Posts by Tim Mullaney:

  • Interim No More: Dombi Named President of NAHC

    Feb 20 2018

    William A. Dombi has been named president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), after serving as interim president since August 2017. Dombi joined Washington, D.C.-based NAHC in 1987 as vice president for law. He assumed the interim president position after Val Halamandaris, long-time NAHC president, passed away. “It is a great Read More

  • Activist Shareholder Presses Brookdale for Update on Potential Buyout

    Feb 20 2018

    Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD), one of the largest home health providers in the United States, is under pressure again from an activist shareholder. The shareholder—Stamford, Connecticut-based investment management firm Land & Buildings—is pressing Brookdale to share more information about an ongoing strategic review process and says the company should consider offers that might seem Read More

  • Report of EVV ‘Firestorm’ Draws Home Care Industry Pushback

    Feb 20 2018

    The rollout of electronic visit verification (EVV) for home care has created a “firestorm” of complaints in Ohio, according to a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch. However, that news story painted an incomplete picture, some home care providers and EVV vendors have told Home Health Care News. Under the federal 21st Century Cures Act, Read More

  • Must-Read News: Edgy Ads, Medicare Changes

    Feb 19 2018

    Judging by the most-read stories on Home Health Care News in the last week, industry stakeholders might have spent their Presidents Day weekend reviewing recent federal policy changes. Specifically, readers are trying to wrap their minds around the recently passed federal spending bill—which included a new Medicare payment model, among other home health provisions. At Read More

  • Personal-Touch Home Care to Close All Ohio Locations, Lay Off 257

    Feb 15 2018

    Personal-Touch Home Care is planning to close all its Ohio locations by April 20, resulting in more than 250 workers being laid off. The New York-based company announced its intentions in a Feb. 14 letter to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, according to the Dayton Business Journal. The letter did not state Read More

  • High-End Home Care Model Pays Off for Alliance

    Feb 15 2018

    With its dense and diverse population and sky-high real estate costs, New York City is a unique home care market that has given rise to some innovative business models. Alliance Homecare is one example. The company has more than doubled its revenue in recent years, in part by leveraging partnerships with other organizations to serve Read More

  • Home Health Spending Projected to Outpace All Other Types of Care

    Feb 14 2018

    Almost $103 billion will be spent on home health care in the United States this year, and that number will reach nearly $173 billion by 2026, according to a newly released analysis from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary. The annual growth rate for home health spending is predicted Read More

  • Bloomberg: US Home Care System Woefully Inadequate

    Feb 14 2018

    A report in Bloomberg Businessweek paints a dire picture of the state of home care for the aging U.S. population. The article, published Feb. 9 and prepared in conjunction with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, highlights a caregiver named Valia, describing her arduous 48-hour shifts to make a point about the lack of Read More

  • Home Care Advertising Gets Edgy, Agile

    Feb 13 2018

    To stand out in a crowded and competitive marketplace, some home care franchise companies are updating their advertising strategies. They are embracing technology for more data-driven campaigns, and they are taking calculated risks with content—with one ad even telling the story of a client attending a strip show. Advertising and sales rep salaries/bonuses are typically Read More

  • White House Budget Calls for Home Health Payment Cuts

    Feb 12 2018

    The White House on Monday released its proposed 2019 federal budget, which calls for the home health groupings model (HHGM) to be implemented along with a unified post-acute payment system, and allocates more money to crack down on home health fraud. The budget document provides insight into what policies President Donald Trump’s administration would like Read More

  • Ensign CEO Open to New Structure for Home Health Segment

    Feb 11 2018

    The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) had strong financial results in the fourth quarter of 2017, posting its highest adjusted earnings per share in the company’s history, at $0.40. The Mission Viejo, California-based company’s home health and hospice segment contributed with a 27.5% year-over-year increase in revenue. Ensign might consider spinning off home health into a Read More

  • ComForCare Platform Could Grow to 20 Different Franchise Brands

    Feb 08 2018

    A deal announced this week could be the first step in the creation of a family of senior care franchise businesses under a single private equity owner, The Riverside Company. It’s similar to what Riverside has done in building the Dwyer Group, which is a platform of 17 trade service franchises, including Molly Maid, Mr. Rooter and Read More

  • ComForCare Acquires Senior Living Placement Service CarePatrol

    Feb 06 2018

    With a new CEO at the helm, home care franchise company ComForCare is growing in new directions. ComForCare, which has more than 200 locations across the United States, Canada and the U.K., has acquired CarePatrol, a company that helps place individuals in assisted living and other senior living settings. Like ComForCare, CarePatrol operates on a Read More

