Posts by Maggie Flynn:

  • Home Care Provider Welcomes Billion-Dollar VA Telehealth Push

    Jan 25 2018

    Progress continues on a major effort to increase telehealth at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which is good news for home care providers that serve this client population. However, even if the VA’s telehealth initiatives prove to be successful, they might not change the game for expanding telehealth more broadly. In early 2017, as Read More

  • Home Infusion Fix Trapped by Deadlocked Congress

    Jan 21 2018

    Home infusion providers were hoping to get a reimbursement provision through the minefield of the House and Senate, but were ultimately unsuccessful in doing so before the government shut down at 12 a.m. on Jan. 20. Though the Medicare Home Infusion Therapy Access Act (HI Therapy Access Act) has bipartisan support, it needs to be passed Read More

  • Caregiver Activist Seizes Golden Globes Moment

    Jan 18 2018

    Ai-jen Poo, who advocates for domestic workers from nannies to home heath aides, recently attended the Golden Globes as Meryl Streep’s plus-one. Poo is the executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the recipient of the 2014 MacArthur “genius” grant and the co-creator of the Caring Across Generations campaign. The National Domestic Workers Alliance advocates for domestic Read More

  • Nearly 100% of Caregivers Ready to Leave Jobs At Any Time

    Jan 18 2018

    The competition for labor is old news for many home care agencies, but the number of workers who are ready to jump ship might be surprising even to industry veterans. Specifically, 65% of caregivers are “always looking for a better job,” while 97% are open to a job opportunity at any given time, according to Read More

  • Florida Keeps Ranking As Top Retirement Destination

    Jan 16 2018

    Florida topped out as the No. 1 state to retire in WalletHub’s annual ranking for 2018. The Sunshine State also held the No. 1 spot in 2017. The “2018’s Best & Worst States to Retire” report compared all 50 U.S. states across 41 indicators, spanning the cost of in-home care, life expectancy and cost of living, among other Read More

  • RAISE Family Caregivers Act Passes Congress

    Jan 12 2018

    The Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage Family Caregivers Act, or the RAISE Family Caregivers Act, passed the Senate on Jan. 9 and is headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The act is aimed at identifying recommended actions for health care providers, long-term services and supports (LTSS) providers, state and local governments and existing federal programs Read More

  • Amedisys Sees Opportunity in Competitors’ Mergers

    Jan 11 2018

    Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED) sees an opportunity among major consolidation in the home health care industry, CEO Paul Kusserow said at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. With competitors Almost Family (Nasaq: AFAM) and LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) announcing their merger at the end of 2017, and Humana (NYSE: HUM) acquiring a 40% stake in Read More

  • Hospital Aims to Catch High ER Users at Home

    Jan 10 2018

    A rural hospital in Pendleton, Oregon, is implementing a community health worker program targeting patients who frequently show up in the emergency department (ED) and who don’t qualify for home health care or hospice care. But home health and hospice providers should still pay attention, as CHI St. Anthony’s experience in targeting so-called “frequent fliers” Read More

  • Golden Girls-Inspired Housing Offers Home Care, Affordability

    Jan 09 2018

    Seniors in Nashville, Tennessee, seeking a manageable home environment could live out their golden years in a rental housing program that combines affordable housing with home care services. Drawing inspiration from the sitcom “The Golden Girls,” the HouseShare Nashville program was created by independent real estate investor Mary Wester and launched by Nashville home care Read More

  • Home Care Could Help Target Preventable Health Care Use

    Jan 08 2018

    Partnerships with providers of social services could be an avenue for reducing preventable health care use in older adults, and in-home care providers can play a role. With social determinants of health and population health becoming more prominent in health care, cross-sectoral partnerships with Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) could give home care and home health agencies Read More

  • From Hollywood to Home Care: Anti-Harassment Initiative Flags Caregiver Concerns

