Posts by Alana Stramowski:

  • Company Helps Seniors in ‘Health Care Deserts’ Age in Place

    Jun 05 2017

    For many seniors, securing access to health care services can be a challenge to aging in place. But for those who live in so-called health care deserts, the situation is especially dire. That’s why one organization based in Chicago has made it its mission to provide health care options to seniors in various ‘health care Read More

  • How One Home Health Provider Handles Caregiver Grief

    Jun 04 2017

    The loss of a patient in their end-stage of life is not only tough on friends and family of the person—it can also be hard on a caregiver. As such, dealing with grief is an issue that some home health agencies are making a priority for their caregivers. In an industry marked by high turnover, home Read More

  • UCLA Alzheimer’s Awareness Group Takes on Loneliness In Seniors

    May 29 2017

    Alzheimer’s disease has become one of the largest health care crises in the world, and with the aging population soaring, there also are more older people dealing with loneliness than ever before. One nonprofit organization has found a solution to help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other dementias socialize with college students – with an intent Read More

  • Understanding Local vs. Federal Regulations in Home Care

    May 22 2017

    The home health care industry has seen an onslaught of regulatory changes over the last few years, with many making practices tougher. These changes are further complicated by the differences between state and federal regulations, and agencies need a clear understanding of both to remain compliant. In some states, such as Illinois, regulations can even vary by county, making compliance Read More

  • State Officials Request More Power to Crack Down on Home Care

    May 14 2017

    More than two-dozen state attorneys general are pushing for more power and funds to monitor home care quality. They penned a letter to Health and Human Services Sec. Tom Price urging changes to policies around using Medicaid funds to investigate alleged abuse or neglect in the home environment. In all, 37 states’ attorneys general signed the letter to Sec. Price. Currently Read More

  • The ‘Care Gap’ in the 21st Century Cures Act

    May 11 2017

    The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama, implemented many new regulations that will impact the home health industry for years to come, but like many laws, there were unintended consequences that arose—one of which will affect home infusion therapy. Home infusion therapy consists of the administration of medication through needle or Read More

  • Business Briefs: Executive Care Partners with Lyft

    May 08 2017

    Executive Care and Lyft Secure Partnership Full-service home health care provider, based in Hackensack, New Jersey, Executive Care has partnered with ride-hailing company Lyft to arrange rides to its clients and caregivers. Executive Care clients will be able to request a ride at any time by calling their local Executive Care office—no app or smartphone Read More

  • VNA Health Group To Expand In Ohio

    Apr 30 2017

    The largest nonprofit home health care provider in New Jersey, the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (VNAHG), has signed a letter of intent to merge with the Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio (VNAO), which will become an affiliate of VNAHG. VNAHG hopes of grow as an organization to continue to stay relevant, attract new talent and innovate Read More

  • How Agencies Can Dodge Pay Practice Lawsuits in the Trump Era

    Apr 25 2017

    Pay practice claims brought forth by current or former workers at home health agencies are nothing new, but as the health care landscape shifts under the Trump administration, agencies need to be sure they are protecting themselves from potential lawsuits. President Donald Trump does not hide the fact that he is against many regulations that add Read More

  • NY Times: No Place Like Home for Rehab

    Apr 24 2017

    There has long been a debate over sending a patient to a post-acute facility versus utilizing at-home rehabilitation following joint replacement surgery. However, being at home, even if someone lives alone, can be more beneficial than going from the hospital to a post-acute facility, according to a recent article from The New York Times. The number Read More

  • How the Right Caregiver Training Can Reduce Turnover

    Apr 20 2017

    Hiring and retaining employees is a huge focus for most home care agencies this year. Turnover is at an all-time high, but, as it turns out, recognizing caregivers for their hard work and offering them opportunities to continue their education may help agencies reduce turnover. Providing ongoing training to caregivers also correlates with the rate of Read More

  • Business Briefs: 24Hr HomeCare Enters Into New Partnership

    Apr 19 2017

    24Hr HomeCare and Partners in Care Foundation Form Partnership The San Fernando, California-based nonprofit community organization Partners in Care Foundation has partnered with 24Hr HomeCare to create Partners24. The arrangement is a private label partnership that offers in-home care services such as assistance with daily living activities, according to a press release. Patients of Partners24 Read More

  • ClearCare Announces Acquisition of HomeTrak

    Apr 19 2017

    ClearCare, a technology company that provides software as a service (SaaS) and mobile tech options to the home health industry has acquired Ontario-based private duty software company HomeTrak, according to a press release Wednesday. Based in San Francisco, ClearCare will continue to support HomeTrak’s Companion products, which offer private duty agencies a tech platform to Read More