  • [Updated] House Lawmakers Include HHGM in Proposed Spending Bill

    Feb 06 2018

    House lawmakers approved a new spending bill to keep the federal government running that included several home health provisions, notably the reintroduction of a controversial overhaul to the Medicare payment system known as the home health groupings model (HHGM). HHGM was first floated in the proposed rule setting 2018 Medicare payment rates for home health, but Read More

  • Kindred Describes Risky Home Health Business Landscape

    Feb 05 2018

    Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND), the nation’s largest home health provider, is one step closer to being taken over by insurance giant Humana (NYSE: HUM) and two private equity groups. Kindred filed a preliminary proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, in advance of a special meeting of the stockholders to be held Read More

  • Therapy Caps Force Providers to Adjust Operations

    Feb 04 2018

    A cap on Medicare reimbursement of therapy is forcing providers to adjust their operations and advocate with increasing urgency to federal lawmakers. Under a 1997 law, Congress put an annual cap on the amount of money that Medicare beneficiaries can receive for rehabilitation services. Therapy providers and other stakeholders have long advocated for the cap Read More

  • Strong Growth Forecast for Home Care Franchise Sector

    Feb 01 2018

    Franchise businesses should have a strong year in 2018, especially home care franchises and others that specialize in personal services. Southwest states in particular could be a hotbed of growth. Outpacing the U.S. economy as a whole, overall franchise employment is expected to increase 3.7% in 2018, while the gross domestic product of the franchise Read More

  • Changing M&A Trends Make Home Health a Hotter Acquisition Target

    Jan 31 2018

    Transformative mergers and acquisitions took place in health care last year, and the types of deals suggest that a more diverse set of buyers could be on the hunt for home health and hospice acquisitions in 2018. In 2017, there were 115 M&A transactions involving hospitals and health systems, marking the highest level of activity Read More

  • $1 Million Pilot Brings Hospital Care to Canadians’ Homes

    Jan 29 2018

    A pilot program in Canada is the latest demonstration of how hospital-level care can be successfully delivered in people’s homes. The Intensive Hospital to Home pilot is taking place just east of Detroit, in and around the city of Windsor, Ontario. It is being run through the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network and Read More

  • BrightStar Invests to Maintain ‘Neiman Marcus’ Business Model

    Jan 29 2018

    Facing tight labor markets and a looming caregiver shortage, BrightStar Care is investing in technology and launching an $800,000 workforce initiative as it pursues ongoing growth in 2018 and beyond. These efforts are consistent with BrightStar’s long-standing goal for the company to be the “Neiman Marcus of home care,” CEO Shelly Sun told Home Health Read More

  • Landmark Health Sale Rumored, Chief Exec Up for CMMI Post

    Jan 25 2018

    Landmark Health, a private-equity backed company that provides in-home medical care, is exploring a potential sale, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The publication cited unnamed sources with knowledge of the situation. A transaction is being pursued to free up Landmark CEO Adam Boehler (pictured above) to head up the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Read More

  • In Strong Year for Home Health Stocks, LHC Group Gains Most

    Jan 24 2018

    LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) had a big year in 2017, growing its share price 23.14%. That’s the largest yearly increase among the companies tracked on the Home Health Index (HHI), which is updated each month by health care merger and advisory firm Stoneridge Partners. The Index keeps tabs on the share prices of the largest Read More

  • Right at Home Still Leads Pack On Franchise 500 List

    Jan 23 2018

    More than a dozen home care companies appear on this year’s Entrepreneur magazine Franchise 500 list, but fewer cracked the rankings than last year. Right at Home repeated its 2017 showing as the highest-ranked home care franchise opportunity, coming in at No. 49. The Omaha, Nebraska-based company was No. 55 last year. It has about Read More

  • Government Shutdown Should Have Minimal Effect on Home Health

    Jan 22 2018

    With Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements continuing to flow, home health care providers most likely will not feel any immediate pain from a shutdown of the federal government that began Saturday. “The Medicare contractors would continue to pay claims,” Bill Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), told Home Health Care News. So-called Read More

  • Must Read News: CoP Uncertainty, Caregivers Jumping Ship

    Jan 21 2018

    Staffing and regulations are perennial concerns for home health and home care providers, and these topics dominated the headlines in the last week. One the regulatory front, a new era for home health has begun, with the sweeping new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) taking effect on Jan. 13. The final interpretive guidelines (IGs) are still Read More

  • Big Year Coming for Electronic Visit Verification in Home Care

    Jan 21 2018

    Coming guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) could settle some big questions regarding electronic visit verification (EVV) in home care, setting the stage for a lot of activity throughout 2018. Under the federal 21st Century Cures Act, all Medicaid-reimbursed home care providers across the country must be utilizing EVV as of Read More

