Posts by Erin Hegarty:

  • New York Home Health Industry Shows Growth Despite High Unemployment

    Sep 18 2012

    Despite the New York’s perpetually high unemployment rate, the state’s “low-wage” industries, including the home health sector, have seen a net increase of 194,304  job gains since 2008 , according to the Fiscal Policy Institute’s (FPI) report, The State of Working New York 2012: Disappointingly Weak Recovery. The low-wage industry is made up of jobs that Read More

  • Prestige Care, Bristol Hospice Bring Comprehensive Home Care to Portland

    Sep 18 2012

    West coast senior living and skilled nursing care provider Prestige Care, Inc. and Bristol Hospice, LLC last week announced a new partnership and the formation of Bristol Hospice and Homecare Northwest, LLC.  The new Bristol partnership will offer comprehensive home health and hospice services to residents in the Portland, Oregon area and plans to base Read More

  • Increased Assisted Living Costs Driving Seniors to Explore Long-Term Options

    Sep 04 2012

    The nearly 1 million aging Americans who reside in assisted living facilities saw an overall 5% increase in average monthly costs last year, according to the 2012 American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI) Sourcebook. As an average monthly cost of $3,350 was reported, AALTCI reports that claims for nursing home care account for less than Read More

  • Increased Flexibility, Savings for Minnesota Home Health Care?

    Sep 04 2012

    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton submitted earlier this month a proposal that would save care recipients and the state money on health care by allowing patients more flexibility in receiving home care and extending the reach of the state’s home care services, according to a letter from the governor to the U.S. Department of Health and Read More

  • Gentiva Acquires Washington-Based Home Care Agency

    Sep 04 2012

    National home health provider Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTIV), announced today its acquisition of Washington-based home health and hospice agency, Family Home Care Corporation (FHC). FHC was founded in 1966 and is based in Spokane, Wash. The company serves the Washington and Idaho home care markets and employs more than 400 in-home aides, nurses Read More

  • AARP to Caregivers: You Are Not Alone

    Aug 29 2012

    A new campaign launched last week by AARP and the Ad Council focuses not on aging Americans, but those providing care to seniors as one of its commercials asks, “I take care of her, but who takes care of me?” The campaign aims to tell the country’s more than 40 million caregivers that their needs are just as Read More

  • Calif. Bill Could Mean New Challenges For Home Health Recipients, Insurers

    Aug 29 2012

    A new workers’ compensation insurance bill could limit the provision of home health care services to California residents, according to a bill introduced in the state senate last week.  SB 863 proposes fee schedules for home health care and a recalculation of home health service expenses once the fee schedule is implemented. The fee schedule’s Read More

  • Detroit Home Health Manager Pleads Guilty in $13.8 Million Fraud Scheme

    Aug 29 2012

    A Detroit man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud after managing a $13.8 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Jawad Ahmed managed home health agency Physicians Choice Home Health Care LLC (Physicians Choice), and used the company to deliver kickbacks to Read More

  • Home Health Agency Acquires Physician Practice in Groundbreaking Deal

    Aug 28 2012

    The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Greater Philedelphia acquired the visiting physician practice Home Visit Doctors in a move to provide more comprehensive home health services to the region, the VNA has announced.  Home Visit Doctors, a house call physician practice, has been operating in the Philadelphia region for 13 years with its two physicians, Read More

  • Research Shows CMS Program Helps Seniors Transition to Home Care

    Aug 28 2012

    In CMS’ effort to help nursing home residents move back into their homes and communities, 38% of successful transitions made from July 1 to Dec. 21, 2011 were patients over age 65, according to a Mathematica Policy Research progress report on the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program.  The program was first implemented in 2008 and allows Read More

  • Salmon Health Enters Home Care Industry Through Milford Acquisition

    Aug 28 2012

    Massachusetts organization Salmon Health and Retirement acquired Milford Regional Medical Center’s hospice and home health operations in a transaction completed in August.  The purchase is expected to increase Salmon’s current 1,460 client base by 1,200 patients, and allow the company its first entry into the home care industry. Additionally, Salmon’s number of hospice care patients Read More

