Posts by Emily Study:

  • Building Client Trust in A La Carte Home Care: 3 Tips

    Jul 15 2015

    Home care agencies are hearing concerns that the charging on a per-service basis seems like an attempt to “nickel and dime” their patients — but if the program is done right, providers can build the trust of their client base while increasing their bottom line. In fact, a fee-for-service system can give patients and their families Read More

  • Feds Sue Home Care Provider Over Contract Workers

    Jul 13 2015

    The U.S. Department of Labor has sued an Orlando-based home health care agency for allegedly misclassifying certain employees as “independent contractors” and paying them a flat hourly rate, regardless of the number of hours they worked, according to a suit filed in the Middle District of Florida.  Since at least March 13, 2012, Caring First, Read More

  • Home Health Business Briefs: Encompass, Ensign Group

    Jul 08 2015

    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Hometown Home Health & Hospice Expanding Fleet in Central Michigan Hometown Home Health & Hospice is expanding and upgrading Read More

  • Indiana Home Health Companies to Pay $1.5 Million in Fraud Settlement

    Jul 05 2015

    Indianapolis-based United Home Healthcare, Inc. and B&L Personal Services, Inc. — known collectively as United, and owned and operated by Byron and Laura Harris — have settled charges that they were billing for services they didn’t provide. The civil settlement, announced by Josh J. Minkler, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, will result in Read More

  • Home Health Business Briefs: Forcura, Home Care Institute

    Jun 29 2015

    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Home Care Institute and iTacit Healthcare Announce Strategic Partnership Boston-based iTacit Healthcare and Johns Creek, Georgia-based Home Care Institute Read More

  • Editor’s Picks: Historic Fraud Takedown, Major Victory in ‘Fight For $15’

    Jun 26 2015

    In case you missed it, here are the top headlines grabbing readers’ attention this week, plus some other notable stories from around the web that caught our eye here at HHCN: Home Health Providers Nabbed in Historic, $712 Million Fraud Takedown — In an action that’s been deemed the “largest criminal health care fraud takedown” in the Read More

  • Deal Struck in $1 Million Home Health Fraud Case

    Jun 23 2015

    A Mechanicsburg, Pa., woman who previously faced 70 criminal charges has pleaded guilty to just three charges in connection with a $1 million-plus health care fraud case involving Vision Healthcare Services Inc., a medical staffing and home health care company, according to reports by PennLive.   Rose Umana, the midstate agency owner, pleaded guilty to Read More

  • Home Health Business Briefs: Encompass Home Health, AmeriCare, Medalogix

    Jun 23 2015

    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Medalogix Partners with Homecare Homebase Nashville-based health care analytics company Medalogix announced today its new partnership with Homecare Homebase, Read More

  • Home Health Providers Nabbed in Historic, $712 Million Fraud Takedown

    Jun 18 2015

    In an action that’s been deemed the “largest criminal health care fraud takedown” in the Department of Justice’s history, 243 individuals — including home health care providers — have been charged for their participation in schemes involving approximately $712 million in false billings. The defendants are charged with various health care fraud-related crimes, including conspiracy Read More

  • LA County Puts Home Care Workers on ‘Path to $15’

    Jun 17 2015

    A week after gaining support from White House hopeful Hillary Clinton, home care workers boasted another win in their “Fight for $15” on Tuesday. That day, Los Angeles County supervisors voted to raise the wage of about 140,000 home health care workers paid through a state program partially funded by the county, according to a report Read More

  • Walgreens, Health Insurers Push to Expand Telemedicine Services at Home

    Jun 15 2015

    In a push toward supporting in-home care, Walgreens (NYSE: WAG), along with national health insurers, have expanded their telemedicine initiatives, hoping to reach millions more consumers by next year.  The Deerfield, Illinois-based national drugstore chain, which launched its telehealth smartphone app late last year, said it will be expanding the tech to both tablets and Read More

  • Home Health Business Briefs: New Private Duty Solution, Provider Appoints CEO

    Jun 15 2015

    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: The Ensign Group Acquires Home Health Operations in California The Ensign Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENSG) — the parent company Read More

  • Why Home Care Is Hot In Hollywood

    Jun 10 2015

    Personal assistants, chefs and drivers, concierge services, medication management — it sounds like the perfect recipe for luxury home care services. And for celebrities in Hollywood, that’s just what it is. Receiving personalized help at home is a booming trend among older red carpet regulars looking to age in place without having to make any Read More

