Posts by Elizabeth Ecker:

  • Health Organizations Look to Chief Patient Officers for Holistic Approach to Patient Care

    Nov 15 2018

    The blurring of the lines between clinical management and business management across health care organizations has led to the rise of a new executive title: chief patient officer. With the new title, organizations are taking a much more holistic approach to patient care, putting them at the center of care delivery. Rather than simply being Read More

  • Super Smart Home Is Designed To Help Aging In Place

    Dec 03 2017

    Imagine a home where every device is “smart,” including the trash can and the silverware. Perfectly equipped for aging independent adults, the setting allow families to check on loved ones remotely, and those living in the home can connect in real time with medical professionals, physical therapy programs and other health care initiatives. This is Read More

  • How Home Care Can Up Its Hiring and Retention Game

    Oct 19 2017

    Recruitment and retention of home health and home care employees is cited by employers among the most difficult operational challenges in providing care today. Yet some companies—small and large—are having success in recruiting and retaining based on some creative approaches to culture-building, employee perks and by understanding that retaining existing employees is more than half Read More

  • Home Health Groupings Model Has a 50/50 Chance

    Oct 17 2017

    Long Beach, Calif. — The Home Health Groupings Model, originally proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in July, is looking more likely to become a final rule based on signs from the nation’s capital, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice indicated Monday. The chances of the groupings model being Read More

  • IBM Launches Artificial Intelligence Study for Aging in Place

    Oct 01 2017

    Artificial intelligence is here, and it’s making inroads in home care settings through the help of a new partnership. With the rise of big data solutions and machine learning through artificial intelligence, technology powerhouse IBM is teaming up with the University of California, San Diego to discover how these innovations can help people age in Read More

  • How Home Health is Getting on Board with the Value-Based Market

    May 31 2017

    While value-based purchasing has experienced some pushback among some home health care advocacy groups, particularly in areas where it is now required, providers are well served to get on board and adapt to the changes. This was the message among a panel of industry leaders who spoke last month during the Visiting Nurse Associations of Read More

  • How Home Health Providers Are Using Data in End-of-Life Conversations

    Nov 07 2016

    For many home health patients who are chronically ill, there is a natural progression that takes place: home health is provided, eventually a palliative review is conducted after some period of decline, and the patient moves to hospice care where he or she spends on average, 7 to 12 days before passing away. But what Read More

  • Senior-Specific ERs, Home Care Could Reduce Hospital Admissions

    Oct 25 2016

    Hospital admissions have always been a major concern for the aging population, but the sheer numbers will make a rising problem even worse without alternatives to help take pressure away from hospitals. With an influx of senior patients using emergency health care services, some health systems are exploring the ways in which they can improve Read More

  • Paying for Home Health Care with a Reverse Mortgage

    Jun 10 2016

    While home care is undoubtedly rising in terms of need as the population ages, its costs are often noted by prospective patients and clients as a deterring factor. Government programs help to some extent, but there is still a vast group that would benefit from home health care though they are unable to afford it Read More

  • Mobile Doctors CEO Gets 15 Months for $1.8 Million Scheme

    May 25 2016

    The former CEO of Mobile Doctors, a company that provided in-home treatments across several states, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in conducting a scheme that bilked Medicare and cost taxpayers nearly $2 million. Dike Ajiri, the former CEO, was arrested in 2013 during an investigation into the Chicago area Read More

  • Are Providers Taking the Wrong Approach to Coordinated Care?

    Apr 27 2016

    For health care organizations, coordinated care is not one-size-fits-all. While it’s a goal of many, the approaches, priorities and budgets vary, according to a survey of health care professionals conducted by Wellesley, Mass.-based Digital Collaboration Solutions, LLC (DCS), including some home health providers. In many cases, organizations are taking a more reactive than proactive approach. Among Read More

  • Telehealth Gains Traction with Medicaid, But States Vary Widely

    Apr 25 2016

    Telehealth applications are rising across the U.S., but policies around them are varied at best. Despite the different state-by-state approaches to telehealth reimbursement through Medicaid, there are still a few common trends, according to a March 2016 report from the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP). First, reimbursement is rising overall, according to the report, Read More

  • Chicago Couple Indicted in $45 Million Home Health Fraud Scheme

    Apr 20 2016

    A couple who co-owned three Lincolnwood, Illinois, home health agencies were indicted last week in a Chicago federal court for their participation in a Medicare fraud scheme that allegedly bilked taxpayers out of as much as $45 million. Richard Tinimbang and his wife, Maribel Tinimbang, allegedly carried the scheme out through the three home health Read More

