Library of Congress to Fund Home Health Worker Study

 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 […]

Government Explores Certification for Long-Term Care EHR Systems

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 […]

Signature Expands Through Acquisition of XL Hospice

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 […]

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

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 […]

New Report: Senior Care Franchise Sector Continues to Stand Out

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 […]

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

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 […]

Senator Launches Effort to Postpone Competitive Bidding Expansion

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 […]

Kindred Reports Q1 Revenue Bump Amid Home Health Buys

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 […]

Ensign Acquires 2 California Senior Care Communities

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 […]

Gentiva Reports Q1 Profits Boosted by Harden Healthcare Acquisition

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 […]