  • Hillary Clinton Tells Fight For 15: “We Need You”

    Jun 09 2015

    As minimum-wage workers across the country continue their fight for higher wages, those in the home care industry were given a boost of support by Hillary Clinton, whose endorsement has put the Fight For 15 movement back into the mainstream media. “Home care workers and adjunct professors, all of you should not have to march in Read More

  • Survey Reveals Struggles of In-Home Caregivers

    Jun 07 2015

    Home is where the health care is — at least that’s what the latest data shows. Roughly half of care recipients live in their own home, according to a survey of more than 1,200 Americans age 18 and older who provide care to an adult. The “Caregiving in the U.S. 2015” study, conducted by the National Read More

  • CarePort Raises $3.8 Million to Improve Hospitals’ Post-Acute Care Placement

    Jun 03 2015

    CarePort Health, a Boston-based tech company, has closed $3.8 million in financing to drive its growth, the company announced this week.  With the new capital, CarePort will extend its platform capabilities to provide information for providers to collaborate in the management of patients in post-acute settings.   “The first step in the journey starts at the Read More

  • Home Health Business Briefs: Illinois’ Mega Merger, Univita Health Appoints CFO

    Jun 02 2015

    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: New Home Health Alliance to Form, VNAA Appoints Board Member Barnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest hospital system, and the Read More

  • 40% of Wealthy Unprepared for Costs of Home Care

    May 31 2015

    Despite the overwhelming preference among older Americans to age in place, new research shows that even the wealthy aren’t prepared for the costs of home health care.  In fact, nearly 40% of the affluent cohort have not financially prepared for these costs, according to the 2015 U.S. Trust “Insights on Wealth and Worth” survey, which polled 640 individuals Read More

  • Most Read: Home Health Margins Plummet, Retaining Staff on a Budget

    May 29 2015

    In case you missed them, here are the most popular stories grabbing Home Health Care News readers’ attention this week: Home Health Providers Reel as Margins Plummet — Profit margins for U.S. home health agencies have been in free-fall over the past four years, compromising large, publicly traded companies and putting smaller providers in even more serious Read More

  • ‘Power of Attorney’ Has New Meaning in $2.6 Million Home Health Scheme

    May 27 2015

    In the latest instance of home health care fraud, the former in-house counsel of an Ocean County, New Jersey-based home health care company has admitted to stealing more than $2.6 million from his former employer, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).  Matthew S. Neugeboren pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper in Read More

  • Home Health Business Briefs: Nonprofits Merge, New Hospice Staff

    May 26 2015

    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Wisconsin Hospice Adds 4 New Staff Members Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin-based Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, which provides in-home hospice care, Read More

  • Black Caregivers Banned From White Client Lose Appeal

    May 25 2015

    Months after two black home health care workers filed a lawsuit against Spectrum Health System alleging race discrimination, an appeals court upheld a federal judge’s decision that the women had waited too long to take action, according to an Associated Press article. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, Mich., alleges that Read More

  • Wall Street Bullish on Home Health After Latest Earnings

    May 19 2015

    Despite favorable demographics driving home health demand, some of the nation’s largest home health companies have been beset by problems in recent years. But it appears the tide may be turning, as many of these companies posted good results for the start of 2015 — and Wall Street analysts have responded accordingly. One such company, Amedisys, Read More

  • Home Health Business Briefs: Procura’s New CEO

    May 18 2015

    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Josh Luke Joins Health Dimensions Group as National Advisor  Health Dimensions Group (HDG) recently announced that Josh Luke has Read More

  • Kindred Expands ‘House Calls’ to 3 New States

    May 17 2015

    Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND) recently announced that its home-based primary care (HBPC) business, called Kindred House Calls, has expanded into three additional states. As part of the post-acute care provider’s effort to facilitate physician coverage across sites of care to develop population health management capabilities, Kindred House Calls provides home-based primary care — assisted Read More

  • OIG Pushes for More Staff Background Checks in Home Health

    May 13 2015

    Despite the close relationship between home health aides and patients, there are no federal laws or regulations requiring that home health agencies (HHAs) conduct background checks on their employees — a liability for the agency and a risk to the client. In fact, a recent review by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that Read More

