Gentiva, Amedisys Among Top Home Health Providers in 2012

The 2012 HomeCare Elite list was announced last week, ranking the top 100 and top 500 home health agencies in the nation. Gentiva Health Services, Amedisys Home Health, and Maxim Healthcare Services topped the list this year.  Using publicly available data from Home Health Compare and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), OCS […]

NAHC Rallies Behind Proposal For Tighter Medicare Regulations

In response to the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) findings of $1.5 billion in inappropriate Medicare spending, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) expressed support for tighter Medicare regulations in skilled nursing facilities (SNF). The OIG found that SNFs billed one-quarter of all claims in error, resulting in $1.5 billion in unsuitable […]

NY Times: Assisted Living and Hospice Power Struggle Takes Toll on Residents

With an increasing amount of seniors living their remaining years in assisted living facilities, hospice services have gained popularity among residents and their loved ones. The inclusion of hospice in assisted living communities, while deemed necessary for seniors and family members requesting end-of-life care, raises the question as to who is in charge? In other […]

Medicare Cuts Would Negate Emerging Home Care Trends: NAHC

As the nation stares down the looming fiscal cliff in upcoming weeks, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) urges policymakers to reconsider Medicare cutbacks. Encroaching on Medicare’s spending, NAHC believes, would deny growing trends within the home health industry. Already enduring $77 billion in home health Medicare cuts since 2009, according to […]

St. Louis Home Health Care Agency Owner Sentenced in Medicare Fraud

The owner of a St. Louis home health care agency was sentenced to over two years in prison and ordered to pay $398,000 in restitution for false Medicare billing.  Rose Ray-Vasser, 51, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to 30 months in prison. Having pled guilty to fraud charges in September, […]

NY Times: Caregivers Fight Uphill Wage Battle

Domestic laborers such as caregivers and home care workers earn a median wage of about $10 an hour with few receiving benefits of any kind, according to a study by the National Domestic Workers Alliance.  A New York Times article reported the survey’s results and found that pay differentiates across ethnicity, immigration status and whether […]

New Technology Allows Seniors to Age at Home and Stay Connected

For some seniors, receiving long term care at home is being made easier by the release of new technology. Today, one more tool went online to help older people age in the comfort of home. The latest from the Los Angeles-based company LivHOME’s, CareMonitor keeps seniors up to date on personal health matters without having […]

Hospice Demand Not Pumping the Brakes Any Time Soon: Study

The demand for hospice care among seniors shows no signs of slowing down, with a direct correlation between the demand for hospice care and average lifespan. As the number of people who pass away due to progressive diseases increases, so has the need for longer, more sustained care, according to a recent study conducted by the National […]

Crain’s: Proportion of Boomers Caring for Parents Quadruples

Though some years from retirement, many boomers are forced to look at long-term care solutions not for themselves, but for their parents, according to an article by Crain’s Chicago Business.  A study from Metropolitan Life found that the percentage of adults who provide personal car or some form of financial assistance to a parent has […]