Posts by Alyssa Gerace:

  • Library of Congress to Fund Home Health Worker Study

    May 22 2014

     The Library of Congress is funding research on home health care workers via a study conducted by a University of Oregon team. UO’s Labor Education and Research Center was one of four recipients of the Archie Green Fellowship in Occupational Folklore, a national fellowship  from the library’s American Folklife Center that funds innovative research. The Read More

  • Government Explores Certification for Long-Term Care EHR Systems

    May 20 2014

    The government is exploring ways to make choosing an electronic health record system more reliable for long-term care providers by developing voluntary certification criteria. The criteria focus on interoperability, privacy and security, and modularity aimed at improving providers’ access to necessary EHR functionality, said Larry Wolf, Co-Chair of the Certification and Adoption Workgroup for the Health Read More

  • Signature Expands Through Acquisition of XL Hospice

    May 19 2014

    Home health solutions provider Signature Hospice, Home Health and Home Care recently acquired XL Hospice, a company that provides hospice, primary care, and palliative care consultation services throughout Idaho and Nevada.  “We are very excited to welcome XL Hospice to our family of companies,” said Bob Thomas, PT, President of Signature Hospice, Home Health and Read More

  • Illinois Long-Term Care Bill Broadens Access to In-Home Services

    May 14 2014

    Illinois legislation expected to be imminently signed into law would give the state’s residents—no matter their race, ethnicity, or class—broader access to in-home care and the ability to age in place. Senate Bill 2773 has already passed both chambers of the General Assembly with unanimous approval and now awaits Governor Pat Quinn’s signature, urged on Read More

  • New Report: Senior Care Franchise Sector Continues to Stand Out

    May 13 2014

    Home care services have emerged as one of the most popular industries for franchises, according to a new report released by Franchise Business Review. The report, Senior Care Franchises, explores the fast-growing, multi-billion dollar home care industry and assesses franchise investment opportunities. Franchise Business Review first looked at the senior home care industry in 2010 Read More

  • Senior Care Costs Grew at Slowest Rate of All Age Groups: CMS

    May 12 2014

    Health care spending for seniors grew at the slowest rate compared to other age groups between 2002 and 2010, according to a new actuarial report from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. The average annual growth in per-person personal health care spending for seniors was 4.1% during that eight-year time frame—the lowest among any Read More

  • Senator Launches Effort to Postpone Competitive Bidding Expansion

    May 12 2014

    A U.S. Senator has spearheaded a sign-on letter asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to postpone plans to expand the competitive bidding program for home medical equipment. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) launched the effort in response to a recent announcement that competitive bidding will be expanded nationwide by 2016 beyond the 100 areas Read More

  • Kindred Reports Q1 Revenue Bump Amid Home Health Buys

    May 08 2014

    Kindred Healthcare Inc. (NYSE:KND) reported 2% revenue growth in the first quarter ended March 31, 2014 boosted by newly acquired home care businesses along with improved margins in its rehabilitation and nursing care divisions.  Consolidated revenues for the first quarter increased 2% to $1.3 billion compared to last year. Income from continuing operations grew to $16.8 Read More

  • Ensign Acquires 2 California Senior Care Communities

    May 08 2014

    The Ensign Group, Inc. recently announced the acquisition of two senior care facilities in California, effective May 3. California Mission Inn is a 143-unit assisted living community in Rosemead, Calif. Mission Care Center is a 59-bed skilled nursing facility that has been operated by an Ensign subsidiary as a leased facility since 2005. “We are Read More

  • Gentiva Reports Q1 Profits Boosted by Harden Healthcare Acquisition

    May 07 2014

    Home health and hospice services provider Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV) reported positive earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, coming off the acquisition of Harden Healthcare Holdings, Inc. in the previous quarter. Net income attributable to Gentiva shareholders rose to $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to a net loss Read More

  • Home Health Sector Adds 2,500 Jobs in April

    May 06 2014

    Home health care services remained a bright spot in the health care industry’s latest employment report, growing by 2,500 jobs in April 2014 according to Labor Department data. Overall, health care gained 18,700 jobs in April from the previous month, a figure the Bureau of Labor Statistics says is “about in line” with the prior Read More

  • AARP Weighs In on “Informal” Senior Caregivers

    May 01 2014

    Despite commonly characterized as “informal” care, the services family caregivers provide is anything but, says a new post on the AARP Blog.  “It’s time to banish the word ‘informal” when referring to the care provided by family members and friends,” writes Lynn Friss Feinberg, a senior strategic policy adverse for the AARP Public Policy Institute.  Doing Read More