  • Home Care Shows Greatest Uptick in Spending Since 2000

    May 11 2015

    Health care costs continue to rise across the spectrum, but the largest change in growth of expenditures was for public care and services for seniors, including home care, new data shows.  The data is part of the U.S. News & World Report Health Care Index, which tracks movements in health care expenditures, medical costs, insurance Read More

  • Most Read: Inside the Newest Home Health Star Ratings

    May 08 2015

    In case you missed it, here are the most popular stories grabbing Home Health Care News readers’ attention this week: Massive New iPad for Seniors Program to Support Aging at Home — Apple and IBM are launching a program to put iPads with health care applications in the hands of millions of seniors, as part of a Read More

  • Home Health Business Briefs: Extendicare Acquires Revera

    May 06 2015

    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Tim Bateman Joins ChartaCloud Healthcare Services Advisory Board ChartaCloud Technologies LLC recently announced the addition of Timothy Bateman to Read More

  • AARP Launches Tool to Create Age-Friendly Communities

    Apr 29 2015

    The preference to age in place continues to grows, but doing so in certain communities may be more challenging than in others.  With the help of a new tool launched by AARP, consumers and city planners can identify these areas and take steps to make them more livable for Americans across the age spectrum. The Read More

  • 3 Easy Ways to Boost Home Care Profits

    Apr 28 2015

    In this age of aging, the demand for home care has risen — but in order to maximize profits, agencies in the sector must make a few simple, but key, changes.  While experts have previously noted the importance of getting creative with service offerings and pursuing various payment streams, others say finding success has more Read More

  • 3-D Printing: A Brave New World for Home Care?

    Apr 27 2015

    Home health patients have long suffered from ailments relating to their tissues and organs, but one award-winning startup aims to eventually solve these aging problems entirely through the use of 3-D printing technology. That’s the idea behind BioBots, which had a sort of Facebook-esque start in a University of Pennsylvania dorm room last year. But Read More

  • Home Health Business Briefs: Joint Venture Formed, Agency Names New President

    Apr 22 2015

    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Private Equity Firm Acquires Home Care Provider J.H. Whitney Capital Partners, LLC, a middle-market private equity firm, announced recently Read More

  • Caregiver Turnover Spikes 9%, Fuels Home Care Challenges

    Apr 19 2015

    It’s no secret that caregiver turnover plagues the home care industry. But the 9% increase in turnover this year, coupled with the growing shortage of caregivers, could leave industry players strapped for survival. Over the past year, the median caregiver turnover rate spiked 9% to about 61% in 2015, said Aaron Marcum, founder and CEO of Read More

  • Home Care Affordability Hits 5-Year Low for Boomers

    Apr 14 2015

    Home care may be the cheapest care setting for aging Americans, but most baby boomers still aren’t confident they’ll be able to afford it in retirement, according to a recent survey by the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI), a nonprofit association. Only 19% of all boomers in the fifth annual survey reported being “extremely” or “very Read More

  • Stagnant Home Care Wages Add to $153 Billion Taxpayer Burden

    Apr 13 2015

    Caregivers continue to post an average pay rate of $10 per hour — a wage that is significantly impacting more than just the workers themselves, new research shows. According to the latest Caregiverlist survey, about 26% of survey respondents — professional caregivers employed with senior care companies — reported receiving $10 an hour. The next most Read More

  • Home Health Business Briefs: Care Angel, HealthSouth Corporation

    Apr 09 2015

    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Linda Rhodes Joins Care Angel as Chief Caregiving Officer Care Angel has announced that Dr. Linda Rhodes, former Secretary Read More

  • Battle over Home Care Unions Heats Up with Lawsuit

    Apr 08 2015

    As part of an ongoing nationwide battle over home care worker organizing efforts, a coalition of care providers, consumers and workers has sued Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. The suit challenges his executive order, which they say establishes a process to unionize workers hired directly by consumers. Among those disputing Wolf’s Executive Order 2015-05 are The Pennsylvania Read More

  • Medicare System Fails Home Care Patients With Alzheimer’s

    Apr 02 2015

    The Medicare home health model has failed patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to recently published findings, which call into question the effectiveness of the home health prospective payment system (PPS). The study, authored by William D. Cabin and published in the journal Social Work, argues that while the PPS has existed for 13 years, cracks Read More

  • Home Health Business Briefs: Home Instead’s New CEO, 3 Providers Merge

    Apr 01 2015

    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Home Instead Appoints Jeff Huber as CEO Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor for Home Instead Senior Care, a leading Read More

