Hispanic Americans Unsure Whether Home Health Aides Can Meet Cultural Needs

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, […]

Home Health Expenditures Have Remained Largely Flat Overall

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 […]

Payment Incentives for Home Health Care Workers Pay Off

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 […]

3 Ways to Person-Centered Care as Told by Walmart

What if the health care system was exactly the way the consumer prefers it, with individualized attention and convenient access? That’s what Marcus Osborne, vice president of health and wellness transformation at Walmart, asked the audience attending the National Leadership Conference hosted by the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) and the Alliance for Home […]

Cost of Home Care Higher Than Senior Living

It’s well known that the vast majority of adults say they would rather age in their own home than a senior living community, but the cost of doing so may be higher than most think. That’s because many don’t factor in basic housing costs, such as taxes, home maintenance, mortgage payments and more, according to an […]

EliteHealth Patient Wellness Program Cuts Re-Admissions Rate

Adapting acute care to focus on “whole-patient wellness and prevention” within population management can lead to significant reductions in hospital readmissions and emergency room (ER) visits thanks in part to home visits, according to a recent pilot study. Miami-based disease prevention and wellness company EliteHealth conducted a pilot study in Miami over a six-month period […]

How Private Duty is Leveraging Patient Satisfaction

Once upon a time, a home care company could show its lower readmission rates among recently discharged patients and prove its value as a post-acute partner. Fast forward a few years later and readmission rates aren’t the only data point health care providers care about in the referral relationship fantasy. Patient satisfaction is coming more […]

How to Boost Business By Managing Online Reviews

Online reviews have become a go-to source for consumers when choosing businesses to frequent or trying certain products, and it is no different in the home care industry. Online ratings are increasingly important to the success of home care providers, and reviews should be taken seriously, Denise Graab, director of industry marketing at Caring.com, explained […]

Hospice Utilization Continues to Decline Nationwide

Among Medicare-eligible patients, hospice utilization has been declining for years. Specifically, hospice utilization among Medicare-eligible patients nationwide totaled about 2.55% in 2015, down from 2.59% in 2014 and 2.67% in 2013, according to a new analysis from Healthcare Market Resources. The Pennsylvania-based health care market intelligence firm calculated hospice utilization by dividing the number of […]

Home Health and Hospice M&A Jumps 12% in 2016

Last year was a busy one for a variety of sectors in the health care services industry—and the home health and hospice sector was no exception. In fact, home health and hospice deal activity rose 12% year-over-year in 2016, according to the 23rd edition of Irving Levin Associates’ Health Care Services Acquisition Report, published Tuesday. Deal […]