Posts by John Yedinak:

  • CEO Insights – The Future of Technology in Home Health and Hospice Webinar

    Jul 06 2018

    The post-acute landscape is changing rapidly for home health and hospice: regulations, reimbursements, and technology are all shifting, creating a dynamic environment for providers large and small. As organizations try to find their footing amid increased competition and the need for growth, they’re also facing requirements to deliver value-based care for meaningful engagement throughout the Read More

  • CEO Roundtable – The Future of Technology in Home Health and Hospice Webinar

    Jul 02 2018

    The post-acute landscape is changing rapidly for home health and hospice: regulations, reimbursements, and technology are all shifting, creating a dynamic environment for providers large and small. As organizations try to find their footing amid increased competition and the need for growth, they’re also facing requirements to deliver value-based care for meaningful engagement throughout the Read More

  • Amedisys, LHC Group Take More Risks on Medicare Advantage

    Dec 14 2017

    As enrollment in Medicare Advantage continues to surge, major players such as Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED) and LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) see a huge opportunity that could bring higher payments. These home health providers see that Medicare Advantage (MA) rolls are large and growing. Medicare Advantage enrollment has grown 71% since the Affordable Care Act was Read More

  • Home Medical Equipment to Reach $28 Billion in 2016

    Jan 30 2013

    World demand for home medical equipment is expected to rise 7% yearly and reach $28 billion in 2016 according to a report from Freedonia. While the United States will remain the largest market globally, the BRIC countries will be the fastest growing markets as economic prosperity increases. “In these countries, home health care activity will Read More

  • Independa Raises $5 Million to Expand Telecare Technology

    Jan 29 2013

    Independa announced it closed a Series A Preferred Stock financing at $5 million to expand sales, research and development, and distribution of its technology to provide independent living solutions.  The funding comes from City Hill Ventures, a previous investor, and strategic partner LG Electronics USA, with participation by additional investors. The respective amounts of investment from Read More

  • AssuraMed to Acquire Invacare’s Medical Supply Business for $150 Million

    Jan 29 2013

    AssuraMed announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Invacare Supply Group, a division of Invacare Corporation (NYSE: IVC) for $150 million. The deal is part of Invacare’s focus on its globalization strategy to harmonize core global product lines and reduce complexity within its business. For AssuraMed, a leader in wholesale and home-delivered medical supplies across the Read More

  • Home Health Care Revenues to Reach $120 Billion in 2021

    Jan 24 2013

    Spending on senior care services, which includes skilled nursing, home health care and assisted living are predicted to grow 5.2 percent annually and will amount to $319.5 billion by 2016 according to the Freedonia Group. Skilled nursing saw facilities revenue come in at $106.9 billion in 2011 according to the study and are projected to Read More

  • AHC Acquires Home Care Provider, Expands into Georgia

    Jan 24 2013

    Advanced Home Care (AHC), a non-profit hospital affiliated company announced last week its acquisition of Extrakare, LLC, a move that helps the company expand its home medical and equipment services into Northern Georgia. Since its founding in Norcross, Georgia in 2004, Extrakare has become a leading provider of home oxygen, positive airway pressure (PAP) and Read More

  • Epic Health Services Acquires AmeriCare to Expand into Massachusetts

    Jan 24 2013

    Epic Health Services announced it has acquired AmeriCare, a Medicare certified home health agency with three locations in the Boston area.  The acquisition provides Epic with three new service lines: home nursing for clients with psychiatric and other behavioral issues, private-pay personal care for older adults, as well as nursing and aide services for other elderly Read More

  • HHS Makes Big Changes to HIPAA With New Rule

    Jan 17 2013

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule to strengthen the privacy and security protections for health information established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) on Thursday. “Much has changed in health care since HIPAA was enacted over fifteen years ago,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Read More

  • Home Health Agencies Plan to Invest in Training and Marketing in 2013

    Jan 15 2013

    Home health agencies are planning to invest most in marketing and training of their staff in 2013 according to results from a survey published by Home Health Line.  Consisting of responses from 159 home health care agencies, 52.2% said they planned to invest most of their money on education and training, with another 37.1% saying Read More

  • Brightree Acquires Home Health Software Provider

    Jan 15 2013

    Brightree, a provider or billing and business management software solutions for the home medical equipment (HME) market announced the acquisition of CareAnyware. Based in Raleigh, N.C., Care Anyware provides home health and hospice software and together creates the largest provider of cloud-based software for the post-acute care industry. Combined, the companies have 500 employees serving nearly Read More