  • Invacare Earnings Dragged Down by North America DME Sales

    Apr 30 2014

    Invacare, a manufacturer and distributer of long-term care and home care medical equipment, reported a first quarter loss as earnings were dragged down by declines in the company’s North American segment. The company reported net sales of $309.1 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, down 6.7% from the first quarter of 2013. Read More

  • Push Against Competitive Bidding Goes National

    Apr 29 2014

    A growing group of professionals with ties to the home care and medical equipment industries are uniting in their opposition to a proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand its competitive bidding program to new areas.  From clinicians and advocates for Medicare beneficiaries to home medical equipment providers, manufacturers, and Read More

  • Face-to-Face Rule Burdensome to Home Health Agencies

    Apr 24 2014

    New government rules meant to prevent inappropriate reimbursements are proving burdensome to many home health agencies who worry it will interfere with their ability to provide care to those who need it.  “The cost of caring for homebound patients is rising, and the government is trying to get a better grip on spending by requiring Read More

  • Home Care Company Improves Outcomes Via Tablet Deployment

    Apr 23 2014

    A California home care agency has found success in equipping aides with tablets, outlined in a case study describing the process of reaching the decision and how it has benefited the company and its workers.  Sutter Care at Home began searching for ways to integrate mobile health technology into its practice, eyeing benefits such as Read More

  • eCaring Raises $3.5 Million to Develop Aging in Place Tech

    Apr 23 2014

    New York-based health care IT company eCaring recently secured $3.5 million in Series A funding earmarked for development of home health technology geared toward aging in place. The fundraising round was led by venture capital firm Ascent Biomedical Ventures and private investor Stephen Jackson, who will join eCaring’s board. The company has a cloud-based home care Read More

  • Home Health M&A Takes Quarterly Hit to Start 2014

    Apr 22 2014

    Home health and hospice M&A activity took a hit in the first quarter of 2014, dropping 40% from the previous quarter, according to an Irving Levin report on M&A in the health care industry.  The sector’s six deals marks a decline from 10 in the fourth quarter of 2013, along with a 33.3% decrease from one Read More

  • Philips Lifeline Launches New Home Health Solution

    Apr 17 2014

    In early April, Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) launched a new solution that expands access to its existing medical alert service, Lifeline. HomeSafe Wireless System enables seniors without a home phone line to still utilize Lifeline. More than a quarter of U.S. households do not have landlines, concurrent with increasing usage of cellular phones, according to Census Read More

  • Visiting Nurse Service of New York to Cut 775 Jobs in Mass Layoff

    Apr 16 2014

    The Visiting Nurse Service of New York has announced plans to cut 775 jobs, citing significant and ongoing changes to the home and community-based health care system happening under Obamacare. The not-for-profit home care organization’s planned layoff will represent a 4% reduction in its workforce, according to Crain’s New York Business. Eliminated positions include both Read More

  • Home Care Group Responds to HHS Secretary’s Resignation

    Apr 15 2014

    Kathleen Sebelius recently announced her resignation as secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services following the end of open enrollment for—and botched rollout of—the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. On April 11, President Barack Obama nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over the position. Burwell is the current director of Read More

  • New Medicare Policies Threaten Home Health, Hospice Providers

    Apr 10 2014

    Smaller home health and hospice providers will struggle to survive in the face of new policies and proposals that could deeply impact both industries, says Healthcare Market Resources in a market research letter that points to growth as a solution.  The home health and hospice industries are threatened by several policy efforts underway or in Read More

  • OIG Reviews DME Competitive Bidding Program

    Apr 09 2014

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) generally operated within the guidelines and Federal requirements for the competitive bidding Round 1 rebid program for durable medical equipment suppliers, the Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General found in a recent report.  “We determined that CMS generally selected DMEPOS (durable medical equipment, Read More

  • 10 Most Expensive States for Home Health Services

    Apr 08 2014

    The cost of home health aide services varies across the country, and several states have much higher median annual costs than the national median of about $45,000, according to Genworth’s 2014 Cost of Care Survey. Long-term care costs are expensive across the board, with private and semi-private skilled nursing rooms typically costing the most on an annual Read More

  • Slower Rate of Growth in Home Care Costs: Genworth

    Apr 03 2014

    While long-term care costs are growing across the board, the rate of growth for home care isn’t as fast as for institutional care, finds the latest Genworth report on senior care prices.  The bad news: care costs are steadily rising across the board. The good news: home care costs aren’t growing quite as fast as Read More

  • Stanley Healthcare Launches Widespread Release of New Senior Care Solutions

    Apr 03 2014

    Stanley Healthcare’s 11,000-plus long-term care network now has access to new product offerings previously on limited release through the senior care tech giant’s integration and distribution agreement with digital health solutions provider BAM Labs.  The first week of April marks Stanley Healthcare’s general release of two products the company says are revolutionary: the Patient Safety Monitor, Read More

