Posts by Kaitlyn Mattson:

  • 24Hr HomeCare, Honor Link Up with Cedars-Sinai to Curb Readmission Rates

    Oct 17 2018

    A pilot program between Cedars-Sinai’s Medical Center, Honor and 24Hr HomeCare has evolved into a full-fledged partnership. The program between the three companies offers additional support to the Los Angeles-based hospital’s high-risk discharged patient population by extending Cedars-Sinai’s care management services through the use of non-clinical caregivers, referred to as “Care Extenders” under the partnership. Read More

  • Former Mississippi Hospice Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud

    Oct 14 2018

    A former hospice owner has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud in a Greenville, Mississippi court. Charline Brandon of Cleveland, Mississippi, submitted nearly $11 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare and more than $2 million to Medicaid while running Cleveland-based Haven Hospice, North Haven Hospice, Lion Hospice and North Read More

  • Why Seniors Could Be Priced Out of Aging in Place Across US

    Oct 11 2018

    While aging in place is a goal for many older adults, some may not be able to stay in their homes and communities as property prices, taxes and the high costs for renovations cause affordability problems. Older adult advocates and nonprofit organizations are hunting for solutions across urban and rural areas to combat the lack of affordable and Read More

  • M&A and Financing Newsflash: Justice Department Approves CVS-Aetna Merger, Amedisys Subsidiary Closes Personal Care Deal

    Oct 10 2018

    Justice Department Approves CVS and Aetna Merger CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) has secured anti-trust approval for its $69 billion acquisition of Aetna (NYSE: AET), the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The deal was approved on the condition that the company divest Aetna’s Medicare Part D prescription drug plan business to WellCare Health Plans, Inc, a Read More

  • Bain Capital Creates National Home Care Platform Through Impact Investing Play

    Oct 09 2018

    Bain Capital Double Impact has acquired and will combine two regional health care companies, Arosa and LivHome, to create a national in-home care provider. This is the first home care investment for Bain Capital Double Impact. The company, which is the impact investing arm of Boston-based Bain Capital, has been tracking the industry for years and actively Read More

  • More Seniors Plan to Use Online Pharmacies, Other Tech for Aging in Place

    Oct 09 2018

    Retirees report they would rather age in place by utilizing technology and remodeling their homes then move into an assisted living facility. Retirement Living conducted a study to discover where retirees see themselves living as they age — an assisted living facility or their own homes. Over 80% of respondents said they plan to age Read More

  • Home Health, Hospice Lack Data Sharing Standards

    Oct 08 2018

    Patient data often lives in silos, making it difficult for home care and hospice providers to coordinate care, a new report has found. The 2018 State of Connectivity report, commissioned by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and sponsored by post-acute technology provider Forcura, surveyed industry executives and experts about the barriers they face in data Read More

  • Tech Beat: WellSky Launches Hospice Applied Insights, Brightree Releases New App

    Oct 08 2018

    WellSky Launches Hospice Applied Insights WellSky has launched a new solution that equips hospices with meaningful data to deliver smarter care at the end of life. WellSky Hospice Applied Insights uses predictive intelligence capabilities to alert hospices when patients are nearing the end of their lives. The goal of the tool is to make sure Read More

  • New Senate Bill Seeks to Loosen Homebound Requirements for Home Health Services

    Oct 07 2018

    The home health industry has won another victory in Washington, D.C., in its battle against certain parts of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and shift toward a more pre-acute care identity. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) introduced the Home Health Payment Innovation Act — S. 3545 — on Wednesday. Read More

  • ComForCare Partnering with Kindred at Home

    Oct 04 2018

    Kindred at Home, the largest provider of home health and hospice services in the U.S., has signed a preferred partnership agreement with ComForCare. The partnership is a part of ComForCare’s strategic plan to build relationships with providers across the health care continuum in order to serve seniors in a more holistic way, according to the Read More

  • BrightSpring Names First Chief Learning Officer, Hires Chief Information Officer

    Oct 04 2018

    Louisville-based BrightSpring Health Services, formerly ResCare, is continuing to make changes to its organizational chart. The company has recently added a new chief information officer and hired within the company to fill a new company role of chief learning officer. BrightSpring is one of the largest providers of home and community-based health services in the Read More

