Posts by Jason Oliva:

  • Home Health Spending to Reach $156 Billion Over Next Decade

    Jul 29 2015

    National spending on home health care is projected to grow 5.6% in 2015 from last year, and at this pace total expenditures in the sector are poised to reach approximately $156 billion come 2024, according to new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In 2015, home health spending could top roughly Read More

  • CMS Extends Home Health Agency Moratorium in Select Cities

    Jul 28 2015

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its temporary moratorium that bars new home health agencies in select metro areas from enrolling into the federal program. Effective July 29, the moratorium will continue to prohibit for an additional six months the enrollment of new home health agencies and ambulance service providers within Read More

  • Major Workforce Overhaul Needed for Home Health Care Coordination

    Jul 27 2015

    As health care transformation gets underway, requiring greater care coordination between hospitals and home- and community-based settings, a number of significant challenges threaten to undermine the coordination and care management provided by health care staff, particularly among the home health labor force, a recent report finds. To overcome obstacles associated with job training, recruitment and Read More

  • Almost Family Acquires Health Assessment Company for $2 Million

    Jul 27 2015

    Almost Family, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFAM) is acquiring a Florida-based technology company that provides in-home clinical assessments for $2 million in cash plus 260,000 shares of AFAM stock. The company announced last week its planned acquisition of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Ingenios Health Co., a provider of tech-enabled in-home and in-facility health risk assessments on behalf of payers Read More

  • DOL Rule Would Expand Overtime for Salaried Home Care Workers

    Jul 22 2015

    The Department of Labor (DOL) sparked an ongoing battle when it moved in 2013 to extend overtime protections to home health aides and similar types of workers. Now, it is making moves to extend overtime protections to a larger group of so-called “white collar” workers as well. Specifically, the agency is proposing to substantially raise Read More

  • Feds Issue Contract Worker Guidance for Home Care, Other Industries

    Jul 21 2015

    Health care companies may have to review how they classify their workers as either employees or independent contractors under labor guidance issued by the federal government—a distinction that carries implications for home health agencies and the caregivers they “employ.” The definition of “employ” is the key factor when determining whether a worker is an employee or Read More

  • Top 10 States for Seniors’ Well-Being

    Jul 20 2015

    When it comes to the well-being of older Americans, the best states to support an aging population beyond physical health cover a broad range from Hawaii to Connecticut, and even Alaska to New Mexico, according to inaugural rankings from Gallup-Healthways. The report, released this week in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab, finds Read More

  • Americans Underestimate Senior Care Needs, Slack on Planning

    Jul 15 2015

    While the demand for home health care appears set to soar due to an aging population, major questions remain as to how services will be financed. A new poll shows Americans still are not very confident they can pay for long-term care, and it appears they might be getting less realistic about their own future Read More

  • AccentCare, UC San Diego Form Joint Venture Home Health Company

    Jul 14 2015

    A joint venture between UC San Diego Health System and Dallas-based AccentCare, Inc. will create a jointly owned home health agency serving patients in San Diego, Calif. and its surrounding communities, the organizations announced Tuesday. The new agency aims to provide a comprehensive continuum of care after patients have been discharged from the hospital in Read More

  • Wall Street Stays Amped on Big 3 Home Health Companies

    Jul 12 2015

    If there is any indication of Wall Street’s continued bullish interest in the home health sector, the surging stock prices experienced by three of the nation’s largest providers is one clear-cut sign, a recent analysis suggests. Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHC) and Almost Family, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFAM) are leading the pack for Read More

  • How Home Care Tech is Driving Senior Living Referrals

    Jul 07 2015

    As both home health care and senior living providers collaborate to serve a similar patient population, some companies are leveraging technology to assist with referrals.  Home care and senior living providers have long worked together to better serve seniors and their families, increase market share, and gain a competitive advantage over competing providers. While some Read More

  • Doc Faces 175-Year Sentence for Home Care Kickbacks, Unneeded Chemo

    Jul 07 2015

    Soliciting kickbacks for home care referrals is enough to land any physician in jail or a hefty fine, but this was far from the most serious offense in the case of one Detroit-area doctor who could spend 175 years in prison for defrauding Medicare. Farid Fata, M.D., 49, of Oakland Township, Mich., faced the statutory Read More

  • New Home Care Guide Offers Tips on Better Cash Flow

    Jul 05 2015

    Dallas-based Home health software vendor Axxess this week released an eGuide aimed at helping home health agencies effectively manage their cash flows and, ultimately, grow their businesses. To achieve these goals, the guide “Revenue Cycle Management: What you Must Do Now – to Succeed!” assists agencies in not only selecting the right revenue cycle management Read More

