The Price is Wrong: HHS Secretary Steps Down Amid Travel Scandal

Department of Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price resigned from his post Friday amid an investigation into his use of private jets at taxpayer expense. As head of HHS, Price had most recently impacted the home health care industry after announcing some mandatory bundle payment initiatives would become voluntary. The government spent more than […]

After Hurricanes, Senators Call for Oversight Committee on Senior Safety

After the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, U.S. Senators are stepping in to better protect seniors during emergencies by establishing a national oversight committee. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson this week filed legislation that would create a National Advisory Committee on Seniors and Disasters, a 15-member board that would help states implement emergency preparedness plans for […]

Why It’s Hard to Be a New Nurse in Home Health

It’s certainly no secret that elder care providers of all stripes have trouble finding and retaining solid talent. But home health and home care companies have the added detriment of a largely solitary workplace environment, which can make it even more difficult for operators to convince new recruits that a patient’s home is the best […]

Kindred CEO Sounds Off on Home Health Payment Rule

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND) president and CEO Benjamin Breier sounded off on the proposed home health groupings model (HHGM), vowing to work with the industry and regulators to craft a solution that works for all parties. “The home health industry is undeniably united in its negative view of the rule, and will take a […]

Trumpcare Passage, Medicaid Changes in Sight

While the nation stood transfixed by former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate, that same body moved closer to putting forth a Trumpcare bill—potentially signaling major changes to the way home health companies receive Medicaid payments. The under-the-radar movement was enough to prompt one Washington insider, speaking before a health care conference in […]

Home Health CEOs Seek Growth Through Hospital Deals, Personal Care

The move to value-based payment systems and managed care can be a boon for home health agencies — as long as savvy operators know how to navigate the new landscape by focusing on partnerships and the rising importance of personal home care. The outlook for the home health industry is cautiously bright, Lincoln Healthcare Leadership […]

Managed Care Programs Improve Care, Reduce Costs

Managed long-term services and support programs (MLTSS) bring a host of benefits to states, including better care outcomes and reduced spending, and could shift more patients away from institutions to in-home or community programs, according to a new survey. The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities’ (NASUAD) MLTSS Institute sent surveys to […]

Seniors’ Homes May Hold Key to Pay for Home Health Care

At a time when more and more aging Americans need home health care but don’t have the pensions or savings to cover the costs, some experts say it could be wise to turn to a much-maligned source: the reverse mortgage. That was a message behind a Monday webinar, co-sponsored by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders […]