Posts by Tim Regan:

  • Kindred Agrees to Pay $12 Million to Settle Labor Related Charges

    Apr 10 2018

    Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) and one of its subsidiaries have agreed to settle a class action suit alleging the companies failed to pay some workers minimum wage or provide them adequate breaks, violating California law. Louisville, Kentucky-based Kindred, along with Gentiva Certified Healthcare, reached a deal to pay $12 million to roughly 1,600 people who worked Read More

  • ABILITY Network Acquired for $1.2 Billion

    Mar 13 2018

    Bowie, Maryland-based technology company Inovalon (Nasdaq: INOV) announced it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Minneapolis, Minnesota-based ABILITY Network for $1.2 billion in cash and restricted stock. ABILITY is a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company and the company behind the myABILITY software platform, an integrated set of cloud-based applications for post-acute providers. ABILITY provides Read More

  • Home Care Beats Assisted Living, Nursing Facilities in Hospice Satisfaction

    Feb 16 2018

    Hospice care administered in the home is seen as higher quality than hospice care administered in an assisted living community or a nursing home, according to a new study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, compared the quality of hospice services Read More

  • Home Health Industry Dogged by Improvement Standard Myths

    Jan 17 2018

    Some home health care providers believe that chronically ill patients who stand no chance of getting better don’t qualify for Medicare coverage—but they’re mistaken. A 2013 settlement in the court case Jimmo v. Sebelius put that “improvement standard” to rest. As set by that case, Medicare does cover skilled nursing and therapy services, including in-home care, to Read More

  • Why Louisiana Has a Home Care Problem

    Jan 03 2018

    Louisiana nursing homes are taking up the lion’s share of the state’s Medicaid dollars, leaving some home-based care providers high and dry. But that’s not for lack of demand for home care services, according to a recent story on Business Report. The state currently has a backlog of around 31,000 Medicaid applicants for home-based care. “Across the Read More

  • Home Health Stocks Rebound After LHC, Almost Family Announce Merger

    Dec 14 2017

    Home health stocks climbed upward in November amid news that two of the industry’s biggest players are merging, according to the Home Health Index December update from M&A advisory firm Stoneridge Partners. Louisville, Kentucky-based Almost Family, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFAM) and Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG), vowed to join forces on Nov. 16. The deal, set to close Read More

  • AARP, Care.com Announce Nonprofit to Train New Caregivers

    Dec 13 2017

    Online caregiving marketplace Care.com (NYSE: CRCM) and Washington D.C.-based advocacy group AARP have thrown their weight behind a new initiative to meet the growing caregiver crisis. The initiative, dubbed The Care Institute, is a not-for-profit corporation meant to provide standardized training to caregivers. To do that, the organization will team up with different organizations, experts, public Read More

  • New Medicaid Program Prioritizes In-Home Care

    Dec 11 2017

    A new Medicaid program in Pennsylvania could make it easier for the state’s seniors to get care in their homes instead of a nursing facility. Under the Community HealthChoices initiative, insurers will be paid to manage Medicaid’s long-term care services with a financial incentive meant to prioritize in-home care for enrollees. The state is rolling out the Read More

  • Home Health Owner Gets 80 Years in Prison for Medicare Fraud

    Dec 08 2017

    The co-owner of a Houston home health agency was sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence for his role in a $13 million Medicare fraud scheme and for filing false tax returns. U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon of the Southern District of Texas ordered Ebong Tilong, 53, to spend 80 years behind bars, according to the U.S. Read More

  • OIG Notes Uptick in Home Care Medicaid Fraud Enforcement

    Dec 08 2017

    The federal government is ramping up its efforts to nab perpetrators of Medicaid personal care services (PCS) fraud. A similar trend has been noted in Medicare home health care. Fraud indictments of PCS providers or attendants rose 56% between 2012 and 2015, while convictions increased 33% during that time, according to a new Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. Read More

  • Why Bayada Moved Its Headquarters Into a Historic Home

    Dec 05 2017

    In with the old, says Bayada Home Health Care, a major home health care provider which recently moved its New Jersey headquarters to a 159-year-old home. The company, which started operating in 1975, moved its Moorestown*, New Jersey, headquarters into a 19th century residence at the beginning of the year. For Bayada, the move represented a Read More

  • Task Force Urges CMS to Preserve Value Based Payment Models

    Nov 28 2017

    An industry group representing 42 different patient, payer, provider and purchaser organizations is calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to maintain its momentum toward value-based payments—but keep what’s working in the current system along the way. The Health Care Transformation Task Force (HCTTF) shared its thoughts in a Nov. 20 letter responding to a request Read More

  • Comfort Keepers Pilots Affordable Home Care Robot

    Nov 13 2017

    A Washington, D.C.-area technology company is teaming up with a private duty home care franchise to deploy a new robot at a price many seniors can afford. Hernon, Virginia-based Comfort Keepers of Reston is rolling out its first model “Rudy,” a multifunctional robot companion designed to help seniors as they age at home. Comfort Keepers of Reston performs services such Read More

  • Home Health Stocks Fell Before HHGM Decision

    Nov 13 2017

    Home health stocks dipped in October as the industry braced for the then-forthcoming home health groupings model (HHGM) decision, according to the Home Health Index November update from M&A advisory firm Stoneridge Partners. The decision ultimately fell in favor of the home health industry. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule on Read More

  • [Updated] Brookdale Expands Hospice Business as Home Health Takes Hit

    Nov 07 2017

    Fierce competition and multiple hurricanes have eroded Brookdale Senior Living’s (NYSE: BKD) home health bottom line, but the provider sees opportunity in its burgeoning hospice business. The Brentwood, Tennessee-based company is the nation’s largest private-pay senior living provider and is also a major player in home health. Brookdale’s ancillary services took a hit in the third quarter of Read More

  • HCP Move Could Pave Way for Big Brookdale Deal

    Nov 02 2017

    HCP Inc. (NYSE: HCP) moved to reduce its exposure to Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) and restructure its portfolio in a complex series of transactions, driving up share prices for both companies on Thursday. Brookdale is the nation’s largest private-pay senior living provider and is also a major home health provider. Irvine, California-based HCP is Read More

  • Medicare Spends More on Seniors With Highest Needs

    Nov 01 2017

    Medicare spends roughly three times more on the 13% of beneficiaries who need help with two or more activities of daily living (ADLs) due to physical or cognitive impairments than those that don’t, according to a new study from the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA). The alliance, which represents more than two dozen private and government entities with the goal Read More

  • Three Common Mistakes Seasoned Home Care Franchisees Make

    Oct 30 2017

    While it’s no secret newbie home care franchise owners are sometimes prone to making a few common mistakes, veteran franchise owners aren’t immune to error, either. Even well-established franchisees can fall into bad habits or abandon best practices if given enough time. Here are the top three ways home care veterans can lose sight of best Read More

  • Caregiver Support Keeps More Stroke Patients Out of Nursing Homes

    Oct 26 2017

    Male stroke sufferers without caregivers are more likely to end up in a long-term care facility than those who have more help, according to a new study published in the Oct. 26 edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Within five years of a stroke, 21.3% of the study’s 560 participants were placed Read More

  • Home Health M&A Remains Flat in Third Quarter

    Oct 25 2017

    Publicly announced home health and hospice M&A activity held steady with fewer transactions than years past in the third quarter of 2017, after hitting a recent low last quarter. The sector saw 10 transactions in the third quarter of 2017, representing no change from the second quarter, according to research conducted by Norwalk, Connecticut-based Irving Levin Associates. Only Read More

  • Home Health Stocks Rebounded in September, But HHGM Looms

    Oct 24 2017

    Though home health investors appear to have regained confidence in the industry last month, uncertainty over the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) lies ahead. The market value of the three largest publicly traded home health companies rose 8.66% in September, according to the Home Health Index October update from M&A advisory firm Stoneridge Partners. The share price Read More

  • MIT: Innovative Designs Will Soon Transform Aging in Place

    Oct 17 2017

    The rising number of aging Americans is likely to drive transformation in how seniors age in place, from technology advances to real estate designs, according to a recent report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Real Estate. The latest census data shows the number of Americans age 65 or older is projected to be 83.7 million by 2050, according Read More

