Respect Outweighs Wages for Home Health Worker Satisfaction

Home heath workers report higher levels of satisfaction with their jobs when they feel respected and valued by their superiors and the agency as a whole, while hourly wage doesn’t necessarily denote workplace satisfaction, according to a survey analysis published late last week. The research aims to pinpoint factors that influence a home health worker’s job […]

100 Home Health Agencies Participate In Bundled Payment Program

More than 100 home health agencies are participating in the second phase of a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative aimed at bundling payments to streamline care from different providers, putting themselves at financial risk by doing so. The so-called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, an approach that groups payments for multiple […]

Top 10 Cities for Healthy, Affordable Retirement

Out-of-pocket home health care costs can make aging at home quite costly. If seniors move to one of the cities deemed best for a healthy and affordable retirement by a new Bankers Life’s report, however, a post-work lifestyle that supports healthy living could be within reach. The report looks at 60 metropolitan areas across the country, […]

Whistleblower Cases Target Medicare Advantage Home Health Visits

A series of whistleblower cases over how Medicare Advantage plans utilize in-home health assessments to set their payment rates has raised concerns over poor government oversight. Filed in 2014 and unsealed by the federal court in Dallas in June, the case against CenseoHealth LLC is one of several such suits filed in the past five […]

Arkansas Eliminates Home Care Program Serving 13,000 People

Arkansas health officials announced Monday a plan to transition a home health care program serving tens of thousands of people to a private-sector provider due to significant financial constraints. Arkansas Department of Health Director Nathaniel Smith said Monday the state would begin phasing out its In-Home Services program for financial reasons, a process he said […]

Undercover Operation Nabs Home Health CEO Accused of Fraud

A federal undercover operation has led to the arrest of a Chicago-based home health care company’s CEO accused of fraudulently billing Medicare for up to $1.2 million. Henry Smilie, CEO of Home Physician Services LLC, was charged with Medicare fraud in a federal complaint unsealed following his arrest Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of […]