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina Inc. filed suit against the state asking that changes to how care is determined be stopped.

Tuesday's ruling agrees with the preliminary injunction ordered Feb. 19 by Judge Don Overby which prevents the Division of Medical Assistance from using a new scoring system to determine how many hours of in-home care patients can receive.

DHHS is under pressure to reduce costs because of budget cuts made by the state legislature. The agency admitted that the review of care was spurred by budgetary concerns.

In his ruling, Overby found association members would be harmed if DHHS proceeds with the planned cuts.


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  • boydsara Mar 19, 2010

    (cont.) They usually do the opposite of that giving more time and heart. State only allows 15 hours maximum or 20 if PCS Plus. This service is very needed, it would be a shame to cut these services and condemn these elderly disabled people to a nursing home. Which costs more.....15-20 hours of Personal Care Services or 24/7 care in a Nursing Home. I PRAY that the legislators look at the HUMAN cost instead of the MONETARY cost!

  • boydsara Mar 19, 2010

    I would like to address the comment about Home Care Companies not sending in qualified aides. I have been in this business for several years. All aides are thoroughly screened through criminal background check, put through a rigorous skills testing and also complete a mock CNA exam, whether they are CNA's (Certified Nursing Assistants) or PCA's (Personal Care Assistants). They also are required to have a quality that cannot be measured.....HEART! These aides are trying to keep the quality of life of these disabled clients at a decent level to keep them out of nursing homes. These clients are usually below poverty level and these girls give them the care no one else has time to do. In a lot of cases these aides are the only "family" that these clients see. Yes they consider them family, because in today's busy life with every household needing two incomes, the real family members are too busy to help! Most of these aides are making minimum wage. They usually do the opposite of t

  • ptfmom Mar 17, 2010

    Cuts will have to be made somewhere. There needs to be some sort of system put in place to determine how much time can be logged per type of disability. A lot of these home care businesses do not send out quality people to help the disabled in the first place and some are charging the state for way more time than they are actually at a patients home.

  • mulecitybabe Mar 16, 2010

    Stay Back in Force for Change in DHHS Services. Can somebody please explain what that means?