  • Kindred Healthcare Buys Homecare Advantage for $2 Million in Cash

    Jan 08 2013

    Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:KND) announced that its subsidiary purchased Homecare Advantage for approximately $2 million in cash.  Based in Los Angeles, California, Homecare Advantage provides services in the surrounding areas and generates revenues of approximately $2.5 million per year.  The Homecare Advantage location will allow Kindred to expand its service area and operations in the Read More

  • OIG: Medicare Contractors Need to Catch More Home Health Care Fraud

    Jan 02 2013

    Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) prevented $275 million of improper payments to home health agencies, but they could do a much better job according to a report from the HHS Office of the Inspector General.  “The four Zone Program Integrity Contractors we reviewed did not identify any HHA vulnerabilities and varied substantially in their efforts to detect Read More

  • Genesis Closes $215 Million Acquisition of Sun Healthcare

    Jan 02 2013

    Genesis HealthCare announced it has completed the acquisition of Sun Healthcare Group Inc. for $215 million. Per the agreement, Genesis acquired Sun for $8.50 per share of common stock in cash and financed the the transaction using borrowings under a term loan and available cash. The new company will have nearly 80,000 employees and combined annual Read More

  • Medicare Could Be Paying Twice for Prescription Drugs for Hospice Beneficiaries

    Jul 17 2012

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that during calendar year 2009, Medicare Part D paid for certain drugs twice for beneficiaries in Hospice. “As a result, the Medicare program could be paying twice for prescription drugs for hospice beneficiaries: once under the Medicare Part A hospice per Read More

  • What’s the Median Salary for a Home Health Aid? Not Much

    Jul 11 2012

    A new info graphic published by the U.S. News University Directory provides data on the salaries of those who choose to work in the Allied health professions.  Such careers prepare those to work in clinical healthcare professions outside the core fields of dentistry, medicine and nursing. These occupations include biomedical science, medical transcription, pharmacy, radiologic technology and Read More

  • CMS Wants to Cut Home Health Agency Payments by $20 Million in 2013

    Jul 06 2012

     The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Friday a proposal to cut payment rates to home health agencies by $20 million or 0.1% during calendar year 2013. The proposed decrease reflects the combined effects of the home health market basket and wage index updates and previously finalized reductions to the home health prospective payment Read More

  • Alzheimer’s Council Scheduled to Meet to Discuss National Plan for First Time

    Jul 05 2012

    The Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services are scheduled to meet on July 23, 2012 to discuss the implementation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. The plan was announced earlier this year by President Obama and provides $100 million of funding to help combat the disease.  Scheduled to take place at the U.S. Read More

  • Home Health International to Open Discounted Home Supplies Online Store

    Jun 27 2012

    Home Health International (HHI) is expanding its medical supply business to include an online store where consumers can purchase a range of discounted home and medical care supplies. The company closed on the acquisition of Faya’s Medical Equipment, a licensed Florida Medical equipment company in May.  HHI said the new online storefront will provide consumers Read More

  • CMS Home Care Surety Bond Practices Could Drive Companies Out of the Business

    Jun 26 2012

    A collection of groups and companies associated with the home care industry are requesting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to address problems associated with its Medicare DMEPOS surety bond program.  The participants — AAHomecare, VGM, The Wayne van Halem Group, Bond Safeguard, Lexon Surety, US Rehab and VGM Insurance Group — are Read More

  • CarePoint Acquires Pinnacle Infusion

    Jun 26 2012

    CarePoint Partners, an alternate-site infusion therapy and specialty pharmacy provider announced it has acquired Pinnacle Infusion. Pinnacle serves southwest Georgia and the acquisition is designed to complement the company’s presence in Atlanta and its significant Florida footprint. This becomes the 16th acquisition of CarePoint in less than five years.  “We are excited to have this Read More

  • Clean Care is Safer Care: The Need for Improved Compliance with Hand Hygiene Standards

    Jun 25 2012

    A recent study in the March 2012 issue of Home Healthcare Nurse determined that overall compliance with hand hygiene practices by home health nurses was poor.1 According to the study, home health nurses performed hand hygiene actions a mere 61 times out of 103 hand hygiene opportunities. The researchers concluded that the hygiene practices of Read More

  • Krames StayWell Announces Collaboration With MEDITECH

    Jun 18 2012

    Krames StayWell, a health care communication and engagement company, announced its discharge instructions is available through the MEDITECH Electronic Health Record (EHR). The Krames StayWell database of discharge instructions is designed to facilitate transitions between different care environments and ultimately, patients’ homes, to support better outcomes and avoid costly re-admissions. The discharge instructions library in MEDITECH Read More