  • Telehealth Skyrocketing to 158 Million Sessions Per Year by 2020

    Jul 01 2015

    Many studies have projected the enormous growth in store for telehealth in the coming years, and these video conferencing sessions taking place in people’s homes and similar settings will represent the majority of usage within four years, says a new report. Telehealth video consultations will increase from 19.7 million in 2014 to 158.4 million per Read More

  • Home Health Software Market to Drive Global Industry Growth

    Jun 22 2015

    A number of factors offer favorable tailwinds for the home health care industry’s future growth prospects, but it’s the software market segment within the sector that stands to see the most rapid growth in the coming years, a recent study suggests. The global aging population is a key factor for driving widespread growth for home Read More

  • U.S. Senior Household ‘Explosion’ Demands More Aging in Place Supports

    Jun 17 2015

    Senior households in the U.S. will see an “explosion” in the coming years, in turn making the need for more aging in place options and policies greater than ever before, a recent report suggests. The U.S. is due for dramatic growth in the number of senior households over the coming years, with more than half Read More

  • GAO: Up to 80% of Seniors in Need Lack Home Care

    Jun 16 2015

    An overwhelming majority of seniors in need of home-based care services do not receive them, according to recently updated findings from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).  In 2011, GAO analyzed data from 2008 and found that approximately 12 million out of 16 million older adults who likely needed home-based care did not receive it. Read More

  • Lawsuit Claims Home Health Provider Secretly Recorded Customer Service Calls

    Jun 15 2015

    A consumer in California has filed a class action lawsuit against a provider of home medical equipment (HME), alleging that the company did not disclose that it was recording consumers’ customer service calls. The class action complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, was brought forth last week by Read More

  • HealthSouth Grows Post-Acute Services With $730 Million Acquisition

    Jun 14 2015

    National post-acute care provider HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE: HLS) shows no signs of slowing down its expansive growth in the sector. On Thursday, the company entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the operations of Reliant Hospital Partners, LLC for a cash purchase price of $730 million. HealthSouth offers both facility-based and home-based post-acute care services Read More

  • New HHS Fall Prevention Program Keeps Seniors at Home Longer, for Cheaper

    Jun 10 2015

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is banking on a new fall prevention program that aims to help seniors continue living at home longer and delay the move to costlier care settings like nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Developed by HHS, the comprehensive prevention program includes clinical in-home assessments of health, physical Read More

  • Study Projects 2.5 Million More Home Care Workers Needed by 2030

    Jun 09 2015

    As the nation’s senior population is projected to swell to enormous proportions in the coming years, the need for home care workers to serve this aging demographic will have to increase by the millions, a recent report portends. At least 2.5 million more home health and personal care aides will be needed to provide long-term Read More

  • Home Care Industry Adds Jobs at Red-Hot Pace

    Jun 08 2015

    With a surging clientele that will drive demand for home health care services in the coming years, it may not be a surprise that home health care is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S.  When compared to other industries, home health care is the fourth-hottest industry for job growth over the next five Read More

  • Most Read: Podcast Talks Home Health ‘Nightmares’

    Jun 05 2015

    In case you missed them, here are the most popular stories grabbing Home Health Care News readers’ attention this week: Behind the Headlines Podcast: How to Be a Home Care Hero—HHCN kicked off its podcast series “Behind the Headlines” this week, featuring the newsmakers and industry leaders shaping the future of home care. Highlighted stories Read More

  • Home Health Providers Pay $6.5 Million to Settle Forgery, Billing Claims

    Jun 03 2015

    A group of Tenn.-based home health care companies entered into a $6.5 million settlement this week to resolve allegations that they improperly billed various state and federal programs for services they provided over a six-year period. The settlement, which involved a band of home health care agencies collectively known as “Friendship” as well as the Read More

  • Judge Clears Criminal Record So Home Care Aide Can Keep Job

    Jun 01 2015

    A criminal conviction can have wide-ranging effects on a person’s ability to get a job, among other things. And for home health care workers, criminal records can have an adverse and arguably unjustifiable long-term impact when it comes to holding down a position. Such might be the case for one home health care aide in Read More

  • How to Retain Home Care Workers Without Breaking the Bank

    May 27 2015

    High caregiver turnover rates continue to plague the home care industry, but implementing a program focused on employee recognition shows considerable promise in helping agencies retain quality staff. Caregiver turnover is the biggest threat to home care providers in 2015, according to results from the 2015 Private Duty Benchmarking Study conducted by Home Care Pulse, Read More

