Home Health Continues to Gain Steam Despite Projections of Down Admissions

Despite expectations that home health admissions in the U.S. would drop in Q3 2018, both home health admissions and utilization continued to increase slightly quarter-over-quarter. Meanwhile, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data shows hospice utilization rose to record-breaking levels in the third quarter of 2018, while hospice admission growth declined slightly. The findings […]

Family & Nursing Care CEO Goes After Gradual Growth

Maryland-based Family & Nursing Care is one of the largest private-pay home care companies in the Washington, D.C., area — and its notoriety doesn’t stop there. In fact, CEO Neal Kursban often fields calls from buyers interested in taking the 50-year-old, family-owned business off his hands. Among its selling points: Family & Nursing Care has […]

Caregiver Registry Trend Raises Unionization, Privacy Concerns

In an effort to ensure home care workers are adequately screened and trained, a growing number of states are rolling out caregiver registries. But depending on the requirements, some worry the registries could do the home care industry more harm than good. Currently, at least 12 states and the District of Columbia have online training […]

LifeMatters Hires New COO, HHS Inspector General to Resign

HomeCare.com alum joins LifeMatters Silver Spring, Maryland-based home care provider LifeMatters has hired a new COO. Daniel Gold comes to the position after serving as executive vice president and COO of HomeCare.com, which offers tools and technologies to connect families and caregivers. Gold has worked in different capacities within the post-acute care since the early […]

Amazon’s New HIPAA-Compliant Alexa Skills Could Open Doors for Home-Based Care Agencies

Amazon’s Alexa now boasts HIPAA-compliant skills, a development that could create new opportunities for home-based care companies and the senior clients they serve. Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) launched Alexa’s secure medical skill kit Thursday. Through the new kit, select entities are allowed to build Alexa skills that securely send and receive protected patient health information. So […]

Fair Scheduling Trend Could Spell Trouble for At-Home Care Providers

In recent years and months, rising minimum wage has been top of mind for home-based care providers, adding another level of difficulty to attracting and retaining workers. But fair scheduling legislation that’s gaining steam in cities and states across the country could soon take center stage — and potentially make matters worse. Fair scheduling legislation […]

CMS Adds More In-Home Care Services as Medicare Advantage Benefits for 2020

For the second year in a row, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has widened the scope of supplemental benefits Medicare Advantage (MA) plans can offer, creating even more opportunities for home care providers to become partners in MA contracts. CMS is also giving the MA program a pay raise to help drive […]

Encompass Health to Acquire Alacare Home Health & Hospice for $217.5 Million

Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) announced Monday that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire “substantially all of the assets” of Birmingham, Alabama-based Alacare Home Health & Hospice. Under terms of the deal, Encompass Health will pay $217.5 million for the privately-owned company, SEC filings show. The more than $200 million price tag for […]

House Lawmakers Pass Short-Term Money Follows the Person Extension

A program that allows Medicaid users — including seniors — to seamlessly transition back home after a nursing home or institutional care stay could receive a short-term $20 million funding boost. The House recently passed the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act, which provides an extra $20 million in funding for the Money Follows the […]

How Telehealth Can Solve Home Health Agencies’ PDGM Therapy Problems

One of the most anxiously awaited aspects of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is the elimination of therapy visit volume as a determining factor in calculating reimbursements. Despite reassurance from industry leaders that PDGM isn’t a ‘death knell’ for therapy services, therapy-heavy agencies will have to become more cost effective to ensure they don’t take […]