  • Home Care Group Plans CMS Lawsuit Over Home Health Rule

    Apr 02 2014

    A home care industry trade group is exploring the possibility of filing suit against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services if it goes forward with implementing home health care face-to-face requirements under a health care reform provision. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice argues that more guidance and clarity is needed from Read More

  • Home Medical Equipment Industry to Reach $12.6 Billion by 2018

    Apr 01 2014

    The U.S. home medical equipment industry is expected to be worth $12.6 billion by 2018, according to a new report that points to a rise in telemedicine devices as a key growth component.  Demand for HME will rise 8.2% annually for the next four years, says RnRMarketResearch.com, spurred by advances in the technological capabilities of equipment such as Read More

  • Industry Group Commends Congress on Home Health Action

    Mar 27 2014

    Congressional leaders are considering a potential solution to Medicare home health benefits reductions implemented under the Affordable Care Act, to the great relief of home health industry groups including the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare.   The ACA calls for a 14% cut to Medicare home health funding in the next four years, which began Read More

  • Texas Home Care Group Voices Concerns to Congress

    Mar 26 2014

    A Texas home care and hospice group traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to voice its concerns to Congress regarding the affordability of care services. The Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice joined other industry providers from across the country who are participating in a nationwide appeal for congressional support. “Home care allows families Read More

  • Senior Tech Company Enters Home Health Market after Rebrand

    Mar 25 2014

    Fresh off a five-year rebranding initiative, a senior care technology company has entered the home health market with the launch of a new product geared at consumers.  Formerly Tel-Tron, the newly-rebranded Silversphere has been in existence for more than six decades with 30 years of senior living-specific experience. It’s now shifting focus from customer-centric to resident-centric, Read More

  • Home Health Aides Account for 26% of Medicaid Criminal Convictions

    Mar 20 2014

    Home health care aides notched the highest percentage of criminal convictions in cases brought by State Medicaid Fraud Control Units last year, most commonly involving fraud.  Medicaid’s fraud units recovered nearly $2.5 billion in criminal and civil investigations in fiscal year 2013, according to the Annual Report released by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Read More

  • Home Care Company Finds Success in Acute Care Partnership

    Mar 19 2014

    An in-home care company has joined a nationwide partnership with a group of medical institutions aimed at reducing preventable hospital readmissions by providing resources and education to patient and their families for post-acute care. Home Care Assistance of Minneapolis’ new Hospital to Home Care program has a goal of arming families with the resources they Read More

  • Netherlands Takes Memory Care to a Whole New Place

    Mar 18 2014

    The Netherlands has taken the question of how to care for those with memory impairments and answered it by creating an entire dementia village.  In 2009, the country became home to De Hogeweyk—translated in English as Dementiavillage—as a place for people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia to safely shop, cook, and live together, writes Read More

  • Time Warner Alliance Gives Health Care Providers ‘Virtual Visits’ Ability

    Mar 06 2014

    A partnership between a Time Warner Cable division and a video conferencing system has created an affordable home health monitoring “breakthrough” offering meant to improve follow-up care for patients once they’re back at home. Time Warner Cable Business Class and Tely Labs, the maker of the telyHD videoconferencing platform, are launching a trial for ‘Virtual Read More

  • Obama’s 2015 Budget Proposes $98 Billion More of Home Health Cuts

    Mar 05 2014

    The home health industry is potentially facing up to nearly $200 billion of reimbursement cuts in the next 10 years.  President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal, released Tuesday, contains home health copayments for Medicare beneficiaries along with cuts to post-acute care provider reimbursements for the next decade.  The proposed budget suggests reducing the Market Basket Index Read More

  • Washington Post: U.S. Faces Impending Shortage of Caregivers

    Mar 05 2014

    There’s an impending shortage of caregivers in the U.S. at the same time the nation’s aging population is rapidly increasing, writes the Washington Post of a looming “caregiver cliff.”  President Obama during his January State of the Union address called the nation’s millions of family caregivers “humble heroes,” the article notes, while AARP valued unpaid family caregiving Read More

  • Home Health Study Highlights Who Medicare Cuts Will Impact

    Mar 04 2014

    New analyses on home health beneficiaries highlights suggests older women and minorities will be disproportionately impacted from cuts to Medicare reimbursements stemming from the Affordable Care Act. A majority of home health beneficiaries and caregivers are women, and Medicare home health beneficiaries are among the most vulnerable of all Medicare beneficiaries, finds analysis completed by Read More