  • Senator Introduces Bill to Provide Caregivers Tax Credit

    Jun 15 2012

    U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) announced legislation to make long term care policies more transparent and assist families who care for aging family members.  “Seniors deserve high-quality long-term care that works for them and their families,”said Klobuchar. “These bills will help ensure that long-term care programs are easy to navigate and make it easier for Read More

  • Home Health and Medical Equipment Use Could Indicate Fraud and Abuse says Study

    Jun 12 2012

    Health care usage by Medicare fee for service beneficiaries reveals that durable medical equipment and home health care are disproportionately responsible and could be an indication of fraud and abuse according to a new report funded by the Commonwealth Fund. Beneficiaries used an average of $12,847 per year (in 2006 dollars) in standardized medical costs covered Read More

  • A Caring Home Care Services to Launch Franchise Program with Francorp

    Jun 05 2012

    A Caring Home Care Services announced it’s teaming up with Francorp, Inc. to expand the company nationwide through franchising. Based in Houston, TX, A Caring Home Care Services is a non-medical in home assisted living provider. After having success locally, the company said it’s the perfect time to roll out such plans. “The fact that Read More

  • Univita Health Names New CEO to Lead Company

    Jun 04 2012

    Univita Health announced that Jean Haynes has been named president and chief executive officer of the home based care provider.  “We are extremely fortunate to have an executive of Jean’s caliber leading Univita,” said Hugh Lytle, co-founder and vice-chairman of Univita. “We’re looking forward to working with Jean in expanding our highly differentiated model for Read More

  • NAHC Releases Standards for Home Care Financial Reporting

    May 31 2012

    The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and its Financial Managers Association announced the release of the Uniform Chart of Accounts.  The goal of the release is to create a uniformity with financial reporting in the Industry and allow for accurate data collection and analysis that can be used to improve business and advocacy Read More

  • Jordan Health Services acquires Providence Homecare Services

    May 29 2012

    Jordan Health Services announced that acquired Providence Homecare Services for an undisclosed sum to expand its services in Lufkin, Texas.  Effective with this transaction Providence Homecare Services will be renamed Jordan Health Services. “We are extremely excited about strengthening our presence in the key Lufkin market.” said Dean Holland, Chief Executive Officer of Jordan Health Read More

  • Home Health International Acquires DME Company

    May 29 2012

    Home Health International (HHI) announced it has closed on the acquisition of Faya’s Medical Equipment, a licensed Florida based durable medical equipment (DME) company.  Started in 2006, Faya’s Medical is located in Hialeah, Florida and provides ambulation aids, disposable supplies, mobility aids, respiratory equipment and sickroom setup. HHI has been busy as of late, in April Read More

  • Further Medicare Cuts Could Cut off Healthcare Innovation says Kindred CEO

    May 25 2012

    If Medicare payments to providers remain unstable, their ability to reduce costs through innovative ways to coordinate care could fail, according to testimony from Paul J. Diaz CEO of Kindred Healthcare during a Senate Finance Committee hearing earlier this week.  “The problem from a care perspective is that as patients move from the acute care hospital to multiple Read More

  • Home Care Scam Leads to Arrests in Pennsylvania

    May 24 2012

    Agents form the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section and Elder Abuse unit have filed criminal charges against for local men who allegedly operated a financial fraud scam targeting hundreds of senior citizens in the state. Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendants as Bruce Howard Cherry, 52, of Philadelphia; Ross M. Rabelow, 52, of Read More

  • USA Today: Home Health Care Franchies are Very Profitable

    May 23 2012

    While the U.S. Department of Labor is calling for increased wages for home care employees, a new report  from Franchise Business Review found that home health care is one of the most profitable types of franchises to own. USA Today is reporting that the potential return on investment is significantly higher than many other franchise business owner. Read More

  • Texas Launches Database of Caregiver and Provider Information

    May 22 2012

    The Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced the launch of Take Time Texas, a state clearinghouse of information for caregivers and providers of respite services.  “Having cared for my mother during her eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, I understand the overwhelming challenges that caregivers face every day,” said state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound Read More

  • Retirees Turn to Home Equity As Social Security Funds Dwindle

    May 22 2012

    Social Security at one time provided a reliable source of income for Americans post-retirement. For the first time in history though, future outlooks show that while more Americans hope to rely on social security as a major income source, less money will be available, and alternative sources of income will need to be established. For Read More

  • Inogen Raises $20 Million of Equity to Support Growth

    May 21 2012

    Inogen announced that a group of investors led by Novo A/S has provided $20 million in equity financing  to support the continued growth and its position in the home care community. Based in Santa Barbara, CA, the company is a manufacturer and provider of oxygen therapy equipment and services.  “Inogen is well positioned for sustained Read More

