Posts by Carlo Calma:

  • New VNA Care CEO Plans to Seize ACO Opportunities

    Jan 24 2018

    The home health industry faced a few uncertainties and challenges within the past year, but for seasoned industry veteran Holly Chaffee, the “sky’s the limit” as she assumes her new post as president and CEO of Boston-based VNA Care. A subsidiary of Newton, Massachusetts-based Atrius Health, VNA Care is a non-profit provider of home health Read More

  • Compassus COO: Hospice Must Become More Mainstream

    Jan 22 2018

    More research is emerging indicating that patients are receiving hospice care too late. The COO of one large hospice provider believes that data can help combat this trend, but that a larger cultural shift is called for as well, to make end-of-life care more “mainstream.” Corina Tracy has been on the frontlines of end-of-life care Read More

  • Why India’s Home Health Start-Ups Are Raising Serious Funding

    Jan 16 2018

    Home care startups have been bringing in serious capital in recent years, both in the United States and abroad. India in particular has been a hot market, and a closer look reveals that while the country is different from the U.S. in some key regards, some of the same factors–including demographics, industry fragmentation and mobile Read More

  • Texas Mayor Involved in $150 Million Home Health Fraud Scheme

    Jan 12 2018

    Francisco Pena, mayor of Rio Bravo, Texas, has been indicted alongside three other individuals for his alleged role in a $150 million home health care fraud and money laundering scam, according to a memo released by the U.S. Justice Department. Pena, 82, of Laredo, Texas, was charged in an 11-count indictment with co-conspirators Rodney Mesquias, Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, Savii Care

    Jan 11 2018

    Louisville Healthcare CEO Council Appoints Day as President Health care industry veteran Tammy York Day has been appointed president of the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council (LHCC), effective January 9. The council is a partnership of Louisville, Kentucky-based health care leaders, with the goal of revolutionizing the city’s health care economy. Among the members are some notable home Read More

  • InvestSouth Acquires Interim HealthCare Franchisee

    Jan 09 2018

    Greenville, South Carolina-based health care real estate investment firm InvestSouth, LLC, has acquired in-home and hospice care provider Interim HealthCare of Greenville, Inc. As part of the acquisition, the provider is pushing forward with a new name: Interim HealthCare & Hospice of The Upstate. The acquisition was effective January 1, 2018. The price of the transaction Read More

  • AccentCare Feels No Buyer’s Remorse in Texas Acquisition

    Jan 05 2018

    In-home care provider AccentCare is entering 2018 with no regrets, as the Dallas-based company transitions a new acquisition, Nurses Unlimited, into its ranks. “This is a very good, mid-sized acquisition,” Daniel Buning, executive vice president of operations at AccentCare, told Home Health Care News. “There’s no buyer’s regret.” Based in Odessa, Texas, Nurses Unlimited is Read More

  • ComForCare Taps Seasoned Franchise Executive for CEO Post

    Jan 04 2018

    As the founder and former CEO of printing and marketing services company PostNet, franchising veteran Steven Greenbaum thought he knew all the ins-and-outs of his company when he agreed to be featured on the CBS reality show “Undercover Boss.” “I really went into that experience thinking I knew a lot about our owners, about the Read More

  • Workforce Initiatives Set Up Interim for Growth in 2018

    Jan 03 2018

    The road to success is paved differently for every provider. But for Larry Kraska, CEO of Sunrise, Florida-based Interim HealthCare, Inc., mastering the art of recruiting and retention has played a big role in the company’s overall growth. Founded in 1966, Interim HealthCare provides a range of in-home care services, including private duty care, home Read More

  • New Year, New Name for HealthSouth Corporation

    Jan 02 2018

    HealthSouth Corporation is ushering in the new year by officially completing the change to its new moniker: Encompass Health Corporation. The planned name change took effect at stock market open Tuesday morning. In addition, the Birmingham, Alabama-based provider of home-based care and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals has officially changed its New York Stock Exchange Read More

  • Legislation Aims to RAISE Support for Family Caregivers

    Dec 21 2017

    Apart from home health aides, family caregivers are instrumental to delivering care to patients in the home setting—and now, a bill advocating for the crucial role they play is making its move in Washington. Titled the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage Family Caregivers Act of 2017—better known as the RAISE Family Caregivers Act—the bill Read More