  • Home Health Fraud: Small-Time Crooks Get Oversized Sentences

    May 26 2015

    When it comes to prosecuting large corporations and small-time offenders for Medicare fraud in Florida, it’s a “Tale of Two Justices,” writes one Orlando Sentinel columnist is a recent opinion piece. A discrepancy exists, argues the Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell, between the penalties handed to big-time fraudsters such as hospitals and large nonprofits, compared to smaller Read More

  • Memorial Day Weekend Most Read: Wall Street Bullish on Home Health

    May 22 2015

    Home Health Care News will be observing the Memorial Day holiday this weekend, but will return to our normal posting schedule Tuesday, May 26. In the meantime, HHCN would like to wish all readers a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. In case you missed it here are the most popular stories grabbing HHCN readers’ Read More

  • Susan Sarandon’s New Role: Aging-in-Place Spokeswoman

    May 20 2015

    Campaigns to raise awareness of various senior care-related causes have attracted a fair share of celebrity spokespeople. Now, the push to help older adults age in place has a new, yet familiar face in Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon. Sarandon, 68, last week launched the “Aging in Place” campaign with InnovAge, a non-profit senior care Read More

  • Person-Centered Training Reduces Home Care Aide Turnover

    May 18 2015

    A person-centered approach to training personal care aides (PCAs) could be home care’s solution to reducing staff turnover, while also improving job satisfaction and quality of care, a recent report suggests. With employee turnover rates spiking by as much as 60% in the face of a booming demand for personal care aides (PCAs), the home Read More

  • Home Care Offers Senior Living Providers Promising Growth

    May 17 2015

    For senior living providers looking to grow their service offerings, home care has often been a viable sector to execute their expansion plans. But there are different schools of thought on how to branch into the space depending on the organization. The dynamic health care landscape is providing the momentum for senior living providers to Read More

  • Telehealth Growth Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

    May 12 2015

    Whether it’s video conferencing from 1,000 miles away or wearable fitness trackers, telehealth technologies have been a burgeoning health care solution in the last few years, and they will continue to be a driver in improving outcomes in the years to come, a recent survey suggests. A spike in remote monitoring since 2013 and greater Read More

  • State Policies Make Home Care Harder to Access

    May 11 2015

    Home care has been long touted as the more cost-effective alternative to assisted living and nursing home care, for both seniors and governments. However, some states are making it harder for seniors to access this less-expensive alternative, and it’s costing them big money.  Two recent audit reports from Louisiana and Georgia show states are dragging Read More

  • D.C. Court Hears Home Care Minimum Wage, Overtime Arguments

    May 07 2015

    The ongoing debate on whether home care workers should be afforded minimum wage and overtime protections entered a new chapter Thursday in a Washington, D.C. courtroom. Three judges with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments from attorneys in the case Home Care Association, et al. v. Weil, Read More

  • Group Purchasing Grows as Home Care Financing Option

    May 05 2015

    A nonprofit group is making access to private duty home care more affordable for Boston seniors via a new membership-based program that offers a variety of services to help older adults age in place, in the latest demonstration of a growing nationwide movement known as the Village model. Earlier this month, Ethos formally launched JP@Home, Read More

  • Startup Serves Up Home Care One Meal at a Time

    May 04 2015

    It doesn’t matter how old you are, eating is vital to living an independent and healthy life. But for some seniors living at home, the task of cooking and preparing meals can put that independence, as well as their own personal health, in check. Enter: Chefs for Seniors, a company based in Madison, Wis., that Read More

  • Most Read: Top Home Health Provider Mulls Name Change, Hospital-at-Home Programs

    May 01 2015

    In case you missed it, here are the most popular stories grabbing Home Health Care News readers’ attention this week: Amedisys Pushes Forward with Big Changes, Mulls New Name—In a first quarter earnings call, executives at the major home health and hospice provider highlighted a number of shifts the company will embark on to improve Read More

  • The Top States for Home Health Visits

    Apr 29 2015

    The number of annual home health visits has declined steadily over the past few years; however, there have been some dramatic exceptions when looking from state-to-state, new industry research finds. Nationally, home health visits are down 2.2% at approximately 112.2 million visits in 2013. In 2012, the market logged roughly 114.8 million, according to Healthcare Read More

  • Market for ‘Home Health Hub’ Tech Set to Explode

    Apr 28 2015

    As the number of people using home health care technologies is expected to swell to 78.5 million over the next five years, so too will the market for “hubs” that collect and transmit data from these devices, says a report released this week.  Home health hubs, also called home health gateways, will be a growing part Read More

  • Most Read: Airbnb for Seniors, Humana Beefs Up In-Home Services

    Apr 24 2015

    In case you missed it, here are the most popular Home Health Care News stories grabbing readers’ attention this past week: ‘Airbnb for Seniors’ to Replace Home Care Aides?—A startup company is launching a service akin to Airbnb’s home-sharing capabilities for vacationing renters, but with a home care focus for seniors searching for local caregivers. Read More

  • ‘Airbnb for Seniors’ to Replace Home Care Aides?