  • Obama Announces Plan to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease, Hopes to Prevent by 2025

    May 21 2012

    The Obama Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services announced new funding to help the nation fight Alzheimer’s disease on Tuesday.  The move is meant to improve the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and find a method to prevent it by 2025. To make this a reality, the President’s proposed FY 2013 budget provides a $100 Read More

  • Quan May Bet Big on Home Care Robots for Seniors

    May 17 2012

    Quantum International Corp. is exploring new opportunities to deliver personal assistance robots capable of helping the elderly lead more independent and productive lives. The company says it’s currently looking to robotics developers in the U.S. to test innovative new home-care automatons designed to reduce stress on families and other caregivers charged with assisting seniors and others Read More

  • HomecareCRM, HealthWyse Form Home Care Software Partnership

    May 17 2012

    Home care customer relationship solutions provider HomecareCRM announced an exclusive partnership Tuesday with HealthWyse, in an effort toward improved efficiency and providing agencies real-time access to sales and marketing information.  “We are very proud of our exclusive and developing partnership with HomecareCRM,” said Rob Pahlavan, CEO of HealthWyse in a press release. “We believe that Read More

  • Home Health Agencies Get Ready, CMS is Coming For You

    May 16 2012

    While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was directed to implement intermediate sanctions for noncompliant home health agencies in 1987, the agency has failed to issue a final rule on the subject according to a report form Health Care Finance News. CMS has has the ability to terminate noncompliant agencies, it should have the Read More

  • HospiScript to Provide PMB Services to Harden Healthcare

    May 16 2012

    HospiScript Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Catalyst Health Solutions, Inc., announced it has been selected as the exclusive provider of pharmacy benefit management (PMB) services to all of Harden’s home and facility based hospice patients.  “With the selection of HospiScript, we will be serving our patients, and their families, with what we feel are Read More

  • PlayMaker Announces Home Care Data Partnership

    May 16 2012

    PlayMaker CRM and Health Market Science (HMS) announced a partnership that allows home health and hospice companies to purchase data to target and monitor the highest referring physicians and facilities in their market. From searching for top prospects by geography, category, diagnosis and other variables to taking action on top-referring physicians and facilities in a service Read More

  • CMS Medical Device Bidding Program a Success? Too Soon To Tell says GAO

    May 15 2012

    The Government Accountability Office(GAO) found that it’s too soon to determine the success of completive bidding on Medicare beneficiaries and Durable Medical Equipment Providers (DME). While the GAO found the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) first round of competitive bidding was successfully implemented, it also found that utilization declined in certain areas.  “More experience Read More

  • CareFamily Launches Online Matching Service for Caregivers

    May 14 2012

    CareFamily claims it has launched the first online matching service that enables families to quickly connect with qualified and bonded caregivers in the Virginia and D.C. areas. The service is more affordable than home care agencies and safer than using online list services said the company. “The need for senior home care is growing dramatically, Read More

  • Amedisys Profit Tanks, Drops to $5.42 Million in Q1

    May 14 2012

    Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED) reported first-quarter net income attributable to the company of $5.42 million or $0.18 per share versus $15.29 million or $0.53 per share last year. Net income from continuing operations attributable to the company for the quarter fell year-over-year to $6.5 million or $0.22 per share from $16.9 million or $0.59 per share. Net service Read More

  • Home Care Industry Study Reveals Negative Economic Impact of Labor Rule

    May 10 2012

    A proposed rule form the U.S. Department of Labor to provide minimum wage and overtime protections for in home caregivers will create disruptions in the home care market according to a new study from the industry. “Overall, the report suggests that the costs of these proposed changes would be substantial, far more than the PRIA Read More

  • CMS Requests Feedback on Medicare Definition of Home and Community Based Option Rule

    May 10 2012

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released regulations that define define and describe State plan home and community-based services (HCBS) and is now putting the rule out for comment. “This proposed rule offers States new flexibility in providing necessary and appropriate services to elderly and disabled populations and reflects CMS’ commitment to the general Read More

  • Home Health Care M&A Looks to Bounce Back After a Tough 2011

    May 08 2012

    After a rough year in 2011, the merger and acquisition market for home health care agencies is improving for larger companies in 2012, according to the Braff Group. Speaking at the Decision Health M&A conference in Chicago in April, Dexter Braff, president of Braff Group, a mergers and acquisition advisory firm, said that banks are Read More

  • New CMS Rule Encourages Home and Community-Based Care for the Elderly and Disabled