  • How One Home Care Franchisor Boosted Caregiver Retention

    Oct 13 2017

    While many home-based care providers have struggled with high turnover in recent years, one home care franchisor is bucking that trend. Headquartered in Cincinnati, FirstLight Home Care has an average retention rate of 80% across its entire network of 240 franchise territories in 33 states. The franchisor offers non-medical services such as Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal Read More

  • In-Home Depression Treatment May Lower Hospitalization Risks

    Oct 13 2017

    Treating older adults for depression through home health care could reduce the risk of hospitalization, according to a Dartmouth College study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. In fact, treatment lowered the hospitalization risk by 35% within 30 days of starting home health care, and 28% lower within 60 days for older adults who participated Read More

  • House Lawmakers Push Bill for More In-Home Medicare Coverage

    Oct 12 2017

    A new bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representative aims to keep some low-income seniors in their homes longer by giving them access to home care services covered by Medicare Advantage. H.R. 4006, or the “Community Based Independence for Seniors Act,” would create a new community-based institutional special needs plan (CBI-SNP) demo program for community- and home-based Read More

  • Mapped: The Top 10 Best States for Aging

    Oct 11 2017

    High-quality Medicare programs and a healthy senior population have made Colorado, Maine, and Hawaii the best states in the U.S. for growing old, according to new rankings from U.S. News & World Report. To come up with its rankings, U.S. News examined the 50 states across 12 metrics, including life expectancy, quality of Medicare programs, cost of care, Read More

  • L.A. County Allegedly Owes Overtime Pay to 169K Home Care Workers

    Oct 06 2017

    A lawsuit claiming the state of California and Los Angeles County owe overtime pay to more than 169,000 home health care workers will move forward as planned, a federal judge ruled on Sept. 28. Plaintiff Trina Ray in June asserted a claim for unpaid overtime wages against the California Department of Social Services (DSS) and Los Angeles County on behalf of herself Read More

  • Top Three Mistakes New Home Care Franchisees Make

    Oct 03 2017

    Joining forces with an established home care franchisor can lead many entrepreneurs down the road to success. But, if they’re not careful, they might step on a mine or two along the way. Even after home care franchisors weed out potential franchise owners through a screening process, there are some mistakes newbies tend to make. Here are Read More

  • Millennials Are Key to Solving Looming Nursing Shortage

    Oct 02 2017

    Millennials are breathing new life into the nursing industry even as baby boomers are retiring en masse. But home health care providers shouldn’t feel total relief over the influx of younger nurses, as the demand continues to tick upward. An average millennial is now 186% more likely to become a registered nurse (RN) than the average baby Read More

  • Telehealth Startup Raises $5.1 Million

    Sep 28 2017

    A telehealth startup that helps patients with palliative care and advance care planning is expanding after raising $5.1 million. Palliative care is a type of care focused on lessening the symptoms and stress caused by a serious illness. Austin, Texas-based Iris Plans uses videoconferencing technology to connect people facing serious illnesses with trained facilitators who provide disease-specific education, Read More

  • Cost of In-Home Care Rose From Caregiver Shortage

    Sep 26 2017

    Home-based services are increasingly getting more expensive thanks in part to ongoing labor woes, according to the latest Cost of Care Survey from insurer Genworth Financial (NYSE: GNW). The national median cost of home health aide services shot up 6.17% to $21.50 per hour, or $4,099 per month, from 2016 to 2017—the most pronounced increase among other care Read More

  • How Caregivers Can Make a Top-Notch First Impression with Clients

    Sep 25 2017

    Nearly every in-home care provider would agree that making a good first impression with a client or patient is vitally important to the relationship. Sometimes, though, that’s easier said than done. That’s why many agencies, such as Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED), Silverado, 24Hr HomeCare, and Marquis Companies, spend time and money training caregivers how to make positive connections with clients and Read More

  • New University of Michigan Lab Looks Like a Senior’s Home

    Sep 25 2017

    A new lab setting from the University of Michigan could help researchers better study how older adults interact with their surroundings inside their homes. The setting, called HomeLab, is a mock apartment outfitted with all the trappings and conveniences of a modern dwelling, such as a stove, microwave, refrigerator and washer and dryer. But HomeLab has Read More

