Apple Announces New Major Foray into Health Care Remote Tech

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 […]

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

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 […]

Home Health Quality Has Improved, CMS Reports

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 […]

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

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 […]

CMS Reveals Details of Home Health Standardized Assessments

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 […]

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

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 […]

Ruling on Home Health Referrals Broadens Risk

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 […]

The Key to Reducing Staff Turnover: Home Care Mentor Programs

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 […]

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

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 […]

Accelera Innovations Expands with $6 Million Home Care Acquisition

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 […]