  • Home Health Transactions Tank in 2015

    Apr 19 2016

    Despite record-breaking totals across health care sectors for merger and acquisition activity in 2015, the home health and hospice sector bucked the industry trend, falling 33% versus 2014 totals. Across several sectors within the health care industry tracked by research and publishing firm Irving Levin Associates, the industry saw record-breaking totals both in terms of Read More

  • Home Health Market Regains Wall Street Losses

    Apr 18 2016

    The stock market performance of the three largest home health companies continued to rise month over month in March, up 6.21% since February and up 15.0% for the trailing 12-month period. Tracked by healthcare merger and acquisition advisory firm Stoneridge Partners, the index performance of the companies Almost Family (NASDAQ: AFAM), LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) and Amedisys Read More

  • Home Health Stock Index Hits All-Time High

    Aug 10 2015

    On the heels of a landmark month for home health investments in June, one measure of home health company performance has set another record high in July.  Following an 11% uptick in June, the Stoneridge Partners Home Health Index showed another 9% increase last month, amounting to a year to date increase to more than Read More

  • Hillary Clinton Weighs in on ‘Shake Up’ for Home Health Care

    Aug 09 2015

    There has been a lot of talk of late around how things need to change for home health care. And now Democratic Presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is contributing to the conversation.  Clinton has already been vocal about the need for higher minimum wages for home care workers and others, and Read More

  • Wyoming, Minnesota Rank High for Retirement Stability

    Aug 05 2015

    As home care providers expand to meet demand, they may be served to look at the regions in which the aging population is positioned to pay for home care services, or where local infrastructure supports the retirement population. States, specifically, vary widely when it comes to the ability of residents to pay for retirement needs, Read More

  • Former Univita Employees Sue Following Massive Florida Layoffs

    Aug 04 2015

    Following a tumultuous week during which home health care and equipment provider Univita Health lost its HMO contracts in the state of Florida and subsequently laid off more than 1,000 employees, the company now faces a lawsuit alleging it did not give employees adequate notice of their termination. Last week, Univita unexpectedly lost its HMO Read More

  • HealthSouth Continues Home Health Expansion Through Hospital Alignment

    Aug 03 2015

    Following its recent acquisitions of Reliant Health Services announced in June and Encompass Home Health in November, national operator HealthSouth is continuing to align its services strategically to position its home health offerings for growth. That includes locating home health operations near inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and focusing on a recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Read More

  • Massive Layoffs, Home Health Shakeup as Univita Loses Key Contract

    Aug 01 2015

    Home health operator Univita Health has reportedly begun laying off Florida employees after the company lost its HMO contracts earlier this week, which had allowed the company to provide products to Medicaid patients.  The company—which also operates in Georgia, Tennessee and Minnesota—planned to lay off 1,002 employees, including some who worked in the company’s home Read More

  • Most Read: Providers to Cut Staff, Home Care in Hollywood

    Jun 12 2015

    In case you missed them, here are the top headlines grabbing Home Health Care News readers’ attention this week. Poll: Nearly 50% of Home Care Providers to Cut Staff—We polled readers to find out whether they anticipate staff numbers will fall as a result of the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act, to take Read More

  • Senate Bills Would Lead to More Home and Community-Based Services

    Jun 10 2015

    Among several bills under consideration to be marked up by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, there could be impications for more access to home-based services in short time. A number of bipartisan bills are being considered by the senate committee and would likely come as part of a larger Medicare bill, LeadingAge reported this week. Read More

  • CMS Punts on Sought-After Home Health Changes for ACOs

    Jun 08 2015

    In its issuance of the final rule on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and its Medicare Shared Savings Program, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) left home health stakeholders still seeking more changes that they say would better serve both patients and providers.  The CMS rule, announced last week and to be finalized in Read More

  • Judge Overturns Ruling on Home Care Wage and Overtime Protections

    Jan 14 2015

    A federal judge today completed a ruling that the Department of Labor cannot grant overtime and wage protections to home care workers by redefining the term “companionship services,” which many home care workers provide.  The ruling concludes a temporary stay granted following a court decision on December 22 to the same effect, prompting both celebration Read More

  • Federal Court Gives Go-Ahead for Face-to-Face Lawsuit

    Jan 06 2015

    A federal court has ruled in favor of a lawsuit moving forward that works for retroactive effect and pay around a face-to-face the home health industry has long been fighting. The face-to-face rule, which was scheduled to take effect January 1 and would require specific physician participation for qualifying home health Medicare claims, was reversed in Read More