  • Top Reasons Home Health Aides Want to Quit

    Sep 21 2017

    Browse and apply to management and executive home health care jobs and positions from leading professional firms serving the industry.  Employers can post single jobs, purchase job packages or our premium subscription that includes unlimited job posts and editorial coverage for one year. Visit HHCN Jobs today to browse home health jobs today. Consistent patient assignment, job satisfaction, benefits, Read More

  • In-Home Health Coaching Could Lower Readmission Rates

    Sep 19 2017

    A new pilot program in New York City is examining whether in-home health coaching can reduce hospital readmissions for Medicaid patients with congestive heart failure (CHF)—and it’s showing some promising early results. The program launched in July as a collaboration between City Health Works, a Harlem-based non-profit organization that trains workers as health coaches, and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s (MSSL), a hospital Read More

  • Workforce Development Tips from LHC Group, BrightStar, Great Lakes Caring

    Sep 14 2017

    Many leaders across the home health care industry agree that staffing is among the greatest challenges they’ll face over the next decade. To attract and retain top talent and help surmount a growing workforce shortage, some large home health and home care companies are “testing the heart” of applicants, drawing inspiration from a well-known e-commerce brand, Read More

  • Dos and Don’ts of Template Use in Home Health Documentation

    Sep 13 2017

    Electronic medical record (EMR) templates can be a useful tool for clinicians to create truly defensible documentation—as long as they don’t rely on them too much. “Templates should be customizable for each patient, not just placed in the record as a canned product,” Sheila Sizemore, director of advisory and consulting services at Corridor Group, said Read More

  • How Ending DACA Could Shrink the Caregiver Labor Pool

    Sep 13 2017

    President Donald Trump’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy could reduce the number of workers available to the home health care industry during an already worrying caregiver shortage. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on September 5 that the administration will end the Obama-era program that protects about 800,000 Read More

  • Emergency Preparedness Costs Vary for Home Health Agencies

    Sep 11 2017

    In the aftermath of two major hurricanes, home health agencies across the U.S. are racing to comply with the new emergency preparedness rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) before November’s deadline. But many are finding that the associated costs aren’t so easy to nail down. The rule mandates that heath care providers across Read More

  • Home Health Industry Growing While Wages Stagnate Overall

    Sep 06 2017

    Though the U.S. health care industry — including home health — is growing at a steady clip, health care workers across the board are actually making the same amount of money, or even less, than they were a decade ago. That’s according to a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). The Read More

  • Virtual Assistant in Development Could Help Alzheimer’s Patients at Home

    Aug 31 2017

    A new emotionally intelligent tool from computer scientists at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada, could one day help seniors with Alzheimer’s disease complete everyday tasks throughout their homes or nursing facilities, enabling them to age at home longer. The virtual assistant, Act@Home, helps someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia perform an activity of daily living (ADL), such as Read More

  • Bayada, Addus Hire and Acquire to Meet Hispanic Demand

    Aug 28 2017

    Amid concerns that home health aides may not be able to meet every client’s cultural needs, some big providers are paying more attention to who they hire—and how. The need for more cultural competency among home health aides is clear, especially when working with Spanish-speaking clients. Just 20% of Hispanic Americans over the age of 40 felt “extremely or Read More

  • How More In-Home Support Could Combat ‘Pop Drop’

    Aug 25 2017

    Having more in-home support services in place could help prevent spousal caregivers from dropping their partners off at the emergency department as a source of respite, a phenomenon known in some medical circles as “pop drop.” That’s according to a new University of Michigan study in the Aug. 24 edition of the Journal of the American Read More

  • Houston Home Health Owner Sentenced to 40 Years for Fraud

    Aug 25 2017

    The owner of a small chain of home health care agencies near Houston has been sentenced to decades behind bars for bilking Medicaid and Medicare out of millions of dollars. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake of the Southern District of Texas this month ordered Godwin Oriakhi, 61, to spend 40 years in federal prison for running a Read More

  • [Updated] Presence Health to Join Forces with Ascension

    Aug 22 2017

    Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system in Illinois, is being acquired by a joint venture of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S., the companies announced Tuesday. Presence Health will become part of Amita Health, a joint venture between Alexian Brothers Health System and Adventist Midwest Health, that is based in Chicago and Read More

