NAHC Files Lawsuit Against DOL Companionship Rules

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and two other advocacy organizations have filed a lawsuit aiming to overturn a law by the U.S. Department of Labor, which they suggest has a negative impact on consumer-directed home care. The NAHC, Home Care Association of America and the International Franchise Association have filed suit against the […]

Five Points Healthcare Acquires BestCare to Enter Virginia Market

Atlanta-based Five Points Healthcare has expanded its services into Virginia after acquiring BestCare Home Care, a home health provider of Medicare-certified, Medicaid-waiver and personal care services throughout the northern and western parts of Virginia.  Fulcrum Equity Partners, a growth equity fund also based in Atlanta, provided equity financing for the acquisition, which marks the third […]

Kindred Ups Bid to Buy Gentiva, Offers $1.7 Billion

After Gentiva Health Services (NASDAQ: GTIV) initially declined a takeover bid from Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) in a $1.6 billion deal, Kindred has increased its offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Gentiva’s common stock for $14.50 per share, making the proposal a $1.7 billion acquisition.  The new bid — which is an all-cash offer […]

Care Provider Expands Genetic Testing to More Home Health Patients

Dublin, Ohio-based ViaQuest, Inc., which earlier this year became the first hospice provider in Ohio to offer its clients a pain management program based on genetic testing, has announced the expansion of the program to include patients with ongoing pain management and behavioral health needs.  Individuals in the ViaQuest Hospice or Home Health programs in […]

Home Care Workers Rally for $15 Minimum Wage

Cleveland home care workers are rallying for a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour for their occupation, which, some say, is demanding as it requires aides to feed, dress, bathe and take care of patients in their homes, an article on reports.  With a median hourly wage of $8.39 and little mileage compensation, most […]

Medicare Advantage Plans Overcharge $70 billion for Home Visits

Health plans are cashing in on home visits, taking advantage of Medicare profits when the house calls unearth patients’ medical problems, according to a report by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. Some senior citizens are finding that their Medicare Advantage health plans were eager to send a […]

Researchers Commit $30 Million to Fall Prevention Study

Fall-related injuries continue to plague the aging population, but a new five-year, $30 million study is in the works to provide seniors with plans to help prevent one of the most common problems affecting them.  The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) will conduct a nationwide study of the […]

Home Care Sees Payment, Tech Opportunities On Horizon

The number of people who are more likely to receive home care is increasing as the proportion of people age 65 and older grows — forcing health care organizations to map out strategies to meet their customers’ demands.  In a recently released study, Deloitte details the opportunities and challenges of care provided inside the home, and […]