    May 08 2012

    A new rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is being applauded by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. The rule which was released last week by CMS, would provide states with incentive payments to better utilize home and community-based services (HCBS) care rather than more expensive, institutional settings. “The Community First Choice Option is Read More

  • New Medicare Policy Will Slow Growth of Home Care Products says Report

    May 03 2012

    New Medicare policies will hurt the growth of home care products such as wheelchairs and oxygen systems according to a new report from Kalorama Information. The company estimates that U.S. home care product revenues now exceed $5 billion and will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4% for the next five years. While growth Read More

  • Almost 50% of Home Health Care Agencies Will Lose Money in 2012 on Medicare Services

    May 01 2012

    Despite claims by Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac) of high medicare home health care margins, a new report from an industry trade group estimates that nearly 50% of all agencies will experience negative Medicare margins in 2012. The white paper was published by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice to explore the issues involved in Read More

  • Meet Man Allegedly Responsible for Record Setting $375 Million Home Health Care Fraud

    May 01 2012

    The Dallas Morning News continues to uncover more details from the alleged $375 million home health care fraud case. Now, after some impressive hunting, the Dallas Morning News uncovered photos of the alleged ringleader and other defendants. Jacques Roy, a Dallas doctor, his office manager and the owners of five home health agencies were arrested and Read More

  • Home Health Depot Acquires Indiana Respiratory Company

    Apr 30 2012

    Home Health Depot announced the acquisition of RCS Management Corporation’s in home respiratory and sleep therapy assets for an undisclosed sum. The deal is expected to provide over 2,500 patents who are receiving respiratory and sleep services. “We are committed to being the most responsive respiratory and sleep therapy equipment company in the Midwest,” said Nathan Read More

  • Home Health Agency Employees Get Jail Time for $60 Million Fraud Bust

    Apr 30 2012

    Three operators of a Miami health care agency were sentenced to a combined 24 years in prison for their role in a $60 million home health Medicare fraud scheme last week. United States District Judge Ursula Ungaro in Miami sentenced Roberto Gonzalez to 120 months in prison, Olga Gonzalez to 87 months in prison, and Read More

  • Home Health Industry: Medicaid Reforms Needed to Protect Program

    Apr 30 2012

    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is receiving praise for its efforts on Medicaid program vunlenerabilites from the home health care industry. “Medicaid fraud that could amount to billions of dollars per year is a serious problem that must be remedied,” said Senator John Breaux, senior counsel to the Partnership for Quality Home Read More

  • Home Care Industry Will Continue to Grow, Despite Political Uncertainty

    Apr 26 2012

    Despite the political bickering in Washington, D.C., the Obama Administration’s desire to keep care for older Americans in their homes as much as possible to lower the costs of care is good news for the home care industry according to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. Presenting in front of roughly 40 home care Read More

  • OIG: Home Health Care on The Menu for 2012

    Apr 26 2012

    The Office of Inspector General will be spending plenty of time looking into home health care in 2012 according to its work plan published earlier this week. Some of the topics on the list to look into include: States’ Survey and Certification of Home Health Agencies:  Timeliness, Outcomes, Followup, and Medicare Oversight (New) Medicare’s Oversight of Read More

  • Home Health Care to Become $296 Billion Market by 2016

    Apr 25 2012

    With the global aging population set to increase drastically in the coming years, the home health care market is expected to be worth $296 billion by 2016 according to a new report from Markets and Markets. During the next five years, the home health care market is expected to grow at 7.7% annual growth rate said Read More

  • GAO: CMS Can Do More to Fight Medicare Fraud

    Apr 25 2012

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made progress implementing strategies to combat fraud in Medicare, but the agency can do more according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In 2011, CMS strengthened provider enrollment by designating three levels of risk with different screening procedures for providers at each Read More

  • Number of Patients Using Hospice Care Grows to 1.58 Million says Study

    Apr 23 2012

    The number of patients using hospice services reached an estimated 1.58 million in 2010 according to a new study released by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Usage is increasing so much that the study estimates 41.9% of all deaths in the United States were under the care of a hospice program. As the number Read More

  • Congress Debates Upcoming Long-Term Care Crisis—is Home Care the Solution?