  • [Updated] The Trickle-Down Effect of Tax Reform on Home Health

    Dec 19 2017

    The home health industry is one step closer to witnessing sweeping tax reform, with the bill on its way to President Trump’s desk. As such, the industry could see a windfall—though some cuts to Medicare and Medicaid could be triggered down the line. House and Senate lawmakers voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Read More

  • Removal of Flu Vaccine Measure to Boost Home Health Star Ratings

    Dec 14 2017

    Home health agencies participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality of Patient Care (QoPC) Star Rating program could see a slight uptick in their average ratings on Home Health Compare, thanks to CMS’ proposed removal of the influenza immunization measure. Currently, home health agencies must be able to report on five Read More

  • Illinois Home Health Fraud Tops $100 Million

    Dec 13 2017

    In roughly six months, and for a non-refundable fee of $25, any person wishing to operate a home health care agency in the state of Illinois can receive their agency’s license, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). While obtaining a home health license in the state seems pretty straightforward, applying to be Read More

  • How Agencies Can Win with Targeted Probe & Educate

    Dec 11 2017

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has certainly kept the home health industry on its toes, with 2017 being a banner year for regulations and proposals. Between the now on-hold home health groupings model (HHGM), and the new conditions of participation (CoPs) set to take effect on January 13, 2018, home health providers Read More

  • Alzheimer’s Population to Double, Underscoring Need for Home Health

    Dec 07 2017

    The level of care that home health providers can deliver to patients living with Alzheimer’s dementia or mild cognitive impairment can have a profound impact on rehabilitation. This intensive level of care can have greater need in years to come as the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia will more than double in the coming Read More

  • Home Health Players Line Up for Hospice Deals in 2018

    Dec 07 2017

    The strong role hospice plays in the post-acute care continuum is being realized more and more by consumers, driving a surge in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity and overall interest in the space by home health providers. In fact, during Amedisys, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: AMED) third-quarter earnings call, CEO Paul Kusserow declared the company’s focus on Read More

  • Home Health Stands to Reap Benefits from Tax Reform

    Dec 04 2017

    The financial ripple effect of the U.S. Senate’s approval early Saturday of the GOP’s $1.5 trillion tax bill is expected to be felt by various industries, including home health. The proposed tax bill can greatly benefit many companies’ bottom lines; however, a provision within the bill is leaving health care providers on edge as to how Read More

  • Online Directory Provides Location-Based Search for Palliative Care

    Dec 01 2017

    Seeking palliative care for a family member or loved one with a serious illness can be a difficult responsibility. However, the New York-based Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is looking to make this process easier by introducing its “expanded” online Palliative Care Provider Directory. Palliative care is a specialized form of medical care for people Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: CellTrak, FirstLight Home Care

    Nov 30 2017

    CellTrak Welcomes New Addition to Executive Leadership Team Schaumburg, Illinois-based CellTrak Technologies, a provider of care delivery management solutions for the home care industry, has appointed Cheryl Reid-Haughian as its new vice president of clinical informatics. As one of CellTrak’s industry advisors, Reid-Haughian will assist in developing content for the industry, customers and CellTrak staff Read More

  • CMS Nixes Mandatory Cardiac Bundles, Changes CJR Model

    Nov 30 2017

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized the cancellation of the mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models, and in the same move, also implemented changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model. Specifically, CMS is reducing the number of mandatory geographic areas participating in the CJR model, from Read More

  • Alexa Pilot Explores Benefits of Voice-Activated Home Health

    Nov 29 2017

    “Hey, Alexa, what time should I take my medication today?” This exchange with Amazon’s digital personal service assistant, Alexa, may soon be commonplace for older adults who wish to age in place, thanks to a pilot study conducted by Dublin, Ireland-based Accenture (NYSE: ACN), a global management consulting firm that provides services in technology, strategy Read More

  • EVV Provision Leaves Home Health in Open Vs. Closed Dilemma

    Nov 28 2017

    Home health care agencies were hit by another regulation last year, when President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law prior to leaving office. While the Act brought forth a number of developments for innovations and advancements in patient care, it also required home health agencies to comply with statewide electronic systems. While progressive in nature, Read More

  • CMS Will Not Delay Home Health CoPs

    Nov 27 2017

    Despite giving agencies a reprieve this past summer by delaying the implementation of the new home health  Conditions of Participation (CoPs), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) remains headstrong in upholding its effective date of January 13, 2018—despite not issuing a final version of Interpretive Guidelines. With no guidelines, industry stakeholders have been Read More

