BrightStar on Frontlines of Battle Against Minimum Wage Law

Home health care company BrightStar Care has joined the fight against Seattle’s newly enacted minimum wage law, which it says is discriminatory. Franchise owners have taken a stand against the city’s law, which they say places an unfair timeline on franchise companies—which unaffiliated small businesses do not have to comply with—to raise the minimum wage […]

Oregon Home Care Workers Win Pathway to $15 Per Hour

On the heels of a historic ruling that home health workers are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay protections, Oregon home health workers have secured a pay raise and will soon have a pathway to earn $15 per hour. The current base rate for home care workers is $13.75 per hour in Oregon. Service […]

Univita Files For Bankruptcy After Major Layoffs, Lawsuit

After a tumultuous summer that led to more than 1,000 employee layoffs, Univita Health has filed for bankruptcy. The Florida-based home care product provider filed under Chapter 7 of the federal bankruptcy code, seeking to liquidate its assets, which, with liabilities, were estimated between $50 million and $100 million, the Sun Sentinel reported Tuesday.  In addition, […]

Home Health Business Briefs: New President at Home Health Care Management

As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity—from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Home Health Care Management Appoints New President Home Health Care Management has appointed Constance Morrison as the new president and CEO […]

ACOs Receive $422 Million in Shared Savings Payments

The Accountable Care Organization program is finding firmer footing, third year program results from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) suggest. Quality and financial performance results show that in 2014 ACOs grew, had a more positive impact and improved with age. Made up of groups of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers, […]

New York Home Health Agency to Pay $6 Million Medicaid Fraud Settlement

Empire State Home Care Services, a New York-based home care agency, has agreed to a $6 million settlement following a Medicaid billing audit, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday. The audit revealed Empire improperly billed Medicaid by reporting salaries and benefits of administrative personnel under direct care cost centers between 2002 and 2005 […]

Editor’s Picks: NAHC on Face-to-Face Lawsuit, Bundled Payment Risk

In case you missed them, here are the top headlines grabbing readers’ attention this week, plus some other notable stories from around the web that caught our eye here at HHCN: Most Read NAHC President Optimistic About Face-to-Face Ruling—President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, Val J. Halamandaris, told Home Health Care […]

How a 6-Point Plan Could Improve End-of-Life Care

For doctors, having a difficult conversation with seriously ill patients and their families about end-of-life care can be understandably complicated, and physicians and the provider organizations they work with are looking for the best resources to help. These conversations are important not only because the right decisions for end-of-life care can make a huge difference […]

Editor’s Picks: Aging in Tech-Savvy Cities, Innovate or Die

Here are the top headlines grabbing readers’ attention this week, plus other notable stories from around the web that caught our eye here at HHCN: Most Read In These Tech-Savvy Cities, It Pays to Age at Home – Redfin ranked the top 10 cities where smartphone applications are enabling older adults to stay in their […]