New York Home Health Industry Shows Growth Despite High Unemployment

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 […]

Prestige Care, Bristol Hospice Bring Comprehensive Home Care to Portland

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 […]

Increased Flexibility, Savings for Minnesota Home Health Care?

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 […]

Gentiva Acquires Washington-Based Home Care Agency

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 […]

AARP to Caregivers: You Are Not Alone

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Home Health Agency Acquires Physician Practice in Groundbreaking Deal

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, […]

Research Shows CMS Program Helps Seniors Transition to Home Care

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 […]