  • Pittsburgh Joins Ranks of U.S. Retirement Havens

    Nov 22 2017

    Move over, Tampa, retirees may soon trade in your sunny beaches and migrate north to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the city tops Bankrate’s 2017 “Best Places to Retire in America” list. To compile the rankings, the New York City-based consumer financial services company scored the 50 largest U.S. metro areas on several factors, including: health care Read More

  • San Francisco Pilot Program Tackles Home Care Affordability

    Nov 21 2017

    More than half a million California residents employ home care workers. However, many are finding it more and more difficult to pay for these services, according to a report published by The University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Labor Center. A pilot program in San Francisco County, titled Support at Home, is tackling this issue Read More

  • Top 10 Home Health and Hospice Providers

    Nov 16 2017

    Despite regulatory and operational challenges within the home health and hospice industries, competition remains strong, as evidenced in Chicago-based research firm LexisNexis’ 2017 Top 100 Home Health and Hospice Agencies Rankings. The 2017 rankings were compiled by LexisNexis Risk Solutions utilizing 2016 medical claims and patient volume data from the company’s proprietary “MarketView” claims database, Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: AlayaCare, Home Care Assistance

    Nov 16 2017

    AlayaCare Names New Board Advisor Home health care software developer AlayaCare has named Will Falk a member of its board of directors. Falk is a retired partner with multi-national accounting and auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He joined PwC in 2012 and led the Canadian health care practice for five years. He has spent 25 years as Read More

  • Illinois Challenges Remain for Addus Despite Clearing Increased Wage Hurdle

    Nov 15 2017

    After facing more than two years of state budget constraints, Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS) in-home care aides in Illinois are celebrating in their recent win, as the company’s collective bargaining unit under Service Employees International Union (SEIU), has reached a tentative agreement with Addus management to boost wages. Specifically, the tentative agreement will give workers a 72 Read More

  • Honor Expands Caregiver Pool with New Partner Network

    Nov 14 2017

    Building on its momentum of creating partnerships with other health care providers, San Francisco-based Honor has launched a new program with the aim of further expanding those types of arrangements. Honor, which has raised $65 million in funding, currently has partnerships with senior living providers, independent home care agencies and continuing care systems, among others. The Read More

  • Tech Integration Gaps Persist in Post Acute Care

    Nov 14 2017

    Strong communication and coordination between physicians and post-acute care (PAC) providers, including home health agencies, have been proven to be a driving factor in providing quality care to patients, as well as reducing hospital readmissions. Despite this, many providers are still not leveraging the power of data analytics and the use of electronic health records Read More

  • Assisted Living Training Program Provides Stepping Stone to Home Health

    Nov 10 2017

    While some in-home care agencies have refined their interviewing processes to find new caregivers, one Middletown, New York-based agency is looking internally, and receiving support from the state to combat the industry’s ever-persistent recruiting and retention issues. Braemar at Wallkill, a 200-bed assisted living residence community, is utilizing a new training program within the community’s Read More

  • Amedisys Implements Aggressive Plan for Retention, Hospice Growth

    Nov 08 2017

    Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) is riding into the end of 2017 with a mission to grow its clinical and business development staff, as well as strengthen its stake in the hospice sector. While the third quarter saw several challenges—both on a personal front, as well as with industrywide woes concerning the Centers for Medicaid and Read More

  • Despite HHGM Threat, LHC Group Acquires At Rapid Pace in 2017

    Nov 06 2017

    The third quarter of 2017 became a “banner quarter” of sorts for LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG). The Lafayette, Louisiana-based provider of home health and hospice care saw record-setting performance, and it celebrated in an industry-wide victory in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to not implement its Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) as Read More

  • Illinois Law Holds Providers, Hospitals Under Stricter Accountability

    Nov 03 2017

    An Illinois law going into effect on January 1, 2018, will not only impact the home care industry, but also the hospital and health care groups they create relationships with. Signed into law by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Aug. 21, SB 1676 mandates that hospitals or other health care agencies that receive state funding cannot refer a patient Read More

  • Bundled Payment Report Illustrates Increased Demand for Home Health

    Nov 02 2017

    Home health agencies continue to prove their worth in bundled payment programs, and new data from Chicago-based health care consulting firm LewinGroup supports this claim. LewinGroup analyzed health care providers who are participants in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative. The program was established to gauge Read More

  • Must-Read News: Star Ratings Unchanged in Q3

    Oct 27 2017

    Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. It’s the start of a new week and, believe it or not, we’re just days away from the start of a new month! But before we close the books on October, here is our weekly roundup of our must-read news. This Week in Review At the top of Read More