  • Washington Post: Companies Pressured to Merge in Keeping Up With Healthcare Reform

    Aug 27 2012

    Consolidation is a trending and ubiquitous topic for organizations in the health care industry as companies begin preparing for effects of the government’s Affordable Care Act, reports a Washington Post article.  As shown in recent industry headlines, many companies are merging and consolidating in an effort to create larger forces to deal with the decreased Read More

  • Virtual Visits Next Big Thing For Virginia Home Care

    Aug 27 2012

    Sentara Home Care recipients in Virginia will gain access to 24/7, on-demand virtual health care consultations beginning in October, Sentara and its partnering company, MDLIVE announced last week.  The adoption of MDLIVE’s telehealth platform is expected to increase Sentara’s patient capacity in time for more than 1 million Virginia residents currently uninsured to gain health Read More

  • Hospitals Look to Home Care In Cutting Patient Readmissions

    Aug 23 2012

    Medicare will begin penalizing 2,211 hospitals in October for having too many counts of patient readmissions, and some hospitals are looking to home health care as a solution to the readmission problem.  Severity of the Medicare penalties is based on the number of the readmissions for Medicare heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia patients between Read More

  • Criminal Background Checks for San Antonio Private Home Care Workers?

    Aug 23 2012

    An ordinance proposed by San Antonio Police Chief, William McManus and Councilman David Medina attempts to establish a required background check for private home care workers who are currently exempt from the requirement, reports a San Antonio Express-News article.  The effort to establish an ordinance comes after Paul Dominguez, who was providing home care for Read More

  • Texas’ Jordan Health Services Merges with Dominion Care Home Health

    Aug 23 2012

    San Antonio’s Dominion Care Home Health has taken on the name Jordan Health Services (JHS), after the companies merged earlier this month.  The merger, made official Aug. 13, is seen by JHS as an opportunity for the company to expand in the San Antonio market and increase its home care patient base. Both companies also Read More

  • Home Health Industry: CMS Documentation Proposal Needs Work

    Aug 22 2012

    A rule proposed by CMS that seeks to make documenting therapy care for patients easier has not been well-recieved by home health professionals as they believe the rule’s less flexible parameters will actually make documentation more difficult. The rule proposes a change in the way home care patients receiving therapy are evaluated by qualified therapists, Read More

  • Retirement Length Expected to Reach 30 Years for Aging Americans?

    Aug 22 2012

    The amount of time Americans spend in retirement is on the rise, and many aren’t aware of how it could affect their long term plans.  With life expectancy increasing and many seniors opting to enter retirement near age 62, seniors are spending more money and resources on health care as they are living longer with Read More

  • Allina Health To Acquire ConnectCare

    Aug 22 2012

    Minnesota’s Allina Health announced earlier this month its acquisition of non-profit home health company ConnectCare, in an effort to help expand ConnectCare’s resources and ensure the company’s longevity.  ConnectCare previously operated as a collaboration between Minnesota’s Hutchinson Area Health Care and Glencoe Regional Health Services, providing home and hospice care to both communities through its Read More

  • Florida Gets $1 Million More to Keep Older Residents At Home

    Aug 21 2012

    Florida’s Community Care for the Elderly Act (CCE) is set to see a $1 million increase in state funding for its program, but it could only be enough to increase services to 200 of 26,000 people on CCE’s waiting list, according to state officials.  The CCE program was started in 1973 and provides home care, legal Read More

  • CareSouth Changes Company Name to Reflect Partnership

    Aug 20 2012

    Home care provider CareSouth Home Care Professionals of Campbell Calif., announced last week a plan to take on the name of its partner company, Professional Healthcare at Home, in an effort to solidify a common name for the care providers serving the San Jose, Calif. area.   CareSouth’s Campbell location, as well as four other Read More

  • AARP: Seniors Fear Presidential Candidates Neglecting Medicare Issues

    Aug 16 2012

    With the 2012 presidential campaign looming overhead, a July 2012 AARP survey finds aging Americans believe candidates are neglecting key issues, causing seniors to experience increased anxiety about retirement and their ability to afford healthcare as they age. Contributing to seniors’ uneasy feelings about retirement and healthcare are weaknesses in the Medicare and Social Security Read More

