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Memorial Day Weekend Most Read: Wall Street Bullish on Home Health

Home Health Care News will be observing the Memorial Day holiday this weekend, but will return to our normal posting schedule Tuesday, May 26. In the meantime, HHCN would like to wish all readers a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. In case you missed it here are the most popular stories grabbing HHCN readers’ […]

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Home Health Providers Reel as Margins Plummet

Profit margins for U.S. home health agencies have been in free-fall over the past four years, compromising large, publicly traded companies and putting smaller providers in even more serious jeopardy. In 2010, the full-year margin for four of the largest home health companies averaged 7.1%, according to an Avalere Health analysis released Thursday by the Partnership for […]

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OIG Pushes for More Staff Background Checks in Home Health

Despite the close relationship between home health aides and patients, there are no federal laws or regulations requiring that home health agencies (HHAs) conduct background checks on their employees — a liability for the agency and a risk to the client. In fact, a recent review by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that […]

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VNA Leader: Home Health Care’s ‘Sputnik Moment’ Is Now

The home health care industry has a promising future: Americans are living longer than ever, and the majority prefer to age in place, receiving in-home services. But the evolving health care landscape is not without challenges, and many providers say they struggle with high employee turnover, a confusing reimbursement system and lack of transparency between […]

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Home Health Owner Gets 10 Years, $13 Million Fine for Fraud

A former home health care company owner will spend 10 years in prison and pay $13.8 million for being the leader of a large-scale Medicare fraud, under a sentence handed down Tuesday by a U.S. District Court judge. The scheme involved paying kickbacks and bribes to patient recruiters and Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for referrals […]

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