  • Fraudsters Plead Guilty in $56 Million Medicare Home Health Scheme

    Dec 18 2014

    The “mastermind” behind a Medicare fraud scheme and an accomplice pleaded guilty this week to their participation in the fraud, which involved the use of health agencies to bilk the government out of $56 million.  Under the scheme, Mark Morad of Slidell, Louisana and Dr. Divini Lucciono of Kenner, Louisiana, allegedly worked together through multiple Read More

  • How Software is Changing the Game for Home Care Providers, Large and Small

    Dec 11 2014

    Many home care providers are assessing their businesses for inefficiencies as the need for care increases among the aging demographic, and as the operations landscape becomes more competitive. Enter: the rise of software solutions to assist providers in managing their workforces, keeping track of client information, and scheduling and executing appointments. Home care providers are Read More

  • Interim HealthCare Expands with 15 New Locations

    Dec 08 2014

    Interim HealthCare, Inc., a national network of home care, hospice and health staffing franchises, has added 15 locations in 2014 in eight states including California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Virginia and New Jersey. The first locations in Utah and Maryland have opened. The company now has more than 330 locations in 44 states and ranks in the Read More

  • Harvard Health Challenge Recognizes Home Health Tech Among Finalists

    Nov 24 2014

    Among four finalists in Harvard University’s Acceleration Challenge, a home health tech company—the only home health company on the list—has made the cut. Medalogix was recognized by the challenge for its Bridge solution; a technology that facilitates end of life care conversations with patients who would benefit from hospice care. The challenge received applications from Read More

  • NAHC Recaps CMS Open Door Forum for Home Health, Hospice and DME

    Nov 19 2014

    Following the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recent open door forum for home health, hospice and durable medical equipment providers, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice published a recap of important items and updates covered during the event.  Among the issues currently at hand for CMS are home health conditions of Read More

  • Encompass Home Health Seeks Buyer, $700 Million Price Tag

    Oct 27 2014

    On the heels of several national home care acquisitions in recent months, Encompass Home Health’s parent company is seeking a buyer for its home health arm, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Cressy & Co., the company’s parent, is seeking a purchase price of $700 million, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing three Read More

  • Michigan Passes “Right To Try” Law, Allows Terminally Ill to Access Investigative Drugs

    Oct 21 2014

    A law that exists in three states today to allow terminally ill patents the right to try investigational medicines was adopted in Michigan this week, making it the fourth state to allow this right.  The “Right To Try Act,” was passed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder late last week. It allows terminally ill patients to Read More

  • University of Illinois Launches Caregiver Research Center

    Oct 20 2014

    The University of Illinois at Chicago is tuning in to caregiving through the launch of a new center to study family caregivers and long-term care services. The center, funded by $4.3 million in grant money from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Administration for Community Living, will cross institutions to study Read More

  • Congressmen Rally Support for Supsending Companionship Rule

    Oct 02 2014

    Two senators have started a push to suspend the Department of Labor’s Companionship Rule—a rule which home care industry advocates say will raise the costs associated with caring for the aging population in their homes.  The Companionship Rule, slated to take effect in January 2015, changing a long-standing exemption for personal care services; its opponents Read More

  • ABC News: Navigating Payment Options for Long-Term Care

    Oct 02 2014

    Many Americans may not be prepared to pay for long-term care, but the reality is that most of them will need it. Whether they receive care in a community setting or in their own homes, they will need to learn about the different payment options that are available for different care types. And then figure Read More

  • Lawmakers Push for Sweeping Change to PACE Programs

    Oct 02 2014

    A group of senators are pushing for changes Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) that would expand the services that fall under pace as well as the care teams that collaborate through the system. In a letter sent to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Department of Health and Human Services, Sen. Pat Toomey Read More

  • 7 Defendants Charged in $56 Million New Orleans Home Health Fraud

    Sep 30 2014

    Seven defendants were charged this week for their participation in a $56 million New Orleans home health fraud scheme, bringing the defendant count in the case to 13.  Of the 13 defendants, three pleaded guilty this week to the charges.  The scheme was conducted from 2007 to 2014 through several companies that purported to offer Read More

  • U.S. News: Tips for Hiring In-Home Care

    Sep 29 2014

    Hiring in-home care for a parent or loved one is not an easy process, and there are pitfalls to be avoided in the process, writes U.S. News and World report in an article this week.  Outlining five ways to avoid these pitfalls, U.S. News provides advice to those searching for in-home caregivers from vetting home Read More

