The Best Cities in the US for Empty Nesters

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 showcases likely contenders, ranking the top […]

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

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 — […]

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

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 […]

CMS Awards $5.5M to Develop Palliative Care Quality Measures

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

PDGM, CoPs Put Home Health Providers in Rough Regulatory Waters

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 […]

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

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. […]