Why Shifting Health Policies Favor Home Care

As the health care market continues to evolve, it behooves acute and post-acute care providers to evaluate strategies that align with new federal regulations, particularly those related to what’s known as population health. And this is making for a bright future for home care, industry leaders say. Currently, 12 million people receive community-based care from […]

Most Seniors Must Tap Personal Sources to Afford Home Care

The majority of caregiving services for older disabled Americans are paid for by personal sources alone, a new study finds. While family caregivers are responsible for the majority of home care that older people receive, home care services provided by paid caregivers nonetheless represent a significant source of help, according to research published in BMC Health […]

Editor’s Picks: Home Health Moves Away From Post-Hospital Care

In case you missed it, here are the top headlines grabbing readers’ attention this week, plus some other notable stories from around the web that caught our eye here at HHCN: Most Read: Home Health Dramatically Shifts Away from Post-Hospital Care — Between 2001 and 2012, the number of home health episodes not preceded by a hospitalization […]

Amedisys Discloses $8 Million Settlement, Posts Strong Results

Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is enjoying net service revenue and net income growth, second quarter financial results announced today show. While the major home health and hospice provider’s results were impacted by a federal class-action lawsuit involving overtime payments, the $8 million settlement did not derail earnings. Amedisys had a net service revenue of $314.1 million in […]

Behind the Headlines Podcast: BrightStar CEO on Company’s Rapid Growth, What’s Next

Since emerging on the home care scene in 2002, BrightStar Care has expanded its home care services to more than 250 locations in 36 states, through franchising. In March 2014, the first BrightStar Senior Living assisted living and memory care community opened in Madison, Wis. In this week’s podcast, the company’s founder and CEO Shelly Sun […]

Home Health Owner Faces 80 Months In Prison for Fraud

A home health care owner and operator has been sentenced to 80 months in prison for his role in a $12.6 million Medicare fraud and tax fraud scheme, according to the Department of Justice. Eleven other individuals have also been convicted in this case. Mohammed Sadiq, 67, of Oakland County, Mich., owned and directed two […]

Home Care Provider Embraces Tech, Cuts Med Errors 80%

A nonprofit home health care provider dramatically reduced its medication error rate through the implementation of a technology-driven medication management program, according to a new study. Coon Rapids, Minn.-based Epiphany Senior Living was able to slash its medication/treatment error rate by 84.7% between 2013 and 2014, according to a recently released case study by The LeadingAge Center […]

Influential Group Floats Ideas for Home Care Quality Measurement

The National Quality Forum (NQF) recently released an interim report to address performance measure gaps in home and community-based services (HCBS). The report reflects a two-year project to develop a conceptual framework for quality measurement.   The Quality Forum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to proposing and endorsing gold-standard performance measures to gauge and improve U.S. […]

Seniors to Average $50,000 in Home, Community Care Payouts

About half (52%) of Americans turning 65 today will develop a disability serious enough to require long-term care services and supports (LTSS), although most will need assistance for less than two years, according to a new report by the U.S Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). However, about one in seven adults […]