WSJ: As America’s Unpaid Caregiver Network Shrinks, Challenges Add Up

When a professional home health agency isn’t an option, family and other unpaid caregivers are often asked to pick up the slack. It’s estimated that more than 34 million people in the United States provide unpaid care to individuals 50 and older. The economic impact of those services is far from trivial. Indeed, unpaid caregivers—largely […]

Health Care in the Home Still Raises Safety Concerns

Millions of individuals in the United States depend on home health services to help manage chronic conditions and recover after surgeries or unexpected illnesses. Home health utilization is increasingly, too, partly because services are typically provided in the lowest-cost setting. Home health may be cheaper, but it’s also, perhaps, more dangerous. There are numerous risks […]

NAHC President on Pre-Claim’s Chilling Effect, End of the Hospice Honeymoon

The home health, personal care and hospice industries are—again—in the midst of rapid and profound change. Courtesy of NAHCThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is rekindling its Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD) efforts, while proposing a new payment system known as the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Meanwhile, the hospice space is seeing explosive growth, […]

Hackers Reportedly Steal, Ransom Data Of More Than 80,000 Home Care Patients

In a bizarre and developing story, as many as 80,000 patients in Canada may have had detailed medical, financial and personal records stolen by a hacker group after it infiltrated the computer systems of home care services provider CarePartners. Ontario-based CarePartners, which has provided government-sponsored personal, rehabilitation and nursing care services to hundreds of thousands […]

Home Health Aide Among Most Family-Friendly Jobs

Technology and sales companies may be doing the best job of offering workers family-friendly jobs and greater flexibility, but the home health industry isn’t too far behind, at least for home health aides. Indeed, one the most widely used job sites in the world, recently analyzed hundreds of millions of its job postings in search […]

As Home Health Providers Integrate Services, Vendors and Consultants Follow Suit

TPG Capital portfolio company Mediware Information Systems, Inc. announced last week that it’s acquiring the long-standing home health and hospice consulting group Fazzi Associates. To some degree, the transaction—which marks one of the few instances where a software business buys up a consulting firm—is reflective of the broader home health, personal care and hospice landscape. […]

Congress Unlikely to Act as PDGM, Pre-Claim Loom

Washington, D.C., policymakers have hurled several challenging volleys toward the home health, personal care and hospice industries in 2018, including possible reincarnations of the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) and Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD). To parry those attacks, or at least make sure they’re not overly burdensome, stakeholders will likely need to band together in […]

Senior Helpers’ CEO Outlines Plans for New Town Square Franchising Model

In-home senior care services franchisor Senior Helpers has teamed up with the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Center to launch a new nationwide franchising concept for Town Square, a reminiscence therapy adult day care center built to look and feel like the 1950s. The new franchising model—Senior Helpers Town Square Franchising—is officially an affiliate of […]