  • Five Illinois Home Health Employees Indicted in $400,000 Kickback Scheme

    Aug 16 2012

    Five Lincolnwood, Ill. home health agency employees were indicted Monday on charges for allegedly participating in a Medicare fraud scheme involving $400,000 in kickbacks for the referral and retention of Medicare beneficiaries, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.  In their kickback scheme, Goodwill Home Healthcare, Inc. billed Medicare for $5 million to cover their Read More

  • Medicare Cuts Drive Amedisys Q2 Profits Down

    Aug 16 2012

    Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED), provider of home health and hospice care, suffered a 65.8% decline in earnings per share (EPS), during the second quarter of 2012 due to large cuts in Medicare reimbursements and the implementation of Medicare’s face-to-face law, according the company’s second quarter financial report. Despite decline to an EPS of 27 cents, the company Read More

  • Women Main Beneficiaries of Long-Term Care Insurance, and Counting

    Aug 15 2012

    Women receiving home care accounted for 32% of new long-term insurance claims in 2011 and continue to be the majority beneficiaries of all long-term care insurance plans, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI). In addition to using long-term care more frequently than men, according to AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI), women Read More

  • Owner of Home Health Agency Guilty of $60 Million Fraud Scheme

    Aug 15 2012

    The owner of Miami health care agency Ronat Home Health Care Inc., pleaded guilty Tuesday to his involvement in a $60 million Medicare fraud scheme lasting from 2006 to 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.  According to court documents, Rodolfo Nieto Jr. received kickbacks in exchange for recruiting Medicare beneficiaries through Ronat and Read More

  • Healthcare Companies Drowning in Data Overload or Just Treading Water?

    Aug 14 2012

    An Oracle report recently found an 85% increase in electronic data storage over the past two years, and although health care professionals may seem to be drowning in a sea of collected information, industry leaders believe the data overload is only temporary.   The Oracle report, which spanned 11 industries, surveyed 333 C-level U.S. and Read More

  • Medicaid Health Homes a “Promising” Addition for Managed Senior Care

    Aug 14 2012

    Low income seniors may have new opportunities in receiving home health care in at least six states, as Medicaid recently announced the states’ adoption of a new program that focuses on funding “health homes” for beneficiaries with chronic conditions, according to a paper published by the Kaiser Commission.  Seniors on low income budgets are part Read More

  • Huffington Post: Home Health Aides Must Raise the Bar

    Aug 14 2012

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projects a 10-year 50% increase in the number of employed home health aides from beginning in 2008. This will result in an expected 1.38 million aides by 2018. Despite this increase in available aides, not all are equally qualified to care for the elderly, reported a Huffington Post blog post Read More

  • Proposed Sanctions Could Cost Non-Compliant Home Health Agencies $10,000 Daily

    Aug 09 2012

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Studies recently came out with a plan on impose intermediary sanctions on non-compliant home health agencies (HHAs) as the first set of options allowing an alternative to simply terminating the non-compliant companies. These sanctions could lead to new fines for the non-compliant agencies.  Intermediary sanctions introduced include suspension of payment Read More

  • Independa, Ideal Life Collaborate on “Plug and Play” Patient Monitoring Program

    Aug 09 2012

    Remote monitoring of home care patients is set to become more “plug and play” as Independa, remote health monitoring provider, and Ideal Life, medical monitoring device supplier, collaborate on a wireless monitoring and data cloud storage program.  Ideal Life’s monitoring devices including scales, glucometers, pulse oximeters, and blood pressure cuffs will be equipped with Independa’s Read More

  • Remote Patient Monitoring Market Expected to Double by 2016

    Aug 08 2012

    The value of the U.S. market for remote patient monitoring more than doubled between 2007 and 2011, and is expected to continue growth through 2016 as efforts to reduce the burden on hospitals and their resources progress, a report by medical market research company, Kalorama, finds.  The report titled Remote & Wireless Patient Monitoring Markets Read More

