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 […]

Home Health Transactions Tank in 2015

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 […]

Home Health Market Regains Wall Street Losses

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 […]