  • Bayada Invests $10 Million More into India Home Health Expansion

    Feb 27 2014

    U.S.-based Bayada Home Health Care Inc. recently announced a $10 million investment into a home health provider in India it which it owns a stake, with plans to expand the company’s regional presence.  The multi-million dollar investment into India Home Health Care Pvt. Ltd. comes following Bayada’s October 2013 purchase of a 26% stake in the company.  Philadelphia-based Read More

  • New Care Innovations Partnership Expands Home Health Solutions

    Feb 26 2014

    A new partnership between Intel-GE Care Innovations and Caradigm will expand current offerings for patient engagement and home health solutions.  The partnership will focus on leveraging growth in home monitoring data via Care Innovations’ remote patient monitoring solutions and smart sensor technologies in conjunction with the Caradigm Intelligence Platform. Doing so is expected to produce Read More

  • Private Equity Eyes Home Health Care as Top 2014 Investment

    Feb 25 2014

    Home health care is listed among the top areas for private equity investment in 2014 in a Beckers Hospital Review article on trends for 19 niche investment areas in the health care space. “While the overall volume of transactions in 2013 declined from 2012, there was significant growth in certain sub sectors of healthcare,” says Read More

  • Senior Care Options Run Gamut from In-Home to Nursing Home

    Feb 20 2014

    Seniors have plenty of options when it comes to long-term care, writes U-T San Diego, but paying for that care is a different matter, as many senior living settings require out-of-pocket payment.  Senior care options range from in-home care to assisted living to nursing homes, but the first two are primarily private pay. There are Read More

  • InnovateLTC Launches New Accelerator Program for 50+ Businesses

    Feb 19 2014

    InnovateLTC on Wednesday launched a new accelerator program for emerging companies in the 50-plus market. The ‘Beyond Beta’ immersion program will boost businesses by validating their products, service models, and technologies, says InnovateLTC, part of Louisville, Ky.’s Lifelong Wellness and Aging Care cluster.  Through Beyond Beta, companies operating in the older adult space will have Read More

  • USA Today: Medicaid’s Death Bill for Long-Term Care

    Feb 18 2014

    Some estates of former Medicaid beneficiaries are getting “death bills” for the cost of long-term care services under a little-known Medicaid estate recovery law, reports USA Today. The article profiles the family of a 92-year-old woman that Medicaid billed for $25,347 following the death of their mother, who had received home-based medical care in the Read More

  • NBC: Senior Care Solutions for Aging Parents Varies by Situation

    Feb 13 2014

    A local NBC News affiliate recently kicked off a three-part series comparing aging resources ranging from in-home care to assisted living communities and nursing homes.   The first segment looks at a couple families in Indiana who have either opted to have their elderly parents move in with them, or have decided to go the Read More

  • U.S. Senators Want to Limit FDA Oversight on Mobile Health Tech

    Feb 12 2014

    Two United States Senators have introduced a bill seeking to limit federal oversight on mobile health technology in order to reduce the regulatory burden on the healthcare information technology industry and protect jobs.  Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) are sponsoring Senate Bill 2007, Preventing Regulatory Overreach to Enhance Care Technology Act of Read More

  • CMS Changes Rules on Vaccines for Hospice Patients

    Feb 11 2014

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently emphasized policy enforcement on reimbursement windows for respite care and changed its policy on what kinds of care providers can give vaccines to hospice patients. Respite care, when in-home caregivers are essentially given a short break from their duty, can only be billed to Medicare in Read More

  • Gentiva Laying Off Hundreds, Closing 46 Home Health Branches

    Feb 06 2014

    Home health and hospice services provider Gentiva Health Services Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV) announced on Thursday its plans to close nearly 50 home health branches across the country, laying off hundreds of workers in the process. Gentiva is in the process of closing 46 locations across the country, Paula Shoemaker, vice president of sales support, marketing, and Read More

  • CMS Updates What Hospice Providers in SNFs Need to Report

    Feb 05 2014

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an update to its Medicare Claims Processing Manual that provides clarifying information and corrections to reporting requirements for hospice providers in skilled nursing facilities.  The January 31, 2014 update replaces a July 2013 manual update specifying the collection of additional data on hospice claims under Read More

  • Home Health M&A Volume Jumps 100% to End 2013

    Feb 04 2014

    Health care merger and acquisition activity closed out last year on a high note despite lower volume on a yearly basis, bolstered by home health and hospice transactions. The home health and hospice sector logged a 100% increase in deal volume from the third quarter to end 2013, according to Irving Levin Associates’ Health Care Read More