  • 6 Ways Call Centers Are Rising to Meet Home Care Needs

    Sep 24 2014

    Whether independently operated or part of a larger network of home health providers, there are many different applications where partnering with a call center service can help maintain business operations, or even expand them. The services offered by call center providers today go beyond simply answering and fielding phone calls. Their capabilities allow them to Read More

  • Home Care Fraud Allegations Call for More Internal Oversight Among Providers

    Sep 02 2014

    Several home care fraud developments in New York, Rhode Island and Louisiana have led the National Assoication for Home Care and Hospice to recommend that providers “re-double” their internal efforts against fraud.  The association points to findings from the National Council on Medicare Home Care, a NAHC affiliate, that show Medicare fraud activity in areas Read More

  • Bidders Aside, Gentiva Positioning to be Major Post-Acute Care Player

    Aug 06 2014

    With talks heating up in recent months around two possible acquirers for major home health and hospice provider Gentiva (NYSE: GTIV), the company says regardless of a possible merger, it’s positioning itself to be a major presence in the post-acute care sector. Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) and an unnamed party have upped their bids for Read More

  • Provider Cuts Home Care Services Due to Turnover Challenges

    Jul 21 2014

    As home care industry turnover rises, some providers are finding the operations behind providing services at home are not sustainable.  An East Coast provider of a continuum of care services for seniors says it will be scaling back its home care arm in light of operational challenges. Country Meadows Retirement Communities, which operates and owns Read More

  • Miami Patient Recruiters Plead Guilty in $20 Million Home Health Fraud

    Jul 14 2014

    Four patient recruiters have pleaded guilty for their participation in a home health fraud scheme that bilked the federal government out of an estimated $20 million in Medicare dollars.  The four recruiters, Estrella Perez, Solchys Perez, Abigail Aguila and Monica Macias pleaded guilty last week to various charges including conspiracy to defraud the United States, for Read More

  • Patient Recruiter Pleads Guilty in $6.5 Million Miami Home Health Scheme

    Jul 01 2014

    A patient recruiter has pleaded guilty for her participation in a home health fraud scheme in Miami that bilked the government out of $6.5 million. The recruiter, Euridice Borroto, who worked with now-defunct Nestor’s Health Services Inc. in Miami, Florida, is pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to solicit and receive health care kickbacks and Read More

  • Senior Care Tech Connects Caregivers Though Patient TVs

    May 12 2014

    A new technology product coming to market is taking aim at reducing hospital readmissions by improving the connection between patient and caregiver—via television.  The technology, currently being developed in England is targeting a specific need among the aging population: simple, direct communication without the need for tech savvy.  Speakset, the burgeoning tech being piloted in Read More

  • NAHC Readies Lawsuit, Preps to Discuss Face-to-Face Rule With CMS

    May 07 2014

    A lawsuit over Medicare home health face-to-face physician encounter requirements being prepared by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice is ready to go, the association said via its website Wednesday. But the association is meeting with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to discuss the issue further.  Due to industry concerns stemming from the Read More

  • Census: Nation’s Oldest Population Growth Driving Health Care Needs Nationwide

    May 06 2014

    The nation’s population is getting older, and fast. The age group who are 65 and older is expected to near double in size over the next 20 years, according to two new reports from the U.S. Census Bureau, reaching 83.7 million in 2050 up from 43.1 million in 2012.  “The United States is projected to Read More

  • Home Health Pilot Reduces Readmissions in Heart Bypass Patients

    May 01 2014

    A home health pilot is proving to pay off big by greatly reducing the risk of hospital readmissions for heart bypass surgery patients.  According to a study released this week, 401 patients who had heart bypass surgery were three times less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge when they Read More

  • Home Health Care News Needs Your Help!

    Apr 30 2014

    Help Us Improve Home Health Care News! Home Health Care News (HHCN) is getting ready to make some big changes and we need your help. After a successful “soft” launch, our team is ready to give you even more of the news and information you need to be successful in the home health industry. Over Read More

  • Security Company to Launch Home Health ID Tech

    Apr 30 2014

    A new technology provider is aiming its focus on the home health care business with hopes to revolutionize the security process associated with home care visits.  HID Global, an Austin, Texas-based security tech company is using near-field communication (NFC) innovation to help, according to a report by MedCity News.  The company is marketing its Trusted Read More

