Most Read: Home Health Paying Off for Kindred, Retirees Rank Home Care No. 1

In case you missed it, here are the most popular stories grabbing Home Health Care News’ readers attention this past week: Home Health Focus Starts Paying Off for Kindred — A month following the finalization of its acquisition of home health provider Gentiva Health Services, Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) reported that its strategy to focus on […]

Home Health Giant Amedisys Bounces Back After $150 Million Settlement

One of the nation’s largest home health providers, Amedisys, has recovered from a large legal settlement and is positioning itself for success with new payor organizations, company leaders said in announcing fourth quarter 2014 earnings this week. In April 2014, Amedisys agreed to pay $150 million to the federal government, resolving charges that it provided […]

‘Demolition’ of Workers’ Comp Limits Access to Home Health Aides

Dozens of states have drastically cut workers’ compensation benefits in the last decade, in some cases making it impossible for severely injured people to receive needed home health care, according to findings published Wednesday by NPR and investigative journalism organization ProPublica. The erosion of workers’ comp benefits has been taking place over decades, but recently […]

Home Health Focus Starts Paying Off for Kindred

Kindred Healthcare last week announced strong earnings from its home health operations, and leaders at the large post-acute provider championed home health as a vitally important part of the evolving U.S. health care system. The Kindred at Home division posted 31% revenue growth in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared with the same period a […]

State News Round-Up: Fraud Busters Seek New Tech

Minnesota: Aggressive Push for Tech to Monitor Care In an effort to utilize technology to combat home care fraud, authorities are investigating how monitoring systems could confirm that care is being properly delivered.  The Department of Human Services recently issued a request for information about products and services that can be used in a home […]

Almost Family Acquires WillCare for $50 Million, Targets Personal Care Growth

Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM) is significantly expanding its personal care offerings by acquiring WillCare HealthCare in a roughly $50 million deal, the company announced Wednesday. With the addition of WillCare, Louisville-based Almost Family is increasing the size of its personal care segment by nearly one-third, to an expected $150 million in annual revenue, according to […]

10 Most Expensive States for Home Health Aides

Home health aide hourly rates are especially high in the Midwest, with Iowa being the most expensive state in the country, according to recently released findings from a cost of care study. The average hourly rate for a home health aide in Iowa was $30 in 2014, the study determined. It was conducted by LTCG, a […]

Home Health Referrals Dispute Leads to Supreme Court Petition

A hospital’s refusal to “nudge” patients to a particular home health agency sparked a long-running legal battle that could end at the U.S. Supreme Court, if the justices accept a recently entered petition for them to take the case. The dispute arose after the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Florida, a home health provider, purchased […]