  • Boosting Wages Is Not The Only Answer To The Caregiver Crisis

    Apr 18 2017

    Across the industry, home health agencies are struggling with high turnover rates among caregivers and dealing with rising labor costs. While boosting caregiver wages can aid in caregiver retention, it isn’t the only mechanism to deal with turnover, according to Caitlin Connolly, home care fair pay campaign coordinator at the National Employment Law Project. Agencies must be willing Read More

  • How Home Health Can Achieve the ‘Wow Factor’ with Patients

    Apr 11 2017

    When home health providers think of the “patient experience,” high-quality care is likely what comes to mind first. In reality, physical care may just be one aspect of an outstanding patient experience. The real definition of patient experience can be beyond what providers and caregivers are used to, Joyce Boin, principal consultant at Strategic Health Care Solutions, explained Read More

  • Business Briefs: Sodexo Acquires UK Home Care Provider

    Apr 10 2017

    Sodexo Expands Home Care Market in UK Quality of life services provider Sodexo has announced the acquisition of UK home care provider Prestige Nursing + Care. The acquisition will help expand Sodexo’s private-pay home care market in the UK, as well as build on the company’s brand Comfort Keepers, according to a press release Monday. Read More

  • Home Care Provider Brings Personal Chef to Seniors

    Apr 05 2017

    Home care agencies tackle many different aspects of aging in place, and arguably one of the most important areas is nutrition. That’s why one provider has launched a pilot program with a wellness company to provide healthy cooking sessions for seniors. New York-based Alliance Homecare provides home care services, including home health, to seniors in Read More

  • Business Briefs: LHC Group, Hometeam

    Apr 03 2017

    Hometeam to Offer 12 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave New York-based home care startup Hometeam has announced it will offer 12 weeks of paid family leave for its caregivers who are the primary carer, male or female. The company is also offering two weeks of paid family leave for child-caring partners. The paid family leave is for caregivers who have Read More

  • Home Instead Taps Workers, Industry for Innovative Ideas

    Mar 29 2017

    A multinational home care company that used to allow franchise owners to submit their ideas through a comment box in its offices has upgraded to an online platform. And the company is now taking its search for innovative ideas directly to its franchise owners—and beyond. Omaha-based Home Instead Senior Care, a major non-medical franchise home care Read More

  • Tips for Home Health Success in New Payment Models

    Mar 28 2017

    There are over 80 different payment models in Medicare and Medicaid, but certain strategies can contribute to success in various new frameworks, helping home health agencies increase referrals and stand out from the competition Alternative payment models can enable agencies to do more for their patients, provide better skills for workers and lower costs, Najla Wahid, Read More

  • How to Boost Business By Managing Online Reviews

    Mar 27 2017

    Online reviews have become a go-to source for consumers when choosing businesses to frequent or trying certain products, and it is no different in the home care industry. Online ratings are increasingly important to the success of home care providers, and reviews should be taken seriously, Denise Graab, director of industry marketing at, explained Read More

  • Addus CEO Weighs in on EVV, Managed Care Organizations

    Mar 22 2017

    Following the overhaul of its C suite and positive end to 2016, one of the largest personal care providers in the country is running full force to stay ahead of its competition this year. Due to the size of Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS), the company realizes it has a leg up against the competition and could Read More

  • 2 Marketing Opportunities Home Care Agencies Are Missing

    Mar 20 2017

    Marketing in the home health industry is no longer just for gaining patients. While home care is a patient-focused industry, forming partnerships with other types of health care providers is playing an increasingly crucial role in business—and home care agencies need to know how to leverage data through marketing to gain ground with providers. Marketing to Read More

  • How Home Health Can Boost Rehab Services

    Mar 15 2017

    Rehabilitation services within home health have long lacked consistency, but more recently certain agencies are seeing the benefits of emphasizing and properly training physical therapists. “Before, companies were concerned about quality of the services but had no way to measure them, and physical therapists were very independent and had little supervision,” Joyce Boin, principal consultant at Strategic Read More

  • States with the Biggest Senior Population Booms

    Mar 15 2017

    Home care providers may find plentiful demand for services in the Southwest and Southeast United States, given the surge in older adults living in these regions over the last decade. The U.S. population aged 65 and over increased from 36.6 million in 2005 to 47.8 million in 2015 and is projected to more than double Read More

