Health Care, Housing Collaboration Key to Aging in Place

Today’s rapidly growing senior population faces significant challenges, ranging from a lack of retirement funds and a shortage of affordable housing to homes ill-equipped for aging in place. Confronting these challenges for older citizens should be mission critical, even if it will likely require additional public spending, according to a report issued this month by […]

OIG: Home Health Improper Documenation ‘Prevalent’

Insufficient documentation in home health is a primary cause of Medicare fee-for-service improper payments, a new report by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found. The report comes just after a federal audit concluded hospices had improperly billed Medicare by $268 million in 2015. The report underscored how the U.S. […]

How Honor is Gaining Cred in New LA Market

With investors’ eyes on innovations in home health, some startup businesses are commanding attention with big fundraising grabs. Honor, a San Francisco-based in-home care provider that has raised $20 million* in funding rounds, has recently expanded into its second marketplace. Home Health Care News spoke with Honor’s Steve Seigel, who is the new general manager […]

Home Health Stocks Rise to New Heights on Wall Street

Three of the most prominent publicly traded home health companies had a banner month in April, with their stock market performance setting a new record and outpacing the S&P 500 index overall. Specifically, the average market value of LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG), Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM) and Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED) has surpassed its previous record high reached […]

Why Kindred is Not Content Being No. 1 Home Health Provider

Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) currently is a behemoth in the post-acute sector, operating long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehab and skilled nursing centers—not to mention that it is the largest home health provider in the country. But in the future, being a health services provider may be less important than Kindred’s role as a manager of […]

Spotty Medication Management in Home Health Causes Dire Results

A significant number of home health agencies may be doing a woefully inadequate job of medication management, contributing to serious and sometimes fatal hazards that people are facing as they transition from hospitals to other settings. In the period between January 2010 and July 2015, about 3,000 home health agencies inadequately tracked or reviewed new […]

How One Home Health Provider Cut Readmissions 75%

Getting patients to comply with care instructions, whether following a specific diet plan or taking medications at the right time, is one of the biggest challenges for the home health industry. It’s also one of the leading causes of hospital readmissions and an issue that innovative startup businesses are taking on. Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) […]

AARP: We Need Technology to Bridge the Caregiver Gap

With the majority of older Americans wanting to age in place, the number of caregivers is set to grow rapidly, along with a huge opportunity for supportive technology in this space. But the caregiving market, which represents a $279 billion opportunity over the next few years, is untapped when it comes to technology use, according to […]

Can the Uber-ization of Home Health Survive?

With the role of technology in health care ever expanding, new direct-to-consumer models that bring services to patients at home are piquing the interest of corporate venture capital (CVC) partners and other investors. But the question remains as to whether the influence of technology in care models and what some are calling the sudden “Uber-ization” of home […]

How Home Health Can Improve Fall Rates and Readmissions

Home health can play a significant role in reducing the number of emergency room readmissions among seniors after a fall, according to a new study focused on why older adults end up back at the hospital after an initial fall. The report determined that older adults who experience head trauma and visit the hospital as a result […]