  • Ohio Makes Moves to License Home Health Agencies

    Mar 30 2015

    In the wake of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s plans to phase out up to 13,000 independent home care workers, the state is now making moves to further regulate the home health care industry. Its next step? Agency licensure, which would create more robust oversight of “the inconsistency and poor quality of care some Ohioans say Read More

  • Growing Regulatory, Financial Concerns Push Home Health Consolidations

    Mar 25 2015

    As more regulatory pressures force consolidation among the health care industry as a whole, home health and hospice providers also are feeling the heat — joining forces to better compete in today’s evolving landscape. Most recently, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, better known as UPMC, announced it would be bringing Family Hospice & Palliative Care Read More

  • Wage Wars: ‘The Defining Challenge of Our Time’

    Mar 24 2015

    As professionals in the home health care industry continue the ongoing fight for higher wages, so too are those in other industries. From home health aides to employees at insurance companies, retailers and coffee shop chains, workers — and their employers — are joining the nationwide call for higher wages and benefits. For some companies, Read More

  • Telemedicine Starts to Prove Its Worth for Home Health Providers

    Mar 23 2015

    As the preference to age in place grows in popularity, the majority of seniors are looking for ways to access health care services from home, and cutting-edge providers already are leveraging improved telehealth and other technologies to achieve cost savings and improve outcomes, new research shows. More than two in three seniors prefer to use Read More

  • Home Health Business Briefs: Visiting Angels Partners With Reverse Mortgage Giant

    Mar 19 2015

    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with business activity. Here are some of the industry’s latest investments, acquisitions and partnerships:  American Advisors Group Partners With Home Care Franchisor American Advisors Group (AAG), the nation’s leader in reverse mortgage lending, recently announced its partnership with Visiting Angels, Read More

  • From Patient to Provider: One Home Health Owner’s Strategy

    Mar 18 2015

    As the home health care industry booms with interest from Americans increasingly seeking to age in place, one new agency is finding its way around the bustling market. Jacksonville, Florida-based Family Focused Home Health Care, a private duty home care agency, recently became licensed by the Agency for Health Care Administration and is opening its Read More

  • Non-Agency Home Care Workers Fight for their Jobs

    Mar 12 2015

    With 13,000 home health care jobs still in limbo in Ohio, caregivers and their clients are speaking out about the value of non-agency workers.  Previously, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) took a bold new step in combating fraud in the home care industry by suggesting a phase-out of up to 13,000 independent providers who bill Read More

  • Home Health Business Briefs: EHR Tech Provider Acquires HomecareCRM

    Mar 12 2015

    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with business activity. Here are some of the industry’s latest investments, acquisitions and partnerships:  Remote Monitoring Company Partners With Arcadia Home Care & Staffing  Healthsense, Inc., a provider of aging services technology, announced recently its partnership with Arcadia Home Care Read More

  • Feds Arrest Nurse for Alleged Role in ‘Free’ Home Care Scam

    Mar 11 2015

    Registered nurse James Ademiju, who operates Illinois-based agencies Adonis Inc. and BestMed-Care Services Ltd., was arrested Tuesday in connection with a home care-related scam that allegedly bilked Medicare for $5 million over a three-year period. The two nursing agencies allegedly obtained many patients from a marketing company that claimed to offer “free” nursing services to Read More

  • Home Care Entities Reach $1.1 Million Settlement Over Referral Scheme

    Mar 10 2015

    Recovery Home Care Inc., Recovery Home Care Services Inc. and National Home Care Holdings LLC have agreed to pay $1.1 million to resolve allegations that they paid dozens of doctors for referrals of services provided to Medicare patients, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced Monday.  The Recovery Home Care entities provide home health care services Read More

  • Providers have ‘Oversold’ Benefits of Home Health, New Book Argues

    Mar 05 2015

    The notion of aging in place has come to be widely embraced by today’s older Americans, but as the concept grows in popularity, some experts suggest its benefits may be exaggerated — specifically by home health care providers who stand to profit from it. In his new book, “Aging in the Right Place,” University of Read More

  • In the Biz: Home Health Joint Venture to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    Mar 03 2015

    As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with business activity. Here are some of the industry’s latest investments, acquisitions and partnerships: Strategic Partnership Creates Documentation, Quality Solution For Agencies Jacksonville, Florida-based Forcura and Floral Park, New York-based Quality In Real Time (QIRT) have announced a new strategic Read More

