Bayada Scores Home Health Contract with Temple University System

A Pennsylvania-based health system has secured Bayada to manage its home health division. It is yet another example of a health system looking to expand home health offerings—a trend that has been driven in part by Affordable Care Act programs that give hospitals an incentive to better manage patients across the care continuum. Bayada Home […]

Ready or Not: ICD-10 Arrives for Home Health Agencies

ICD-10 is here for home health agencies in most states, whether they are ready or not. Approximately 69,000 new medical codes officially go into effect Oct. 1, replacing the roughly 14,000 codes currently available with ICD-9. The implementation of the new code set is meant as a way for providers to keep up with the […]

Home Health Groups Ask Supreme Court to Halt Wage Rules

Home health providers may soon see the fate of a controversial rule impacting wages decided by the highest court in the country. In an 11th-hour move, home health associations have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in before federal minimum wage and overtime rules go into effect for home health workers. Last week, in […]

WSJ: Why Aging in Place Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Aging in place is proving difficult in areas where the population is getting older, houses are in disrepair, supportive services are scarce and younger people who can help have moved away, according to a recent article published in The Wall Street Journal. The article discusses how the northeastern United States — which has the oldest median age […]

5 Radical Ways for Aging in Place in Cities

For a lot of baby boomers, aging in place is a mark of accomplishment, and the majority of older adults want to live in their homes through retirement for as long as possible. However, it’s not always easy, affordable or practical to do so, especially for those who live in urban environments that may not […]

Inside One Agency’s 5-Star Home Health Rating

A new star rating system for home health agencies made its debut over the summer, with 2.6% of agencies under assessment securing top marks. A Brookdale home health agency in Charlotte, North Carolina is one of these select few, and Kaiser Health News recently delved into what is behind this particular agency’s high ratings. The federal government […]

VNAA Leader: Disconnect at CMS Short-Circuits Home Health Innovation

Home health care agencies are staring down the prospect of a $350 million Medicare payment cut in 2016, so they could be forgiven for seeing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as an enemy. But it’s not quite so simple, according to Tracey Moorhead, CEO and president of the Visiting Nurse Associations of […]

Lawsuit on 24-Hour Home Care Wages To Proceed

A lawsuit alleging that home care aides weren’t appropriately paid for 24-hour service can move forward, and a union contract doesn’t require that complaints outlined in the case be brought before an arbitrator, a New York judge ruled this week. The class action lawsuit, filed on behalf of several thousand workers employed through the Chinese-American […]

Home Health M&A Activity Surges ‘Exponentially’

Home health agencies face a challenging Medicare reimbursement environment, but that has not slowed down merger and acquisition activity. Transactions in fact have increased significantly after a sluggish start to the year, and the high volume is expected to continue in 2016, industry professionals said during a recent webinar. “Several years ago, we predicted that home […]