  • SCL Health System Joint Venture Acquires All Care Home Health

    Jan 30 2014

    SCL Health System and its joint venture partner Univita Health recently announced the acquisition of Denver-based All Care Home Health LLC for an undisclosed amount. All Care is a home health care company that provides skilled nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and social work services in the Denver metro area. The acquisition marks an execution Read More

  • Vermont Bill Supports Medicaid-Funded Home Health Remote Monitoring

    Jan 29 2014

    A Vermont Senator is sponsoring a bill that would require the state’s Agency of Human Services to pay for telemonitoring for certain Medicaid beneficiaries starting this July. Remote monitoring can yield significant savings by reducing hospital admissions and readmissions, Peter Cobb, director of the Vermont Assembly of Home Health and Hospice agencies, told the Vermont Digger, Read More

  • NBC: Village Model Keeps Seniors Living at Home

    Jan 28 2014

    Trading Places, a periodic series of reports on NBC Nightly News that looks into how the network’s journalists are caring for their own families, recently profiled anchor Brian Williams’ mother and father-in-law, both of whom are aging in place.  Patricia and Hudson Stoddard, who are 83 and 91 years old, respectively, have been married for Read More

  • Mass. Governor Proposes 11% Funding Boost for State Home Care Program

    Jan 23 2014

    Massachusetts’ governor has proposed a nearly 11% increase to the state’s home care budget for fiscal year 2015—a boost of about $16.5 million, reports the Patriot Ledger. Gov. Deval Patrick’s funding proposal represents the largest investment his administration has made into the state’s Home Care Program, according to Al Norman, executive director of Mass Home Read More

  • Supreme Court Weighs Union Fees Case with Home Care Worker Implications

    Jan 22 2014

    Home care workers in certain states and Illinois in particular could be impacted by an upcoming Supreme Court ruling on Harris vs. Quinn on whether public sector employees who don’t join or support union activities should still be required to pay union fees.  The Supreme Court is currently debating the case, which stems from a Read More

  • Home Health Spending Growth Outpaced SNF, CCRCs in 2012

    Jan 16 2014

    Home health spending outpaced that of skilled nursing facilities and continuing care retirement communities in 2012 due to changes in Medicare reimbursements, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Healthcare spending for freestanding skilled nursing facilities and CCRCs increased slightly to $151 billion in 2012, representing a deceleration in spending growth from the previous year, according to the Read More

  • Caregivers Rate Best Home Care Companies for 2014

    Jan 15 2014

    Visiting Angels and Senior Helpers top the list of 10 best home care companies to work for in 2014, according to a survey of more than 1,500 caregivers. myCNAjobs.com has ranked the top 10 home care companies caregivers say they’d want to work for this year, with Home Care Assistance, Comfort Keepers, and Home Instead Read More

  • Former Kindred Exec Settles Medicare Fraud Allegations

    Jan 14 2014

    The former chief executive officer of Louisville, Ky.-based HealthEssentials Solutions and co-founder of Kindred Healthcare Inc., has resolved allegations of Medicare fraud related to HealthEssentials reimbursement claims by agreeing to a $1 million settlement. The Justice Department accused Michael R. Barr, who along with W. Bruce Lunsford co-founded the post-acute care company that’s now known Read More

  • CNBC: Telemedicine Allows Seniors to Age in Their Homes

    Jan 14 2014

    The use of “telemedicine” is growing as a way to safely keep seniors in their homes, writes CNBC in a recent article profiling a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit’s usage of a remote monitoring system. Lutheran SeniorLife offers its clients the use of the MobileCare Monitor, a monitoring device that can alert community staff if a resident falls. Read More

  • Caregivers Rank Visiting Angels, Senior Helpers as Most Desired Agencies

    Jan 09 2014

    Visiting Angels and Senior Helpers have been named the most desired home care agencies for females and males to work for in 2014, respectively, according to myCNAjobs’ first quarter Caregiver Trend Report. The study ranks the top five home care companies where male and female caregivers want to work, compiled by surveying thousands of professional Read More

  • Addus, Aetna Team Up to Study Smart Phone Benefits for Home Care Aides

    Jan 08 2014

    Addus Home Care has teamed up with Aetna Better Health of Illinois, an Aetna Medicaid plan, to conduct a pilot study on the impact of providing smart phones to home care aides serving Illinois residents participating in the state’s Integrated Care Program. The care program provides assistance with meal preparation, bathing, housekeeping, and transportation, among Read More

  • Home Health Sees Growing Number of Senior Caregivers

    Jan 07 2014

    A growing number of the nation’s senior caregivers are seniors themselves, according to a recent Associated Press article. “As demand for senior services provided by nurses’ aides, home health aides and other such workers grows with the aging of baby boomers, so are those professions’ employment of other seniors,” says the article. “The new face Read More

  • Home Health Alliance: Medicare Cuts Make for an Unhappy New Year

    Jan 07 2014

    Upcoming payment changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System under the Affordable Care Act have made the start to the new year unhappy, according to a home health alliance that’s urging the Obama Administration to prevent or reverse the planned cuts.  A final rule released the Friday before Thanksgiving cuts Medicare home health payments Read More

  • Where Does Home Health Have the Biggest Geographic Presence?

