Home Care for All Stirs Up Conflict in Maine

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Tech Roundup: PlayMaker Health Acquires viaDirect Solutions

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 […]

Hispanic Adults Concerned About Barriers to Home Health

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 […]

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

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 […]

CMS Finalizes $340 Million Increase to Hospice Payments in 2019

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. […]