  • Feds Track Down Accused Fraudsters in $2.4 Million Home Health Scheme

    Mar 02 2015

    Three individuals have been arrested for more than $2.4 million in Medicare and Medicaid fraud involving home health-related kickbacks and bribes, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. One of the accused was detained in Colombia, the federal authorities announced. The defendants — Daniel Ronchetta, M.D., chiropractic physician assistant Read More

  • Thieves Posing as Home Care Workers Put Providers on Guard

    Feb 25 2015

    Two women are posing as home care workers with Virginia-based Sentara Healthcare, targeting elderly residents as part of a scam to steal valuables from their homes. And this isn’t the first time Sentara — which provides a range of services, including home care, throughout Virginia and North Carolina — has issued a warning against these scams. Read More

  • Special Training Improves Retention of Home Health Workers

    Feb 24 2015

    Despite home health care ranking among the fastest-growing sectors in the U.S., turnover for home health and personal care aides is around 40% to 65% each year, making retention a huge challenge for the industry. Cue: training initiatives. According to new research, home health aides who take part in training initiatives are more satisfied with Read More

  • Home Care Workers Organize Nationwide ‘Blitz’ for Higher Wages

    Feb 23 2015

    The war over home care wages continues, as workers organize a nationwide town hall “blitz,” seeking support for a higher wage standard and a union. Over the next two weeks, home care workers will hold town hall meetings in two-dozen cities, with support from public officials, community leaders and clergy, including U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Read More

  • Home Health Fraudster Pleads Guilty to $13 Million Scheme

    Feb 18 2015

    An owner of a Miami home health care company has pleaded guilty in connection with a $13 million Medicare fraud scheme involving kickbacks and bribes, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced Tuesday.  Alexander Lara, of Hollywood, Fla., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud after allegedly paying kickbacks and bribes Read More

  • Providers Mobilize Against Home Health Surety Bonds

    Feb 12 2015

    Leaders in the home health care industry are urging providers to voice their opposition to recently proposed surety bonds, which one association says could have “serious negative effects” for home health businesses. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice, a nonprofit advocacy group, is leading the charge by encouraging providers to contact their elected Read More

  • Home Care Company to Pay $5 Million Over Doc Assessments

    Feb 11 2015

    To resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false home health care billings to Medicare and Medicaid, ResCare Iowa Inc. has agreed to settle for $5.63 million, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this week. The disputed billings mainly related to the requirement that doctors conduct face-to-face assessments of potential home health patients, Read More

  • Ohio Gov. Sets Plans to Crack Down on Home Care Fraud

    Feb 05 2015

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is taking a bold new step in combating fraud in the home care industry: phasing out up to 13,000 independent providers who bill Medicaid for in-home care, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The proposal, part of Kasich’s budget plan, aims to phase out thousands of providers over a four-year period through Read More

  • CMS Extends Home Health Moratorium For 6 Months

    Feb 03 2015

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its moratoria on new home health agencies and home health agency sub-units in locations nationwide for an additional six months. During the temporary moratorium, initial provider enrollment applications and change of information applications to add additional practice locations will be denied in six locations, including Fort Read More

  • Judge Dismisses Suit Aimed to Halt Minnesota Home Health Care Union

    Jan 27 2015

    Five months after Minnesota’s historic home health care union election, a federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit aimed at halting the unionization. The suit, filed by attorneys with the National Right to Work Foundation represented six state health workers who provide home care services to disabled individuals and family members, according to a StarTribune Read More

  • Home Health and Hospice M&A Activity Spikes 27% in Q4

    Jan 26 2015

    Given the $1.8 billion merger of Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND) and Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTIV), it’s no surprise health care M&A activity broke records in 2014.  The home health and hospice sectors, alone, saw a 27% increase in deals — from 15 in the third quarter to 19 in the fourth quarter Read More

  • Forbes: Business is Booming for Hospice Chains

    Jan 20 2015

    The end-of-life care business is changing, and for large multi-agency, multi-state hospice chains, that means business is booming.  In fact, chains cared for nearly half of all hospice patients in 2011, a dramatic increase from a decade prior when small, mostly nonprofit, organizations provided 75% of all care, according to a recent Forbes article, which Read More