  • States Where Home Health Utilization Grew Most in 2015

    Mar 14 2017

    Utilization of home health services as a whole remained flat and even saw a bit of decline from 2014 to 2015, but there were a number of states that saw growth during that year, according to data released by Healthcare Market Resources. Though the national overall utilization number was down to 10% in 2015 from 10.2% in Read More

  • Empower Employees to Improve Home Health Referral Outcomes

    Mar 13 2017

    As the home care industry grapples with the transition to value-based purchasing and the impacts of Pre-Claim Review in certain states, referrals are more important than ever. But to have a successful referral program, simply implementing a strategy won’t cut it. Agencies must have a solid process to build upon, beginning with employees and intake staff. The Read More

  • Business Briefs: Corridor, VNAA Pen Partnership

    Mar 07 2017

    Corridor and VNAA Announce Partnership  The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA), a nonprofit association for home health and hospice providers, and The Corridor Group Holdings LLC have partnered to bring more thought leadership to key industry issues, according to a recent press release. The partnership will include Corridor becoming a participant in various conferences, councils Read More

  • Home Health Fraudsters Hid $2.4 Million in Diapers

    Mar 06 2017

    Co-owners and operators of seven home health care agencies in Miami-Dade County, Florida, plead guilty to fraud charges for their roles in a home health scheme totaling $20 million. Miami mother/daughter duo Mildrey Gonzalez and Milka Alfaro were discovered when they were traveling back to Miami from the Dominican Republic with more than $2.4 million Read More

  • Tenet Acquisition Links Amedisys with Big Hospital Player

    Mar 01 2017

    One of the nation’s largest home health care providers has moved on from a sometimes tough 2016 and is taking steps to expand through an acquisition of a major hospital company’s home health and hospice facilities. Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED) signed a definitive agreement to acquire six home health and hospice care centers from Tenet Read More

  • Partnerships Offer Value for Senior Housing, Home Health Providers

    Feb 27 2017

    As growth in the 85-plus population begins to accelerate in 2020, pressure only will mount to break down siloes in post-acute and senior care. Smart senior housing providers and investors already should start looking at Medicare-certified home care companies as valuable allies, according to research findings from Anne Tumlinson Innovations and the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing Read More

  • Business Briefs: Comfort Keepers and Lyft Team Up

    Feb 27 2017

    Comfort Keepers Partners with Lyft Home care franchise company Comfort Keepers has partnered with on-demand transportation service company Lyft. The partnership does not require seniors who use Lyft services through Dayton, Ohio-based Comfort Keepers to have the Lyft app or a smartphone. To schedule a ride, seniors can contact the staff at their Comfort Keepers Read More

  • LHC Group to Combine Home Health and Hospice Offices

    Feb 26 2017

    Coming off a strong 2016, one of the nation’s biggest home health care providers is focusing its growth strategy on adding hospice services to its current locations. Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) has found its stride by focusing on hospital partnerships and bundle payment initiatives. And now, the provider wants to add hospice offices to each home health office, Keith Read More

  • Humana: Overtime Suit Should Not Be Class Action

    Feb 21 2017

    From the pause of the federal overtime rule to putting an end to overtime for home care workers in Illinois, overtime has been a hot topic in the last year. Insurance provider Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is now feeling the sting as a lawsuit asking for class certification could potentially impact thousands of home health aides employed by Read More

  • Trump Order Pauses CMS Bundles

    Feb 20 2017

    President Trump’s recent executive order freezing new regulations has pushed back the implementation of new and expanded bundled payment models by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by 60 days. A final rule issued in December by CMS creates mandatory bundled payment programs for cardiac conditions, and expands an existing bundled payment program for joint replacement episodes Read More

  • Business Briefs: BlackTree Healthcare Enters Partnership with Online Educator

    Feb 15 2017

    BlackTree Healthcare Partners with Relias Learning A strategic partnership has been formed between BlackTree Healthcare Consulting and Relias Learning, which provides online training solutions for the health care market. The partnership will combine BlackTree’s knowledge in operational and clinical consulting solutions with Relias’ education platform to train and educate those in the post-acute health care industry, Read More

  • Brookdale Sees Home Health As ‘Competitive Differentiator’

    Feb 14 2017

    Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) has found home health to be its diamond in the rough in its latest quarterly earnings. As the largest senior housing provider in the nation, Brookdale executives see the company’s crossover as one of the top 10 largest home health providers to be a key distinction from its peers. Brookdale, which is Read More