  • Mega-Deals Drive Home Health M&A Spending Past $4 Billion Mark

    Jan 18 2018

    Two blockbuster transactions in late 2017 contributed to a record quarter for home health M&A spending, according to the latest data from business intelligence firm Irving Levin Associates. In November, two major home health providers—LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) and Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM)—announced their intention to merge in an all-stock deal with a total implied Read More

  • How LHC Group Cut Turnover with Flexible Approach

    Jan 17 2018

    Facing a serious labor crunch, home health and other senior care providers are adopting new approaches to recruiting and retaining workers. Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG), one of the largest home health companies in the nation, is no exception. Changing its scheduling practices and making its training more rigorous are two adjustments that have Read More

  • Release Date Still Uncertain for Home Health CoP Guidelines

    Jan 17 2018

    Home health agencies have been anxiously awaiting the final interpretive guidelines (IGs) for sweeping new Medicare regulations that took effect less than a week ago. The uncertainty over the release date for the IGs will last a while longer. The final draft of the IGs is in the clearance process, but no official release date Read More

  • ClearCare Co-Founder Spearheads ‘Best Workplaces in Aging Services’ Project

    Jan 11 2018

    When Fortune magazine publishes the inaugural “Best Workplaces in Aging Services” list in September 2018, don’t be surprised if private duty and home health companies make a good showing. “It’s incredible to see home health companies scoring very well—we had one get as high marks as companies like Google in some areas,” Jacquelyn Kung, who Read More

  • Hospice Compare Search Function Misfiring

    Nov 28 2017

    People using Hospice Compare on Tuesday encountered a new warning message on the website, explaining that its location search function is not working correctly. Specifically, when users try to search for a hospice serving a particular market, the site has been generating a list of agencies that might not serve the ZIP code, city or Read More

  • High-Profile Senior Care Leader Creates Tiny Homes for Aging

    Nov 27 2017

    Dr. Bill Thomas is well known for taking on traditional nursing home care through initiatives such as the Green House model. Now, he has introduced two new concepts with the goal of helping people avoid institutional care as they age. At the recent Aging2.0 conference in San Francisco, Thomas formally introduced Minka. A Minka is a small Read More

  • Lawmakers Itching to Expand Medicare Advantage to Hospice

    Nov 20 2017

    In the nation’s capital, there’s strong momentum to bring hospice benefits into Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. “There is some political inevitability to carving hospice into Medicare Advantage,” said Andrew MacPherson, principal with Washington, D.C.-based Healthsperien, a consulting and legal services firm. MacPherson recently provided a hospice policy update at the annual conference of LeadingAge, an Read More

  • Almost Family President: Home Health Industry Made Breakthrough with CMS

    Nov 08 2017

    Leaders with Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM), one of the largest home health providers in the nation, are optimistic in light of recent payment and policy developments—specifically, that the home health groupings model (HHGM) will not take effect in 2019. “On the regulatory front, we feel we, in collaboration with others in the industry, have made Read More

  • Veto Prevents Sharing of Aides’ Info With California Unions

    Oct 19 2017

    A bill that drew sharp criticism from home care industry advocates in California has been vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Under Assembly Bill 1513, the State Department of Social Services would have been required to provide the names and phone numbers of registered home care aides to labor unions, unless aides opted out. “Home Read More

  • CareCentrix, Cigna Accused of Fraudulent Billing Scheme

    Oct 11 2017

    Insurance giant Cigna (NYSE: CI) and home health coordination company CareCentrix have been accused of a fraudulent billing scheme, in which beneficiaries were allegedly overcharged for in-home medical equipment. Bloomfield, Connecticut-based Cigna is the fourth-largest U.S. health insurance company, according to Forbes. It contracts with other organizations that offer certain services and products to Cigna Read More

  • Kindred Touts ‘Walk-In Wednesdays’ to Recruit Workers

    Oct 10 2017

    Social media outreach and online job boards are useful tools for home health providers confronting a staffing crisis. But Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND), the nation’s largest home health provider, is finding continued success with more traditional recruitment methods. Like other providers across the health care spectrum, Louisville-based Kindred has been utilizing digital channels to reach Read More

  • HHGM Bill Would Delay But Not Halt Massive Medicare Cuts

    Oct 09 2017

    A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would delay implementation of the controversial Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) until 2020, but industry advocates say it does not address fundamental concerns with HHGM, including that it could cause catastrophic payment reductions of up to $4 billion to providers. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota, pictured above) Read More