    Apr 20 2012

    Leaders in Washington, DC, are finally starting to realize there is a crisis coming as 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day. Earlier this week, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn), warned that long term care financing is a major train wreck and “heading for a national crisis.” These words came at a Senate Aging Committee hearing focusing on the Read More

  • CMS Launches Tool to Compare Quality of Care at Home Health Agencies

    Apr 19 2012

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new tool that allows consumers to compare results from home health agencies’ patient surveys. The data is compiled from CMS’ national survey that asks patients about their experiences with medicare certified home health agencies and will be updated every four months with new data. “CMS Read More

  • Industry Group Commends HHS for Creation of Administration for Community Living

    Apr 19 2012

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decision to establish the Administration for Community Living (ACL) is being applauded by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. The industry group represents more than 1,500 community and hospital home health agencies nationwide. “HHS’ announcement underscores the importance of promoting community living and improving access to Read More

  • HHI Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Associated Home Health

    Apr 18 2012

    Home Health International said it has entered into a letter of intent to acquire Associated Home Health, a Medicare-certified Home Health Agency based in Florida. The company is primarily involved in providing skilled nursing and other therapeutic services as well as home health aid services. It is licensed in accordance with the state of Florida Read More

  • Private Equity Firm Sells Tritrax Healthcare Services

    Apr 17 2012

    Ancor Capital Partners has sold Tritrax Healthcare Services, a home health-care services provider to Jordan Health Services. Based in Dallas, Tx., Jordan is a statewide provider of adult home health services with over 11,000 employees. “The focus of our growth plan in the home care sector at Ancor is in pediatric care, and we were pleased Read More

  • After Major Fraud Busts, Congress Questions Whether CMS is Fully Protecting Medicare

    Apr 17 2012

    After several high profile home health care Medicare fraud schemes, the House Ways and Means Heath Subcommittee is asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services whether it’s doing everything it can to safeguard the program. In a letter, the committee asks CMS for additional information regarding the agency’s efforts to identify “nominee owners” and the Read More

  • Obama and HHS Launch New Administration for Community Living

    Apr 16 2012

    The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a new initiative through the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help seniors and people with disabilities to live at home with the support styes they need. With the creation of ACL, the Obama administration and HHS said they’re reinforcing its commitment to improving the lives of Read More

  • Home Instead Senior Care Receives #1 Franchisee Satisfaction Rating

    Apr 16 2012

    The Franchise Business Review announced that Home Instead Senior Care Network received the honor for franchisee satisfaction. The 2012 award is based on a survey of more than 22,000 franchisees representing more than 300 franchise brands. It’s the second time that Home Instead Senior Care has been ranked number 1 in the senior care category. Read More

  • WSJ: CCRCs Branch Out Into Home Care

    Apr 12 2012

    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are starting to branch out from their traditional residence on campus models, by offering care in the home. Described by the WSJ as CCRCs without walls, the programs dispatch services—administered by aides, physical therapists, nurses and care coordinators—to members’ homes as needed. While only Read More

  • MMRGlobal to Provide Personal Health Record Card to 50,000 In-Home Health Patients

    Apr 12 2012

    MMRGlobal announced agreements with VIDA Senior Resource to sell its patented personal health record (PHR) card and services to more than 50,000 patients of VIDA Senior Resource, Assisted Transition and Senior Helpers. Based in Boise, Idaho, VIDA provides senior home care services nationwide through a network of certified owned and operated agencies. As a result of Read More

  • Costs of Home Care Stays Flat in 2012 says Genworth Study

    Apr 10 2012

    The cost of receiving home care remained unchanged from 2011 to 2012 and have increased less than other long term care services over the last five years according to Genworth’s latest survey. Nationwide, the median hourly cost for homemaker services and home health aid services is $18 and $19, respectively. Over the last five years, Read More

  • CareLinx Raises $1.5 Million to Manage Caregiving Process Online

    Apr 10 2012

    CareLinx announced it has raised $1.5 million in financing from private investors to improve its online home care network. Launches in September 2011, the company provides a secure online home care network that allows families to connect with compatible caregivers and cost-effectively manage all their home care services online. “We believe that CareLinx can play a Read More

  • Home Health Care Saves Medicare Money in Post Acute Setting says Study

    Apr 09 2012

    When home healthcare is used as the first setting for post acute care, Medicare saves money according to a new study commissioned by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. The research is detailed in two workings papers of the Clinically Appropriate and Cost-Effective Placement (CACEP) Project. These findings, among others in the papers, suggest Read More

  • HHS Submits Home Health Report to Congress on New Value-Based Purchasing Program

    Apr 08 2012

    One of the many requirements of the Affordable Care Act is to develop a plan to implement a value-based purchasing (VBP) program for payments under the Medicare program for home health agencies (HHA). Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary submitted a report containing the plan to Congress. The program would make Read More