    Jan 02 2014

    The home health industry has its largest presence in the South, according to a new report on the nation’s long-term care providers that examines the geographic distribution of the five main types of long-term care services. Home health, along with adult day services centers, nursing homes, and hospice providers all have a majority presence in the United Read More

  • Two Texans Prison-Bound for Home Health Fraud

    Dec 19 2013

    Two Texans are prison-bound for their roles in a scheme to defraud the state’s Medicaid program through false home health reimbursement claims, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced on Wednesday. Debra Jean Velasquez and Sylvia Salinas Ramirez both pleaded guilty in early September to conspiring to submit false and Read More

  • Top 10 Home Health Care News Stories of 2013

    Dec 18 2013

    Home Health Care News has covered a broad array of topics in 2013, from health care reform’s effects on the home health industry to Medicare fraud and, perhaps most important of all, expected impact of Medicare cuts on home health providers.  Here is the list of most popular posts of 2013, ending with the most-read Read More

  • Two Home Health Recruiters Sentenced for $48 Million Fraud Scheme

    Dec 17 2013

    Two patient recruiters for Florida home health companies were sentenced on Dec. 12 for their roles in a $48 million Medicare fraud scheme, the Justice Department announced. Elizabeth Monteagudo received a 70-month prison sentence followed by three years of supervised release and was also ordered to pay $3.5 million in restitution jointly and severally with Read More

  • Home Health Dominates Services for Nation’s 8 Million LTC Users

    Dec 12 2013

    More than half of the approximately 8.4 million Americans who receive paid long-term care were using home health services, according to a first-of-its-kind report on senior care services and users.  The nation’s 12,200 home health agencies served about 4.7 million patients in 2011, the latest year when data was available, says the National Study of Read More

  • Twenty Detroit Residents Charged in $34 Million Home Health Scheme

    Dec 11 2013

    Twenty Detroit-area residents were charged in early December for their roles in home health care and other schemes enacted in order to submit more than $34 million in false billing to Medicare, the Justice Department announced. The defendants include physicians, owners and operators of companies, office employees and patient recruiters have been charged with submitting Read More

  • Home Health Employment Stays Strong Through New Jobs Creation

    Dec 10 2013

    The home health industry has been a bright spot in the health care sector and the nation’s employment numbers overall, with 12,000 jobs added in November according to the latest jobs report.  Health care employment rose by 28,000 in November, with job gains concentrated in ambulatory care, indicates the November 2013 jobs report released in early Read More

  • Home Health Recruiter Gets 9 Years for $48M Medicare Fraud Scheme

    Dec 05 2013

    A patient recruiter for a Miami home health care agency was sentenced on Wednesday to nine years in prison for his role in a $48 million scheme to defraud Medicare, the Justice Department announced. Emilio Amador was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno in the Southern District of Florida following a guilty plea in Read More

  • Study: Palliative Home Care Model Shown to Improve Costs, Quality

    Dec 04 2013

    Better palliative care for high-risk seniors in home settings can reduce emergency room visits and save on health care spending, says a new study citing the current health care delivery system’s failure to implement the care model despite growing evidence of its efficacy.  There are gaps in understanding what works well and actually delivering those Read More

  • Kindred Closes $95 Million Acquisition of Senior Home Care

    Dec 03 2013

    Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:KND) announced on Tuesday the closing of its previously announced, $95 million acquisition of Senior Home Care, Inc. The transaction was financed with Kindred’s operating cash flows and proceeds from a revolving credit facility. Senior Home Care, a home health provider with 47 locations in Florida and Louisiana, currently generates annualized revenues Read More

  • Minnesota Gets $58 Million Federal Boost for Home Care Services

    Nov 26 2013

    Minnesota’s Department of Human Services recently announced it will receive $58 million in federal money that will help the state’s seniors and disabled individuals remain in community settings if they’d rather not move into a nursing home.  The federal funding is targeted at providing home care services that could save the state money in the Read More

  • Bloomberg: Despite Pay, Home Care Aide Among Hottest U.S. Jobs

    Nov 21 2013

    Despite its poverty-level pay scale, home care aide is one of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. right now, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.  The nearly 1 million personal care aides counted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012 generally provide assistance with activities of daily living for the elderly and disabled, allowing them to Read More