  • Illinois Hospital Referrals Must Go To Licensed Agencies

    Aug 22 2017

    Home health industry advocates in the Land of Lincoln are cheering a newly approved bill relating to hospital referrals and licensed home health agencies. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law SB1676 on Aug. 21, which makes it so hospitals or other health care providers that receive state funding can’t refer a patient to an in-home care services Read More

  • Hispanic Americans Unsure Whether Home Health Aides Can Meet Cultural Needs

    Aug 21 2017

    Hispanic Americans aren’t very certain that home health aides can meet their cultural needs, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, a Chicago-based research and journalism partnership. Just 20% of Hispanics age 40 and older are “extremely or very confident” that home health aides can take their cultural needs into account, Read More

  • Home Health Agencies Brace for November’s Emergency Prep Rule

    Aug 17 2017

    As a new emergency preparedness rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) looms, home health companies big and small are scrambling to make sure their bases are covered before it takes effect in November. Under the rule, which was first introduced in 2013 and finalized last September, heath care providers across 17 settings, including home health care, Read More

  • Home Health Care Makes Inroads With Amazon Alexa Pilot

    Aug 10 2017

    Voice-activated technology is no longer a bleeding edge concept in home health care. For one California home health care provider, Amazon’s Alexa has been customized as a real solution to improve caregiver efficiencies and benefit patients. Libertana Home Health, a Beverly Hills, California-based company with 3,000 clients in homes and senior living communities throughout the Read More

  • Encompass CEO: HHGM Threatens Home Health Margins

    Aug 01 2017

    Encompass Home Health and Hospice, which is a segment of HealthSouth (NYSE: HLS) and one of the nation’s largest home health providers, is sounding the alarm over a recently proposed rule that would overhaul the Medicare payment system and possibly drive some providers’ margins into negative territory. The July 25 proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Read More

  • Longtime NAHC President Passes Away

    Jul 27 2017

    The president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), which represents 33,000 home care and hospice organizations and two million nurses, therapists and other caregivers, has died after a long illness, the group announced Thursday. Val J. Halamandaris served as NAHC’s president since 1982, when the group was formed through the merger of the National Association for Read More

  • Home Health Groups Concerned After Senate Revives Health Care Reform

    Jul 25 2017

    The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to resurrect its plan to repeal Obamacare, prompting renewed fears among some home health care groups that thought the health care overhaul was on hold. The Senate voted 51-50 to begin debating legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), informally known as Obamacare. U.S. Vice President Mike Read More

  • Netsmart’s Acquisition of DeVero to Help Kindred Initiatives

    Jul 19 2017

    Netsmart, an Overland Park, Kansas-based provider of electronic health records (EHR), data analytics and other technology services, today announced it acquired DeVero, a technology company that specializes in home health and hospice. The companies did not disclose the acquisition price. As part of the deal, Netsmart inherits a high-profile DeVero client: Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND), Read More

  • Home Health Expenditures Have Remained Largely Flat Overall

    Jul 17 2017

    Overall spending related to home health hasn’t changed much over the past two decades despite a national uptick in other kinds of medical expenditures, according to a new study from theAnnals of Family Medicine. On the whole, total medical expenditures outpaced the rate of inflation. Costs increased by 47.2%, from roughly $246 per individual per month Read More

  • Highest Paid Chief Executives in Home Health Care

    Jul 16 2017

    While it’s fair to assume that some of the country’s biggest publicly traded home health care companies pay their chief executives well, some earn more than others. In 2016, CEOs at HealthSouth (NYSE: HLS), Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) and Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) made the most in total compensation—a figure that includes base salary, stock awards, Read More

  • Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit OK’d for Class Action Status

    Jun 28 2017

    A lawsuit claiming that Midwestern home health care provider SSM Health at Home, formerly known as SSM Home Care, owes some of its caregivers unpaid overtime wages can move forward as a class action case, a district judge ruled. SSM Health at Home’s parent company, SSM Health, is a health care system based in St. Louis that Read More

  • Judge Throws Out $35 Million Lawsuit Against Brookdale

    Jun 27 2017

    The nation’s largest senior living provider and one of the biggest home health care providers, Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD), is off the hook in a $35 million lawsuit, a federal judge rule on June 22. The dismissal marks the end of a whistleblower case brought by former Brookdale employee Marjorie Prather, who was originally hired to review Read More