  • The Best Cities in the US for Empty Nesters

    Oct 03 2018

    The huge wave of aging baby boomers will increase demand for home care services in the coming decades, but some locations will be particular hot spots. Locations that draw a large number of older adults should be good locations for home care companies, and a recent list from Move.org showcases likely contenders, ranking the top Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: HCAOA Appoints ComForCare CEO to Board, Wellforce CEO to Retire

    Oct 03 2018

    CEO of ComForCare Appointed to Home Care Association of America Board of Directors The Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) has appointed Steve Greenbaum, CEO of ComForCare, to its board of directors. HCAOA is a trade association for the home care industry that represents thousands of companies combining to employ more than 500,000 workers across Read More

  • M&A and Financing Newsflash: Vitas Acquires Florida Hospice, Catawba Regional Hospice Rebrands

    Oct 02 2018

    Vitas Healthcare Acquires Florida’s Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast Vitas Healthcare, one of the largest hospice providers in the United States, has acquired Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast (HOCNC) in Florida. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Vitas Healthcare is an end-of-life care provider operating across 14 states and Washington, D.C. Vitas — Read More

  • More Home Care Agencies May Become Employee-Owned as Aging Owners Exit

    Oct 02 2018

    Home care agencies continue to grow in number as the population of older adults increases. However, as home care owners decide to retire themselves, they are sometimes permanently shutting down their operations, leaving a gap in the local economy and forcing workers who are happy in their roles to seek different employment. There may be an Read More

  • CMS Awards $5.5M to Develop Palliative Care Quality Measures

    Sep 30 2018

    The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), in partnership with the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care and the RAND Corporation, has been awarded a three-year $5.5 million grant from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop patient-reported quality measures for community-based palliative care. Filling the gaps in quality measurement of palliative care is Read More

  • Medical School Lands $1.27M to Create a Palliative Care Telehealth Program

    Sep 27 2018

    The Duke Endowment has awarded the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) a $1.27 million grant to create a statewide program combining two popular trends in the health care industry — palliative care and telehealth. The primary objectives of the program are to offer end-of-life care to South Carolina’s population and increase the knowledge of what palliative care is Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: Senior Helpers Adds Clinical Advisor, Encompass Health Names Regional President

    Sep 27 2018

    Senior Helpers Names Geriatric Clinical Advisor In-home care provider Senior Helpers has appointed Dr. Alan Abrams as its geriatric clinical advisor. Maryland-based Senior Helpers is an in-home senior care provider with over 311 franchised businesses. The company was founded in 2002. “As an engaged clinician, leader and educator, Abrams has wide-ranging experience and outstanding reputation in Read More

  • PDGM, CoPs Put Home Health Providers in Rough Regulatory Waters

    Sep 26 2018

    For in-home care providers, navigating the regulatory waters can often be challenging. Being flexible and monitoring the constant waves of change are key to staying afloat. The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the finalized interpretive guidelines for home health Conditions of Participation (COPs) are two recent regulatory items that are causing industry stakeholders Read More

  • Home Care Lawsuits Target Non-Compliant Websites, Payment for Training

    Sep 25 2018

    Typically, litigation trends in any given industry are on a bell curve — activity peaks and then starts to drop, as companies button-up their practices. But in home care, litigation has been pretty steady over the last three years, according to Angelo Spinola, a shareholder and attorney at international labor and employment legal firm Littler Mendelson. Read More

  • Humana Launches Program to Encourage Socialization Among Seniors

    Sep 25 2018

    New findings from insurance giant Humana (NYSE: HUM) show that nearly 31% of Americans over the age of 65 don’t feel socially engaged. Social isolation has been a prevalent issue for many home health care and home care companies in the U.S. Such companies as LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG), FirstLight Home Care and Lifesprk have Read More

  • New Bill Would Allow Health Savings Account Use for Home Care Services

    Sep 24 2018

    A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would make it possible for patients to use a health savings account (HSA) for home care services. The bill —H.R. 6813 or the Homecare for Seniors Act— was introduced Sept. 13 and is sponsored by U.S. Representatives Sam Johnson, R-Texas, and John Larson, D-Connecticut. It would Read More

  • How Right at Home, Amedisys, CareLinx Are Rising To Staffing Challenges

    Sep 23 2018

    Staffing continues to be a major challenge across the in-home care industry, and leaders agree that finding and implementing creative approaches is a top priority. To keep employees engaged, some companies are gamifying job training, others are adding unique benefits and some are zeroing in on their dedication to quality. Most companies agree that a Read More