  • USA Today: Home Care Wage Rules Forcing States’ Hands

    Apr 29 2014

    A new wage rule passed under the Obama administration that promises to increase pay and working conditions for home care workers could result in higher Medicaid costs, reports USA Today via Stateline, a nonpartisan news service.  The new rule, slated to go into effect come January 1, has been met with mixed response among home Read More

  • Amedisys Agrees to $150 Settlement to Resolve False Billing Allegations

    Apr 24 2014

    Home health giant Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) has agreed to a $150 million settlement with the federal government for allegations that the company submitted false home healthcare billings to Medicare.  The national provider of home health care services allegedly improperly billed Medicare for ineligible patients and services including billing for services that were not medically Read More

  • Bill to Address Aging Population Hinges on Advancing Direct Care Workforce

    Apr 23 2014

    Two Pennsylvania lawmakers are launching a federal effort to help improve access to health care for older Americans that hinges largely on the direct care workforce. The Improving Care for Vulnerable Older Cisizens through Workforce Advancement Act of 2014, introduced this month by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), would advance the Read More

  • Celtic Healthcare Acquires Home Care Agency in Midwest Expansion

    Apr 22 2014

    Pittsburgh-based Celtic Healthcare has acquired a Missouri-based home care and hospice provider that will expand its footprint beyond Pennsylvania and Maryland into Missouri and Illinois. The company announced this week it has acquired VNA-TIP Healthcare, a HomeCare Elite agency that has a longstanding history of nearly 100 years and has growth through acquisition of the Read More

  • ViaQuest Acquires Home Health and Hospice Operations to Drive Presence, Growth

    Apr 17 2014

    An Ohio health services company is ramping up its home care and hospice presence with the acquisition of Indiana-based operations this week. It will target new growth through partnerships with local communities and long term care providers.  ViaQuest, based in Dublin, Ohio, announced it has acquired the Indiana operations of TriStar Home Health and Hospice—a Read More

  • Miami Home Health Fraud Scheme Nets 10 Arrests

    Apr 16 2014

    The owner of a former Miami home health agency as well as nine additional participants have been indicted for their roles in a Medicare fraud scheme that allegedly bilked the federal government out of $12.5 million.  The defendants, including former owner of Marcialed and Sacred Health, Vicente Diaz, were indicted on 59 counts from health care Read More

  • Ensign Expands Home Health Portfolio Through Idaho Acquisition

    Apr 15 2014

    The Ensign Group (NASDAQ: ENSG) announced it is expanding its presence as a home health and hospice provider through the recent acquisition of Boise, Idaho-based Life’s Doors Hospice, Life’s Doors Home Health and Life’s Doors Home Care Solutions.  The companies will be operated by Cornerstone Healthcare Inc., Ensign’s home health and hospice operating company.  “We Read More

  • Home Care Agency Rolls Out New Model to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    Apr 10 2014

    A Florida home health care agency has developed a new business model aimed at reducing hospital readmissions and cutting down on costs to Medicare, according to a Bradenton Herald report.  Infinity Homecare, based in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, is focused on educating older patients about what they can do for themselves, or empowering them through coaching Read More

  • Minnesota Lawmakers Vote More Funds, Higher Wages for Home Health

    Apr 09 2014

    Minnesota’s state senate voted this week to increase home health spending by $80 million.  According to a Duluth News Tribune report, the home health funds would come as part of a larger, $209-million add-on to the two-year, $39 million budget that was enacted last year and would be the area with the largest spending increase Read More

  • CMS To Begin Data Collection for Hospice Quality Reporting

    Apr 08 2014

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin a new data collection to inform hospice quality reporting, according to a Federal Register notice published this week.  In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, CMS is establishing a new system, the Hospice Item Set System, to support the collection of data required for the Read More

  • LHC Continues Buy-Up With $2 Million Purchase of Two Home Health Agencies

    Apr 03 2014

    On the heels of the closing of a deal to acquire two BioScip home health subsidiaries for nearly $60 million earlier this week, LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) is continuing its buying spree with the asset purchases of two more home health agencies this week.  The new acquisitions include the asset purchase of home health and hospice Read More

  • Michigan Doctor Pleads Guilty in $7 Million Home Health Scheme

    Apr 02 2014

    A Detroit-area doctor this week pleaded guilty for her role in a home health fraud scheme that bilked Medicare out of more than $7 million.  The doctor, Adelina Herrero of Ann Arbor, Michigan, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  From April 2010 to April 2013, Herraro and others agreed Read More