  • Business Briefs: MatrixCare Buys SigmaCare

    Jun 26 2017

    MatrixCare Acquires EHR Vendor SigmaCare MatrixCare, a long-term care software services provider, has acquired SigmaCare, an electronic health record (EHR) technology vendor for the long-term post-acute care market. MatrixCare also provides EHR software. Its customer base includes about 12,000 facility-based care settings and more than 2,000 home care agency offices throughout the U.S. SigmaCare customers will immediately be Read More

  • Home Health Aide Accused of Trying to Join ISIS

    Jun 25 2017

    A home health aide was arrested in New York City after allegedly trying to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIS. Bronx resident Saddam Mohamed Raishani was arrested on June 21, according to a press release from the U.S. Justice Department. Raishani is charged with one count of attempting to provide material Read More

  • MedPAC Pushes for New Payment System by 2021 Amid Industry Concerns

    Jun 22 2017

    A new report from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommends that Congress quickly overhaul the payment system for post-acute care by transitioning away from the current fee-for-service (FFS) system. MedPAC submitted its twice yearly report to Congress in June, affirming that the overhaul of the payment system for post-acute care (PAC)— referred to as the prospective Read More

  • Minor Adjustments Keep Seniors at Home Longer

    Jun 20 2017

    Seniors who want to age in place are often faced with numerous challenges just getting around their own homes, which is why one senior care program from Johns Hopkins is focusing on improving the home environment—and saving Medicare big bucks in return. The program, dubbed Capable (Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders), combines three Read More

  • Falls Projected to Cost Nearly $60 Billion by 2020

    Jun 20 2017

    Falls among seniors—most of which occur in the home—are projected to kill thousands more older adults and cost tens of billions of dollars by the year 2020. That’s according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) titled “Overcoming Obstacles to Policies for Preventing Falls by the Elderly,” which aims Read More

  • Home Health Aide is a Job that ‘Makes a Difference’

    Jun 15 2017

    Home health aides are among emergency workers and educators as the professions that have the biggest positive influence on others, according to new report by job posting site CareerCast.com. CareerCast.com singled out 12 professions that make positive contributions to society in its Job Where You Can Make a Difference report. The position of home health aide Read More

  • In-Home Care Workforce Not Meeting Growing Demand

    Jun 14 2017

    The number of direct care workers is insufficiently growing to meet the demands of seniors and adults with disabilities living at home. That’s according to a new “State Scorecard” report from AARP, the SCAN Foundation and Commonwealth Fund, which examined the factors that determine long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities. AARP released similar reports Read More

  • Business Briefs: GTCR to Buy GreatCall

    Jun 13 2017

    GTCR to Buy GreatCall GTCR, a private equity firm headquartered in Chicago, plans to buy connected health company GreatCall, according to a press release. San Diego-based GreatCall is the largest provider of connected health and personal emergency response services for active aging and serves over 800,000 subscribers across the U.S. The company’s product portfolio includes hardware Read More

  • Three Ways to Beat the Home Health Labor Shortage

    Jun 12 2017

    It’s clear the home health and home care industries are facing a labor shortage. What isn’t as clear is what companies can do about it. That’s not to say industry professionals aren’t trying to solve the problem, however. A panel of experts that included Bayada Home Health Care’s chief recruitment officer shared winning recruitment strategies for post-acute providers Read More

  • Amedisys Seeks ‘Transformative’ Hospice Deal and Bigger Risks

    Jun 07 2017

    Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), one of the nation’s largest home health care providers, is setting its sights on a big deal in the hospice space according to CEO Paul Kusserow. After seeing strong gains in its hospice segment during the first quarter of the year, Baton Rouge-based Amedisys is hoping to find a bigger deal this year. “We’re hopeful Read More

  • Business Briefs: HomeHero Founder Launches Telehealth Company

    Jun 06 2017

    HomeHero Founder Launches Telehealth Company  HomeHero, the venture-backed home care startup that shocked the industry by announcing it was closing earlier this year, is rebranding as an integrative medicine telehealth company called “Harvey.” The new company will offer virtual consultations with functional and naturopathic doctors, in-home lab testing and “natural treatments” to help patients with chronic health conditions, wrote CEO Read More

