Visiting Nurses Association Closes Doors in Colorado Springs

Employees and community members were shocked when the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) suddenly closed the doors to its Colorado Springs office last week, according to an article from the The Colorado Springs Gazette.  A nonprofit commonly known for its range of community and flu-shot clinics, VNA’s closing eliminated the jobs of nearly 50 nurses, social […]

CMS Announces New Medicare DME Pricing, Aims For Expansion

New prices for durable medical equipment looks to save billions for both Medicare and its beneficiaries over the next decade, announced the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday. Between 2013 and 2022, the CMS Office of the Actuary estimates Medicare will save $25.7 billion for its Part B Trust Fund, and $17.1 […]

Michigan Home Health Provider Buys Accredited 20-Year-Old Hospice

Detroit-based Karmanos Cancer Institute has sold its 20-year old hospice program to Residential Home Health in Madison Heights, Michigan for an undisclosed price, reports Crain’s Detroit.  Under the agreement, Residential has agreed to deliver transitional nursing services at Karmanos’ inpatient and outpatients locations, while also providing a rang of post-acute care services.  With the acquisition […]

NY Times: Hospice Reform Calls for Better Care, Not Cost

End-of-life hospice and palliative care will continue to experience demand as long as Americans age and die every year. That is just a fact of life New York Times mentions in an article, spotlighting that changes to hospice services should rely on enhancing the quality of care provided rather than the costs of services provided.  […]

Home Care Programs Rise 30% in 2011, Triggers Market Trend

The growing demand for home-based services in the past several years have been fueled by an ailing housing market, technological innovations and seniors’ demand to remain in their homes, according to CliftonLarsonAllen.  The number of at-home programs offered by the largest 100 nonprofit senior living organizations in the U.S. grew by 32% between 2010 and […]

Licensing Forces NJ Home Care Agency Shutdown

Infinity Healthcare LLC, a New Jersey-based home health services provider, was forced to cease operations following an investigation revealing its employees lacked certification to practice as home health aides. Conducted in part by the Attorney General and the state Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) in March 2012, the investigation found numerous violations against the Somers Point, NJ […]

CareCentrix Opens New Conn. Headquarters Through Grant Funding

CareCentrix, a provider of home health benefits management services, opened its new headquarters this week in Hartford, Conn.  The new location will accommodate CareCentrix’s expanding workforce as the company has more than tripled its employees from only 65 in 2008, to 240 today.  In June 2012, CareCentrix received a grant to launch its new HQ […]

Elder Care Revenues to Exceed $300 Billion

As the “baby boom” generation edges closer toward retirement years, running alongside the large, post-World War II demographic will be an increase in the demand for elder care services. Through 2016, revenues for elder care are expected to reach $319.5 billion, growing at a rate of 5.2% each year, according to a recent study from […]

Home Care and Hospice Advocates Applaud Fiscal Cliff Outcome

Home health care escaped the fiscal cliff unscathed with President Obama’s signing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, prompting a sigh of relief among many fearing across-the-board spending cuts. Upon Obama’s passing of the bill, President of the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Val J. Halamandaris expressed his praise for […]

Study: Hospice Enrollment Policies Roadblock Care

WIth hospice care rising 53% from 2000-2010, roughly 98% of the U.S. population lives close enough to a hospice to receive care, according to a recent study published by Health Affairs. Although hospice services will continue experiencing demand from Americans dying each year from terminal illnesses, restrictive enrollment policies prevent many patients from receiving hospice […]