  • Despite Staffing Challenges, Home Health Aide Jobs Growing Rapidly

    Oct 26 2017

    Home health agencies struggling with staffing and retention issues may find solace in the fact that the supply of caregivers will only continue to grow, as the home health aide occupation is expected to be the fastest-growing job in the health care industry over the next decade, according to the 2016-2026 Employment Projections from the U.S. Read More

  • Louisville Health Care CEOs Form Council for Aging

    Oct 24 2017

    On the heels of opening the doors to the industry’s first-ever technology innovation hub, in Louisville, Kentucky, leaders from some of the biggest home health care companies are teaming up with other executives from across the health care space in the city to revolutionize the city’s health care economy by establishing the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: Addus, Remedy Partners

    Oct 23 2017

    Bachleda Resigns from Addus Board of Directors Simon A. Bachleda has resigned from the board of directors of Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), a Downers Grove, Ill.-based provider of in-home and home health care services. Bachleda announced his resignation on October 19. He indicated his decision was based on a desire to focus more on his Read More

  • Great Lakes Caring Targets Population Health With Fuller in C-Suite

    Oct 18 2017

    Creating partnerships with local health care organizations and driving the value and benefits to home health is a top priority for industry veteran Brian Fuller, as he settles into his new role as chief strategy officer for Jackson, Michigan-based Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice. His appointment was announced October 13 by the company. Read More

  • Data-Driven Home Health Provider to Expand with Private Equity Backing

    Oct 18 2017

    Team Select Home Care’s plans for growth just received a large push from a New York-based private investment firm, with an undisclosed investment. Established in 2008, Phoenix-based Team Select provides in-home post-acute health care services—including Medicare home health, mobile outpatient therapy, pediatric long-term care and CNA training—and has seven locations spread across Arizona, Colorado, Missouri Read More

  • Senior Living Provider Heritage Communities Dives into Home Health

    Oct 17 2017

    Heritage Communities, a senior housing provider based in Omaha, Nebraska, is grappling with a difficult problem—long waiting lists for prospective residents at some of its Heritage brand communities. With rising demand, the senior living provider is getting its feet wet with home health care. “In some of our communities, we have 10 or 15 people that are waiting Read More

  • NY Upholds 13-Hour Pay Rule for In-Home Caregivers

    Oct 17 2017

    The New York Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an emergency update to its minimum-wage regulations in which it stresses that home health care employers should pay workers for just 13 hours of any 24-hour shifts. Specifically, as outlined in the NY DOL’s regulations: “…This subdivision shall not be construed to require that the minimum wage Read More

  • Access to Hospice Care Inadequate for Chronic Liver Disease Patients

    Oct 16 2017

    Patients with chronic liver disease (CLD), such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, are receiving hospice care too late into their diagnosis, according to recent data published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Headed by lead researcher Natsu Fukui, MD, from the Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, the study aimed to examine the characteristics Read More

  • Brookdale COO to Exit, Company Projects Losses From Hurricane Damage

    Oct 16 2017

    Brookdale Senior Living’s (NYSE: BKD) Labeed S. Diab will resign as the company’s chief operating officer effective October 28, according to a Monday press release. In addition to announcing the resignation, Brookdale is projecting lost revenue from the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, specifically to its home health business line in Florida. Diab joined Brookdale in November 2015 Read More

  • Amedisys Launches New Clinical Program for COPD Care

    Oct 12 2017

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has launched its second nationwide clinical program, this time centered on chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) care in the home setting. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a significant chunk of Amedisys’ patient Read More

  • Home Health Tech Embraces BYOD

    Oct 11 2017

    Everyone and their grandmother has a smartphone these days, and the in-home care sector is no different. Mobile technology like smartphones and tablets have quickly adapted to allow in-home caregivers to do their work on the go, from reducing documentation inefficiencies to putting care coordination right in the palm of their hands. In riding this wave, some Read More

  • Why Culture is Driving Growth for One Home Care Provider

    Oct 10 2017

    In an industry striving to meet increasing demand, one home care provider is ramping up its growth while developing a differentiated model based on its culture. Edina, Minnesota-based Lifesprk, a provider of short- and long-term post-acute services in the metropolitan Twin Cities area, is banking on its philosophy of whole person senior care and will continue Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: VNS of Connecticut, MatrixCare

