Home Health Groupings Model Has a 50/50 Chance

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 […]

IBM Launches Artificial Intelligence Study for Aging in Place

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 […]

Senior-Specific ERs, Home Care Could Reduce Hospital Admissions

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 […]

Paying for Home Health Care with a Reverse Mortgage

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 […]

Mobile Doctors CEO Gets 15 Months for $1.8 Million Scheme

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 […]

Are Providers Taking the Wrong Approach to Coordinated Care?

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 […]

Telehealth Gains Traction with Medicaid, But States Vary Widely

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, […]

Chicago Couple Indicted in $45 Million Home Health Fraud Scheme

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 […]