    Jan 07 2018

    Sexual harassment has been in the national spotlight, with multiple celebrities and executives felled by revelations of their mistreatment of colleagues. Now, the conversation has shifted to less glamorous industries, and home care and home health agencies should be ready. In response to the many scandals, 300 female Hollywood executives and other figures, including actress Reese Witherspoon, television Read More

  • Shareholder Opposition Unlikely to Derail Kindred Deal

    Jan 03 2018

    Since a major shareholder of Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) announced its opposition to a $4.1 billion takeover deal by Humana (NYSE: HUM), the nation’s largest home health care provider has remained mum. Brigade Capital, a New York-based private equity firm which owns a 5.8% stake in Kindred, said it would vote against the transaction under its current Read More

  • Home Health Transactions: Noor, Care Advantage, Summa Health

    Dec 21 2017

    Noor Inc. acquires Texas home health provider Noor Inc., based in New York City, acquired San Antonio, Texas-based home health care provider Restorative Health Care, Staffing Industry Analysts reported on Dec. 11. Restorative Health Care, which provides nursing and therapy services, including registered nurses and occupational, physical and speech therapy services, has four offices and more Read More

  • Physician Assistants Could Be Untapped Resource in Home Care

    Dec 20 2017

    Nurse practitioners (NPs) are in high demand in the long-term care (LTC) sector, but physician assistants (PAs) could help in many of the same roles—if home health employers can convince them to come. That’s according to a new report from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), which examined job postings for nurse practitioners (NPs) Read More

  • Humana Focuses on Value in Purchase of Kindred Stake

    Dec 20 2017

    Value creation is the name of the game in Humana’s (NYSE: HUM) deal with two private equity firms to acquire Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) for approximately $4.1 billion, William Fleming, Humana’s president of health care services, told Home Health Care News. The deal, in which Humana and TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) arranged to pay $9 Read More

  • Top Private Duty Home Care Stories of 2017

    Dec 18 2017

    From robots to nursing shortages, Home Health Care News covered a range of topics in the private duty sector in 2017. Here are the top private duty stories for the year. And if you haven’t yet, make sure to catch up on our overall top posts for 2017. 1. February 28—HomeHero Closure Casts Shadow Over Home Read More

  • Empower Act Extends Funding for Care at Home

    Dec 18 2017

    Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wa., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced the Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources and Care Act (EMPOWER Care Act), which renews and expands the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration Program. The MFP program, which has seen participation from 43 states and the District of Columbia as of September 2016, promotes transitioning Read More

  • Small Home Health Agencies Prefer Cash to Legacy

    Dec 13 2017

    The family-owned business, passed on from generation to generation, is an archetype of American commerce. In practice, however, most “mom-and-pop” home care and home health agencies are content to take the money and run when it comes time to pass the business into new hands. “It’s rare to have a child to take over, rare Read More

  • Red Flags for Rising Acuity in Home Care

    Dec 12 2017

    Private duty home care offers many vital services for seniors who need services to age in place. But what happens when clients have a change in health and need more support? Private duty caregivers are often the first lines of defense against rising acuity levels, but there are some signs when a client needs more advanced care. Home Read More

  • Collaboration is Key to Digital Health Solutions

    Dec 12 2017

    The home care space has recently seen a number of startups take risks and bet on the role of digital solutions in improving seniors’ quality of life and independence at home. But digital solutions need to be designed and rolled out effectively by stakeholders working together to realize their full potential, according to a recent report from HealthXL, Read More

  • Business Briefs: Home Care Assist, Always Best Care

    Dec 11 2017

    Home Care Assist Expands to Florida Home Care Assist, an online compatibility matching network for in-home care, expanded to South Florida. The company, which is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, already has a presence in Georgia and North Carolina. “Our entry into South Florida is a significant milestone as we work to provide unique advantages for Read More

  • $374 Million Home Health Care Fraud Case Concludes

    Dec 05 2017

    The FBI has wrapped up the largest ever home health care fraud case, which centered around a $374 million scheme in Texas and involved seven individuals, the agency stated in a post on Monday. The sentencing of Cynthia Stiger, 52, of Dallas, in October to 10 years in prison marked the end of the major fraud case, which spanned eight Read More

