Business Briefs: Addus Extends Relationship with CellTrak for Home Care Partnership

Addus Enters Home Care Partnership with CellTrak

National provider of home and community-based personal care services Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS) has extended its nine-year contract with the provider of mobile health care delivery management solutions, CellTrak Technologies.

The revamped partnership will debut a new version of the CellTrak solution that enables home care providers to manage service delivery while meeting electronic visit verification (EVV) mandates.

The new version will incorporate mobile applications, interactive voice response capabilities, portals for office staff and the extended care team, and interfaces with EMRs, back office system and third parties, like other EVV providers. Real-time data from these sources will be available to care coordinators and operations management to help provide quicker responses to events happening in the field.

Addus will roll out the new version of the software in its entirety this fall.

Senior Helpers Boston Acquires Other Location

Part of the national in-home senior care provider franchise Senior Helpers, Senior Helpers Boston, has announced the acquisition of Senior Helpers South Shore. The acquisition will help Senior Helpers Boston deliver care to more than 75 communities in the greater Boston area.

The caregivers from the company throughout Boston are trained to offer the highest level of care possible using the company’s Senior Gems Alzheimer’s and dementia care program. The company will also be implementing a new Parkinson’s Care Program, which will include specialized training and a certification program for staff that was created by experts from the National Parkinson Foundation’s Center of Excellence.

To keep up with the expansion, Senior Helpers Boston will relocate its headquarters to Newtonville, Massachusetts, in October. The company will also open a third office, which will serve as a recruitment and training center, in the Wilmington/Woburn area at the end of the year.

OnCourse Learning Acquires Home Care Education Company 

The Brookfield, Wisconsin-based OnCourse Learning, a company that offers licensure, regulatory and compliance education solutions to the health care, financial services and real estate industries, has announced the acquisition of the Vancouver, Washington-based e-learning company, Institute for Professional Care Education (IPCed).

“This acquisition allows us to build on our strong foundation in health care education by expanding our content catalog to meet the training needs of professionals across the provider landscape, in both acute and post-acute care settings,” Patrick Sheahan, president and CEO of OnCourse Learning, said in a press release.

IPCed will continue operating from its Vancouver headquarters and will still offer specialized certifications for caregivers. The company also offers training materials like DVDs and care checklists that include education in dementia care, Parkinson’s care, end-of-life care and diabetes care.

Wilpage Inc. to License CareTend Home Medical Equipment Software

A provider of comprehensive post-acute health care software, Mediware Information Systems announced that Wilpage Inc., a provider of home medical equipment, will license CareTend software for use in its business.

“When looking at CareTend’s model, we realized that switching from our current on-premise deployment would eliminate costly hardware maintenance and truly save hours each week in traditional manual data backups and updates,” Cy Abruzzo, vice president and CFO of Wilpage, said in a press release. “We will look forward to using CareTend’s cloud technology so that we can improve our data security and have peace of mind knowing that our software will be automatically updated with the latest enhancements.”

This is not the first time Wilpage has licensed Mediware’s software. Twenty years ago, the company licensed Mediware’s CPR+ software for its HME and DME service lines.

“Wilpage has been a loyal customer since 1996, and we truly appreciate that the company has chosen Mediware as its software vendor over the years,” said Paul O’Toole, vice president and general manager of the Home Care solutions division of Mediware. “We are thrilled to see how CareTend’s secure hosted deployment will reduce Wilpage’s overall IT costs and streamline technology so the team can have more time to run the business.”

Fazzi Associates Opens Office in Limerick Ireland

The Massachusetts-based coding company that serves U.S.-based home health care and hospice agencies, Fazzi Associates, has announced the opening of a new international location in Limerick, Ireland.

The company serves U.S. companies, but also launched coding services from locations in India in 2013. Now with a location in Ireland, Fazzi will be able to provide even greater capacity needed for increased demand.

“In addition to increasing our ability to serve our customers on a 365/24/7 basis; by operating out of multiple locations, we can provide business continuity and disaster recovery services for the mission critical coding process to our clients,” Dr. Robert Fazzi, founder and managing partner of Fazzi Associates. “The industry is realizing that this coverage is of growing importance due to things like climate change, natural disasters, terrorism and cyber security risks.”

Alliance Homecare Acquires Elder Care Alternatives

Alliance Homecare, a New York-based home health care company, announced the acquisition of Elder Care Alternatives, a care management company based in New York, New York.

Elder Care Alternatives will now be known as AllianceECA, and the company’s services will continue to be provided by its present team of care managers.

“Particularly as we mark our tenth year of providing exceptional service to our clients, we are thrilled about this new affiliation and the additional knowledge, skills and resources to which we have access,” Greg Solometo, co-founder and CEO of Alliance Homecare, said in a press release. “This new venture deepens and expands our care manager capabilities with a proven structure methodology, making our practice are even more robust. Together, we will continue to service the ever-changing care needs of clients and their families who are as important to us as our own.”

Written by Alana Stramowski