  • How Caregiving Could Resemble ‘The Jetsons’ One Day

    Jun 01 2017

    New technology and techniques could change the face of the caregiving industry in the years to come, but not every innovation will be bionic. From utilizing futuristic tech to relieve caregiver shortages to redefining death itself, here are a few ideas on what the future might hold for aging, according to a Forbes article from Next Avenue, Read More

  • CDC: More Seniors Dying of Alzheimer’s at Home

    May 30 2017

    Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease are dying in their homes more than they were nearly two decades ago. That’s according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on deaths from Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s, a fatal form of dementia, is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, making up 3.6% of all Read More

  • Business Briefs: Kinnser Software Merges with Mediware

    May 30 2017

    Kinnser Software Merges with Mediware Kinnser Software, an Austin, Texas-based software technology company in the post-acute care space, is merging with Mediware, a company that offers software solutions for home health and hospice providers. Mediware, which is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, is purchasing Kinnser from Insight Venture Partners, according to a press release. The transaction is expected to close Read More

  • Training Initiative Aims to Thwart Caregiver Crisis

    May 23 2017

    The key to solving the home health care labor shortage could lie in better training. That’s the gist of a grassroots training program dubbed the Care Connections Project (CCP) from New York City-based nonprofit Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), an organization centered on improving the lives of workers who provide home or residential care. The program, which began Read More

  • Survey: ‘Home Improvement’ Character Tops List of Fictional Caregivers

    May 23 2017

    Jill Taylor, Tim Taylor’s affable wife from the ABC sitcom “Home Improvement,” would make a great home health worker. That’s according to a new survey from Senior Helpers, one of the nation’s largest home care franchises, with 298 locations across the U.S. and over a dozen more abroad. The survey tracked responses from 1,000 adult children between the ages Read More

  • Bill to Expand Telehealth Advances in Senate

    May 18 2017

    A bill working its way through the Senate could expand in-home care, including by make it easier for seniors with chronic illnesses to access telehealth. Members of the Senate Finance Committee on May 18 voted to advance the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (S. 870). Among other things, the Read More

  • ‘On a Roll,’ Senior Helpers Opens First Company-Owned Location

    May 17 2017

    Home care franchise company Senior Helpers is opening its first corporate-owned location, with plans to possibly acquire more in-house operations in the future. Senior Helpers, one of the nation’s largest home care franchises with 298 locations across the world, acquired a facility from an individual franchisee in Baltimore, near its Timonium, Maryland-based headquarters where it originally began its Read More

  • Home Health Clinicians Are Less Proficient in OASIS

    May 16 2017

    Fewer home health care clinicians are proficient in OASIS (Outcome and Assessment Information Set) data compared to a year ago, according to recent test results from Fazzi Associates, a Northampton, Massachusetts-based home care and hospice consulting, training, outsourcing, benchmarking and research firm. More than 5,000 clinicians from 366 agencies in 40 states took this year’s test, the National Oasis Testing Project, Read More

  • Top States for Seniors’ Health in 2017

    May 15 2017

    Staying healthy is a vital part of being able to age-in-place, and residents of Minnesota, Utah, and Hawaii appear to have a leg up on other seniors across the country. That’s because these are the three healthiest three states in the union for older adults, according to the 2017 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report from Read More

  • Hospitality Stars in Major NYC Provider’s Newest Initiative

    May 14 2017

    A New York City-based senior care nonprofit is embarking on a company-wide bid to improve client satisfaction. The New Jewish Home is a nonprofit provider serving about 13,000 people in New York City and nearby counties each year through a full spectrum of senior care, including home health, skilled nursing facilities and assisted living. The organization announced last month that it’s rolling Read More

  • Addus Eyes More Acquisitions, Beefs Up Credit Facility

    May 09 2017

    Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS) is prepping for growth and looking to buy. That was the general theme of a May 9 earnings call with analysts in which the Downers Grove, Illinois-based personal care company announced a first quarter net income of $4.3 million, an increase over its net income of $157,000 in the same quarter last year. The Read More