  • In Florence Aftermath, Amedisys’ Disaster Response Leader Inspired by Personal Experiences

    Sep 23 2018

    Hurricane Florence has wreaked havoc across North and South Carolina, testing home health agencies’ emergency preparation plans. With 40 care centers across the two states, Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED) is no exception. Its efforts have been spearheaded by Iris Rancatore, assistant vice president of clinical risk, who began to lead disaster preparations for the provider after Read More

  • Home Care Providers Tap Retirees to Fill Workforce Gaps

    Sep 19 2018

    Home care providers face relentless pressure to recruit and retain workers, with many focused on the rising number of millennials entering the labor pool. But some providers are finding success by tapping into a different demographic: retirees. “[Retirees] offer significant professional and personal experience that they can bring to the job,” Natasha Bryant, managing director Read More

  • Boston Globe: Lack of Home Care Regulations Endangers Patients

    Sep 18 2018

    Sept. 19, 2018 update: The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts released a statement in response to The Boston Globe series stating the articles failed to properly explain the home care system in the state and left readers scared and confused. “The Home Care Alliance and its members have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to patient Read More

  • M&A and Financing Newsflash: Honor Partners with Help Unlimited, FMS Joins AccentCare

    Sep 18 2018

    Help Unlimited and Honor Announce Partnership Help Unlimited is partnering with technology-driven home care company Honor to provide more reliable and transparent care for aging adults in a well-known California county. San Francisco-based Honor — backed by $150 million in venture capital since launching in  2015 — is a non-medical home care company that provides care Read More

  • M&A and Financing Newsflash: Right At Home Targets Connecticut, Hearthside Converting to FirstLight

    Sep 16 2018

    Right At Home Targets Connecticut Right At Home is targeting an area of New London where nearly 18% of the population is over 65 years old. Omaha, Nebraska-based Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care and assistance to seniors — and adults with disabilities — who want to continue to live independently. The Read More

  • More Seniors Age in Place Thanks to Growth of ‘Villages’ 

    Sep 13 2018

    For a small group of people in 1999 Boston, moving into a retirement community was not desirable, making them determined to stay in their own homes. The trailblazers found their own solution to enable aging in place — a village. From that beginning, a movement was born, and the growth of villages today is supporting aging in Read More

  • AccentCare Continues to Amp Up Texas Presence with New Acquisition

    Sep 13 2018

    AccentCare has acquired Accolade Home Care and Hospice. The deal marks Dallas, Texas-based AccentCare’s sixth purchase in Texas since 2017 — and reportedly makes the company’s regional branch the largest home health, hospice and personal care provider in the state. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. AccentCare’s regional branch is branded as Texas Home Health. Read More

  • Federal Bill Would Expand Crackdown on Medicaid Home Health Fraud

    Sep 12 2018

    Democratic Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont on Tuesday unveiled bipartisan legislation to combat Medicaid fraud and abuse originating outside of institutional health care settings. The bill would build on the authority of state Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) and expand the scope to encompass all Medicaid services including non-institutional settings, such as home health care. Read More

  • An Inside Look at 3 of the Fastest-Growing Home Care Providers

    Sep 11 2018

    Several home care companies are among the fastest growing U.S. companies in 2018, according to Inc. magazine. The magazine released its annual “Inc. 500” and “Inc. 5000” lists in August. Collectively, all small businesses and startups on the list amassed revenue of more than $206.2 billion in 2017 and revenue growth that topped out at Read More

  • M&A and Financing Newsflash: Elara Caring’s Allen Health Services Acquires First Care of New York

    Sep 10 2018

    Allen Health Care Services Finalizes Acquisition of First Care of New York Allen Health Care Services, a part of the Elara Caring network of companies, has acquired First Care of New York. Financial terms of the deal, announced last week, were not disclosed. Bronx, New York-based First Care serves nearly 900 patients mainly in the five boroughs Read More

  • Third-Party Referral Sites Help Boost Early-Stage Home Care Agencies

    Sep 09 2018

    Third-party referral sites are simple marketing tools that can generate leads for home care agencies, but some agencies say that these third-party sites are best for early-stage companies and can become too expensive in the long run. Referral sites like Caring.com, Aging Care, Home Advisor, Care In Homes and A Place for Mom have continued to capitalize on Read More