    Apr 22 2015

    Sharing is caring. The concept resonates at one Miami, Fla.-based startup whose caregiver-senior pairing service offers an alternative to traditional home care in a way that resembles the widely popular Airbnb for vacationing renters. Similar to Airbnb, which pairs travelers with hosts who have listed their homes for rent, Room2Care is establishing a marketplace for Read More

  • 78 Million Consumers Will Use Home Health Tech by 2020

    Apr 21 2015

    The market for home health technologies is poised for strong growth and will have an enormous impact on the health care ecosystem over the next five years, according to projections released this week. By 2020, 78.5 million consumers will utilize home health care technologies, says independent research and consulting firm Tractica in a report titled Read More

  • Telehealth Use Triples, But Doctors More Skeptical of Benefits

    Apr 20 2015

    Patients’ access to telehealth technologies that facilitate health care services at home has tripled over the past three years. However, doctors are not entirely convinced that this and other tech has improved treatment decisions, a recent study suggests.   The number of physicians offering tele-monitoring devices that enable patients to monitor their health has risen Read More

  • Home Health and Hospice Deals Dip 16% to Start 2015

    Apr 19 2015

    As health care merger and acquisition activity continues to grow in the first quarter, home health and hospice transactions hit a minor snag to start the year, despite seeing a nearly 30% increase a quarter ago, recent data indicates.  Overall health care M&A activity grew 24% during the first quarter of 2015 to 355 total Read More

  • [Update] Home Health Leaders Applaud Permanent Medicare Doc Fix

    Apr 15 2015

    Legislation to replace Medicare’s controversial Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) now has been signed into law. While some concerns regarding reimbursements linger, the home health community largely commends Congress. The bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act legislation to repeal the long-standing SGR, colloquially known as the “doc fix,” was signed Thursday by President Barack Obama, following Read More

  • Ransomware Hacker Threat Hits the Home Health Industry

    Apr 13 2015

    An Internet scam that has been targeting everyone from ordinary online users to local police departments has now set its sights on the home health care sector. Ransomware is one of the latest cybersecurity threats used by hackers to gain access to a person’s or organization’s sensitive data, in return charging victims a price to Read More

  • Will Boomers Reject Home Care?

    Apr 12 2015

    Baby Boomers’ personal wealth and the rise of attractive senior living communities could mean that aging at home is becoming a less attractive option than it has been in the past, says a recent report from the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). Using data with the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), a nationally representative Read More

  • First Amazon, Now Google Makes Play at Home Services Market

    Apr 07 2015

    Being the most popular search engine on the Internet has made Google a household name. And now, the company wants to actually be in your household—sort of—through a new project it currently has in the works.  The company plans to announce a new product aimed at connecting Google search users with various local home-service providers, Read More

  • Amedisys Announces Major Executive Leadership Shake-Up

    Apr 07 2015

    An ongoing effort to improve its balance sheet has led Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) to an extensive leadership overhaul at the executive level. In April 2014, Amedisys agreed to pay $150 million to the federal government, resolving allegations that the company provided medically unnecessary services to Medicare beneficiaries. As the company tries to bounce back, it Read More

  • Gentiva to Pay $6.5 Million to Settle Stock Fraud Claims

    Apr 06 2015

    Gentiva Health Services last week approved a $6.5 million settlement stemming from a class action lawsuit filed by investors who claimed to have been harmed by a securities fraud scheme. In November 2010, a former named plaintiff in the case filed a securities fraud class action on behalf of investors who purchased publicly-traded securities of Read More

  • Apple’s Latest iPhone App Delivers ‘New Level’ of Home Care

    Apr 02 2015

    No stranger to health care-related applications for its various tech offerings, Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ: APPL) is delving even further into the realm of home care with a new smartphone app for iPhone. As part of IBM’s (NYSE: IBM) MobileFirst for iOS initiative, Apple and IBM this week unveiled the first wave of more than 100 Read More