  • Home Health Stocks Bounce Back After HHGM Spooks Investors

    Sep 18 2017

    There is still plenty of alarm over the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) among providers, but investors appear to have calmed a bit since the Medicare payment overhaul was first proposed in July. The market value of the three largest publicly traded home health companies increased 7.42% in August, after falling 19.57% a month earlier, Read More

  • Franchisor Homewatch CareGivers Acquired by Private Equity Firm

    Sep 14 2017

    Homewatch International, franchisor of Homewatch CareGivers, is the latest home care company with new private equity ownership. Authority Brands, a portfolio company of PNC Riverarch Capital, has acquired Homewatch International, according to a press release issued Thursday. There are more than 200 Homewatch CareGivers locations across the United States, Canada, and Latin America, providing in-home Read More

  • More than Meets the Eye in Home Health M&A Valuations

    Sep 04 2017

    When a home health acquisition occurs, a single trading multiple is announced for the deal — and in home health, there have been some impressive multiples lately. However, there could be a case for more than a single multiple on any given transaction, as the buyer and seller might have different ways of thinking about that number. Read More

  • Northwestern Medicine to Shutter SNF, Make Home Health Push

    Aug 17 2017

    Those looking for evidence that home-based care is gaining importance as the U.S. health system evolves can look to Chicago. Northwestern Medicine, a major Windy City integrated health care system, is shutting down a skilled nursing facility (SNF) at the same time that it is joining a new initiative to expand home-based primary care. Crain’s Chicago Read More

  • Independent Living Giant Holiday Enters Home Care

    Aug 02 2017

    A giant in the world of facility-based senior living is putting its toes in the home care waters. Holiday Retirement, the largest provider of independent living communities nationwide, has launched a home care service called Milo, Home Health Care News has learned. Bill Thomas, M.D., known for pioneering the Green House model of long-term care, Read More

  • Encompass Enters Illinois with VNA Healthtrends Acquisition

    Jul 31 2017

    Encompass Home Health and Hospice, already one of the largest home health providers nationally, now is entering Illinois for the first time by acquiring VNA Healthtrends. Based in Des Plaines—about 20 miles northwest of downtown Chicago—VNA Healthtrends serves markets in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Arizona. The Michigan locations were not part of the sale, Read More

  • Franchisor ComForCare Acquired by Private Equity Firm Riverside

    Jul 27 2017

    The Riverside Company, a New York-based private equity firm with more than $5 billion in assets under management, has made its first play in the home care space, investing in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan-based franchisor ComForCare. “This is our first home care franchisor, but franchise investment is a specialization of Riverside,” Steve Rice, a principal with Read More

  • Must-Read News: Highest Paid Execs, Dullest Movie Ever

    Jul 23 2017

    Looking ahead to the last full week of July, large-scale health care reform still looms large as a developing story. After support for its Affordable Care Act repeal-and-replace bill cratered last week, the Senate this week may take a vote on a revised measure—but major questions still remain as to whether it has the votes Read More

  • Honor Sees Senior Living Partnerships as Route to New Markets

    Jul 23 2017

    Honor—part of a wave of tech-forward home care startups to raise large sums of capital in recent years—now is partnering with assisted living and other senior housing companies, and sees this is a potential way of entering new markets. After starting in San Francisco and raising a cool $20 million in Series A funding in Read More

  • Home Health Groups Relieved, Wary After Trumpcare Bill Fails

    Jul 18 2017

    The Senate bill to repeal and replace key Affordable Care Act (ACA) policies failed Tuesday, leaving home health agencies and providers across the care spectrum in wait-and-see mode as to the future of Obamacare reform efforts. Released July 13, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) struggled to gain needed traction among Senate Republicans. The GOP Read More

  • NAHC Urges Opposition to Increasingly Troubled Trumpcare Bill

    Jul 17 2017

    Voices from within the home health industry on Monday renewed calls to oppose the Senate’s bill to roll back Affordable Care Act policies. By the end of the day, the future of the legislation appeared more uncertain than ever. Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas declared their opposition to the Read More

  • Regional Home Care Player Accelerates Growth, Starts Franchising

    Jul 05 2017

    An already fast-growing home care provider is entering a new phase of expansion, adding a fresh service line through a recent acquisition and extending its geographic reach by launching its first franchise location. Sunny Days In-Home Care launched in 2011, and since that time, the Pittsburgh-based company has grown quickly. In 2015, it pulled in Read More

  • Kindred Inks Deal to Sell Skilled Nursing Business for $700 Million

    Jul 04 2017

    After announcing its intention to cease being an owner and operator of skilled nursing facilities at the end of 2016, Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) has struck a deal to sell its SNF business for $700 million in cash. The total value of the transaction to Kindred is expected to be $910 million, the Louisville-based company Read More