  • Older Americans Face Critical Challenges to Age In Place

    Apr 04 2012

    While it’s no secret that the number of baby boomers retiring continues to surge, a new report finds the growing number of older Americans face extreme challenges when it comes to housing affordability. According to a new report from the Center for Housing Policy, many older adults lack access to affordable services that could help Read More

  • Ensign Group Acquires Utah Home Health Company

    Apr 03 2012

    The Ensign Group announced Tuesday that it has acquired Zion’s Way Home Health and Hospice. Based in St. George, Utah, Zion’s is a home and hospice agency with branch offices in Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona. The acquisition was effective as of April 1, 2012. “We are pleased with the measured growth and development of our Read More

  • Miami Home Health Care Agency Owners Plead Guilty in $20 Million Medicare Fraud Bust

    Apr 02 2012

    The owners of a Miami home health care agency pleaded guilty on Monday for their participation in a $20 million Medicare fraud scheme for false billings for home care services. Ariel Rodriguez and Reynaldo Navaro were the owners of Serendipity Home Health, an agency based in Florida that said it purported to provide services to Read More

  • CMS Delays 5010 Enforcement Again, June 30th is New Date

    Apr 02 2012

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) announced it will not initiate enforcement action until June 30, 2012, against any provider that is required to comply with the new 5010 claim submission standards. Providers who submit claims in the old 4010 format through June 30, will not be Read More

  • LivHome to Utilize Independa’s CloudCare Services for Home Care

    Mar 29 2012

    LivHome, one of the nation’s largest providers of at home care for seniors will use Independa’s CouldCare services to incorporate social engagement and remote monitoring for health and safety. The platform allows for unified remote care solutions and enables professional caregivers to cost-effectively improve and expand their services while extending and enriching independence for older Read More

  • Aging In Place Tech Will Grow Into $20 Billion Industry says Analyst

    Mar 29 2012

    The number of business aimed at helping older American’s age in place continues to boom according to the Washington Post. It makes sense considering that more than half of respondents older than 65 said it was “very” or “extremely” likely that they would remain in their homes throughout retirement in a recent Associated Press and survey. Read More

  • Sandwich Generation Caring for Parents, Only Getting Bigger

    Mar 27 2012

    Chris St. Clair’s mother was firmly rooted in Breckenridge, Texas, population 6,000, with its three traffic lights and two grocery stores. She had graduated from the local high school and knew how many times the banks had changed names. She didn’t intend on leaving. But in 2009, the 82-year-old woman’s weight dropped to 83 pounds. Read More

  • Home Health Safety Problems Found in $375 Million Dallas Medicare Fraud

    Mar 26 2012

    The news regarding the record setting $375 million medicare scheme in Texas continues, with the Dallas Morning News reporting that eleven health clinics face state sanctions or already have closed due to safety failures. The Dallas Morning news reported the issues after obtaining records from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, or DADS. Read More

  • Illinois Medicaid Cuts Would Have Devastating Impact on Home Health Care

    Mar 26 2012

    Advocates of home health-care argue that Medicaid cuts proposed by Gov. Pat Quinn would have a devastating impact on thousands of people in Illinois according to the Peoria Journal Star. The groups argue that a change in the state’s income tax structure could raise money needed to offset the costs. “I believe the rich should pay their Read More

  • SNF Consolidation to be Focused on Facilities and Home Health says Analyst

    Mar 25 2012

    Speaking with the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry, Jerry Doctrow, Senior Advisor at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, said he expects to see further consolidation happening in the skilled nursing space. “We need more clarity before volumes pick back up significantly and consolidation will both be focused on facilities and on related Read More

  • Homecare Group: Medicare Equipment Bidding Program “Unsustainable,” Alternative Needed

    Mar 23 2012

    New data shows many Medicare beneficiaries face obstacles in obtaining critical durable medical equipment and services in nine regions of the country, according to the American Association for Homecare (AA Homecare). Services and equipment such as oxygen therapy, walkers, respiratory devices, hospital beds, and power wheelchairs have been restricted in areas such as Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City, Miami, Orlando, Pittsburgh andRiverside, Read More

  • Chart of the Day: Number of Home Health Agencies Hits Record Levels

    Mar 22 2012

    The number of home health agencies increased to almost 11,654 in 2010, with the biggest increase coming from for-profit agencies says MedPAC’s annual report to Congress. It’s the highest amount on record, breaking the previous high in the 1990s when it exceeded 10,900 agencies. Chart: MedPAC Home Health Data Tags: Powered By: iCharts | create, Read More

  • CareOne Launches Navigator Program to Provide Better Home Support

    Mar 22 2012

    CareOne announced the launch of a new program to provide patients and families with better support through hospital stays, post hospital care, and follow up home care. The program, the Care Navigator, is a joint partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Visiting Nurses Program. As part of the process, a customer is assigned Read More