  • 30 Years Later, Promising Aging in Place Program Faces Growth Stall

    Apr 01 2015

    Nearly 30 years since an extensive home- and community-based care model made its debut in New York City, the program risks seeing its future growth stalled without greater attention and investment from policymakers and the public and private sectors, according to a recent report from the Gerontological Society of America. Since its 1986 creation in Read More

  • New Housing Task Force to Tackle Home Care Barriers

    Mar 31 2015

    A newly formed bipartisan task force plans to address critical policy issues for America’s senior population, setting its sights specifically on helping more older adults access cost-efficient home- and community-based services. Monday, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) launched its new Health and Housing Task Force, a commission comprised of former U.S. Representatives Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) Read More

  • Home Care Attracts Hospital Partnerships with Social Work Services

    Mar 29 2015

    In collaborating with hospitals to reduce preventable readmissions, home care agencies that embrace a social work approach stand to be the most valuable partners, according to experts who recently addressed providers in Chicago. Since the advent of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals have been placing more emphasis on tracking readmissions, especially now that they are Read More

  • Home Care Prices Keep Pace with Assisted Living

    Mar 26 2015

    For seniors choosing between hiring a home health aide and entering assisted living, cost may not be much of a differentiator, newly released data suggest. The information reveals price tags for assisted living are comparable to those for in-home aides — and for both types of care, costs can vary significantly depending on location. A Read More

  • How Home Care Agencies Can Unlock Hidden Growth Potential

    Mar 25 2015

    Unhappy clients are an inevitable part of any business, but they can be especially damaging in home care as the industry continues to grapple with the twofold task of retaining both clientele and the caregivers that serve them. There is, however, a low cost way providers can tackle this double-edged dilemma without having to spend Read More

  • ‘Doc Fix’ Deal Puts Home Health Payments in Jeopardy [Update]

    Mar 24 2015

    The bill passed this week by the House of Representatives to repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula also would have reimbursement repercussions for post-acute care providers, including home health. The measure recently was unveiled by bipartisan leaders from the House Ways and Means as well as Energy and Commerce subcommittees; they introduced a working framework to permanently replace Read More

  • Clinic Owner Pleads Guilty in $50 Million Home Health Conspiracy

    Mar 19 2015

    The owner and operator of a New Orleans-based medical clinic, as well as her accountant, pleaded guilty this week for their role in a home health care fraud scheme that bilked Medicare of nearly $50 million in erroneous claims. Paige Okpalobi, 58, of Sidell, La., please guilty Wednesday before a U.S. district judge of the Read More

  • Amedisys Alerts 6,900 Home Health Patients of Possible Data Breach

    Mar 17 2015

    Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is currently in the process of notifying federal and state agencies as well as 6,909 individuals who may have had their personal information subject to a data breach. Earlier this month, the Baton Rouge, La.-based home health and hospice provider reported the results of an extensive risk management process to locate approximately Read More

  • Senate Bill Aims to Increase Home Health Access, Limit Nursing Homes

    Mar 16 2015

    A bipartisan bill introduced by two U.S. Senators would create a new project that would increase home care access for more older Americans, in turn keeping them out of costlier and more institutionalized care settings like nursing homes. The proposed legislation, introduced last week by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), is Read More

  • Apple Announces New Major Foray into Health Care Remote Tech

    Mar 10 2015

    This week, Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ: APPL) unveiled its newest product offering in health care-related technology, for which it plans to transform the iPhone into a diagnostic tool. Health and wellness took center stage during a live event hosted by Apple on Monday, where the company showcased several new products coming to market soon, including its Read More

  • Moving On Up: Home Health Care People and Positions (3/5/15)

    Mar 05 2015

    Almost Family Appoints Former U.S. Tech Officer to Board of Directors Almost Family, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFAM), a Louisville, Ky.-based national provider of home health and nursing services, this week appointed Annesh Chopra a new board member. Chopra is the former U.S. Chief Technology Officer under President Barack Obama. Co-founder of NavHealth and Hunch Analytics, Chopra Read More

  • Home Health Quality Has Improved, CMS Reports

    Mar 04 2015

    When it comes to quality reporting, health care providers, including home health agencies, are performing better on process measures than clinical outcomes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said in a report released this week. The 2015 National Impact Assessment of the CMS Quality Measures Report assesses the quality of care delivered across Read More

  • Physical Therapist Targeted Adult Day Center in $1.6 Million Home Health Fraud

    Feb 26 2015

    A federal jury in Detroit convicted a physical therapist and a patient recruiter for their involvement in a home health care fraud scheme that bilked $1.6 million from the Medicare program, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. Physical therapist Rajan Patel, 30, of Clinton Township, Michigan, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to Read More