  • Canadian Home Care Franchise Launches First U.S. Location, Plans for 25 More

    Aug 08 2012

    In an effort to expand to the U.S. home care market, Canadian home health franchise, Nurse Next Door, opened its first U.S. location in Mission Viejo, Calif., last week.  The franchise currently has more than 50 locations in North America and has its eyes on further U.S. home health market expansion as it expects to Read More

  • Healthcare Market Resources: Hospital Affiliated Agencies’ Monopoly a Myth

    Aug 06 2012

    New assessments by Healthcare Market Resources (HMR) using 2009 Medicare claims data has disproved the myth that hospital-affiliated home health agencies (HHA’s) hold a monopoly over post-acute home health referrals. By tracking and comparing hospital inpatient claims to home health admissions, HMR examined which home health agencies patients used after leaving each hospital. HMR concludes Read More

  • ABC News: Caregiver Providers Present False Sense of Security

    Aug 03 2012

    As demand for home health care increases, some home care agencies are granting employment to under-qualified individuals who often do not undergo background checks or drug testing, ABC News reported earlier this week.  A study led by Dr. Lee Lindquist, geriatrician and associate professor of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine researched 160 Read More

  • Govt. Inspector Finds 25% of Home Health Agencies Make Inappropriate Medicare Claims

    Aug 02 2012

    A Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) report released today finds that one in four Home Health Agencies (HHA) participated in questionable billing activity in 2010. The report, titled Inappropriate and Questionable Billing by Medicare Home Health Agencies, breaks down the $5 million Medicare paid to HHAs for inappropriate health Read More

  • Mass. Governor Urges More Home Care, Less Hospital Use

    Aug 02 2012

    Massachusetts’ House and Senate yesterday passed a health care cost control bill that will limit the state’s spending on healthcare to grow only has fast as the state’s overall economy, reports the Associated Press.  The bill would save $200 billion over the next 15 years for the state and would help in establishing “accountable care Read More

  • NAHC to Medicare: Increase Long-Term In-Home Care Coverage

    Aug 01 2012

    NAHC to Medicare: Increase Long-Term In-Home Care Coverage Medicare celebrated its 47th birthday Monday and while it seems to be getting enough attention in the political arena, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice took the program’s birthday as an opportunity to offer some suggestions to help keep the Medicare program intact and void Read More

  • NY Times: Aging Veterans Choosing Adult “Foster Care” as Nursing Home Alternative

    Aug 01 2012

    With increasing options in health care for the aging population, some American war veterans who could live in nursing homes for free are choosing to use their own money to fund their stays in medical foster homes through the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Foster Home Program, reports a New York Times article.  Since the program’s beginning in Read More

  • Fraud Awareness Campaign to Combat Elder Financial Abuse

    Aug 01 2012

    Seniors and their families may be able to better protect themselves from becoming targets of fraud after the announcement of a new program launched by home care agency, Home Instead Senior Care, this week.  The program, Protect Seniors from Fraud, seeks to reduce senior financial abuse by supplying patients and their families with easy access Read More

  • Home Care Advocates Cite 15 Problems with Medicare Audits

    Jul 31 2012

    Better oversight, established standards, and a higher level of accountability expected from organizations could reduce fraud and abuse in the Medicare audit system according to recommendations made by independent providers in the health care industry.  A white paper written in response to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance’s request for comments to aid in fraud Read More

  • Stolen Laptop Compromises Health Information for 10,000 Patients

    Jul 31 2012

    A laptop containing the personal records of nearly 10,000 patients from Hartford Hospital and Connecticut home health organization VNA HealthCare, was stolen from a health care vendor, the Associated Press reported today.  The theft was reported in San Mateo, Calif. by an employee of Greenplum, a data analytics organization, who was was running data analysis on hospital Read More

  • Long Term Care Liability Projected to Continue for Foreseeable Future

    Jul 27 2012

    The cost of long term care liability has been increasing steadily since 2005 and is projected to continue on an upward trend through 2013 as loss rates and the cost of accident claims grow, an analysis conducted by Aon Global Risk Consulting finds. Long term care loss rates will continue to increase by 4% annually Read More