  • CareSouth Launches Massive Rebranding Efforts

    Jan 07 2015

    CareSouth Health System, Inc., a national senior care services provider based in Augusta, Ga., has announced the launch of a comprehensive rebrand that will emphasize its client-centric approach. The company will begin the national rebranding of its CareSouth agencies across all CareSouth-branded business lines, including CareSouth Home Health, CareSouth Hospice, CareSouth Private Duty and CS Read More

  • Addus HomeCare Expands Ohio Presence Through Latest Acquisition

    Jan 06 2015

    Addus HomeCare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS), a provider of home and community-based services, announced this week it has acquired Priority Home Health Care, Inc., effective Jan. 1.  Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Priority Home Health Care operates six offices in the Cleveland, Akron and Columbus areas, which are expected to produce revenues of approximately $11 million for Read More

  • Home Health Leaders Back Congress’ New Budget Deal

    Dec 17 2014

    The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, a coalition of home health providers, has commended Congress for passing a budget package that calls for further analysis of face-to-face regulations and broad funding cuts to the Medicare home health benefit.  Included in the legislation is language that requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to Read More

  • Retirement Challenge at Forefront as 52% of Americans Lack Enough Savings

    Dec 16 2014

    Retirement shortfalls are a major problem in the U.S., as new data shows that more than half of today’s households lack enough retirement income to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living, according to a December report by the Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College.  Recently, other reports have detailed the lack of sufficient retirement savings in 49 Read More

  • Home Care, Home Health Sectors Poised For Growth — But Not In Wages

    Dec 15 2014

    The home care and home health sectors are poised for growth in the years ahead, and not just because an aging population is increasingly looking to age in place at home.  New research shows the sectors rank among the fastest-growing occupations and also top the list of occupations expected to generate the most new jobs.  Read More

  • Senate Proposes Bipartisan Competitive Bidding Bill

    Dec 09 2014

    Following proposed legislation by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate has introduced a similar bill that would correct what some believe to be flaws in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment (DME).  Late last week, Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the Read More

  • Home Health and Hospital Referrals: How to Get Your Agency on the Magic List

    Dec 01 2014

    Home health agencies are increasingly becoming a bigger part of the overall health care equation, leading to more interest not only from investors, but also from other organizations looking to partner across the care continuum. This rings true especially for hospitals, which are more closely scrutinized federally based on lengths of stay, readmissions and total Read More

  • HealthSouth Agrees to Acquire Encompass Home Health for $750 Million

    Nov 24 2014

    HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE: HLS) has agreed to acquire privately held EHHI Holdings, Inc., the owner of Encompass Home Health and Hospice, for approximately $750 million. The transaction has been approved by both companies’  boards and is expected to close before the end of the year, HealthSouth announced Monday.  Previously, rumors suggested Cressey & Company, the Read More

  • Collaboration Brings Home Health to Forefront of Hospital Discharge Process

    Nov 17 2014

    Mercy, a member of the largest health system in Ohio, has entered into a Care Collaboration Agreement with Senior Independence (SI), a Medicare-certified provider of home health and hospice services in Ohio. The agreement seeks to increase the overall well-being of patients through education and management of chronic diseases; reduce avoidable hospitalizations, hospital readmissions and Read More

  • Tenn. Home Health Company Agrees to $25 Million Settlement

    Nov 13 2014

    CareAll Management LLC and its affiliated entities have agreed to pay $25 million, plus interest, to the United States and the state of Tennessee to settle False Claims Act allegations, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced recently. The settlement resolves allegations that CareAll — based in Nashville, Tenn., and one of the state’s largest home Read More

  • Kindred Grows Post-Acute Network With New $195 Million Acquisition

    Nov 12 2014

    Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND), the nation’s largest provider of integrated post-acute care and rehabilitation, recently announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Centerre Healthcare Corporation for approximately $195 million in cash. Centerre currently operates 11 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals with 612 beds in partnership with some of the nation’s leading acute care hospital Read More

  • Senior Living Giant’s Home Health Agencies Rank in Nation’s Top 25%

    Nov 11 2014

    The nation’s largest senior living provider, Brookdale Senior Living, is proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the home health care industry. Nine of the provider’s home health agencies have been ranked among the top 25% of agencies in the United States, according to the ninth annual HomeCare Elite list, compiled by National Read More