  • How Griswold Home Care Crafted a 21st Century Franchise Agreement

    Jun 21 2017

    As it approached its 35th anniversary this year, Griswold Home Care refreshed a key aspect of the business: Its franchise agreement. Hashing out the new agreement was not always easy, but the process provides a model for how franchisors and franchisees can work together for their mutual benefit, according to the company’s CEO and leaders of its Read More

  • New Medicare Payment Model Looms Over Home Health Providers

    Jun 18 2017

    Home health agencies should be prepared for a major unwelcome surprise that could hit in the near future—a comprehensive, complex overhaul of the Medicare payment system. When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes its 2018 payment rates, likely within the next several weeks, the agency could also seek to establish a new payment Read More

  • Home Care Proposal Helps Swing Dramatic UK Election

    Jun 11 2017

    A proposed policy related to in-home care played a noteworthy role in the tumultuous election that has reconfigured the political scene in the United Kingdom. Here in the United States, there might be lessons to draw from what happened across the pond. Despite some sharp differences between the U.K. and U.S. health care systems, both countries Read More

  • Kindred Launches Innovation Division

    Jun 01 2017

    The nation’s largest home health care provider has formed a new business division and hired an executive to run it. Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) has tapped Brian Holzer, M.D., to serve as president of the new division, Kindred Innovations. Holzer’s appointment is effective as of June 5, the company announced in a May 30 Read More

  • Second ‘Margaritaville for Seniors’ to Include 3,000 Homes

    May 26 2017

    Home care providers willing to help seniors look for lost shakers of salt will want to staff up in Hilton Head, South Carolina. That’s because Hilton Head will soon boast a Latitude Margaritaville community, featuring more than 3,000 homes for those who are at least 55 years old and want a lifestyle inspired by the Read More

  • Seniors Feel Less Prepared to Age Independently at Home

    May 24 2017

    Seniors have a well-known preference for staying in their own homes as they age, but it appears that they’re growing nervous about being able to do so—and that they are worried about the care that they might receive there. Compared to how they felt a year ago, nearly three in 10 seniors today feel less Read More

  • An 8-Point Plan for Success with New Home Health CoPs

    May 21 2017

    With the new Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoP) regulation looming, home health agencies cannot be operating with a business-as-usual mindset. That’s the message from Arlene Maxim, vice president of program development for Quality in Real Time (QIRT). Floral Park, New York-based QIRT was founded as a home health quality assurance and coding organization in 2006, Read More

  • Webinar: Understanding Readmissions Data—How to Improve Scores and Refine Performance

    May 16 2017

    Home Health offers hospitals one of the best strategies to reduce 30-day readmissions, but are we living up to the challenge? With hospitals facing reimbursement cuts for high readmissions, and Home Health Agencies (HHAs) likely facing a readmissions pay-for-performance measure, the pressure is only getting more intense. Agencies need to continually look at their data Read More

  • Bill Would Hit Delete on DOL’s Home Care Wage Rule

    May 10 2017

    Senate Republicans are putting together a bill that would roll back minimum wage and overtime protections granted to home care workers in 2015, Bloomberg BNA reported Wednesday. The bill would reverse an action taken by the Department of Labor under the Obama administration, which eliminated the so-called “companionship exemption” for personal care workers. Prior to Read More

  • Webinar: A Deep Dive Into Readmissions Data—How Agencies Can Reduce Rates Further

    May 10 2017

    Home Health offers hospitals one of the best strategies to reduce 30-day readmissions, but are we living up to the challenge? With hospitals facing reimbursement cuts for high readmissions, and Home Health Agencies (HHAs) likely facing a readmissions pay-for-performance measure, the pressure is only getting more intense. Agencies need to continually look at their data Read More

  • Brookdale Touts Improved Performance As Takeout Chatter Continues

    May 09 2017

    Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD), one of the nation’s largest home health operators, continues to be the subject of takeout rumors, with a China-based firm now seen by some as the most likely buyer. Executives with Brentwood, Tennessee-based Brookdale touted improved operational performance Tuesday on a first quarter 2017 earnings call with analysts. However, as Read More

  • Your Source for the Best Home Health Opportunities — HHCN Job Board

    May 09 2017

    The Home Health Care News (HHCN) Job Board is your one-stop resource for open positions in the home health industry. Find quality employees, access top talent and put your company’s job posting in front of the 9,000+ daily subscribers to Home Health Care News. Companies are now hiring dietitians, directors, physicians, RNs, LPNs, and more Read More