  • Fraud Watch: Bay Area Doctors, Home Health Employees Indicted in Kickback Scheme

    Sep 06 2018

    A federal grand jury in San Jose indicted three doctors and three employees of Milpitas Home Health Agency for conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks for referrals. U.S. Attorney Alex G. Tse and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett announced the medical professionals were charged at the end of August. According Read More

  • Alliance Awards Grants to Study Value-Based Care, Other Home Health Issues

    Sep 06 2018

    The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) has announced awardees for its 2018 home health research grant funding cycle. Announced Thursday, funding will be used to support projects ranging from public policy to in-home care for patients with dementia. Among this year’s group of awardees are Columbia University School of Nursing and the RAND Corporation, Rutgers University Read More

  • Hospice Remains Underutilized by Heart Failure Patients

    Sep 05 2018

    Patients with heart failure are referred infrequently and often late for hospice care in the U.S., a recent study has found. Over the last nine years, the number of Medicare heart failure patients discharged to hospice care has increased from 2% in 2005 to 5% in 2014. Despite the uptick in utilization, about 25% of heart failure patients Read More

  • Little Wage Growth for Home Care Workers in Last Decade

    Sep 04 2018

    Nearly 2.1 million home care workers currently support seniors and people with disabilities in their homes and in community-based settings nationwide. With industry wages that have hardly risen in a decade, about 20% of these workers live in poverty, a point often tied to high turnover rates for home care agencies. Bronx, New York-based research and consulting organization PHI highlighted wages for Read More

  • Bayada, BrightSpring Make Moves to Serve Younger Home Health Patients

    Sep 03 2018

    With the massive age wave set to hit the United States, in-home care receives a lot of attention as a way to meet seniors’ needs. However, there are many other populations being served by home health and private duty companies, and in some cases a significant portion of revenue for these enterprises comes from serving Read More

  • Vermont Home Care Initiative is Model for Other States

    Aug 30 2018

    Support and Services at Home (SASH) in Vermont has become a model for home-based health—the program is expanding into two states and has been used as inspiration for a federally funded test pilot. SASH—which was the focus of a U.S. News & World Report article published Thursday—integrates housing, health care and social services. The program Read More

  • Home Sharing and ‘Grandkids on Demand’ Startups Eye Home Health Synergies

    Aug 29 2018

    Aging in place can create isolation and loneliness for seniors, but startups such as Papa and Silvernest are working in an effort to combat these complex problems. They are eager to interface with home health providers in more meaningful ways, and are planning to do so in the near future. Silvernest is a home sharing Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: Traditions Health Names New CFO, Blue Wolf Capital Expands Operating Team

    Aug 29 2018

    Traditions Health Names New Chief Financial Officer Alan Blakeney is joining Traditions Health, LLC, a home health and hospice provider in Texas and California, as its new chief financial officer. College Station, Texas-based Traditions is a holding company that focuses on the health care industry and related businesses, including home health, hospice and online policy Read More

  • Home Health, Hospice Admissions Trending Upward

    Aug 28 2018

    Home health admissions have continued to rebound after experiencing a period of decline prior to the start of 2017. Hospice admissions have also continued a several-months-long run of growth. Insights into home health and hospice admissions come from analytics and metrics firm Excel Health, which released new data on Tuesday. Compared to the same period in 2017, Read More

  • PDGM Likely to Shake Up Patient Populations for Home Health Agencies

    Aug 27 2018

    The latest proposed payment model from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) could shake up how the home health industry treats referrals that come from institutional settings versus community-based ones. As a result of changes under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), agencies may start trying to form closer relationships with hospitals or skilled nursing Read More

  • Tech Roundup: CellTrak Expands Executive Leadership Team

    Aug 26 2018

    CellTrak Expands Executive Leadership Team to Drive Rapid Growth CellTrak has announced the expansion of its executive leadership team. The Schaumburg, Illinois-based company has named Dan Wacker as its chief financial officer. It has also named Peter Caron as its chief marketing officer and vice president of corporate development. CellTrak is a software company that provides Read More

  • Hospices Begin to Serve US Prison Population in Greater Numbers

    Aug 23 2018

    As the aging population in prisons increases, the need for hospice services also rises. Advocates are pushing for ways to help the incarcerated “die with dignity,” and hospice providers are beginning to serve this patient population in greater numbers. Prison populations are decreasing overall. There were fewer people held in state and federal prisons at Read More