  • New Hampshire Gets $26.5 Million to Help Seniors Age in Place

    Mar 21 2012

    New Hampshire will be the first State in the country to receive new Medicaid grant dollars— $26.5 million over three years— provided by the Affordable Care Act to keep people out of institutions and living productive lives in their communities, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today. “Thanks to health reform, more Read More

  • Debate in Congress Over Home Health Care Labor Rule Heats Up

    Mar 20 2012

    As the home health care industry awaits whether the Obama administration proposal to mandate minimum wage and overtime pay for workers, the topic is being fiercely debated in Congress. Workers in the home care industry say that fairer pay would mean less turnover and better care, but some in Congress say it will only drive Read More

  • Partnership for Quality Home Health Care Praises and Disagrees with MedPAC Report

    Mar 20 2012

    The Partnership for Quality Home Health Care (PQHHC) says it agrees with the the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) recommendation to target waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare program. The home healthcare community supports efforts to target abusive billing behaviors, including recommendations to “conduct medical review activities in counties that have aberrant home health utilization… Read More

  • Sandata Technologies to Provide Solutions to Heritage Health Care

    Mar 19 2012

    Sandata Technologies has signed an agreement to provide Hearitage Health Care of Maumee, OH, its suite of Santrax® technology solutions. Sandata will provide the home health care technology across their entire company with Santrax® Agency Management, Santrax® Electronic Visit Verification(TM), Santrax® Analyzer, and Sandata’s newest solution, Santrax® Point of Care. “Increasing operational efficiency is key to Heritage Read More

  • Compatible Home Care Names Former Starbucks Exec as COO

    Mar 16 2012

    Compatible Home Care (CHC) announced that John Alderson has ben hired as Chief Operating Officer of the home care services provider. Prior to joining CHC, Alderson was a senior vice president with Starbucks, successfully growing their franchise systems and will help to fuel its nationwide expansion. “We are ecstatic to have John join our leadership Read More

  • CNN: Start a Senior Care Business

    Mar 16 2012

    Want to live a more fulfilling life? CNN reports that some are doing that by starting an elder care business. Profiling a husband and wife who left their previous jobs after realizing how much more fulfilling it was assisting seniors to live on their own. “I’d drive them to appointments, read them their mail, or Read More

  • Medicare Bidding Program Restricts Access to Medical Equipment for Home Care says Group

    Mar 16 2012

    New data shows many Medicare beneficiaries face obstacles in obtaining critical durable medical equipment and services in nine regions of the country according to the American Association for Homecare (AA Homecare). Services and equipment such as oxygen therapy, walkers, respiratory devices, hospital beds, and power wheelchairs have been restricted in areas such as Charlotte, Cincinnati, Read More

  • Private Equity Firm Approaches LHC Group to Acquire Home Health Business

    Mar 15 2012

    TPG Capital LP is considering making an offer for LHC Group Inc., as the provider of home health and hospice services reviews its strategic alternatives reports Reuters. “Private equity makes more sense at this point,” said Kevin Ellich, senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray & Co. said during an interview. “You take the company private and Read More

  • Moving Care Into the Home Saves $3,000 Per Month for Some says Study

    Mar 13 2012

    By shifting a number of medical services to the home environment, patent costs were reduced significantly, some as high as $3,000 per month according to a study by the Hospice of Michigan. Funded by a grand from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the study examined changes in service utilization and costs during patient’s advanced Read More

  • Governments Run Pilots Testing Remote Health Monitoring for At-Home Senior Care

    Mar 13 2012

    The elderly population is growing substantially larger on a global level, and some countries have been looking into ways to manage healthcare costs through senior care technology that allows remote monitoring. Boston Consulting Group, along with Telenor Group, recently released a presentation titled “Socio-Economic Impact of mHealth” that detailed the impact mobile health technology had Read More

  • Univita Health Acquires All-Med Services

    Mar 05 2012

    Univita Health announced on Monday it has acquired All-Med Services of Florida, one of the largest providers of home based care. The addition of All-Med expands Univita’s reach to supper tore than five million people through its programs. “Our unique home-based care management model that is based on the integration of home care and complex Read More

  • Higher Pay Could Be Coming to Home Care Industry Workers

    Feb 29 2012

    Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the Obama Administration wants to repeal a law that provides home care agency employer’s an exemption from paying workers minimum wage. According to data by FranData, there are about 22,000 home health care establishments, which on average pay their employees about $20,000 per year to care for seniors. “many direct-care workers Read More

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