  • CMS Reveals Details of Home Health Standardized Assessments

    Feb 25 2015

    In efforts to foster greater care coordination between various health care providers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed Wednesday new details on how it will measure the quality performance of home health care agencies through the collection of standardized data assessments. During an Open Door Forum Wednesday afternoon, CMS outlined certain standardized Read More

  • Docs, Wives to Pay $1 Million Over Home Health Kickback Claims

    Feb 24 2015

    Two South Florida physicians and their wives have agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle charges that they accepted kickbacks from a home health agency, the Department of Justice announced Monday. The home health provider had tried to disguise the payments by saying they were for marketing services providing by the physicians’ wives, according to Read More

  • Ruling on Home Health Referrals Broadens Risk

    Feb 18 2015

    Home health providers may have to reexamine they way they conduct and compensate for referrals or risk violating the Anti-Kickback Statute, according to a recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling. On February 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit expanded the definition of “referral,” arguing for a broader reading of the term to Read More

  • The Key to Reducing Staff Turnover: Home Care Mentor Programs

    Feb 11 2015

    Staff turnover not only creates a revolving door with huge cost implications, but it undeniably hinders care. And as home care agencies strive to close—if not slow—that revolving door once and for all, some are touting the benefits of mentor programs to boost employee satisfaction and increase retention. While no industry is impervious to staff Read More

  • D.C. Home Care Case Could Swell to $150 Million Class Action Suit

    Jan 28 2015

    A class-action lawsuit filed this week by several Washington, D.C. home care workers could ultimately balloon into a $150 million case with as many as 6,000 plaintiffs as they seek reparation for alleged backpay owed to them by their former employers.  The bid for class-action status, filed Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court, arrives one month Read More

  • Accelera Innovations Expands with $6 Million Home Care Acquisition

    Jan 21 2015

    Only a few weeks into 2015 and the market for home health acquisitions continues to ramp up. Today, Accelera Innovations, Inc. signed a definitive agreement to acquire Oklahoma-based Traditions Home Care Inc. for a purchase price of $6 million. Accelera is a collaboration of companies that aims to improve the outcomes of post-acute and long-term Read More

  • Nonprofit Senior Living Providers Join Forces to Expand Home Care Services

    Jan 07 2015

    Two nonprofit senior living organizations serving southeastern Michigan have recently joined forces to expand home care services to more elders living in Washtenaw County. Caring Partners Home Health is a collaboration between Ann Arbor-based Glacier Hills Senior Living Community and United Methodist Retirement Communities, Inc. (URMC) of Chelsea.  Both partners agreed to change the name Read More

  • CMS Names First Audit Contractor for Home Health, DME in 2015

    Jan 06 2015

    Just before the close of 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded its first national recovery audit contract for the new year to Connecticut-based firm Connolly, LLC—the first of five to be awarded. The Region 5 contract awarded to the Connolly is national in scope and includes Medicare claims for Durable Medical Read More

  • Despite Home Care’s Praises, Lack of Scrutiny Remains

    Jan 05 2015

    Home care is often lauded as a more cost-efficient method to receive health care services, especially when compared to larger, more institutionalized care settings. But as care shifts to this more preferred environment, a lack of scrutiny remains for the workers providing care, suggests a recent article from Kaiser Health News (KHN). An investigation conducted Read More

  • Federal Court Strikes Down Overtime Wage Rules for Some Home Care Workers

    Jan 05 2015

    Reversing a hotly contested wage rule decided earlier this year, a U.S. District Court ruling prior to the holiday Christmas that overturned certain minimum wage and overtime protections for home care workers has spurred mixed reactions between advocacy groups and industry stakeholders.  Considered a major victory by home care trade associations, the ruling in the Read More

  • HHS Awards States $665 Million to Design, Improve Health Care Delivery

    Dec 18 2014

    Twenty-eight states, three territories and the District of Columbia will be the beneficiaries to over $665 million in Affordable Care Act funding to design and test health care payment and service delivery models that strive to both improve health care quality and lower costs, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Tuesday. Read More

  • Layoffs, Closures and Threats: Home Health Care News’ Most Popular Stories of 2014

    Dec 17 2014

    Policy changes, blockbuster mergers and acquisitions, as well as layoffs, closings and caregiver labor debates characterized the home health and hospice sector in 2014. Mounting reimbursement pressures forced some of the nation’s largest provider to shutter operations and lay off hundreds at some locations, while other big players turned to the acquisition market to fuel their Read More

