Poor Onboarding, Lack of Innovation Fuel Home Care Turnover

While the need for more home care workers is pressing, regulatory complexities can make it difficult and confusing for nurses, therapists, aides and caregivers who are new to the industry. That’s one reason Tina Marrelli has continually updated “The Handbook of Home Health Standards: Quality, Documentation and Reimbursement.” First published in 1988, the text—which is often […]

MedPAC Flags Home Health Referral Problems in Report to Congress

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has alerted Congress to how rarely home health patients pick their neighborhood’s highest quality provider after being discharged from the hospital. MedPAC compiles its regular report to advise Congress on payments to health plans participating in the Medicare Advantage program and providers in Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service program, but lawmakers are not required […]

Simulation Program Helps Recruit, Train Next Generation of Home Care Nurses

The United States is projected to experience a serious shortage of nurses, one that is only expected to intensify as baby boomers age and more frequently become in need of home health services. To recruit and prepare aspiring nurses, many of whom are millennials, nursing schools are launching innovative training programs specifically targeting in-home care. […]

Movers & Shakers: Fresno Hospice Finds New CEO

Hinds Hospice Picks New CEO Hinds Hospice in Fresno, California, has picked a new CEO to replace Amy Tobin, who is retiring after more than five years with the end-of-life care provider, The Business Journal reported. Eric Klimes, an Army veteran, assumes the CEO position for Hinds Hospice, which was founded in 1981 and currently […]

Amedisys Boosts Productivity by Slashing Turnover Rates

By focusing on quality and software improvements, Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has been able to slash turnover in recent years and, in turn, boost productivity and profitability. Three years ago, Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys’ turnover rates were “shockingly” in the high 30% range, CEO Paul Kusserow said Wednesday afternoon at William Blair’s 38th Annual Growth Stock […]

Vermont VNA Announces $850K Expansion to Meet Rising Hospice Demand

Three decades ago, Vermont’s median age was roughly the same as the nation’s. The Green Mountain State is now, however, one of the oldest, and more of its aging residents are starting to make hospice care a pillar of their end-of-life plans. To keep up with that rising demand, the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of […]

Right at Home, BrightStar, FirstLight Among Best Franchises in 2018

A handful of home care companies are among the best franchise opportunities for buyers in 2018, a new ranking has found. To help prospective franchisees weigh risk and rewards, Forbes released its annual “America’s Best & Worst Franchises to Buy” list, broken down into categories for high investments, medium investments and low investments. Home care […]

Court Revives $35 Million Lawsuit Targeting Brookdale

A federal court has breathed new life into a $35 million whistleblower lawsuit filed against Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD), the largest senior living provider in the United States and a major home health player. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a federal court’s dismissal last year of a False Claims Act lawsuit […]

Home Health Businesses Acquired by KKR Through $9.9 Billion Envision Deal

Private equity powerhouse KKR has acquired Nashville-based Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC), one of the largest doctor-staffing companies in the United States with roughly half a dozen in-home care entities under its umbrella. The $9.9 billion deal, announced Monday, is one of the biggest by a private equity firm in the past couple years, easily […]