  • Community Senior Services Squeezed by National Funding Crisis

    Nov 20 2013

    Community services for seniors living at home are getting squeezed by the national funding crisis, according to a recently released report by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), making it harder for older Americans to maintain independent lifestyles.  Local Area Agencies on Aging in nine states indicated in a November 2013 n4a Read More

  • Kindred Healthcare to Acquire Louisiana Home Care Company

    Nov 19 2013

    Kindred Healthcare, Inc. has agreed to acquire Synergy Home Care, a home health care provider that operates in 17 locations throughout Louisiana, as part of its overall acquisition of Senior Home Care. Details of the transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013 pending regulatory approvals, were not disclosed.  The pending Read More

  • VNAA Highlights Successful Innovative Home Health Programs

    Nov 14 2013

    The Visiting Nurses Association of America recently released a collection of case studies highlighting successful methods and techniques its nonprofit home health and hospice members have tested as they adapt to a new healthcare landscape.  The VNAA Case Study Compendium: Innovative Models for the Evolving Home Health and Hospice Industry consists of 10 programs association Read More

  • Virginia Home Care Owners Indicted for $1.3 Million Fraud

    Nov 13 2013

    A trio of Virginia home care providers have been indicted for their roles in fraudulently obtaining $1.3 million of Medicaid payments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday. W. Wayne Perry, Jr. and Angela Perry were each indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of health care fraud, 24 counts of false statements Read More

  • Addus HomeCare’s Q3 Profits Up 43%, Announces New Acquisitions

    Nov 12 2013

    Home and community-based services provider Addus HomeCare Corporation (NASDAQ:ADUS) reported a 43% increase in net income in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013 driven by increased average census. Net income rose from nearly $1.8 million in 2012’s third quarter to nearly $2.6 million, while net income from continuing operations increased 25.7% to $2.8 million, or Read More

  • Virginia Home Care Owners Indicted for $1.3 Million Fraud

    Nov 07 2013

    A trio of Virginia home care providers have been indicted for their roles in fraudulently obtaining $1.3 million of Medicaid payments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday. W. Wayne Perry, Jr. and Angela Perry were each indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of health care fraud, 24 counts of false statements Read More

  • Survey: 93% Say Mobile Devices Critical for Daily Home Health Operations

    Nov 06 2013

    An overwhelming majority of health care executives say mobile devices are critical to day-to-day operations in the home health and hospital industries, reveals the recent “Healthcare Goes Mobile” survey. Tablets and smartphones are quickly becoming indispensable to hospital and home health agency services, indicated nearly 200 health care IT executives during the survey, conducted by Read More

  • Gentiva’s Q3 Revenue Lags, Launches New Cohesive Operating Model

    Nov 05 2013

    Gentiva (NASDAQ:GTIV) reported revenues of $410.5 million for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013, a 3.3% decrease from the previous year that the company blamed on the home health Medicare rate reduction and sequestration.  Home health revenue stayed flat for the quarter at $206.9 million compared to $206.4 million in the same quarter of Read More

  • NY Identifies $496 Million in Home Health Medicaid Error Payments

    Oct 31 2013

    The state of New York has recovered more than $200 million from the federal government after identifying more than twice that amount in payment errors related to home care beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.  The N.Y. Department of Health’s Fiscal Group received a $211 million payment representing the state’s share of Read More

  • CMS Redefines ‘Homebound’ for Medicare-Eligible Services

    Oct 30 2013

    The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a clarified definition of ‘homebound’ regarding eligibility for Medicare-reimbursable services. Individuals can be considered “confined to the home,” or homebound, if they meet two criteria that more closely align the Benefit Policy Manual to the Social Security Act’s definition, says CMS. The first criteria requires Read More

  • Joint Commission Reapplies for Home Health Accreditation Recognition

    Oct 29 2013

    The Joint Commission has applied to renew its home health agency accreditation program, with the Federal Register soliciting public comment on whether the organization’s requirements meet or exceed the Medicare conditions of participation.  In order to provide reimbursable services to Medicare beneficiaries, home health agencies must meet certain requirements under the Social Security Act, which Read More

  • Washington Home Care Agency Closing Due to Lack of Funds

    Oct 24 2013

    A Washington state home care agency is closing its doors at the end of November, citing budgetary issues, reports The Bellingham Herald. Visiting Nurse Home Care is a not-for-profit agency that provides in-home care in the Whatcom, Skagit, and Island county regions of Washington.  “The state has not kept up with administrative costs and we Read More