  • Home Care Can Save Big Bucks for Medicare, Says Home Health Alliance

    Jul 26 2012

    The cost of Medicare payments more than doubles after one hospital readmission, and home health care may be a way to combat those costs, The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance), an organization comprised of home health care providers and organizations reports in its Clinically Appropriate and Cost-Effective Placement (CACEP) research project.  Read More

  • $62 Million Grant to Increase Use of Home Care in Iowa

    Jul 26 2012

    Iowa’s home care industry will reap the benefits of a $62 million grant funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in an effort to help long term Medicaid beneficiaries over the next three years by expanding availability of home care, according to the Iowa Department of Human Services.  The grant was awarded Read More

  • Hospice Payments to Rise 0.9%, CMS Says

    Jul 25 2012

    A net 0.9% increase in hospice payments will begin October 1, Centers for Medicare And Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a home hospice wage index notice posted Tuesday.  The impact of this new rule is projected to decrease federal payments to hospices by $100 million in fiscal year (FY) 2013. Previously when introducing new rules, CMS has Read More

  • GAO Says Time to Call it Quits on Medicare Advantage Program

    Jul 24 2012

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are under close scrutiny from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) after failing to meet principles set in place in the original statute of the HHS Medicare Advantage (MA) Quality Bonus Payment Demonstration, according to a letter from the GAO.  In Read More

  • Better Communication, Oversight Key For Future of Home Care Technology

    Jul 24 2012

    Despite the continuous introduction of new technology, the home care industry struggles with communication and seems to lag behind in implementing strategies for use of the new tools, according to a report from Aging In Place Technology Watch. The report, prepared by Laurie Orlov, principal analyst at Aging In Place Technology Watch, surveyed 351 home Read More

  • New Rule, New Fines for Home Health Providers?

    Jul 23 2012

    While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) $20 million cut in home health agencies’ payment rates does not come as a surprise to the agencies they ultimately impact, implications of the newly proposed method of dealing with non-compliant providers proves new ground for concern. The cut in fact, could have run even deeper, according Read More

  • Will Boston Pilot Program Prove to CMS that Home Care Cuts Costs?

    Jul 23 2012

    In an effort to examine the economic and health benefits of home care, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is following 16 home care organizations through a recently announced pilot program, Independence at Home. Boston Medical Center is one of the participating home care organizations and began providing home care and house calls in 1875, reported Read More

  • WellPoint to Expand Customer Base in $4.9 Billion Amerigroup Acquisition

    Jul 23 2012

    Health benefits company, WellPoint, Inc., will expand its current 96 million-strong customer base after agreeing to acquire Amerigroup, a health care company focused on serving Americans receiving publicly funded health care services, WellPoint announced earlier this month. The transaction comes at a  $4.9 billion cost to WellPoint, and will result in the company’s support of Read More

  • AARP: Prioritize Caregivers’ Needs, Get Better Home Care

    Jul 19 2012

    As Americans provide an estimated 40 billion hours of unpaid home care for family members each year, it is increasingly important to ensure that the needs of these caregivers are being met and that their well-being is maintained, says AARP’s Public Policy Institute in a recent study of caregivers. Because they are unpaid and are Read More

  • Market for Home Care Franchise Heats Up, No Sign of Slowdown

    Jul 18 2012

    With the addition of more than 34 new brands over the past decade, home care franchises are riding the aging population’s increasing demand for affordable home health care, says a Healthcare Finance News article published this week. The market, it says, is “hot, hot, hot.”  The home care franchise industry came in as  Entrepreneur Magazine’s Read More

  • Home Monitoring Device Market Surge to Keep Seniors At Home

    Jul 18 2012

    The global market for in home monitoring devices is expected to explode from fewer than 3 million units to 36 million in five years, according to ABI Research.  Included in the projected growth, the industry is expected to increase its share of wearable wireless devices from 12% to 22% by 2017.  The ability of the Read More

  • CMS Proposes Face to Face Billing Requirement for DME Medicare Beneficiaries

    Jul 18 2012

    A new rule proposed by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), if passed, could require a face-to-face doctor’s meeting for any patient receiving durable medical equipment (DME) for home use. The rule was filed July 6 and was proposed by CMS in an effort to reduce fraud in the DME industry, which currently serves roughly Read More

