Top 10 Home Care Franchises

As home care franchising continues to grow rapidly in the United States, Visiting Angels is setting the standard as the overall top performer, according to a recently released industry report. The number of home care franchise locations increased 47% between 2010 and 2013, with net growth of 1,757 locations, according to the 2015 report from […]

4 Recommendations for Better Home Health Emergency Prep

With yet another winter storm barreling through the Northeast on Tuesday, home health providers prepared to work in crisis mode. But while recent news stories have highlighted the dedication of home care workers to do their jobs in extreme circumstances, the home health field as a whole could benefit from a more uniform set of […]

Home Health Agencies Protect Referrals by Cutting Hospital Readmissions

Home health agencies are outperforming the post-acute sector as a whole in preventing patient rehospitalizations, according to data released Wednesday by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. The numbers suggest that home health providers are taking steps to protect and expand their referral streams from hospitals, Alliance Executive Director Teresa Lee tells Home Health […]

Home Health Providers Fear Star Ratings Will Confuse Patients

The forthcoming government star ratings for home health agencies will include half-star increments, Medicare officials announced on a recent call with providers. The inclusion of half-stars is a response to provider concerns, but many participants on the call said they still have deep worries that the proposed ratings will confuse prospective patients. The Centers for […]

Home Health Earnings Surge for Ensign

The home health subsidiary of The Ensign Group dramatically increased earnings in the last year and demonstrated the value of home care in the increasingly integrated U.S. healthcare system, the company’s president and chief executive officer said Monday in announcing fourth-quarter results.  Cornerstone Healthcare Inc., the home health and hospice subsidiary of national post-acute provider […]

HME Hiring on the Rise, but Wages Down for Execs

Home medical equipment companies have slightly increased hiring and most are giving their employees raises, according to a recent survey conducted by HomeCare magazine. The results of the reader poll largely were in line with past years, but there was an uptick in the number of companies that added staff. This had hovered around 50% […]

CareCentrix, Horizon Deal Highlights Growing Stature of Home Care

Home care company CareCentrix on Wednesday announced an agreement with the largest health insurer in New Jersey, providing a high-profile example of how home-based care is gaining importance for payers. Under the five-year agreement, Connecticut-based CareCentrix will manage and deliver transitional care and home health—including infusion services and durable medical equipment—to members of Horizon Blue […]

Medical Foster Homes Offer Alternative to Nursing Home Care For Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Foster Home Care program is coming to southwest Missouri, which is the program’s latest move as it continues to expand across the country. Medical Foster Homes are private homes in which a trained caregiver provides services to a few individuals, according to the VA website. Some, but […]

Kindred Ends Takeover Saga by Finalizing Gentiva Acquisition

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. on Tuesday finalized its acquisition of Gentiva Health Services, Inc., completing a $1.8 billion acquisition marked by hostile moves and countermoves. The addition of Gentiva makes Kindred the largest home health and hospice operator in the country, as well as one of the largest post-acute providers, according to the company. With an […]