  • LHC Group Closes $60 Million Home Health Acquisition of Deaconess, Elk Valley

    Apr 01 2014

    LHC Group today announced it has closed a previously disclosed deal to acquire two home health subsidiaries of BioScrip Inc. (Nasdaq:BIOS) for $59.5 million. LHC, which provides home health, hospice and post-acute care services nationally, has purchased Deaconess HomeCare and Elk Valley services in a transaction that will add 32 agencies in four states to the Read More

  • The Hill Column: Please, Congress, Don’t Cut Home Health Funds

    Mar 27 2014

    Proposed cuts to Medicare funding for home healthcare are endangering one of the few solutions the United States has in caring for seniors, writes former Congressional Budget Office director and American Action Forum President Douglas Holtz-Eakin in a The Hill column this week.  While policy makers have taken a step in the right direction by reversing Read More

  • AAHomecare Goes Digital in New National Online Campaign

    Mar 25 2014

    The American Association for Homecare is going digital this month with the launch of a new national communications campaign that aims to drive consumer awareness about Medicare reform and its impact on homecare accessibility.  The campaign is slated to go live in April and will include a social media component geared toward education of consumers Read More

  • Forbes: Home Care Desirable but Presents Unknowns

    Mar 20 2014

    Many Americans are hoping, or are counting on, their ability to age while remaining in their own homes. Largely, this is made possible through the help of in-home caregivers, whether professional, paid for by government programs, or untrained family members.  But while many are hopeful of this option, there are many, many unknowns writes Forbes columnist Read More

  • Op-Ed: Rising Senior Home Care Costs Run Deep

    Mar 19 2014

    Many elderly or disabled home care patients could be “priced out” of receiving the services they are accustomed to receiving as the result of legislative changes that are putting pressure on the cost of doing business in home care, writes Steve Meyer, a home care company founder and CEO, in a Seattle business journal.  Pointing Read More

  • Miami Fraudsters Sentenced in $8 Million Home Health Scheme

    Mar 18 2014

    Several patient recruiters for now-defunct Miami home health company Flores Home Health Care Inc. were sentenced this week for their roles in an $8 million scheme to defraud Medicare.  Lerida Labrada, 59; Mayra Flores, 49; and German Martinez, 36, all of Miami, were sentenced to serve 37 months, 24 months, and 24 months in prison, respectively. Read More

  • Amedisys Performance Falters, Execs to Push for Turnaround

    Mar 12 2014

    Nationwide home care and hospice provider Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED) said the company is focused on transformation following the announcement of missed earnings Wednesday and a net loss from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2013. The company cited increasing health care costs for employees as an unforeseen drag on company performance as well as Read More

  • Texas Home Care Association Raises Major Concerns on Obama Budget Proposal

    Mar 12 2014

    The Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice voiced concerns this week over two major home care provisions in the Obama Administration’s 2015 budget proposal released earlier this month: a home health co-pay and further reimbursement reductions to providers.  The timing of these changes would be problematic, the association said, following a 1% reduction in Read More

  • Jobs Report: Fastest Growing Sector is Home Care, Not all Jobs Equal

    Mar 11 2014

    Low-wage home care jobs comprise the fastest-growing sector in the nation at a current count of two million and an expected surge of 50% between 2012 and 2022, according a recent analysis by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute.  The rate of growth represents nearly five times the growth anticipated across all other occupations in the nation, PHI Read More

  • Home Health Sensor Market to “Explode” to $1.2 Billion

    Mar 06 2014

    The market for home health sensors is expected to “explode” over the next four years, with an estimated market potential of $1.2 billion by 2018. In large part due to the surge in the aging population over 60, which is anticipated to grow from 16% to 25% of the population from 2000 to 2050, alternative Read More

  • DOJ Announces $4.3 Billion Record Year for Health Care Fraud Busts

    Mar 05 2014

    Last year was a record year for cracking down on health care fraud, with $4.3 billion in recovery from fraud busts nationwide. The Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services announced last week the record performance for the year, as well as a total for $19.2 billion over the last five.  Read More

  • Researchers Zoom in on Robots as Future of Caregiving

    Mar 04 2014

    The caregiver of the future? It could be a fleet of robots, Aljazeera America reports.  Citing a number of robots on the market or under development, the report delves into the future of caregiving and how technology, namely robotic devices, will help to fill the void between the number of caregivers and the number of Read More

  • Washington Post: “Nana Technology” Uses GPS to Care for Aging Population

    Feb 27 2014

    Advances are being made in the “nana technology” developed by a George Mason University professor to help caregivers and family members care for their aging counterparts. By placing a GPS-based tracking device in shoes, Professor Andy Carle has made strides in terms of caring for those who, due to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, may be Read More

