Critical End-of-Life Choice Leads Fewer Kidney Patients to Pick Hospice

Patients with end-stage renal disease are faced with a seemingly impossible dilemma as their health deteriorates: try to prolong life with continued treatment or seek end-of-life comfort through hospice. Hospice care—covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurers—is a benefit available to individuals with a life expectancy of six months of less. The way it’s […]

Home Health, Hospice Help Drive Record Earnings for Ensign

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) posted strong first-quarter financial results Thursday, buoyed, in part, by the California-based provider’s particularly profitable home health and hospice businesses. While pursuing expansion plans in both home health and hospice, Ensign reported a consolidated adjusted net income of $24.1 million in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of about […]

Maine, Montana Top Places For Nurses to Work

Maine and Montana are the top two places to work as a nurse in the United States in 2018, new rankings have found. Hawaii and Washington D.C., in contrast, are the very worst places to work, according to personal finance website WalletHub. In the compilation of the 2018 rankings, states were evaluated on 21 key metrics, including […]

Death Doulas Gain Buzz, Start Making Hospice Connections

Doulas, known for helping people go through childbirth, are now helping at the end of life as well. Some hospices have seen an opportunity to work with doulas, while others say that their tried-and-true volunteer programs are already providing similar services. Hiring a birth doula—also known as a birth companion or birth coach—has grown increasingly […]

M&A and Financing Newsflash: Addus Finalizes $40 Million Ambercare Deal

Addus Completes Purchase of Ambercare Frisco, Texas-based Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) announced Tuesday it has completed its deal to buy Ambercare Corporation, Inc., a personal care, hospice and home health services provider headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Addus provides home care services to more than 36,000 clients through 142 offices in more than two dozen states. […]

Home Health Nurse Visits Linked to Same-Day ER Trips

Patients who receive in-home visits from nurses during the day are more likely to end up in the emergency room at night, a new Canadian study has found. The research undermines the long-standing belief that in-home care visits can help reduce hospitalizations, or at least reveals that such evidence is mixed. Patients with both ongoing […]

Word of Mouth Still Best Referral Source For Home Care Providers

Home care providers are increasingly turning away from traditional marketing and ad services to find new clients and generate revenue. In 2017, providers favored Internet marketing that leveraged search engine optimization (SEO), or ways for consumers to best find care providers on their own. That’s according to Home Care Pulse’s 9th Annual Edition of the Home Care […]

U.K. Home Care Startup Accused of Posting Fake Reviews Online

Since launching in 2016, U.K. home care startup Cera Care, which pairs patients with in-home caregivers, has locked in more than $4 million in venture funding and garnered widespread praise. But now, it’s being accused of crafting fake reviews online and lying about key health partnerships, Bloomberg Technology reported Thursday. Citing “three people with knowledge of […]

Illinois, California Considering Wage Hikes For Home Care Workers

Policymakers in two of the largest U.S. states—Illinois and California—are moving forward with plans to increase wages for some home care workers. In Illinois, state senators on Tuesday passed legislation that would effectively boost home care workers’ wages by at least $1 per hour from the current average of $10.98 per hour by July 1, 2018. Under the legislation, […]