  • Four Home Care Franchises Named Best for Women Entrepreneurs

    Feb 13 2017

    Home care has continually become more recognized among the best-performing franchises and top opportunities in 2016 and 2017. Four franchises in the industry are now also standing out as some of the top franchises for women to open. The companies that made the cut include Assisting Hands Home Care, FirstLight HomeCare, Home Instead Senior Care and Visiting Angels, according to Read More

  • Long-Time Senior Living Provider Expands to Home Care, Adult Day Care

    Feb 12 2017

    As the majority of older adults wish to age in place, senior living providers are weighing their options when it comes to providing in-home care services in addition to assisted and independent living. One provider with a 60-year history of operating a nursing home, then moving into assisted living, is now adding home care and Read More

  • Humana Lays Off 500 Workers in Home Care Unit

    Feb 12 2017

    Amid massive losses of more than $400 million, one major health system is laying off hundreds of workers from its home health division. Louisville, Kentucky-based health insurance company Humana (NYSE: HUM) announced Wednesday that 500 positions in its Ohio and Florida home health care units will be eliminated in early April, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The Read More

  • Monday Briefing: Tom Price Confirmed as Secretary of HHS

    Feb 12 2017

    In the wee hours of Friday morning, after an all night session, the Senate confirmed Rep. Tom Price M.D (R-GA) as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Several industry organizations like the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare and the American Health Care Association (AHCA)/ National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) are Read More

  • New Initiative to Tackle Caregiver Crisis, Influence Public Policy

    Feb 07 2017

    A nonprofit organization focused on supporting the direct care workforce as well as the home care industry has launched a new campaign in hopes of influencing policy to help solve the growing shortage of health care workers. New York City-based Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) launched its “60 Caregiver Issues” campaign this week to bring awareness to Read More

  • Business Briefs: Amedisys Closes on New Acquisition

    Feb 06 2017

    Amedisys Finalizes Acquisition of Home Staff Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) subsidiary Associated Home Care has closed its acquisition of personal care provider Home Staff, LLC. Under the terms of the agreement, Associated Home Care acquired substantially all of the assets of Home Staff from Fallon Health and VNA Care Network, according to a press release. Always Read More

  • Why Trinity is Shifting To 24/7 Patient Monitoring

    Feb 05 2017

    Home health providers are quickly realizing they need to invest in tech when it comes to remote monitoring, or else they run the risk of being left behind. One home health provider has seen the industry shifting and is rolling out a remote care management platform for all patients. Trinity Health At Home, the home health care services Read More

  • Amedisys Launches Heart Program To Lower Readmissions, Empower Patients

    Feb 01 2017

    One of the biggest publicly traded home health care providers is expanding a pilot program targeting heart failure patients company-wide after finding initial success in a pilot program. The announcement comes at the start of American Heart Month. Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) is rolling out the Amedisys Heart Failure program company wide this month Read More

  • MA Beneficiaries Use Less Home Care Than Fee-For-Service

    Jan 31 2017

    The trend of home health agencies expanding their patient share to Medicare Advantage (MA) patients is on the rise, but overall, MA beneficiaries are using less home health compared with seniors on traditional fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare. Home health utilization is a large source of Medicare costs, but, up until this point, it was unknown if Medicare Read More

  • Illinois Home Care Workers Say Goodbye To Overtime Pay

    Jan 31 2017

    In a the long-standing fight over whether home care workers in Illinois will be able to receive overtime care, the governor has once again ruled against workers. Home care workers in Illinois will no longer be allowed to receive overtime pay, after Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 261 on Friday, January 27. The bill would Read More

  • Business Briefs: Acquisition Activity Heats Up in Texas

    Jan 25 2017

    Jordan Health Services Acquires Transition Management Company Home health and hospice provider Jordan Health Services has acquired Dallas-based CareCycle Solutions to provide personal care, case management, skilled nursing, pediatric and hospice services throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana, Freestone County Times reports. CareCycle’s mission is to reduce preventable hospitalizations by managing their transition through various Read More

  • These Are The Best States For Retirement

    Jan 23 2017

    When it comes to deciding where to retire, retirees look at many different factors including affordability, quality of life and health care. The majority of people want to age in place, so the cost of homemaker services was another aspect that contributed to the overall rankings for each state, according to WalletHub’s Best & Worst Read More

  • CEO: LHC Has Capacity To Double In Size

    Jan 22 2017

    Following the announcement of a scaled-back pipeline in summer 2016, the third largest home health and hospice provider in the country, LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG), now has again put its acquisition pipeline at the $1 billion mark originally revealed in March 2016. “We’ll be over $1 billion in our 2017 pipeline,” LHC Group Chairman and Read More