  • Copayments Don’t Reduce Home Health Use, Brown University Study Finds

    May 08 2017

    Having to shell out a Medicare copayment might not drive people away from home health. That’s according to the results of a new Brown University School of Public Health study that followed roughly 300,000 seniors who use Medicare Advantage. “We found no evidence that seniors reduced their use of home health care in response to the copayments,” Read More

  • Addus Acquires New Mexico’s Options Home Care

    May 04 2017

    Addus Homecare (Nasaq: ADUS) is buying a personal care services provider with a sizable footprint in New Mexico. Addus announced Thursday it signed a definitive agreement to purchase Options Home Care, a provider of personal care services in 20 counties in New Mexico and a wholly-owned subsidiary of HB Management Group. Options Home Care has Read More

  • Home Care Group Pushes for ‘Home First’ Policies

    May 03 2017

    A national home care partnership, which counts Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS) and Bayada Home Health Care as members, is urging the Trump administration and Congress to improve and modernize the Medicaid program and expand access to home-based care and services. The Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care (PMHC) issued a statement Wednesday outlining its “Home First” recommendations, which would “ensure individuals are offered home–based care Read More

  • Business Briefs: PreparedHealth Lands $4 Million in Investments

    May 02 2017

    Investors Drop $4 Million on PreparedHealth  Some well-known investors have opened their wallets for a Chicago startup focused on social media and big data. PreparedHealth recently picked up $4 million from Chicago Ventures, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Beverly Capital and Meridian Street Capital, reports Crain’s Chicago Business. PreparedHealth’s signature product is an app called enTouch, Read More

  • Canyon Home Care Scoops Up Hospital Home Health Agency for $1.45 Million

    May 01 2017

    A Washington-based hospital is trading its in-house home health care agency for a lump sum. Island Hospital in Anacortes, Washington, agreed last week to sell its home health care division to Utah-based Canyon Home Care & Hospice for $1.45 million, reports local news site goanacortes.com. Canyon runs 12 locations in Utah, Idaho, and Oregon. Island Hospital Home Health Read More

  • Could Trump’s ‘Hire American’ Order Worsen Caregiver Shortage?

    May 01 2017

    Throughout the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency, there has been a lot of talk about border control and immigration. That may not be good news for the many home health agencies across the country that have found it difficult to recruit good caregivers. One solution to that problem has been tapping into the immigrant labor Read More

  • Mayo Clinic Health System Continues to Shrink Home Health Footprint

    May 01 2017

    The Mayo Clinic Health System is shuttering its home health care services in two Minnesota markets. Mayo Clinic Health System plans to phase out its home health care services in Albert Lea and Red Wing, Minnesota, by June 30, the Rochester, Minnesota-based nonprofit research and health provider announced last Friday in a press release. The organization will transition care Read More

  • Payment Incentives for Home Health Care Workers Pay Off

    Apr 26 2017

    Home health agencies that offer an incentive payment appear more likely to be profitable. That’s according to the fourth biannual National State of the Industry (SOI) Report for Home Health and Hospice by Fazzi Associates, a Massachusetts-based home care consulting firm. The 2016-2017 report surveyed 751 home health agencies on operations and best practices and Read More

  • Home Health Aides Seek Class Action Status in Overtime Lawsuit

    Apr 24 2017

    A band of home health aides in Illinois is seeking to add more people to a lawsuit claiming their employer wrongly denied them overtime pay. Home health clinician Laura Byrne and three other plaintiffs this month sought class certification in a case against Centegra Health System, a network of four hospitals, physician care locations and specialty services providers, including Read More

  • Future of Home Care Workforce Caught in State Budget Snafus

    Apr 24 2017

    Impasses over state budgets in Illinois and California are threatening to stymie those states’ home health care workforces during a crucial period of growth for the industry. The Illinois House earlier this month voted to approve an $817 million spending plan that would temporarily fund cash-starved universities and other programs, according to the Associated Press. Read More

  • LHC Group, Amedisys See Share Price Growth in March

    Apr 18 2017

    Three of the largest publicly-traded home health care companies grew their averaged share prices at a modest pace last month, according to the latest Home Health Index released by Stoneridge Partners. The index, which tracks the market values of Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM), Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) and LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG), ticked up 1.77% in March Read More