  • Transactions: LHC Group Strikes JV in Tennessee, Advocate Merger

    Dec 04 2017

    LHC Group Enters Joint Venture for Home Health Care in SE Tennessee LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG), one of the nation’s largest home health care providers, and Erlanger Health System, a multi-hospital system based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, finalized a joint venture worth roughly $7 million in annualized revenue. The transaction includes a facility that provides both skilled home health care and non-skilled Read More

  • Older Adults Open To Robots in Home Care

    Nov 30 2017

    Robot technology is making inroads into home care, and a new study suggests that older adults will embrace the innovations. The findings, published in the journal Assistive Technology, examined the attitudes regarding robotic technologies among people in the age ranges of 18-44, 45-64, and 65+ and found general agreement on their perceptions of the value of Read More

  • Home Care Registry Becomes Law in Massachusetts

    Nov 27 2017

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law to establish a registry for home care workers employed by state-contracted in-home care agencies on Nov. 24. The registry has drawn controversy over whether it sufficiently protects worker privacy. The law requires state-contracted home care workers to include their name, gender, home and mailing addresses, job title and training or certifications. Read More

  • Humana’s Value-Based Efforts Show Home Health Opportunity

    Nov 21 2017

    Home health providers’ involvement in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans is growing, and a focus on value-based care could help in that process, a study from Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) suggests. Seniors enrolled in MA plans can see lower costs of care and better care when they’re part of value-based programs, according to the study. As home health Read More

  • Business Briefs: Ensign Group, Amedisys

    Nov 21 2017

    The Ensign Group Acquires Home Health and Hospice Operations in Oklahoma City The Ensign Group (NASDAQ: ENSG), parent company of Ensign, said a subsidiary of Cornerstone Healthcare, Ensign’s home health and hospice portfolio subsidiary, acquired Excell Home Care and Hospice and Excell Private Care Services in Oklahoma City. The deal was effective Nov. 1. The move marks Ensign’s entry into Oklahoma. As Read More

  • Vice News Tackles Home Health Wages in Georgia

    Nov 20 2017

    Home care agencies typically charge more than $20 an hour for their services, but workers only make about half of that. That’s according to a recent segment on Vice News, which highlighted the low wages that some home care workers earn in Georgia. Though taking care of the elderly is one of the fastest-growing jobs in Read More

  • Home Helpers Aims to Hire 3,000 Veterans

    Nov 17 2017

    Home care franchisor Home Helpers has pledged to add 3,000 veterans and military dependents to its employee ranks by Veterans Day 2018. Home Helpers, which has more than 325 offices and is based in Cincinnati, has approximately 8,000 employees. Serving veterans and their families is an issue close to Home Helpers CEO Emma Dickison, whose father Read More

  • [Updated] $75 Million FCA Settlement is Largest-Ever for a Hospice

    Nov 14 2017

    The largest for-profit hospice chain in the nation and its parent company have agreed to pay $75 million to resolve false claims allegations for hospice services, the Department of Justice announced. The resolution is the largest amount recovered from a provider of hospice services under the False Claims Act, according to the DOJ. Chemed Corporation (NYSE: Read More

  • Trump Picks Alex Azar for HHS Secretary

    Nov 13 2017

    Alex Azar, a former executive with Eli Lilly, was nominated by President Donald Trump as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Azar served as general counsel for HHS and as deputy HHS Secretary under President George W. Bush. The announcement came in the form of a tweet from Trump Monday morning. Happy Read More

  • As Nursing Crunch Looms, Kindred Offers $10k Signing Bonus

    Nov 10 2017

    Louisville, Kentucky-based Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) is attempting to draw registered nurses (RN) with cash, offering a $10,000 signing bonus for each of five RN positions in the Louisville area.   The high signing bonus, first reported by Louisville Business First on Nov. 3, is also available to RNs in California, New Mexico, Missouri, Colorado and Read More