  • Business Briefs: Bethany HomeHealth Shuts Down Without Notice

    Jan 18 2017

    Bethany HomeHealth Abruptly Closes All Locations Plano, Texas-based Bethany HomeHealth Services has closed all 19 of its offices and did not provide a warning or reason for doing so, The Longview News-Journal reported. The company did share they were closing its offices in Longview, Carthage, Lufkin, Nacogdoches and Texarkana, but on Monday it appeared all locations Read More

  • Home Health M&A Stays Flat In Fourth Quarter

    Jan 17 2017

    Following some slippage in the third quarter, the final quarter of 2016 remained steady in home health and hospice mergers and acquisitions. With uncertainty still looming over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under a new presidential administration, home health and hospice M&A decreased a bit when compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, Read More

  • Editor’s Picks: Final CoP Rule Published in Federal Register

    Jan 13 2017

    As the political landscape of the country was pulled in every direction, from President Obama giving his final farewell address here in Chicago to President-elect Trump holding his first press conference in 146 days, things were just as action-packed in the home health industry. Our readers wanted to stay up to date on the final Read More

  • Amedisys Seeks to Become ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Aging in Place

    Jan 11 2017

    Following a year full of ups and downs, one of the nation’s largest home health care providers is striving to become an overall “aging in place company” by increasing its partnerships across the provider and payer spectrum, including by taking on more risk-sharing. After finishing the implementation of Homecare Homebase on time on Nov. 1 Read More

  • Business Briefs: The Corridor Group Acquires Transpirus

    Jan 11 2017

    Corridor Group Acquires Transpirus The Corridor Group Holdings has acquired Transpirus, a leading national provider of outsourced coding, revenue cycle management and strategic consulting solutions for the home health and hospice industry. With the transaction, Corridor becomes the largest national provider of full service revenue cycle, clinical documentation review, advisory and education services dedicated to home Read More

  • Study: Registered Nurses Vital to Home Care Technology Success

    Jan 08 2017

    Technology is transforming the home care industry, but it hasn’t been easy to prove exactly how certain technology like telehealth and remote monitoring will help patient outcomes. However, there are now solid, research-backed tactics home care agencies can implement to increase positive health outcomes. To see positive impacts of technology, home care companies need to focus Read More

  • Addus Brings On New COO

    Jan 04 2017

    Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has hired a new executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective January 16, 2017. The new hire, W. Bradley Bickham, has a robust background in the health care sector. Most recently he was the senior vice president and chief legal officer for one of the largest ambulatory surgery center Read More

  • These Are The Top 10 States For Retirement

    Jan 03 2017

    The majority of older Americans wish to age in place, but aside from living near family and friends, they also are looking at other factors to choose where they want to live as they age. The best states for retirement were found based on life expectancy, tax friendliness ranking, violent crime rate per 100,000, the Read More

  • Business Briefs: Almost Family Completes Joint Venture

    Jan 03 2017

    Almost Family Completes Joint Venture With Community Health Systems Almost Family, Inc (Nasdaq: AFAM) has finalized a previously announced acquisition of a controlling interest in the entity holding the home health and hospice assets of Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE: CYH). The home health and hospice side of Community Health Systems operates 74 home health Read More

  • Business Briefs: GreatCall Acquires Healthsense

    Dec 21 2016

    GreatCall Acquires Healthsense Connected health company GreatCall Inc. has announced the acquisition of Healthsense, which provides remote monitoring services for seniors. The acquisition will help GreatCall seniors find connected health services in senior living and health care. “As GreatCall continues to expand in these key markets, Healthsense is a natural fit—with our mission of increasing Read More

  • HHS: Medicare Appeals Backlog Order Impossible

    Dec 20 2016

    It will be impossible to follow a federal court order to clear a huge Medicare appeals backlog by 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says. The HHS filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asking the court to reconsider its Dec. 5 ruling because the department will Read More

  • Amedisys To Become Largest Personal Care Provider in Massachusetts

    Dec 19 2016

    Less than a year after Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) first entered the private duty space, the company is set to become the largest personal care provider in Massachusetts. That will occur thanks to an acquisition agreement struck by a subsidiary of Amedisys, the second largest home health provider in the country. The subsidiary of Baton Rouge, Read More

  • Editor’s Picks: Home Health Stocks See Boost Post Election

    Dec 16 2016

    The excitement of the holiday season is upon us here in Chicago but we are still staying up to date on all of the latest industry happenings. This week, we informed our readers about a report that had some very good news about the future of the home health industry as well as the boost Read More

