Care Worker Set Up Client for Home Invasion

A home care worker in Florida recently confessed that she set up her quadriplegic employer for a home invasion, according to local reports. Akeila Hinds was arrested Wednesday and charged with home invasion robbery. She is currently out on bond. “Surveillance cameras captured two people robbing the upscale home in Winter Garden early Wednesday,” explains local […]

Behind the Headlines Podcast: Home Care CEO Talks Franchise Expansion

In a rapidly evolving health care marketplace, home care providers must find innovative ways to adapt. And while some operators choose to go it alone, others are finding success by expanding their brand through franchising efforts. The rewards of going big are being seen at Brentwood, Tenn.-based SEI Healthcare, CEO and Founder Beau Brothers tells HHCN […]

Home Care Takes ‘Fight for 15’ to Obama’s Doorstep

Home care workers and their supporters attended Monday’s White House Conference on Aging to further the goals of the Fight For 15 movement. Many supporters even wore red “Home Care Fight for 15” T-shirts during a panel on caregiving in America. The Fight For 15 movement has gained steam among home care workers, whose campaigns […]

Editor’s Picks: Proposed Medicare Cuts Shake Up Home Health Industry

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: Spotlight On: Medicare Cuts, New Payment Policy Home Health Agencies Face $350 Million Medicare Cut, New Payment Model — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) […]

Home Health’s Many Faces: How Niche Services Drive Business Success

A new profile series launched by The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation showcases the diversity of home health patients, and highlights how providers must—and are—adapting business practices to serve distinct demographics. Each part of the four-part Faces of Home Health series looks at a unique population within home health using interviews, data, and […]

Home Care Provider Files for Bankruptcy After Tequila-for-Referrals Charges

Kentucky-based Nurses’ Registry and Home Health Corp. recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and alleges Medicare owes the company $1 million in payments for health care services it provided.  Medicare officials suspended payments to Nurses’ Registry earlier this year after suing the company over alleged kickbacks and improper billing, court documents show. The case drew attention […]

Behind the Headlines Podcast: Former Amedisys Exec Talks Big Changes

One of the biggest trends in home health care is the use of data analytics and sharing that data to improve patient care. But while it’s an important trend, it is also the most misunderstood, Dr. Michael Fleming, former chief medical officer of Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMED), tells HHCN in this week’s podcast. Amedisys is a Louisiana-based home health agency […]

Seniors Requesting Help Seek Home-Based Services

Home-based services rank as one of the top needs of seniors reaching out for help, new data show. In 2014, seniors nationwide made more than 271,200 requests for assistance from the Eldercare Locator, a referral service providing information about care resources available in communities around the country.  The average caller is age 60 or older, is a […]

CMS Releases FAQs For Home and Community-Based Setting Scrutiny

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to home and community-based settings to help operators navigate through the evolving health care landscape. “The guidance focuses on the process for states to use in overcoming the presumption that certain settings have the characteristics of an institution, and highlights […]

Proposed Law To Reform Face-To-Face Requirement

Proposed legislation would improve Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ approach to collecting evidence regarding the eligibility of patients for home health services. “The existing home health face-to-face requirement is simple in theory, but has proven unworkable in practice,” said Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) in a statement. “This legislation provides a straightforward process that ensures CMS works […]