  • Massachusetts Considers Registry for Home Care Workers

    Nov 09 2017

    Massachusetts is considering establishing a registry for home care workers under contract with the state that would include personal information, raising concerns about accommodating both client safety and worker privacy. The registry aims to guarantee more consumer protection for seniors using state-contracted home care services. Massachusetts is not the only state to consider home care registries; Read More

  • How One Franchise Group Combats the ‘Labor Desert’

    Nov 08 2017

    “All sunshine makes a desert.” This Arab proverb comes to mind for the labor market of the trade sectors, Dwyer Group Chief Operating Officer Mary Kennedy Thompson told Home Health Care News. That is, as several industries have seen substantial growth over the last several years, burgeoning businesses are finding it harder to and hire Read More

  • Business Briefs: Dignity Health, Select Medical to Combine Urgent Care Businesses

    Nov 06 2017

    Dignity Health, Select Medical to Combine Urgent-Care Businesses   Dignity Health and Select Medical will combine their urgent-care businesses for better alignment of care delivery, Modern Healthcare reported on Oct. 23. Dignity Health is one of the largest not-for-profit providers in the U.S., while Select Medical is one of the largest operators of specialty hospital and outpatient rehabilitation Read More

  • Home Health Care Among Top Industries for Return on Equity

    Nov 06 2017

    Home health care was among the top 15 industries for return on equity (ROE) over the last 12 months, a financial statement analysis of privately held companies by financial information company Sageworks found, Forbes reported. ROE is calculated by dividing annualized net income by total equity, and strong net income, low equity or a combination of both can drive high Read More

  • Must-Read News: No HHGM—For Now

    Nov 03 2017

    Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. It was a busy week, so catch up with our must-read news before the start of a new seven-day stretch. Keep reading to see our top stories from last week. Here’s what caught our eye around the web: A hospice administrator in Texas was convicted of capital murder, theft and Read More

  • Nashville Home Care Provider Expands to Texas

    Nov 01 2017

    Bluebird Homecare, a Nashville, Tennessee-based home care company, has acquired Champion Caregivers in Fort Worth, Texas, and is looking to keep expanding. The company has five locations, including the addition in Fort Worth, and has been in operation since 2015. “I expect that we will be in three more markets by March 2018,” CEO Stuart Brunson Read More

  • How Much Home Health Care Employees Are Making

    Oct 31 2017

    Salaries for home health care and hospice employees rose modestly from 2016 to 2017, according to the 2017-2018 Homecare Salary & Benefits report from Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS). HCS provides salary and benefits studies and custom marketplace studies for the health care industry. From 2016 to 2017, all positions in home health care Read More

  • Home Health Agencies Are Missing Out on $2.5 Billion in Revenue

    Oct 30 2017

    The home health care industry is missing out on billions in revenue from patients who are recommended for care after a discharge from a hospital—but never receive it. The opportunity to capture these patients and provide home health care services represents about $2.5 billion, according to Excel Health, which provides health care analytics in the home health, Read More

  • Hospice Investigation Reveals Rampant Missed Visits and Neglect

    Oct 25 2017

    Missed visits and neglect are widespread for patients dying at home, according to an investigation of the hospice industry from Time and Kaiser Health News. The investigation took a look at 20,000 government inspection records, some of which described horrific cases that left patients in pain in their final days and families unsure of what to Read More

  • Business Briefs: AccentCare Expands JV

    Oct 24 2017

    AccentCare Expands Joint Venture with Asante Oregon-based health system Asante has expanded its existing home health joint venture with AccentCare, a Dallas-based home care, home health and hospice care provider. The expansion was effective October 1, 2017, and creates AccentCare Asante Home Health. The two health care organizations have been in a joint venture for Read More

  • Tax Dollars Stretched as In-Home Care Demand Rises

    Oct 23 2017

    As demand for senior services such as in-home care grows, conflicts over spending, services and zoning for local governments will increase, The Washington Post reported. And most localities are not well prepared to pay for the rising cost of their aging residents, the Post found.  For example, senior services in Fairfax County, Virginia, helped increase spending by about Read More