  • Medicare, Medicaid Net $2.3 Billion in Health Care Fraud Recoveries in 2014

    Dec 16 2014

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained a record $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments from cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in the fiscal year ending September 30, the federal agency announced in a report Thursday. Of that total, $2.3 billion was recovered from health care-related frauds.  FY 2014 marked the fifth Read More

  • CMS Announces Next Phases of DME Bidding Program

    Dec 15 2014

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the next steps of its Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program, including the bidding timeline for the Round 2 re-compete and the national mail-order re-compete. As required by law, CMS made its announcements last Thursday, also launching a comprehensive Read More

  • Improving Work Conditions for Caregiving Employees Impacts Bottom Line

    Dec 11 2014

    Companies that offer employees paid leave days, not just for sickness, but to provide care for a child or elderly parent, have been able to ultimately improve their bottom lines and increase staff engagement, according to a repot from U.S. News Money. This concept is refreshing, especially as the population ages and the there are Read More

  • Epic Health Services Enters Missouri Home Health Care Market with New Acquisition

    Dec 10 2014

    Dallas, Texas-based Epic Health Services, Inc. is expanding its pediatric skilled nursing and therapy services with the acquisition of Nurses to Go, LLC, a Missouri-based company that provides pediatric and adult private duty home health care services.  The companies this month announced the closing of a definitive agreement, under which Epic Health Services has acquired Read More

  • Walgreens Evolves Telehealth Platform with Virtual Doctor Visits App

    Dec 09 2014

    Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) customers in select states can now utilize the company’s latest telehealth offering, an app that enables virtual doctor visits via a person’s smartphone. The move is the result of an integration between the Deerfield, Ill.-based national drugstore chain and MDLIVE, a telehealth services provider headquartered in Sunrise, Fla. Users of Walgreens’ website Read More

  • Michigan’s House Calls Spark Growing Home Health Fraud Concerns

    Dec 08 2014

    More seniors aging in place has spurred an increased in physician house calls, and in Michigan, this shift has also triggered more instances of Medicare fraud, reports USA Today.   While doctors’ visits to patients’ homes can help reduce the likelihood of costlier hospital stays, some have argued that Michigan’s lax regulations have led to Read More

  • Medicare Reimbursements Hinder Patients’ Access to Home Health, Report Says

    Dec 03 2014

    Most home health agencies (HHAs) and physicians report that access to home health care for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries is is good, however, insufficient reimbursement remains an issue in serving this vulnerable patient population, according to a new report. That is the sentiment of 1,075 Medicare-ceritfied HHAs and 510 physicians surveyed in a recent report to Read More

  • How Home Health was Vital to a Texas ACO’s Formula for Success

    Nov 19 2014

    Physicians at a large practice in Amarillo, Texas, were able to slash hospital readmissions by 23% and realize millions in savings after forming an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) last year. The secret to the group’s success: a laser-like focus on home health care. Using a series of sophisticated algorithms, Amarillo Medical Specialists targeted the clinical Read More

  • Employers Start to Tune in on Elder Care Topics

    Nov 18 2014

    The stresses on family caregivers are becoming more commonplace as the population ages, as are the mounting costs associated with care provided in home.  But there may be some relief for those who are employed and are seeking elder care for a loved one, writes The Washington Post. The share of employers providing information about Read More

  • Move Over Angie’s List, New Startup is Home Health One-Stop Shop

    Nov 17 2014

    A new startup in Louisville, Kentucky is tackling an age-old dilemma: providing community-based services to seniors still living at home, reports Louisville Business First. Myliance plans to go beyond just providing private-duty skilled nursing services to seniors in their homes. The startup company, which is participating in a program with business incubator XlerateHealth, has its sights Read More

  • Joint Venture Creates Second-Largest Home Health Provider in Western Pennsylvania

    Nov 13 2014

    This week, officials from two Pennsylvania health care networks announced a joint venture that will combine the home health and hospice assets of each organization to create one of the largest post-acute providers in Western Penn. Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Mars, Penn.-based Celtic Healthcare, Inc. proclaimed their joint venture formation Tuesday to create a Read More

  • Telemedicine Is Top Priority for Home Health, Despite Payment Obstacles

    Nov 12 2014

    Implementing a telemedicine program is still an utmost priority for a large majority of home health and other health care organizations despite obstacles in getting reimbursed for those services, a new survey suggests. Health care leaders remain committed to implementing telemedicine initiatives within their organizations, even as they face challenges such as getting doctors to buy Read More