  • Massachusetts Doctor Pleads Guilty in $27 Million Home Health Scheme

    Feb 26 2014

    A Boston-area doctor pleaded guilty this week for his role in a home health fraud scheme that allegedly bilked Medicare out of more than $27 million. Dr. Spencer Wilking, former Medical Director for Waltham, Mass.-based MJG Management Company, which operated as At Home VNA, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison plus supervised Read More

  • CMS Seeks Comment on New Competitive Bidding Round for DME

    Feb 25 2014

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking public comment in the process of moving toward national implementation of its competitive bidding system for durable medical equipment.  CMS has been rolling out the program—currently operating in 100 areas across the U.S.—gradually. It  and has been met with strong opposition from home health care providers Read More

  • Home Health Care Tops Jobs To Watch in 2014

    Feb 20 2014

    Heath care jobs are set to boom, with home health leading the charge.  Among the top trends in health care jobs in the coming year, an increasing demand fork home health care options for aging adults makes the top three, according to annual rankings based on data compiled by U.S. News and World. The three trends Read More

  • New Platform Simplifies Smart Phones for Non-Tech Savvy Users

    Feb 19 2014

    A new technology platform is aiming to make it easier for those who are not “tech savvy” to navigate smart phones. The technology, “Wiser Simple Launcher” works via Google Play by bypassing the Android platform and launch screen and presenting instead a much simpler, more streamlined version. Contacts are identified with photos in addition to Read More

  • Dallas Morning News Delves into Area Home Health Fraud

    Feb 18 2014

    Dallas has recently become the focus of state and federal attention to Medicare health care fraud as one of the cities among all in the U.S. where home health fraud is most rampant.  The Dallas Morning News delves into the issue in an article this week, looking into the population among which fraud has been Read More

  • Missouri Home Health Provider Indicted on Bank Fraud Charges

    Feb 13 2014

    A Missouri home health care owner/operator was indicted this week on fraud charges alleging she made fraudulent charges involving payment of a bank loan.  According to the Justice Department, Tina Kuehl of St. Louis was charged after obtaining a $305,000 property loan from Community Bank of Owensville, that resulted in foreclosure after several payments were Read More

  • Tech, Health Care Alliance Aims to Bring Providers to Patients Via Web

    Feb 12 2014

    Videoconferencing is bringing telehealth mainstream via a new partnership between HealthSpot and some of the nation’s leading health and technology providers via the Alliance for Connected Care.  In an effort to bring health care into communities and out of doctors’ offices and hospitals, the alliance, led by former Senators Tom Daschle, Trent Lott and John Read More

  • LHC Group Continues Acquisition Spree With Two New Home Health Buys

    Feb 11 2014

    Following a deal earlier this month two acquire two home health companies, LCG Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) is continuing its buying spree—this time through the acquisition of two more home health providers.  In addition, the company has reached an agreement to acquire one hospice provider.  The two transactions are based in Tompkinsville, Kentucky and Valley Alabama, Read More

  • Chicago Home Care Franchise Sees Opportunity to Go National

    Feb 06 2014

    A Chicago-based home care franchise is gearing up to expand beyond the state’s borders given the demographic shift ahead that will lead to more older Americans relaying on in-home care. In Home Personal Services announced the growth initiative this week, noting the impending wave of baby boomers who are reaching retirement. “We have found that Read More

  • Home Instead Senior Care Gets Top Honors in Franchise Awards

    Feb 05 2014

    Home Instead Senior Care received top honors as the No. 1 franchisor in the United States, deemed by industry publication Franchise Business Review. The annual rankings consider various categories, including senior care, which this year spanned 15 franchisees.  Home Instead Senior Care has received the first place mention for the past four consecutive years, based Read More

  • LHC Group to Acquire Home Care Companies for $60 Million

    Feb 04 2014

    National home care provider LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) is getting even bigger. The company announced this week it will acquire Deaconess HomeCare and Elk Valley Health Services—two subsidiaries of BioScrip, Inc.—for $60 million. The deal will bolster LHC’s geographical footprint to include 342 locations across 27 states. Deaconess HomeCare, established in 1969, and Elk Valley Read More

  • Home Health Aides to Add 50% More Jobs By 2022

    Jan 30 2014

    The number of home health care jobs in the U.S. is expected to spike in the coming decade, as one of the 30 occupations that are expected to account for almost half of all new jobs created.  Of those occupations, five are in health care, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Read More

  • Texas Home Health Operator Indicted on Medicare Fraud, Bank Structuring Charges