  • Inconsistent CMS Guidelines Leave Health Providers in Financial Turmoil

    Jul 17 2012

    Lack of consistent policy guidelines and flawed documentation process could be the reason for Medicare’s denial of many Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS), a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report suggests. The American Association for Homecare recognizes this report and points to its findings as evidence Read More

  • CareMinders Franchise Extends Home Care Opportunities to Indiana

    Jul 16 2012

    CareMinders Home Care Inc., an Atlanta-based home care franchise, will continue its national expansion with a new location in Indiana. Indiana is the 18th state the 29-location company has expanded to.  Annette Ellspermann will serve as Indiana’s Regional Developer for CareMinders. Ellspermann plans to grow the franchise and increase the opportunity for home health care Read More

  • Future of 30-year-old Home Care Program in New York Senate’s Hands

    Jul 13 2012

    A bill submitted to the New York State Senate could make or break the state’s 30-year-old Long Term Home Health Care Program (LTHHCP), or the Lombardi Progrram, which provides in-home care options for patients. LTHHCP was first accepted by legislature in 1977 and has allowed seniors the option of in-home, personal care as an alternative Read More

  • Unfair Payment Results in $1 Million Settlement for New York Home Care Workers

    Jul 12 2012

    A New York-based home care agency must pay a $1 million settlement after a court found the company had underpaid its employees and not adhered to overtime rules. The suit represents the first time a class action by New York home health employees has been recognized. This could pave the way for future classes, according Read More

  • Two Michigan Residents Charged in $8.8 Million Home Health Fraud Scheme

    Jul 12 2012

    Two Michigan residents have been charged for their alleged involvement in an $8.8 million Medicare home health fraud scheme, U.S. States Attorney Barbara McQuade announced Wednesday. Former Miracle Home Health agency owners Usha Shah and Deepak Shah allegedly submitted fraudulent Medicare claims for home health services that were unnecessary or were never provided for their Read More

  • Eldercare Providers Now Encompass 16% of U.S. Working Population

    Jul 12 2012

    With a domain of 39.8 million people, nearly nine times the size of the 2010 U.S. teacher population, eldercare providers comprise 16% of the U.S. civilian non institutional population age 15 and over in 2011. This report marks the first time statistics about eldercare providers were collected by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics rand Read More

  • $25 Million From HHS Helps Elderly, Disabled Veterans Remain at Home

    Jul 11 2012

    Elderly and disabled veterans now have a greater opportunity to stay out of long term care facilities and receive in home care after the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday an allocation of $25 million under the Affordable Care Act as an initiative to help elderly and disabled individuals who have served the Read More

  • Unity Health Adopts New Mobile Home Care Technology

    Jul 11 2012

    Unity Health Systems, a home health provider, has adopted CellTrak as a new tool to automate healthcare workers’ functions in the office and during home health visits as a mobile point of care, Unity and CellTrak announced today. CellTrak is a GPS-enabled mobile program that allows home care providers to record patients’ data using their Read More

  • Humana Launches Home Care Business, Closes SeniorBridge Acquisition

    Jul 10 2012

    In a move to increase their presence in the home care market, Humana Inc. completely acquired care management company, SeniorBridge in an effort to also improve client experience and increase customer base, Humana announced Monday.  Established previously as a health insurance company, Humana is shifting toward providing care for its customer base. SeniorBridge is projected Read More

  • Texas Gets Failing Marks for Healthcare Quality, Home Care Included

    Jul 09 2012

    Overall quality of healthcare in Texas pales in comparison to all other states with home health scoring the weakest of all care settings, a 2011 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report found. A meter score for overall healthcare of 31.61 out of a possible score of 100 Read More

  • Tele-homecare Grants Seniors Empowerment, Self Managed Health

    Jul 09 2012

    As a result of increasing mobile technology, home health care no longer revolves around a nurse making home visits to their patient on a daily basis, but now allows seniors to check their own vitals and maintain a higher level of independence, said a Financial Post article last week.  This self management of health empowers Read More