  • Webinar Last Chance: Winning with Medicare Alternative Payment Models

    May 08 2017

    Upcoming Webinar: Winning with Medicare Alternative Payment Models: Lessons from Encompass  Date: Wednesday, May 10 Time: 1:00pm Central Time Across the country, home health agencies are finding that Medicare fee-for-service reimbursements are no longer a steady and largely predictable revenue stream. To thrive today and in the future, agencies must navigate the uncharted waters of Read More

  • Why One Home Care Company is Waiving $200,000 in Franchise Fees for Vets

    May 07 2017

    Since it began franchising in 2006, Accessible Home Health Care has grown to 82 units located across the country and abroad. More than a third of the company’s franchisees are veterans of the U.S. armed forces, and now the number of veteran franchise owners is set to grow through a new program that will waive Read More

  • Kindred CEO: AHCA Passage Would Not Kill Home Health Growth

    May 04 2017

    The trend of more people receiving care at home is going to continue no matter how federal lawmakers might reshape health care policy this year, according to Benjamin Breier, CEO of Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND). Louisville-based Kindred is the nation’s largest home health provider. “It’s hard to … figure out all the moving parts and, really, for anyone Read More

  • Upcoming Webinar: Winning with Medicare Alternative Payment Models

    May 03 2017

    Upcoming Webinar: Winning with Medicare Alternative Payment Models: Lessons from Encompass  Date: Wednesday, May 10 Time: 1:00pm Central Time Across the country, home health agencies are finding that Medicare fee-for-service reimbursements are no longer a steady and largely predictable revenue stream. To thrive today and in the future, agencies must navigate the uncharted waters of Read More

  • Medicaid Payments Should Depend on Personal Care Data, Congressman Says

    May 02 2017

    To improve the oversight of personal home care services paid for by Medicaid, the solution is simple: Withhold money from states if they do not furnish the data that federal agencies require for monitoring. That was the idea put forward Tuesday by Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) during a hearing of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee Read More

  • Post Your Open Home Health Job Today on HHCN

    May 01 2017

    The Home Health Care News (HHCN) job board that caters to industry professionals to help you find quality employees, access top talent and put your company’s name in front of our subscribers. Companies are now hiring sales professionals, recruiting managers, director positions, physical therapists, RNs, LPNs, and more amongst the 9,000 Home Health Care News Read More

  • Long-Time Great Lakes Caring CEO William Deary Steps Down

    Apr 28 2017

    After more than two decades, Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice will have a new CEO. William Deary has stepped down from the role and exited the Jackson, Michigan-based company that he founded in 1994. Adam Nielsen, who was named president of Great Lakes in January 2016, has assumed the CEO position, effective immediately. Read More

  • Announcing the Home Health Care News Chicago Summit — Early Bird Tickets Available

    Apr 26 2017

    Home Health Care News (HHCN) is excited to announce our first HHCN Summit on Thursday, September 14th in Chicago, Illinois. The event will bring together nationally recognized speakers for a half day of networking and two panels: M&A Outlook and Views from the C-Suite. This is a can’t-miss for anyone thinking about entering or expanding Read More

  • Webinar Last Chance: Value-Based Purchasing & ACOs: The Path of the Future

    Apr 25 2017

    Webinar Wednesday, April 26 1:00pm CDT: Value-Based Purchasing & ACOs: The Path of the Future Speakers: Arnie Cisneros, P.T., President of Home Health Strategic Management Astrid Roeder, P.T., OMPT, Chief Rehabilitation Officer of Home Health Strategic Management As healthcare reforms re-define how we deliver care to patients in the home, much of the focus is Read More

  • Post Open Jobs Now – Seeking Directors, Managers and More

    Apr 24 2017

    The Home Health Care News Job Board caters to industry professionals to help you find quality employees, access top talent and put your company’s name in front of our subscribers. Post your job today and reach the most progressive and up-to-date candidates in the industry. Companies are now hiring directors, sales positions,recruiting managers, physical therapists, Read More

  • Register Today: Value-Based Purchasing & ACOs—The Path of the Future

    Apr 18 2017

    As healthcare reforms re-define how we deliver care to patients in the home, much of the focus is centered on the “Volume to Value” shift for Home Health services. Accordingly, many of the homecare-specific reforms address this in a direct manner; Star Ratings, HHCAPS, VBP, and Pre-Claim Review come to mind. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) Read More

  • HHCN Job Board — Seeking Directors, RNs, LPNs, Physical Therapists and More

    Apr 17 2017

    The Home Health Care News Job Board is your one-stop shop for home care vendors, service providers, caregivers, nurses, hospice and more. Find out which companies are looking for fresh talent and if your skills fit their needs. Home health industry jobs are growing fast… connect with the industry’s best and brightest by posting your positions Read More