    Oct 05 2017

    Olson Named New President, CEO of VNS of Connecticut Visiting Nurse Services (VNS) of Connecticut, a non-profit provider of skilled home health and hospice services, has named Ann M. Olson, RN, BSN, as its new president and CEO. She succeeds William F. Sullivan, Jr., who retired after three decades in the position. Olson will oversee the Read More

  • Best Buy Tests Home Care Monitoring Technology

    Oct 04 2017

    Forget the latest iPhone release, retail giant Best Buy (NASDAQ: BBY) has unveiled a new technology service as part of its in-store product line-up that aims to serve seniors and baby boomers. The Richfield, Minnesota-based retailer has added its name among other national, well-known brands offering technology solutions to senior care, rolling out its Assured Read More

  • Top Lessons Irma, Harvey Taught Home Health Agencies

    Sep 28 2017

    Preparation is key for any emergency, but it’s just one half of the equation. As in-home care providers found out during recent hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida, putting the protocols into action is the true test. Here are some of the top lessons affected providers learned in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Communication and Read More

  • Axxess Aims to Give Caregivers More Input

    Sep 27 2017

    While ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have certainly become common tools across the in-home care industry, one Dallas-based software developer is looking to capitalize on the trend by adapting the on-demand trend for in-home care services—and put power in the hands of nurses with more control over their schedules. Axxess, a developer of cloud-based software solutions for the Read More

  • What Home Health Agencies Can Learn from Wage Rules in Illinois

    Sep 21 2017

    Litigation surrounding hourly pay and overtime is a hot-button topic that is becoming more and more prevalent in the in-home care sector. With changing laws and strong efforts from the direct care workforce to increase wages, home health care providers around the country can look to Illinois as an example of these challenging dynamics. In fact, Read More

  • Kindred Reports $20 Million Loss from Hurricanes

    Sep 20 2017

    As home health agencies across the Gulf Coast continue their recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many are starting to feel the blow from the financial impact the disasters have left behind. Louisville, Kentucky-based Kindred Healthcare (NYSE:KND) expects a one-time pre-tax earnings impact from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma of approximately $20 Read More

  • Despite Headwinds, Home Health Valuations Remain High

    Sep 19 2017

    The home health sector has faced a few hurdles since the beginning of 2017. Publicly announced home health M&A activity proved lackluster in the first and second quarter of the year, as the industry continues to reel from regulation overload from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). But despite these challenges, investors are still drawn to the industry, even Read More

  • Where Private Duty and Home Health Can Partner Up

    Sep 13 2017

    The transition period from hospital to home following a discharge is not only a crucial time to ensure overall patient health—it’s also an important opportunity for home health agencies and private duty care providers to band together. With the health care system placing a premium on limiting hospital readmissions, coordinated care between private duty and home Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: Well Care Home Health, PreparedHealth

    Sep 11 2017

    Well Care Home Health Appoints Kipple to New Senior Leadership Role Wilmington, North Carolina-based Well Care Home Health has appointed Robin Kipple, RN, BSN as its new senior director of population health and clinical integration. Well Care Home Health provides home care and nursing and rehabilitation services to residents throughout the state. In her new Read More

  • LHC Group Invests in Quality Improvement Push

    Sep 07 2017

    One of the nation’s biggest home health care providers has been investing in tools to improve its rankings as a premier care company. For Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG), its efforts are paying off, if the latest star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are any indication. Many home health agencies strive to achieve Read More

  • Home Care Workers Continue to Face Lower Than Average Wages

    Sep 07 2017

    Despite vocal outcries by home care workers for a higher minimum wage, and the belief that doing so can have an overall positive impact on the economy, wages for both U.S. home care workers and nursing assistants have either stagnated or “barely kept up with inflation over the last 10 years,” according to research conducted by Read More

  • Home Care Software Company Raises $2.4 Million in Funding Round

    Sep 05 2017

    Now more than ever, home health care professionals have a wealth of technological solutions at their disposal, as tech companies continue to invest in, and realize the opportunities within the industry. Such was the case for Montreal, Canada-based AlayaCare, a provider of cloud-based home care software, whose recent funding efforts has raised $2.4 million from Read More

  • Providers See Growth in Continuing Care at Home Models

    Aug 30 2017

    As older adults continue to live much longer, healthier lives, senior living options for aging in place become more and more attractive—among them the concept of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) “without walls,” or continuing care at home (CCaH) models. These programs allows healthy, active older adults to maintain their independence at home, but also Read More