  • How Family Members Can Become MVPs on Home Health Care Teams

    Aug 22 2018

    Family caregivers can be a vital part of an overall home health care strategy, especially as more baby boomers begin to age and the in-home care industry continues to deal with labor shortages. Already, some acute care providers are engaging more with patients’ family members to help educate them about follow-up care in the home, Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: AccentCare Expands Executive Team

    Aug 21 2018

    AccentCare Expands Executive Team to Support Growth AccentCare announced the addition of two new executive positions to accommodate the health care trend of greater post-acute care coordination with health systems. The company is using the new hires to expand and support its joint venture partnerships and its rapid growth fueled by home health care. Dallas-based Read More

  • Walmart, Anthem to Serve Medicare Advantage Members Together

    Aug 20 2018

    An insurance giant and retail superpower are teaming up in another move reflecting consumers’ desire to age in place. Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) announced Monday that they’re forming a partnership to decrease health care costs and improve access to medication and supplies. If successful, the move could increase shopping convenience to home care providers and Read More

  • At-Home Care Affordable, Effective Option for Treating Blood Clots

    Aug 19 2018

    Patients with low-risk bloods clots may benefit from receiving treatment at home, meaning home health care agencies may see opportunities to begin treating the condition within the next few years. The home health industry’s prospective role in treating blood clots was highlighted in a study published earlier this month in the journal CHEST. As part Read More

  • M&A and Financing Newsflash: Simplura’s Latest Acquisition, Addus Announces Public Offering

    Aug 19 2018

    Simplura Health Group Acquires Helping Hand Home Health & Hospice Agency One Equity Partners’ (OEP) portfolio company Simplura Health Group has finalized the acquisition of Helping Hand Home Health & Hospice Agency. Simplura is the parent company of a growing network of home health agencies. Its founding organization, All Metro Health, began providing services in Read More

  • ResCare Rebrands as BrightSpring Health Services

    Aug 16 2018

    Louisville, Kentucky-based ResCare has made another move to revitalize its brand. The company announced Wednesday that it has a new name—BrightSpring Health Services. “Simply stated, the updated name better reflects who we are today and where we’re going,” BrightSpring Health Services President and CEO Jon Rousseau told Home Health Care News via email. “Our rebranding demonstrates the progress we’ve made Read More

  • Senior Helpers Poised to Push into Medicare Advantage with New Hire

    Aug 15 2018

    Senior Helpers has added a new member to its leadership team to forge Medicare Advantage partnerships and showcase the value of in-home caregivers to clinicians. Michael Hughes is the new vice president of strategic development at the company. Senior Helpers is an in-home care provider with 303 franchise locations in the U.S. Home Health Care Read More

  • Right at Home Situation Highlights Broader VA Payment Problems

    Aug 15 2018

    A New Hampshire-based Right at Home franchise cancelled care for several veterans due to lack of payment by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), and they’re not the only company to have billing issues with VA. “Unfortunately, we are not the only home care agency that has had difficulty receiving payment for the services provided,” Margaret Read More

  • Assisting Hands, FirstLight Among Top Low-Cost Franchises for 2018

    Aug 14 2018

    Several home care franchisors have been ranked among 2018’s top low-cost franchise opportunities. Not all franchise opportunities require tons of cash for an initial investment—and that includes home care franchises, new rankings compiled by Franchise Business Review suggest. The list, released last month, showcases the top 80 franchises with the lowest startup costs. Franchise Business Review is an independent Read More

  • M&A and Financing Newsflash: Nova Leap’s Latest Acquisition, Private Equity Builds Hospice Platform

    Aug 13 2018

    Nova Leap Health Corp. to Acquire Home Health Care Services Business in New England Nova Leap (TSXV: NLH) has executed an official agreement to acquire a home health services company.  The company is based in New England, where Nova Leap has existing operations. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-based Nova Leap is a home care and support Read More

  • How Home Instead’s Focus on Meal Prep Gives Franchises A Competitive Edge

    Aug 12 2018

    It’s not uncommon for seniors to skip meals because they lack meal time companionship or believe, as they age, they don’t need to eat as many calories. While the nutritional misnomers prove challenging for seniors, they create opportunities for home care agencies to step in and provide much-needed services. A recent study from Home Instead Senior Care UK shows that many seniors Read More