  • Home Care Merger Expands Healthcare Innovations, Jordan Health’s Reach

    Oct 23 2013

    Home health services providers Jordan Health Services and Healthcare Innovations Private Services recently announced a merger of the two organizations, which will now serve around 22,000 patients in 61 locations throughout Texas and Oklahoma.  Jordan Health Services is based in Dallas, Texas, while Healthcare Innovations is the largest case management and Medicaid home health services Read More

  • Wisconsin County Mulls Senior Co-Op as Home Care Needs Grow

    Oct 22 2013

    Tight budgets and growing demand for home care amid substantial, health care reform-induced changes to the healthcare delivery system is prompting conversation about senior co-ops in one Wisconsin County. In Vernon County, Wisc., many budgets of agencies and services for seniors are “stretched thin” and providers are looking for ways to collaborate and share resources, Read More

  • Senior Housing Company Adds Home Care Business Line

    Oct 17 2013

    A New Jersey-based senior living provider has launched a new home health care business in Ohio, reports the Dayton Business Journal.  Spring Hills Senior Communities recently kicked off its Spring Hills Home Care Services business line with an office in Beavercreek, Ohio.  The launch is in response to the growing demand of home health services Read More

  • Home Care Software Provider Recognized by National Medicaid Council

    Oct 16 2013

    ContinuLink, a web-based home care software solutions provider, has been recognized by the National Council on Medicaid Home Care as its inaugural Business Associate sponsor and member of the Medicaid Council. The Business Associate member category was recently created by the Council, an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, to recognize Read More

  • Cost-Conscious County May Eliminate Home Health Services

    Oct 15 2013

    A Wisconsin county’s home health care services may get discontinued by the middle of next year in an effort to save up to $200,000 a year, reports the La Crosse Tribune. The La Crosse County Health Department is looking into phasing out its services, which are not being fully reimbursed by state and federal programs.  “The Read More

  • HuffPo: Is Telehealth the Answer to Health Care Reform?

    Oct 09 2013

    Telehealth may be the answer to transforming the United States’ health care system, says a recent Huffington Post column on the possible impact of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. There’s no guarantee the system will respond well to the massive health care reform bill, writes Brian Rosenfeld, a physician and the chief medical officer for teleheatlh Read More

  • CMS Releases New DME Competitive Bidding Payment Info

    Oct 08 2013

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Oct. 1 the single payment amounts for Round 1 Recompete of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program. Payment amounts for DME will decrease by a projected 37%, on average, from Medicare’s fee schedule rates across the six categories included Read More

  • Michigan Cuts Medicaid Funding for Inpatient Hospice Beneficiaries

    Oct 03 2013

    Michigan will no longer reimburse the state’s licensed in-patient hospice providers for room and board for Medicaid beneficiaries, effective this week. “This summer, our staff noticed inconsistencies in the way that we were reimbursing hospice providers. There are approximately 21 licensed hospice residence facilities in the state of Michigan, and we identified inconsistencies with 11 Read More

  • NAHC: What the Government Shutdown Means for Home Health

    Oct 02 2013

    Following the inability of the House, Senate, and White House to reach an agreement or compromise on funding for the Federal Government, the new fiscal year beginning October 1, 2013 started off with a government shutdown that has closed many departments or depleted their workforces.  However, the government shutdown will have only a minimal impact Read More

  • Caregiver Services Plans Home Care Expansion Program

    Oct 01 2013

    Caregiver Services and Home Care Inc. recently announced an acquisition-fueled expansion program to branch out to new states in the next several months to extend its reach into the senior community that will be needing home care. The announcement comes as Caregiver Services is set to celebrate its 10-year anniversary. The in-home care services company Read More

  • Tenn. Home Health Industry Explores Impact of New Wage Rules

    Sep 30 2013

    Home health providers, advocacy groups, and trade associations in Tennessee are studying the expected impact of the new federal rule making home care workers eligible for minimum wage and overtime pay protection, reports The Tennessean.  Direct care workers had previously been exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act, which mandates what workers are eligible for minimum Read More

  • Congress Members Band Together Against Home Health Cuts

    Sep 26 2013

    Nearly 150 House Representatives have sent a letter to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing concern regarding proposed cuts to Medicare home health reimbursements and how they could affect patient access to skilled home health care. The 142 bipartisan lawmakers signed a Sept. 25 letter urging CMS to conduct a complete analysis Read More

  • Boomers Trending Toward Home Care Post-Retirement

    Sep 25 2013

    A strong desire to remain at home while aging is a central theme among baby boomers in a new report on emerging post-retirement trends released by the New England Home Healthcare Consortium, but there are barriers to aging in place that need to be addressed. Hartt and Mind Research conducted the study and notes that Read More

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