  • Michigan Sees Support from 550,000 on Home Care Ballot Proposal

    Jul 06 2012

    A collection of 550,000 signatures was submitted to Michigan’s state government Thursday in an attempt to ensure the opportunity of home care for low-income seniors and disabled individuals, a Michigan Live article reports. Efforts are led by Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care and also include the establishment of a homecare provider registry that would Read More

  • New Partnership Plans to Improve Home Care Transition for Texans

    Jul 04 2012

    Smoother transition from hospital to home setting and improved post-acute care for patients in North Texas is the goal for Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System whose partnership, Texas Health HomeCare, was announced Monday. National post-acute care provider, LHC Group, will also work with the health systems in an effort to ensure affordable home Read More

  • Texas to Revolutionize Long Term Care Through New Funds?

    Jun 28 2012

    Texas has established its hold on the key for future developments relating to long term care innovation and improvement in the past two months. Since May, The Center for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Innovation Center has awarded three Texas projects between $3 million and $11 million to help test new strategies and improve treatments related to long Read More

  • Text Prediction the Next Big Thing For Digital Health Records?

    Jun 25 2012

    In keeping with the race to digitize storage of health records SwiftKey, a company that aims to make typing on touchscreen devices easier, announced today the launch of their predictive text technology device, SwiftKey Healthcare. The on-screen keyboard is made to be compatible with iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry and aims to reduce time spent Read More

  • Bloomberg: Health Care Reform a “Mixed Bag” for Home Health

    Jun 21 2012

    While the entire country could be affected by the supreme court’s decision on health care reform, implications of the reform decision will especially be felt among the 11,000 company home care industry, reports Bloomberg News. Whether or not all home care patients are directly affected by the decision, the entire home care industry will surely Read More

  • Johns Hopkins Home Health Care Pays $160,000 in Discrimination Lawsuit

    Jun 20 2012

    An American with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit brought against the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group (JHHCG) will result in JHHCG paying $160,000 in lost and compensatory wages to an employee who was allegedly discriminated against after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Ray Ellen Fisher was employed as a pediatric case worker with JHHCG Read More

  • Chart of the Day: Use of Home Health Care On the Rise

    Jun 20 2012

    A 50% increase in the percentage of Americans 65 and older using professional home care from 2000-2010 could be an implication of home health care as a sometimes more affordable alternative to nursing home care, reported the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). The percentage of 65+ Americans reporting home health care use in the previous Read More

  • AARP and Microsoft Team Up to Bring Health Information Storage Home

    Jun 19 2012

    Microsoft, the worldwide software leader, and AARP are teaming up in the launch of an online health information service that allows AARP members to store their health information using a high-tech internet storage program. The service, AARP Health Record, seeks to streamline patient information storage and improve manageability of personal and family health, AARP and Read More

  • New Study Tests Mobile Telemonitoring of Home Health Care

    Jun 14 2012

    Some home care providers are adopting mobile care technology as part of a new study, announced in June. From blood pressure alerts to GPS mileage tracking for home-care nurses, the study aims to test the effectiveness and efficiency of mobile tools in a home care setting. While telemonitoring has proven effective in acute and primary Read More

  • Businessweek: For Home Care Wage Protections, Clock is Ticking

    Jun 14 2012

    Despite President Barack Obama’s December announcement introducing the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposal aiming to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home health aides, Congress has yet to take action in ensuring the protections, writes a Businessweek article published June 13. Even though in-home care has been a high growth industry since 2008, home Read More

  • California Home Health Care Protests Heat Up As Budget Deadline Draws Near

    Jun 14 2012

    The outcome of protests led by California home health care workers and consumers will be known Friday as the industry awaits a final budget decision after weeks of signing petitions, carrying banners, and leading chants at the state capitol.  Home health care workers and consumers continue to make their presence known by vocalizing their dispute Read More

  • New York Times: Health Care on the Go? There’s An App For That

    Jun 13 2012

    Ranging from real-time emergency center locators to alerts that remind patients when to take their meds, apps are making a major entry into the market for mobile health care. The number of apps for mobile devices such as the iPhone that aim to make remote health care possible are quickly growing, writes a New York Read More

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