  • OIG to Focus on Home Health Payments, Hospice in Senior Living in 2015

    Nov 06 2014

    The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released its work plan for 2015, addressing various issues relating to home health care and hospice.  Among the topics addressed are the home health prospective payment system, fraud, health screening, hospice patients’ length of stay in assisted living facilities and the appropriateness of hospices’ general inpatient care Read More

  • Hospice Services Increasing Fastest in Nursing Home Setting

    Nov 05 2014

    Hospice services in nursing homes are increasing at a faster pace than in any other care setting, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) latest report. As the average life expectancy in the U.S. rises, so too does the number of individuals who die of chronic diseases and require long-term care. Last Read More

  • Apollo Medical Holdings Launches New Home Health, Hospice Subsidiary

    Nov 04 2014

    Apollo Medical Holdings, Inc., an integrated physician-centric health care delivery company, announced recently the launch of a new subsidiary, Apollo Palliative Services (APS), with the acquisition of majority stakes in both a hospice agency and a home health company.  The hospice agency serves three counties in Southern California, with an average daily census of 40 Read More

  • WSJ: Home Health Care Helps Lead NYC’s Employment Recovery

    Nov 03 2014

    Home health care, among other industries with lower-paying positions, continues to be a force pushing New York City’s employment toward recovery, writes The Wall Street Journal in a recent article.  Jobs in the home health care services industry have jumped 55.7% since 2009, with 108,200 people in the field as of September. At least three Read More

  • Home Care Tops Fro-Yo, Fitness in Emerging Franchise Ranks

    Oct 31 2014

    When competing against trendy “paint-and-sip” (think: BYOB with an artistic flair), fitness and frozen yogurt franchises, in-home senior care may not be the most up-and-coming concept. But three such companies have snagged spots among the top five in a list of emerging franchises, ranked by the Franchise Business Review. In its quest to find and Read More

  • Breier to Lead $7.1 Billion Powerhouse Kindred Healthcare

    Oct 31 2014

    Benjamin Breier, president and chief operating officer of Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND), will take over next year as CEO of the national post-acute and rehabilitation services provider, the company announced Thursday. Breier, 43 — who has been with Kindred since 2005, starting as president of the company’s rehabilitation division — will replace current CEO Paul Read More

  • Federal Contractor Buys Texas Home Health Care Agency

    Oct 28 2014

    Anchorage, Alaska-based federal contractor Chenega Corporation has purchased AQTS Home Health in San Antonio to expand into the commercial home health care market, the San Antonio Business Journal reports. The purchase price was not disclosed. AQTS Home Health, part of the Access Quality family of companies, has 75 full-time employees in San Antonio that provide nursing, occupational Read More

  • BusinessWeek: Wage Debate Continues for Home Health Workers

    Oct 27 2014

    The debate over minimum wage in the home health care industry continues, as the most recent critics prove to be an unlikely group to criticize the movement: disability rights advocates, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports.  The article follows the Department of Labor’s decision earlier this month to delay enforcement of its new rule extending minimum wage and Read More

  • Detroit Home Health Agency Founder Pleads Guilty to $22 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

    Oct 23 2014

    The founder of three Detroit-area home health agencies has pleaded guilty in federal court for his role in a $22 million home health care fraud scheme involving kickbacks, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this week.  Tayyab Aziz, 45, of Homer Glen, Ill., pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Michigan to one count Read More

  • 3 Threats Facing the Home Health Care Industry

    Oct 22 2014

    As the elderly population grows in the coming years, so too will the home care industry — but not without facing significant threats, industry experts say. The baby boom population will push the demand for home health care, with more than 10,000 boomers turning 65 every day. In addition to the sheer demographics, home health Read More

  • Missouri Union Achieves Higher Wage For Home Care Workers

    Oct 21 2014

    Following a statewide campaign to raise the minimum wage, the Missouri Home Care Union announced Monday it had reached a deal with state negotiators to raise the wage for its home health workers.  The collective bargaining agreement set home health care attendants’ wage between $8.50 and $10.15 an hour, less than the $11 proposed minimum Read More

  • U.S. News: Lack of Medicare Coverage Leaves Alzheimer’s Patients With Few Options

    Oct 20 2014

    About 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are finding that their needs for care far exceed the scope of Medicare coverage — leaving them with few options, according to U.S. News & World Report. The disconnect between coverage and needs are “part of the long-term care catastrophe looming for many in the U.S.,” where the Read More