    Jan 29 2014

    Despite federal efforts to curb Medicare fraud among home health operators, a home health agency owner and operator and director of nursing were arrested this week in Richmond, Texas for their alleged roles in a recent Medicare fraud scheme.  According to the Department of Justice, the participants conspired to structure bank withdrawals.  Stella Maduka, of Read More

  • Kinnser Home Health and Hospice Tech Company Sees Sales Up 40%

    Jan 28 2014

    Home health and hospice technology is continuing on its upward path.  Software provider Kinnser reports revenue growth in 2013 of 40%, beating expectations and keeping an eye toward more expansion in the future.  “Thanks to our innovative, high energy team, Kinnser exceeded expectations in 2013 with a heightened focus on customer service and new solutions-based Read More

  • CMS Updates Home Health Medicare Benefit Policy Manual

    Jan 23 2014

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced it is updating some of its Medicare policy manuals pursuant to a recent settlement in Jimmo vs. Sebelius.  CMS is providing manual updates to clarify Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), Home Health (HH), and Outpatient (OPT) coverage requirements pursuant to the settlement of the case, the Read More

  • Aging in Place Tech Booms Raises Privacy Questions: Washington Post

    Jan 23 2014

    As they age, many older Americans are turning to technology to enable them to stay in their homes longer than ever before. From smart pill bottles that track when they are taking medicine to sensors throughout their homes that can alert family members of caregivers of a change in behavior or an emergency, technology is Read More

  • FTC Cracks Down on Robocall Medical Device Scam Targeting Seniors

    Jan 16 2014

    The Federal Trade Commission called for a halt this week to a robocalling scheme that scammed some older Americans into buying at-home medical devices that were pitched to them as “free.”  According to the FTC, an Orlando-based company used pre-recorded phone calls to sell the devices to seniors by making them believe friends or family Read More

  • Senior Caregivers Become the Norm As Population Ages

    Jan 15 2014

    As a rising solution to the aging crisis in America, caregivers for seniors are increasingly becoming more senior, writes the Detroit Free Press in an article this week.  Citing the example of a 92-year-old Alzheimer’s patient who has a 74-year-old caregiver, the article points to the aging population as cause for this oncoming phenomenon of Read More

  • Senior Care Search Tool Boosts Web Presence to 50 Sites Nationwide

    Jan 14 2014

    Online search and information tool for those offering and seeking senior caregiving services is raising its website count to 50, catering to all states across the nation, the company announced this week.  Previously spanning sites in 30 markets, ElderCare Resources USA has plans to expand into 20 more states in 2014 and is launching 50 Read More

  • Senior Care Search Tool Boosts Web Presence to 50 Sites Nationwide

    Jan 09 2014

    Online search and information tool for those offering and seeking senior caregiving services is raising its website count to 50, catering to all states across the nation, the company announced this week.  Previously spanning sites in 30 markets, ElderCare Resources USA has plans to expand into 20 more states in 2014 and is launching 50 Read More

  • Remote Care Provider Partners with Humana on Aging in Place Pilot

    Jan 08 2014

    A national pilot program is aiming to make care of older Americans in their homes easier through the use of in-home monitoring devices and health insurance giant Humana.  Tech provider Healthsense has partnered with Humana on the national pilot works through Humana’s Humana Cares / Senior Bridge. The insurance provider identified 100 individuals under its Read More

  • LHC Group Names Former NFL Quarterback to Advisory Board, Eyes Home Health Growth

    Jan 02 2014

    Post-acute care provider LHC Group has announced the appointment of former NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme to its Founder’s Advisory Board.  The company has recently ramped up its presence in the home health care market through its acquisitions of AseraCare Home Health in May 2013, Infirmary Hospice Care in April 2013, and Addus’s home health business line Read More

  • CMS Moves Closer to Fingerprint Background Checks in Home Health

    Dec 19 2013

    Three years following a final rule that will allow for fingerprinting of workers—a measure targeting Medicare fraud—the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is finally making plans to contract with a company to conduct the background checks, according to a Modern Healthcare report. The fingerprint screening is one of several mechanisms now allowed by the Read More

  • Accelera Acquires Two Companies for $1.42 Million, Boosts Home Health Services

    Dec 18 2013

    Healthcare software provider Accelera Innovations is ramping up its presence in the market for home health care through the $1.42 million acquisition of At Home Health Services and All Staffing Services, announced this week.  Accelera’s wholly owned subsidiary At Home Health Management will operate both entities going forward, the company said upon the announcement. At Read More

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