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

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 […]

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

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 […]

New Housing Task Force to Tackle Home Care Barriers

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.) […]

Home Care Attracts Hospital Partnerships with Social Work Services

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 […]

Home Care Prices Keep Pace with Assisted Living

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 […]

How Home Care Agencies Can Unlock Hidden Growth Potential

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 […]

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

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 […]

Clinic Owner Pleads Guilty in $50 Million Home Health Conspiracy

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]