  • Home Care Company CareLinx Partners With Lyft

    Dec 15 2016

    An online marketplace connecting home care clients and caregivers now has partnered with a popular ride hailing company. CareLinx, based in Bruno, California, will now offer ride hailing services on its mobile app. The rides will be provided by San Francisco-based Lyft to help older adults easily order a ride, according to a press release. Family Read More

  • Tips for Home Care Agencies to Improve Their Revenue Cycle

    Dec 14 2016

    One area that home care agencies may want to think about rebooting in the new year is their revenue cycle management. Not every strategy for improving a revenue cycle will work for every home care agency, but finding one that works can help maximize the overall bottom line. The revenue cycle of a typical home health agency refers Read More

  • Harvard Report: Home Care to Surge as Population Ages

    Dec 13 2016

    Within the next decade, the number of Americans 65 and older is going to surge. But as this happens, the demand for housing to accommodate those who wish to age in place will also increase drastically. By 2035, more than one in five people in the country will be 65 or older, according to a Read More

  • Business Briefs: Amedisys To Grant Wishes Of Terminally Ill Patients

    Dec 12 2016

    Amedisys Foundation Enters New Partnership To Help Terminally Ill Patients Amedisys Foundation has partnered with Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally ill adults, to help grant wishes to terminally ill patients. Through this partnership, Amedisys hospice centers will have the opportunity to grant patients’ wishes. “We’re excited to join with Dream Foundation to Read More

  • Home Health Provider, Vonage Partner For ‘Connected Health’

    Dec 11 2016

    New Jersey’s largest non-profit home health provider has partnered with cloud communications provider Vonage (NYSE:VG) to boost its connected health initiatives and perfect its technology utilization. Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Health Group plans to move its headquarters to the Vonage Technology Center of Excellence, based in Holmdel, New Jersey, as well as work with the Read More

  • House Passes Bill with Telehealth, Home Infusion Provisions

    Dec 04 2016

    A bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last week, if passed by the Senate, will have an impact on several areas of the home health and hospice industry. The 21st Century CURES Act is a combination of the original CURES legislation, which was intended to make the FDA drug review process more efficient, Read More

  • Business Briefs: Great Lakes Caring Switches Private Equity Owner

    Nov 29 2016

    Great Lakes Caring Announces New Equity Partner Home care agency Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice (Great Lakes Caring) has chosen a new equity partner, Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC (Blue Wolf). Blue Wolf will be replacing the agency’s partner since 2014, Wellspring Capital Management LLC. Based in Jackson, Michigan, Great Lakes will continue to Read More

  • Visiting Nurse Service of New York Appoints New CEO

    Nov 28 2016

    Nonprofit home care organization Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) has announced the appointment of its new president and CEO. Former president of New Jersey-based health care consulting company Continuum Health Alliance, Christopher Olivia, has accepted the position as the new president and CEO of the VNSNY, Board Chairman John Rafferty announced in a Read More

  • Alzheimer’s Trial May Lead To Breakthrough Treatment by 2021

    Nov 28 2016

    Within a 100-mile radius in Antioquia, Colombia, one family with a rare genetic mutation dating back to the early 1900s could shed some light on the decades-long research surrounding the neurodegenerative condition Alzheimer’s disease. A possible breakthrough in research or treatment options could be a game-changer for older adults who wish to age in place. Read More

  • How Airbnb Is Helping Seniors Age In Place

    Nov 23 2016

    The online peer-to-peer home-sharing network Airbnb is no longer just appealing to millennials. It is now a useful source of income for the baby boomer generation who want to age in place but don’t have the income in retirement to do so. The San Francisco-based startup launched in 2008 and has since changed the way Read More

  • Business Briefs: Alliance Homecare To Roll Out Three New Services

    Nov 22 2016

    Editor’s note: Home Health Care News will be observing the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25. We will return to our regular posting schedule on Nov. 28. Alliance Homecare Celebrates 10 Years, Three New Services Concierge home health care provider Alliance Homecare is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with three new initatives. One Read More

  • Amazon ‘Home Assistants’: The New Home Care Provider?