  • Home Health Nurses Lack Training in Geriatric Frailty, Depression

    Aug 09 2018

    Frailty, chronic disease and depression are three parts of a whole health problem for some home health care patients—and some nurses might not be equipped to help. Older adults with depression show a greater base level of frailty, according to a American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry study from 2014 that analyzed the correlation between depression Read More

  • M&A and Financing Newsflash: Home Health Foundation Joins Wellforce, Bayada’s New Partnership

    Aug 08 2018

    Waltonwood Lake Boone Partnering With Bayada Home Health Care Bayada Home Health Care is partnering with Waltonwood Lake Boone to provide additional resources to the senior living community’s residents and staff. Waltonwood Lake Boone is a senior living community based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Bayada Home Health Care is a Moorestown, New Jersey-based home care Read More

  • Home Health Providers to Tackle Rural Workforce Crisis in New Pilot

    Aug 08 2018

    With home health providers nationwide facing caregiver shortages, the crisis is especially acute in rural areas. A new demonstration program is trying to come up with solutions by working with home health providers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. This demonstration project is an opportunity to bring new interventions and experiment with possible solutions to the dramatic Read More

  • Home Care for All Stirs Up Conflict in Maine

    Aug 08 2018

    A sweeping universal home care initiative, Question One, will be on ballots this November in Maine. However, its opposition is calling it the “Universal Wait List.” Many groups have already chosen sides. Some consumer advocacy groups, such as The Alliance for Retired Americans and Caring Across Generations, have come out in support of Question One. Other organizations in the Read More

  • Tech Roundup: AlayaCare raises $13.8M, Allscripts To Sell Stake in Netsmart

    Aug 07 2018

    AlayaCare raises $13.8 million  AlayaCare, a Montreal, Cananda-based software startup, has raised $13.8 million in Series B funding, led by inovia capital. AlayaCare is an integrated platform and secure cloud-based system that includes client and family portals, remote patient monitoring and telehealth. The company was founded in 2014 and now employs more than 100 staff Read More

  • Hospice of the Western Reserve: Engagement High, Turnover Rates Low

    Aug 06 2018

    Chief Clinical Officer of Hospice of the Western Reserve Judy Bartel sends a note when a member of the staff has had a particularly difficult time doing their “sacred work,” Bartel told Home Health Care News. That’s the environment the organization is trying to push forward. Similar to many other hospices, Western Reserve is working to decrease Read More

  • Tech Roundup: PlayMaker Health Acquires viaDirect Solutions

    Aug 05 2018

    PlayMaker Health Acquires viaDirect Solutions PlayMaker Health has acquired viaDirect Solutions. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Tennessee-based PlayMaker Health, founded in 2008, is a post-acute growth platform serving hundreds of organizations. viaDirect Solutions is a provider of market intelligence and data analytics for the post-acute sector. Combining resources of the two companies will Read More

  • Hispanic Adults Concerned About Barriers to Home Health

    Aug 02 2018

    Many Hispanic adults are worried about being able to find a home health care aide who speaks their language—and figuring out how they will pay for the care—a recent survey revealed. The sixth annual Long-Term Care Poll published by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research was funded by The SCAN Foundation and focuses Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: Senior Helpers Add Exec, Caring.com Names New CEO

    Aug 02 2018

    Bayada Home Health Care Names Jennifer Scoggins the New Director of its Bennington Office Bayada Home Health Care named Jennifer Scoggins, who has been working with the company as a physical therapist since 2014, the new director of its Bennington, Vermont office, according to an report from the Bennington Banner. Bayada is a provider of Read More

  • CMS Finalizes $340 Million Increase to Hospice Payments in 2019

    Aug 01 2018

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the final rule updating the fiscal year 2019 Medicare payment rates for hospice providers. As the agency proposed in April, hospices will see an increase of $340 million or 1.8% in their payments in fiscal year 2019, an increase of 1% from the last fiscal year. Read More

  • M&A and Financing Newsflash: Optimal Acquired, VNA Care and Porchlight Team Up

    Jul 31 2018

    Mercy Hospital Partners with Integrity Home Care and Hospice Mercy Hospital and Integrity Home Care and Hospice are partnering up on home health care. Integrity Home Care and Hospice is a Missouri-based home care organization that focuses on home health, hospice and pediatrics, among other services. Mercy Hospital is an acute care, specialty care and Read More

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