  • Study: Children Caregivers Spend 14+ Hours a Week Assisting Family Members

    Oct 15 2014

    A new study of Florida middle-schoolers finds that children who are acting as caregivers at home spend nearly two hours each weekday assisting older adult family members, The Washington Post reports.  These young caregivers — 62% of whom are girls and 38% of whom are boys — assist family members suffering from diseases or age-related Read More

  • FDA Approves 2 Philips Telehealth Apps Aimed at Improving Transition Home

    Oct 14 2014

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two telehealth apps from electronics company Philips that seek to ease the transition from hospital to home care, the company announced earlier this month.  The eCareCoordinator and eCareCompanion apps, part of Philips Hospital to Home’s suite of telehealth programs, focus on reducing readmissions to the hospital by providing Read More

  • Americans Lack Sufficient Retirement Savings in 49 States

    Oct 13 2014

    Family caregivers may find themselves struggling to financially support both their loved one and retirement, as a recent study shows retirees in 49 out of 50 states don’t have sufficient retirement income.  The study, conducted by Interest.com, overwhelmingly indicates that Americans age 65 and older aren’t replacing enough of their pre-retirement income in their post-career Read More

  • CMS Approves Home Health Vendor to Measure Patient Experiences

    Oct 09 2014

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved Axxess, a home health technology company, as a vendor for the Consumer Assessment of Health Providers Service (CAHPS). Axxess, which provides consulting and software development, will use a nationally standardized methodology to measure the experiences of people receiving care from home health and hospice organizations. Earlier Read More

  • CMS Issues Extension for Hospices Hiring Contract Nurses

    Oct 08 2014

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the period of time hospices can hire contract nurses as long as they qualify for an “extraordinary circumstance” exemption, the agency announced in a memorandum recently. Under normal circumstances, a hospice must ensure that all core services — including nursing — are provided directly by Read More

  • Mayo Clinic Launches Telemedicine Pilot Using Walk-In Kiosks

    Oct 06 2014

    As part of its overall effort to reduce health care costs and improve access to medical services, the Mayo Clinic announced last week a new telemedicine pilot project involving private kiosks, reports indicate.  The pilot, called Mayo Clinic Health Connection, will be offered through its HealthSpot platform, which includes cloud-based software combined with a private Read More

  • Miami Home Care Agency Owner Arrested for $8 Million Medicare Kickback Scheme

    Oct 01 2014

    The owner of a Miami home health care agency has been arrested in connection with an $8 million health care fraud scheme involving kickbacks, according to FBI reports.  Orelvis Olivera, 45, of Miami, was charged earlier this week with conspiracy to commit health care and wire fraud, conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks and paying Read More

  • Caring Brands Expands Footprint With Acquisition of Australia Home Care Company

    Sep 30 2014

    Caring Brands International, the holding company of Interim HealthCare Inc., a national network of home care, hospice and health staffing franchises, has expanded its global operations by acquiring Australia-based Just Better Care for an undisclosed amount.  Located in Manly, New South Wales, Australia, Just Better Care is a franchisor of in-home non-medical and medical care Read More

  • Employee Union Keeps $34 Million in Dues from Unpaid Home Care Workers

    Sep 29 2014

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which encompasses 2 million members in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, does not have to pay back more than $34 million in dues collected from thousands of home health care workers who were forced into the union, a Michigan court ruled recently.  The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Read More

  • SAVE Medicare Home Health Act Gains Support in Congress

    Sep 24 2014

    The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, a coalition of home health care providers, has issued further emphasis on supporting legislation that would halt the “arbitrary” 14% cut to the Medicare home health benefit beginning Jan. 1. The coalition calls for increased support for the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act, which would Read More

  • MacArthur Grant Goes Toward Home Care Worker Rights

    Sep 22 2014

    The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently awarded a prestigious $625,000 grant to a home care advocate who has championed the rights of domestic workers, including home health aides, a New York Times article reports.  Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, won the 2014 MacArthur “genius” grant last week Read More

  • Families Find Caregiving Comes With Startling Expenses

    Sep 15 2014

    Nearly half of family caregivers spend more than $5,000 per year on caregiving, impacting their finances as well as current employment and future retirement plans, a new study shows.  Of the 46% of family caregivers that spend more than $5,000 annually, 30% spend more than $10,000 each year, according to Caring.com’s latest “Usage and Attitudes” Read More

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