    Nov 13 2016

    Amazon just about does it all, but one area that it is just dipping its toes into is “Home Assistants,” a new service to help keep customers’ homes clean. The tip off was when a job posting was released in October for “Home Assistants,” according to a report from Engadget. Home assistants would perform tasks Read More

  • Addus Credits ‘Restructuring’ For Third Quarter Comeback

    Nov 08 2016

    After a year of ups and downs, Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) is seeing a resurgence. There were multiple moving parts that made the third quarter successful for the Downers Grove, Illinois-based home care company. The company saw significant revenue growth, driven by a 22.9% increase in billable hours per business day, Brian Poff, executive Read More

  • Business Briefs: 24Hr HomeCare Pens JV With SNF

    Nov 08 2016

    24Hr HomeCare Starts JV With SNF Provider of in-home caregiving services to seniors and the disabled, 24Hr HomeCare has entered into a joint venture with a Los Angeles-based skilled nursing facility (SNF), Guardian Rehabilitation Hospital, to form Continuum Homecare. Continuum Homecare is a non-medical in-home care division to extend care to patients in their homes. Read More

  • Home Care Agency To Pay $125,000 Over ‘Genetic Discrimination’ Charges

    Nov 07 2016

    A home care agency based in New York will pay the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) $125,000 to settle a genetic discrimination lawsuit that was filed after the company was found in violation of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA). BNV Home Care Agency, Inc., which provides companionship and home care services for seniors Read More

  • This Is What’s Driving LHC’s ‘Unprecedented’ Growth

    Nov 03 2016

    The third quarter for LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) was full of growth after the company has made great strides in the last year, and expects more to come in 2017. As one of the largest home health care providers in America, LHC Group saw a double-digit organic home health admissions growth of 10.5% in Read More

  • LHC Group Forges Joint Venture With Hospital Owner

    Nov 02 2016

    The third largest home health care provider in the country, LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG), announced plans to form a joint venture with hospital company LifePoint Health. A definitive agreement has been signed between LHC Group and Brentwood, Tennessee-based LifePoint Health (Nasdaq: LPNT) to share ownership and governance of the new joint venture that will operate Read More

  • CMS Names Recovery Audit Contractor for Home Health

    Nov 01 2016

    Home health agencies now know who will be performing controversial recovery audits on their Medicare claims. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has chosen its second round of national Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs), including the first-ever that will be focused exclusively on durable medical equipment, home health, and hospice (DME/HH-H) claims. Five contracts have Read More

  • Detroit Home Health Owner To Serve 30 Years for $33 Million Scam

    Oct 31 2016

    The owner of four Detroit area-based home health companies was sentenced to 30 years behind bars for a $33 million Medicare fraud scheme he played a role in. Zafar Mehmood, owner of Access Care Home Care Inc., Patient Care Home Care Inc., Hands on Healing Home Care Inc. and All State Home Care Inc., was Read More

  • Pre-Claim Blamed for Dip in Home Health M&A

    Oct 30 2016

    After a positive first and second quarter of 2016, home health deals saw a downward trend in the third quarter—and the controversial Pre-Claim Review demonstration may be to blame. When compared to last quarter, home health and hospice deals went down by 17%, from 12 deals in quarter two to 10 deals in quarter three, according Read More

  • Amedisys Warns That Floods, Tech Transition Will Hurt Earnings

    Oct 27 2016

    Following a strong earnings report for the second quarter of 2016, Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has released preliminary financial results from the third quarter to warn its investors that earnings are going to miss the mark due to high costs in the quarter ended September 30. Amedisys, the nation’s second largest home health care provider, achieved planned operating Read More

  • Home Health Agency to Pay $1.8 Million For Kickback Scheme

    Oct 26 2016

    A home health care agency based in Kansas City, Kansas, and its owner have agreed to pay $1.8 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act. Reginald King, owner and operator of Best Choice Home Health Care Agency Inc., was alleged to have had a part in paying kickbacks for referrals of Read More

  • Home Health Execs Sentenced In $34 Million Fraud

    Oct 24 2016

    The owner and medical director from an in-home health provider located in New Orleans were sentenced to prison this week for a $34 million Medicare fraud scheme they took part in. Elaine Davis, 60, was the owner of Christian Home Health, Inc. and was sentenced to 96 months in prison, and medical director Dr. Pramela Read More

  • Business Briefs: Always Best Care Opens New Location

    Oct 24 2016

    Always Best Care Announces New Franchise in California Non-medical in-home care provider franchise Always Best Care has opened a new franchise in Vacaville, California. The new location, which is owned and operated by local resident Rebecca Smith, will serve the Vacaville area as well as surrounding communities Fairfield, Suisun Valley, Cordelia, Green Valley and Rio Vista. Read More

