Nonprofit Senior Living Providers Join Forces to Expand Home Care Services

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 […]

CMS Names First Audit Contractor for Home Health, DME in 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 […]

Despite Home Care’s Praises, Lack of Scrutiny Remains

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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. […]

Layoffs, Closures and Threats: Home Health Care News’ Most Popular Stories of 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 […]

Medicare, Medicaid Net $2.3 Billion in Health Care Fraud Recoveries in 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 […]

CMS Announces Next Phases of DME Bidding Program

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 […]

Improving Work Conditions for Caregiving Employees Impacts Bottom Line

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 […]

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

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 […]