CMS Proposes Expanded Medicare Telehealth Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth services and to make it easier for physicians to provide care through in-person home visits. The policy changes were floated in a proposed rule issued Thursday, regarding payment policies, rates and quality provisions for services provided under the Medicare […]

Fresh Research Supports a Medicare Benefit for At-Home Personal Care

Results from a program in Maryland suggest that a Medicare benefit to cover at-home personal care services could be feasible, according to new research findings. “We think the Maryland experience is instructive,” researcher Karen Davis told Home Health Care News. Davis is professor emerita in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns […]

CMS Proposes Stricter Payment Rule for Independent Home Care Workers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken action to tighten Medicaid payment rules related to independent home care providers. It announced the move in a proposed rule issued Tuesday. “The law provides that Medicaid providers must be paid directly and cannot have part of their payments diverted to third parties outside of […]

Home Care Providers Shine In ‘Great Place to Work’ Certification Phase

When Fortune magazine publishes the first-ever “Best Workplaces in Aging Services” list, don’t be surprised if the at-home care sector has a good showing. To be considered for inclusion, home health and other senior care providers—such as assisted living and skilled nursing companies—had to complete an initial process by June 18, to become “certified.” With […]

Humana, Private Equity Firms Complete Kindred Acquisition

Insurance giant Humana (NYSE: HUM) and two private equity firms have completed their planned acquisition of Kindred Healthcare, which has ceased trading on the New York Stock Exchange as a result. In December 2017, Humana and two PE firms—TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe—announced they were acquiring Kindred for $9 in cash per […]

Honor Uses Machine Learning to Refine Home Care Operations

Home care agencies might want to think twice about how they handle workers who are chronically late to client visits. “When we started Honor, we thought, clearly, if a care pro is late, that’s terrible,” Seth Sternberg, CEO of the San Francisco-based company, told Home Health Care News. “And then we learned that’s not true.” […]

Large Senior Housing Provider Kendal Expands At-Home Services

Kendal Corp., one of the largest nonprofit senior housing providers in the nation, is making a push to expand its Kendal at Home offering, as part of a recently devised strategic plan. Founded in 2003, Kendal at Home was an early example of a “CCRC Without Walls” program, in which members put down an entrance […]

CEO of Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan Venture Has Interest in End-of-Life Care

Dr. Atul Gawande spurred a national conversation about aging and end-of-life care when he published his 2014 bestseller “Being Mortal.” Now, he has been named CEO of a new health care venture launched by corporate giants Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM). The appointment of 52-year-old Gawande (pictured above) […]

ResCare Crafts Strategy, Sets Goals to Reduce Turnover

Turnover is a concern for ResCare, as it is across the home care industry. But leaders at the large Louisville-based provider also believe that a more stable labor force is an achievable goal, and it is one they are pushing toward. With annual revenue of around $2 billion, ResCare provides in-home care to about 60,000 […]