  • Business Briefs: Amedisys, Procura, Optima

    Oct 20 2016

    Procura Rebrands With New Name  Global provider of technology for long-term and post-acute care, Procura Healthcare, has announced its re-brand. Along with the re-brand, the new company name will be Complia Health. In addition to its name change, the company has also adopted a new mission statement: “Enabling the Business of Caring.” The new name Read More

  • 3 Myths Holding Back Aging in Place

    Oct 19 2016

    The majority of the aging population in America, which is responsible for at least $7.1 trillion in annual economic activity, has the desire to stay in their homes, but many are hesitant to call themselves “old” or even have conversations about aging in place. The myths and stigmas that surround these conversations are why many Read More

  • How Home Health Can Win ACO Partners

    Oct 18 2016

    Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the home health industry has become more involved in accountable care organizations (ACOs), seeing it as an opportunity to stay relevant as payment shifts to reward value rather than volume. However, there are challenges to being selected to be a part of these provider groups, Read More

  • Brookdale Taps Retail Sector For Another C-Suite Hire

    Oct 12 2016

    One of the top 10 largest home health providers in the country, Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD), has added another new face to its C-Suite, again bringing in talent from an outside industry. Cedric T. Coco has been appointed executive vice president and chief people officer. Prior to his hire at Brookdale, Coco was senior vice Read More

  • Business Briefs: Seniorlink Receives $7.5M in Funding

    Oct 11 2016

    Seniorlink Receives $7.5M from NewSpring The health care funding company, NewSpring Health Capital, from the family of private equity funds, NewSpring Capital, has invested $7.5 million in Seniorlink, Inc., a creator in solutions for caregivers across the country. Seniorlink, founded in 2000, plans to use the funds to continue developing its coaching and collaboration platform, Vela. Read More

  • Editor’s Picks: Slashing Hospital Readmissions, Honor in Walmart

    Oct 07 2016

    This week, pre-claim stepped into the spotlight once again, with Illinois lawmakers asking for a delay. On the home care side of things, a popular story involved a startup’s presence in Walmart. HHCN will be observing Columbus Day on Monday, October 10. We will return to our regular posting schedule on Tuesday, October 11. We hope you Read More

  • Palliative Care Company Secures $32 Million from Google’s VC Firm

    Oct 05 2016

    A Nashville-based palliative care provider co-founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has received $32 million from an investment round led by GV, formerly known as Google Ventures, the venture capital arm of Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG). The new company, Aspire Health, was founded by Frist and CEO Brad Smith three years ago after Read More

  • $35 Million Home Health Fraud Case Revived Against Brookdale

    Oct 03 2016

    After being initially cleared of charges, Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) again finds itself engaged in a legal battle over alleged Medicare fraud for home health. The whistleblower case was brought by a former Brookdale employee, Marjorie Prather. She accused Brookdale of improper billing for home health services that added up to approximately $35 million. Read More

  • Top 10 Home Care Franchises

    Oct 03 2016

    Home health care companies continue to carve out their place in the franchise market, as the annual Franchise Time’s Top 200+ list names 14 home care franchises as some of the best-performing in the world. After being named as a top franchise investment choice by Forbes earlier this year, home care franchise companies join the Read More

  • Business Briefs: Addus Extends Relationship with CellTrak for Home Care Partnership

    Sep 27 2016

    Addus Enters Home Care Partnership with CellTrak National provider of home and community-based personal care services Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS) has extended its nine-year contract with the provider of mobile health care delivery management solutions, CellTrak Technologies. The revamped partnership will debut a new version of the CellTrak solution that enables home care providers to Read More

  • In-Home Care Provider Expands Franchise to Canadian Market

    Sep 26 2016

    A major provider of in-home senior care is opening its franchise doors in Canada, but the expansion may be just the tip of the iceberg for the company, which plans to expand to other countries in the coming years. Established in 2002, Timmonium, Maryland-based Senior Helpers has over 270 franchises business operating across the country, Read More

  • Large Nonprofit Agency Accused of Massive Medicare Fraud

    Sep 25 2016

    One of the largest nonprofit home health care agencies in the country, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), is being sued by the former vice president of operations improvement and integration, Edward Lacey. Lacey is accusing the organization of systematically extracting hundreds of millions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid, The New York Read More

  • OIG Smacks Kindred with Largest-Ever Penalty of Its Kind

    Sep 20 2016

    The country’s largest provider of post-acute care, Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND), has paid a penalty of over $3 million after failing to comply with a corporate integrity agreement (CIA) it signed with the federal government. The penalty came after Kindred failed to correct improper billing practices in the fourth year of the five-year Read More

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