  • NYTimes: Investment in Training Crucial to Home Health Growth

    Aug 29 2017

    The talent shortage in the home health sector has been a grim reality haunting many agencies, and if the industry doesn’t do anything to attract more frontline caregivers, the shortage will cause more than just a hiring issue, as illustrated in a recent piece in the New York Times. Numerous economic factors contribute to this Read More

  • Home Health Providers Braced for Hurricane Harvey

    Aug 25 2017

    In anticipation of Hurricane Harvey, local home health care providers geared up to hunker down. The storm, which reached the Texas coastline Friday, August 25, arrived months before home health care agencies are due to comply with new emergency preparedness standards from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a Read More

  • How to Safeguard Agencies From Common Home Health Liabilities

    Aug 24 2017

    Home health care providers face numerous work-related risks, particularly as the hazards that they encounter are unique to the different homes where they provide care. While a patient’s home may not constitute a traditional “workplace” setting, on-the-job injuries still greatly impact the home health care profession. In fact, a total of 28,600 cases of non-fatal Read More

  • CareAcademy Raises $1.7 Million to Expand Online Training Portfolio

    Aug 23 2017

    Education and training for in-home care providers is an ongoing process, and can be considered as one of the driving forces in combatting the industry’s talent turnover issues. “Learning happens over a period of time; it can’t be a one-stop methodology,” Helen Adeosun, cofounder and CEO of Boston-based CareAcademy, an online training resource for home health Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: Salus Homecare, Mediware

    Aug 21 2017

    Ortiz Appointed Community Liaison for Salus Homecare Orange County Irvine, California-based Salus Homecare has added Missie Ortiz to its team as its community liaison, the home care and home health agency announced. Ortiz brings more than 25 years of health care experience to the team, working in various roles, including care management, home health aide, skilled nursing Read More

  • NuevaCare Leads Industry Among Fastest-Growing Agencies

    Aug 20 2017

    In-home care providers continue to see tremendous growth year after year, with more than a few being listed among the “fastest-growing,” according the 2017 Inc. 5000 ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The 2017 roundup featured a total of 22 in-home care providers, up from 13 last year. This stronger presence should come as no Read More

  • Utah Seniors Reside in Top-Ranked State for Aging

    Aug 16 2017

    Seniors that reside in Utah may relish in the fact that the state is considered the best state to age in, according to Caring.com’s “2017 Best and Worst States to Grow Old” report. The website ranks states according to various factors, including senior living community reviews, nursing home costs and elderly well-being assessments, according to the Read More

  • CMS Launches New Hospice Compare Website

    Aug 16 2017

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new tool meant to help patients and their families find hospice care that best suits their needs. Hospice Compare is a new website that displays metrics related to the quality of care that a hospice provider delivers to its patients. The site is part of the CMS Read More

  • Despite Slow Second Quarter, Home Health M&A Remains Strong

    Aug 11 2017

    Only nine publicly announced home health deals occurred in the second quarter of 2017, according to research conducted by Norwalk, Connecticut-based Irving Levin Associates. This performance signified a 40% drop in activity when compared to the total publicly announced mergers and acquisitions in the first quarter of the year (15), as well as a back-to-back decline in Read More

  • Texas Doctor Sentenced to 35 Years for $374 Million Fraud Scheme

    Aug 10 2017

    Rockwall, Texas-based doctor Jacques Roy, MD, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 35 years in federal prison for his involvement in a $374 million home health care fraud scheme, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced. The scheme, which prosectors deemed “staggering,” is the largest home health care fraud case in the Read More

  • Proposed Groupings Model Takes Toll on Home Health Stocks

    Aug 09 2017

    Despite experiencing a “hot streak” in the first half of the year, home health care companies saw sharp dives in share values in July, due in large part to investors’ reactions to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed home health groupings model (HHGM). Three of the largest publicly traded home health care Read More

  • Joint Venture Focus Propels LHC Group Growth in 2017

    Aug 03 2017

    Fresh off a newly announced joint venture with a major hospital system, one of the nation’s largest home health care providers is continuing its financial hot streak after raising its full-year guidance—despite a looming threat in the proposed Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM). Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) is building on its momentum of Read More

  • Medicare Hospice Payments to Increase by $180 Million in 2018

    Aug 01 2017

    A final rule setting fiscal year 2018 payment rates for hospices has been determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In keeping with current law, the market basket percentage increase is 1% for hospices in FY 2018. That equates to a $180 million aggregate increase in their payments in FY 2018. The Read More