  • N.Y. Home Health Agency Pays $35 Million to Settle False Medicaid Claims

    Nov 11 2014

    The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) last week agreed to pay about $35 million to settle claims that it improperly billed Medicaid for services related to member enrollment in the organization’s adult day centers. Under the terms of the settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams, VNSNY must pay a total of Read More

  • CMS Finalizes DME Bidding Rule for 2015

    Nov 10 2014

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final rule late October for durable medical equipment (DME) payment adjustments. The final rule for calendar year 2015, which is largely unchanged from the proposed rule in July, clarifies certain criteria related to DME, such as methodology for expanding the CMS’ competitive bidding program to Read More

  • Miami Home Health Fraudster Sentenced for $74 Million Medicare Scheme

    Nov 06 2014

    The owner and administrator of two Miami home health agencies was sentenced Wednesday to serve 80 months in prison for her participation in a $74 million Medicare fraud scheme.  Elsa Ruiz, 45, of Miami, owned and operated Professional Home Care Solutions, Inc. and was an administrator of LTC Professional Consultants Inc., both of which claimed Read More

  • Senior Fall Prevention Technology Finds its Sole Purpose—In Shoes

    Nov 05 2014

    Recognizing the hazardous impacts falls have on the elderly, a group of researchers are developing a new technology that addresses fall prevention at its source: seniors’ feet, according to a recent study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Researchers from a range of geriatric care backgrounds suggest that vibrating insoles may provide Read More

  • Aging in Place Services More Important Now Than Ever

    Nov 04 2014

    Aging in place resources grew to new heights in 2013, as more organizations than ever in recent years increased their focus toward enabling seniors and disabled individuals to live independently for as long as possible within their homes and surrounding communities, according to a new survey on aging services. Today, there are more than 70% of Area Read More

  • NPR Spotlights Home Health Care Workers’ Struggles for Better Pay, Benefits

    Nov 03 2014

    Home health care workers’ struggles for better pay and health benefits continues to capture the mainstream media’s gaze, with NPR being the latest news outlet to spotlight the plight these workers face in their day-to-day lives.  In an article, NPR calls attention to several home health workers in Ohio, each grappling with affording essentials like Read More

  • No Wheels, No Problem: Uber Expands into Senior-Friendly Ride Services

    Oct 29 2014

    Seniors and people with disabilities can now benefit from Uber’s carriage services in one more U.S. city with the company’s newly expanded ride platform that launched this week. Tuesday, the more than $18 billion San Francisco-based ride service company announced San Diego is the latest city to provide transportation services specifically for the elderly and Read More

  • Pill-Popping Tech is Google’s Next Big Play in Aging Health Care

    Oct 29 2014

    A pill and wearable device combo that can detect serious health issues like cancer or heart attacks is Google’s (Nasdaq: GOOG) next big thing for the health care technology space. Known as the “Nanoparticle Platform,” Google is developing a new technology in the form of a pill and wearable device pair, that when in effect, Read More

  • VA Home Care Program Could Revolutionize Healthcare

    Oct 28 2014

    A program from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that not only provides in-home care to veterans but support for their caregivers as well could revolutionize healthcare, says a recent blog post from The Hill.  The VA’s Caregiver Support Program is having far-reaching effects Iraq and Afghanistan veterans living with physical and mental injuries, Read More

  • Home Health Care Tech Targets Staff Education in New Rollout

    Oct 23 2014

    Elsevier, a provider of scientific, clinical, technical and medical information products and services, launched Thursday the availability of a new suite of home care solutions and resources for nurses and other trained professionals working in the space. The launch of Mosby’s Home Health Care combines home healthcare nursing content with competency management functionality to provide Read More

  • Federal Report Presses Medicare for Stronger Anti-Fraud Reforms

    Oct 22 2014

    While Medicare fraud isn’t specific to any one sector of healthcare, it can be a blemish on industries like home health, which ultimately suffer due to a few bad actors. However, implementing several key integrity reform measures can help strengthen federal payers like Medicare from further abusive practices, according to a recent report from the Read More

  • Home Health EHR Tech Goes Mainstream on Apple App Store

    Oct 16 2014

    Aimed at removing barriers for home health and hospice organizations to deliver faster, yet compliant, visit documentation for their patients, Brightree this week launched the next generation of its electronic health record (EHR) platform via the Apple iTunes AppStore. The new Brigthree EHR point-of-care app is the first “native iOS app” for home health and Read More

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