  • Webinar: Value-Based Purchasing & ACOs: The Path of the Future

    Apr 13 2017

    Upcoming Webinar: Value-Based Purchasing & ACOs: The Path of the Future Speakers: Arnie Cisneros, P.T., President of Home Health Strategic Management Astrid Roeder, P.T., OMPT, Chief Rehabilitation Officer of Home Health Strategic Management As healthcare reforms re-define how we deliver care to patients in the home, much of the focus is centered on the “Volume to Read More

  • Webinar Last Chance: Leveraging Technology On Your Path for a 5-Star Rating

    Apr 12 2017

    The strategic use of technology has never been more important to home health and hospice organizations than it is today. Industry leaders are incorporating technology into every aspect of their organization in order to streamline operations, retain staff and bring money in the door, all while maintaining a high quality of care. With regulatory changes Read More

  • AccentCare Strikes Joint Venture with Major Texas Health System

    Apr 11 2017

    Fresh off entering the state of Mississippi for the first time, home health provider AccentCare has announced a new joint venture with a nonprofit health care system in Texas. The JV will consolidate six AccentCare agencies with four from the health system, Baylor Scott & White. AccentCare will maintain a majority stake and manage all Read More

  • GAO: Home Health Referral Sources Need Documentation Lessons

    Apr 10 2017

    Home health agencies that are fed up with referral sources not providing proper documentation have an ally in Washington, D.C.: the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO has elicited a promise that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin requiring more education for referring providers about home health documentation. After reviewing oversight Read More

  • AccentCare Acquires Sta-Home, Enters Mississippi Market

    Apr 09 2017

    AccentCare, a home health and hospice provider with about 140 locations in 11 states, has entered Mississippi for the first time by acquiring Sta-Home Home Health & Hospice. Based in the state capital of Jackson, Sta-Home describes itself as Mississippi’s largest home health provider, serving about 19,000 patients each year. The acquisition by AccentCare was Read More

  • Register Today: Leveraging Technology On Your Path for a 5-Star Rating — Free Webinar

    Apr 05 2017

    The strategic use of technology has never been more important to home health and hospice organizations than it is today. Industry leaders are incorporating technology into every aspect of their organization in order to streamline operations, retain staff and bring money in the door, all while maintaining a high quality of care. With regulatory changes Read More

  • Post Jobs Today to Find Engaged Home Health Applicants

    Apr 04 2017

    Having trouble staffing positions with experienced and engaged candidates? The demand for top talent for home health industry jobs is only increasing… find out who is looking for fresh talent and if your skills fit the needs of some of the industry’s most innovative employers that are advertising on the Home Health Care News Job Read More

  • Amedisys Personal Care Division Expands to Tennessee

    Apr 03 2017

    Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) is continuing to expand its presence in the private duty home care arena by acquiring East Tennessee Personal Care Service. The transaction is expected to close on May 1, and will grow AMED’s Personal Care Division to 2,700 aides serving 15,600 clients annually, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company announced Friday. The Read More

  • How IBM Watson Could Help Identify Patients for Home Care

    Mar 29 2017

    IBM’s Watson gained fame for beating human Jeopardy! champions at the game, but the cognitive computing platform also could have some winning answers for the U.S. health care system—which could result in more people receiving care at home. The technology currently is being piloted by Wilsonville, Oregon-based Avamere Family of Companies, in its independent living, Read More

  • Webinar: Leveraging Technology On Your Path for a 5-Star Rating

    Mar 28 2017

    The strategic use of technology has never been more important to home health and hospice organizations than it is today. Industry leaders are incorporating technology into every aspect of their organization in order to streamline operations, retain staff and bring money in the door, all while maintaining a high quality of care. With regulatory changes Read More

  • Private Equity Investment in Home Care Hits New High

    Mar 27 2017

    Private equity investment in the home care and hospice sectors hit a new high in 2016. As of the third quarter of 2016, more than 50 home care and hospice transactions involved private equity buyers, compared with fewer than 30 of these transactions in all of 2015, according to proprietary data from M&A advisory firm Read More

  • White Paper: How the 21st Century CURES Act Will Impact Home Care

    Mar 21 2017

    The in-home care landscape is constantly evolving, from regulatory updates to new payment models and staffing requirements. Adding to the list of changes, Congress enacted a new law that stands to have a major impact on home care companies: The 21st Century CURES Act. Download this white paper to find out more information about how Read More

