Starbucks, Best Buy and TripAdvisor Offer Employee Caregiver Benefits. Here’s Why Home Care Agencies Should Care.

Recognizing the competitive value of home care providers, a growing number of employers in various industries have started offering caregiving benefits as a way to improve workers’ attendance, morale and performance. While programs vary, they often offer employees a set number of subsidized care days per year — preventing workers from taking time off when […]

Encompass Health’s April Anthony: PDGM Is an ‘Overcorrection’ to Therapy

As currently structured, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) will completely change how and when home health providers deliver therapy services. It will do so in multiple ways, most notably by eliminating the use of therapy service thresholds as a factor in payment determinations. It’s a move the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has long recommended. […]

Schakowsky, Home Health Execs Tout Physician-Certification Bill’s Bottom-Line Impact

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has begun planting the seeds to eliminate Medicare’s physician-certification policy — which many home health industry insiders have critiqued as outdated. If successful, the move could potentially make it easier for older adults to gain access to home health care and have a major impact on providers’ bottom line. […]

AT&T: In-Home Remote Patient Monitoring Ready to Take Off

While telemonitoring is often facilitated through tablets or smartphones using the internet, AT&T (NYSE: T) and remote patient monitoring company Anelto Health are hoping to change the game with their new in-home technology for seniors. The two-way cellular hub, called HomeAssure, is already being used by at least five home health agencies, creators say. On […]

Home Care Industry Turnover Reaches All-Time High of 82%

The home care industry’s biggest problem — turnover — is only getting worse. Already cited as the No. 1 challenge plaguing home care agencies across the country, the median caregiver turnover rate skyrocketed to 82% in 2018, according to this year’s Home Care Benchmarking Study by market research and education firm Home Care Pulse. That […]

Home Health Audits Expected to Spike in PDGM Aftermath

Home health providers from coast to coast are scrambling to prepare their operations ahead of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) — but what comes after the new model’s implementation could cause agencies an even bigger headache. In the months after PDGM goes into effect, home health audits — much like bankruptcies — are expected to […]