Posts by Bailey Bryant:

  • Hospice Salaries Increase But Most Remain Lower Than in Home Health Care

    Dec 13 2018

    Salaries for hospice employees increased slightly in 2018 but in most job categories were lower compared to similar positions in home health care agencies, according to a new report. Those findings come from a Hospice Salary and Benefits Report released in November. It’s published annually by Oakland, New Jersey-based Hospital and Healthcare Compensation Service in Read More

  • Home Care Remains Seniors’ Preference, But Alternatives Gaining Steam

    Dec 12 2018

    While seniors continue to favor in-home care over alternatives, that preference could weaken in the years to come. Care options that have long been considered less favorable are gaining steam, at least according to one new study. The paper examined a random sample of 1,783 adults age 65 or older who participated in the 2012 Read More

  • Lifesprk Venture Reduces Health System Readmissions, Adds Innovator Bill Thomas

    Dec 12 2018

    When Homespire launched in May, the goal of the new private-duty home care model was simple: Use an in-home approach to cut health care costs, reduce rehospitalization rates and prevent emergency room visits for Utah’s rapidly aging population. Six months later, the joint venture between Intermountain Healthcare and Lifesprk is already reaching key benchmarks, most Read More

  • Tech Startup Raises $35 Million, Plans to Unveil Virtual Caregiver

    Dec 11 2018

    In the midst of an ongoing labor crunch, one electronic health monitoring company is rolling out a virtual caregiver named “Addison” and is positioning itself to work with private-duty home care agencies. SameDay Security has raised $35 million to make it happen. The funds, of which about $32 million came from the recently completed Series Read More

  • Humana Touts New Leadership, Realignment; Amedisys Alum Joins Elara Caring

    Dec 09 2018

    Humana Announces Strategic Leadership, Care Delivery Changes Insurance giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has hired a new chief strategy and corporate development officer. Vishal Agrawal, M.D., previously of Washington, D.C.-based financial services and investment firm the Carlyle Group, steps into the position on Dec. 10. In the new role, Agrawal will spearhead advancing the company’s strategic Read More

  • Home Health Spending Holds Steady As Overall Health Care Spending Slows

    Dec 06 2018

    While overall U.S. health care spending growth continued to slow in 2017, home health spending growth held steady with its 2016 rate, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Health care spending across all sectors grew at a rate of 3.9% in 2017, compared to rates of 4.8% in 2016 and 5.8% Read More

  • Large Nonprofit MA Insurer Adds New Home Care Benefits, Seeks Agency Partners

    Dec 06 2018

    With a small fraction of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans set to offer newly allowed in-home services in 2019, many home care agencies are still unsure what the changes mean for them. But one prominent Southern California insurer is offering the benefits and says the new rules create opportunities for agencies of all sizes. “We’ve benefitted Read More

  • Immigrants Play Large Role in Combating Home Health Caregiver Shortage

    Dec 05 2018

    A large proportion of home health workers in the U.S. are immigrants, according to a new study compiled with census data. But stricter immigration policies proposed by the Trump administration could reduce the number of foreign-born health care workers and further fuel the nationwide caregiver shortage, some experts say. More than 23% of home health, psychiatric and nursing Read More

  • Home Health Investigations Help OIG Recover $2.91 Billion in 2018

    Dec 04 2018

    For years, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has been ramping up efforts to battle Medicare fraud — including in home health and hospice. Now, a new OIG semiannual report is showing the agency’s progress, to the tune of $2.91 billion in expected investigative recoveries for fiscal year 2018. Throughout Read More

  • Senior Population, Demand for In-Home Care Growing in Low-Density Areas

    Dec 03 2018

    With an increasing number of older adults calling rural and suburban communities home, home care in low-density areas must grow in order to catch up, according to a new Harvard report. Older adults who live in less populated areas are less likely to have access to the services they need to age in place, the report says. Yet Read More