  • Find Your Next Home Health Job Today, New Jobs Available

    Mar 17 2017

    The best and brightest professionals read Home Health Care News (HHCN) everyday. Want them to join your team? Post your jobs to the Home Health Care News Job Board today and reach the most progressive and up-to-date candidates in the industry.  Don’t forget to check hhcarejobs.com for the latest Home Health Care jobs. Companies are Read More

  • NQF: 15 Home Health Quality Measures Should Be Axed

    Mar 17 2017

    Out of 79 measures in the Home Health Quality Reporting Program, 15 are good candidates to be removed, an influential group of health care leaders is arguing. Home health measures related to depression assessment, increase in pressure ulcers, and stabilization in bed transferring are among those that should be on the chopping block, the National Quality Read More

  • Kindred CEO: Massive Home Health Opportunity Demands ‘Blue Collar’ Approach

    Mar 14 2017

    Home health and hospice are the most promising growth sectors in health care, but there are relatively few companies with the “blue-collar” mentality needed to seize that opportunity, Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) CEO Benjamin Breier said Tuesday. “From an organic growth perspective, I don’t think there’s a better story in the health care service marketplace than Read More

  • Webinar Last Chance: What You Need To Know About Electronic Visit Verification

    Mar 14 2017

    As the instances of Medicare and Medicaid fraud continue to grow, home health care agencies are under increasing pressure to provide proof that visits occurred and services were delivered. In December 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act. The act itself covers a variety of topics – and notably requires states to define Read More

  • Voices from Pre-Claim: Lessons Learned the Hard Way (Part 2)

    Mar 13 2017

    Click here to read Part 1 of this series. Home health providers in Illinois now sound a little different when discussing Pre-Claim Review (PCR), compared to the early days of the demonstration project. Back in August, after PCR first rolled out, agencies in the Land of Lincoln were angry and frightened—angry at what they perceived Read More

  • Voices of Pre-Claim: Lessons Learned the Hard Way (Part 1)

    Mar 11 2017

    Home health providers in Illinois now sound a little different when discussing Pre-Claim Review (PCR), compared to the early days of the demonstration project. Back in August, after PCR first rolled out, agencies in the Land of Lincoln were angry and frightened—angry at what they perceived as the rushed and sloppy implementation of a burdensome Read More

  • NAHC Official: Hope Dims for Pre-Claim Delay, CoP Relief More Likely

    Mar 08 2017

    Home health agencies have cause to be optimistic about a delayed implementation of the new Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoP) rule, but with prospects appearing less bright for changes to the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD), it’s imperative to continue beating the drum, according to one of the industry’s most prominent voices in Washington, D.C. It’s impossible to say Read More

  • HHCN Job Board — Seeking RNs, LPNs, Physical Therapists and More

    Mar 08 2017

    The Home Health Care News (HHCN) Job Board is your one-stop resource for open positions in the home health industry. Find quality employees, access top talent and put your company’s job posting in front of the 9,000+ daily subscribers to Home Health Care News. Post your job today and reach the most progressive and up-to-date Read More

  • Addus Hits Its Stride, Considers New Service Lines

    Mar 07 2017

    After a restructuring year, Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS) delivered strong financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016, and its leadership believes that some key strategic objectives now are within reach. And as the company hits its stride, it could expand into the home health and hospice arenas, according to CEO Dirk Allison. The Downers Read More

  • Upcoming Webinar: What You Need To Know About Electronic Visit Verification

    Mar 07 2017

    As the instances of Medicare and Medicaid fraud continue to grow, home health care agencies are under increasing pressure to provide proof that visits occurred and services were delivered. In December 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act. The act itself covers a variety of topics – and notably requires states to define Read More

  • Home Health, Hospice Bills Seek Larger Physician Assistant Role

    Mar 06 2017

    Two federal bills recently have been proposed to expand the role of physician assistants (PAs) and other types of clinicians in home health and hospice. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) last week introduced the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act. If passed, the new law would enable physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse Read More

  • States Where the Registered Nurse Shortage Will Be Worst

    Mar 01 2017

    Home health agencies already consistently say that staffing is their greatest challenge, and the issue may only get worse in the coming years. While a potential shortage of home health aides and personal caregivers already has been called a “crisis,” many areas of the country also are staring down the barrel of registered nurse (RN) shortages. Read More

  • HHCN New Job Board: See Who’s Hiring to Grow Their Business

    Mar 01 2017

    Home Health Care News (HHCN) recently launched its new job board that caters to industry professionals to help you find quality employees, access top talent and put your company’s name in front of our subscribers. Post your job today and reach the most progressive and up-to-date candidates in the industry. Companies are now hiring sales Read More

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