  • Caregiver Shortage Means Longer Hospital Stays For Pediatric Home Health Patients

    Dec 03 2018

    The shortage of home care nurses is keeping children who need their services in the hospital longer, according to a new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Such delayed discharges come at a cost, considering how much more expensive inpatient hospital care is, compared with at-home care. The study, which looked at Read More

  • Home Care Companies Increase Use of Noncompetes, Other Contract Restrictions

    Dec 02 2018

    For decades, companies have used noncompete clauses to retain top executives and protect trade secrets. But now, similar agreements are becoming more common among low-wage home care workers, which experts say can be a double-edged sword. As the caregiver shortage continues and the demand for home care increases, restrictive agreements will only become more common, Read More

  • Home Health Aides Win $4M In Wage-And-Hour Suit Settlement

    Dec 02 2018

    A group of home health aides will receive a $4 million settlement to resolve a suit that claims they weren’t paid all the wages a New York company owed them. After granting preliminary approval in June, a U.S. District judge granted final approval to the class and collective settlement Tuesday. In 2016, plaintiff Allison Hypolite Read More

  • Home Care Company Sacrifices Some Margin to Achieve 14% Turnover Rate

    Nov 29 2018

    With a tight labor market and a shortage of caregivers, attracting and retaining top talent is one of the biggest challenges facing home care companies today. But one family-owned home care provider is minimizing the problem in part by sacrificing profit margin. Nationally, the average caregiver turnover rate hovers just above 65%, according to a Read More

  • Vermont Home Health Agencies Face Big Financial Hit Under Proposed Medicare Changes

    Nov 28 2018

    Seven of Vermont’s 10 home health and hospice agencies will lose significant funding as a result of recent changes to Medicare’s rural add-on payments. In 2018, rural home health agencies across the country received a 3% rural add-on payment increase. The payment bumps, which providers have been receiving for several years, help in dealing with obstacles Read More

  • 12 Home Health Workers Indicted for $87 Million Medicaid Fraud

    Nov 27 2018

    Two sisters and 10 of their employees have been indicted after a federal grand jury said they spent years using their home health care companies to defraud the Pennsylvania Medicaid program. Home health care companies owned and operated by sisters Arlinda Moriarty and Daynelle Dickens received more than $87 million in Medicaid payments for services that were never Read More

  • BrightStar Marketing Chief: Old School, McDonald’s-Style Ads No Longer the Gold Standard

    Nov 27 2018

    In the past year, BrightStar Care has taken on two big marketing challenges: improving brand awareness and increasing online presence. Now, Chief Brand Officer Steve Schildwachter is preparing to tackle new goals in 2019. He’s adapting lessons learned from his past advertising work with McDonald’s and sees the potential in technology, such as augmented reality. Read More

  • [CORRECTED] PE Firm Alpine Investors Adds Advantage In-Home Services to its Portfolio

    Nov 26 2018

    Advantage In-Home Services, a provider of personal home care, has been acquired by Alpine Investors* and will partner with Alpine’s portfolio company TEAM Public Choices. The deal should help TEAM expand geographically and service-wise, and will yield liquidity to Advantage’s founder, who is retiring. Financial terms were not disclosed. Prior to this transaction, Advantage In-Home Read More

  • Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries Eagerly Await New Home Care Coverage

    Nov 25 2018

    More than half of all Medicare Advantage (MA) members want their plans to cover assistance at home, according to a new survey. But despite new rules allowing it, the majority of beneficiaries will have to wait until 2020 or later for their plan to have that option. Fifty-seven percent of members surveyed by HealthMine Medicare Read More

  • Age-Friendly States Movement Gains Steam

    Nov 20 2018

    New York, Massachusetts and Colorado are pioneering what could become a new trend: age-friendly states. All three received age-friendly state designations from AARP within the past year. The movement could be good news for home care providers, if it means that states invest more in systems and infrastructure to enable aging in place and community-based Read More

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