Halcyon Health Completes South Georgia Hospice Acquisition

Growing health hospice and home health care company Halcyon Health continued its expansion efforts this month with the acquisition of Valdosta, Georgia-based Grace Hospice.  The transaction marks Halcyon’s first hospice acquisition in South georgia. Based in the southeastern U.S., the company completed its first two acquisitions in 2011 covering more than 40 counties in North […]

Home Care Providers Question Survival Following DME Medicare Cuts

New durable medical equipment Medicare pricing announced last week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services left the home health industry “shocked” and “stunned,” according to reports and statements from those who provide home care services. The Round 2 pricing under the current bidding system for DME equipment is unsustainable, industry advocates said, calling […]

Medicare Cracking Down on Hospice Industry: Kaiser

Medicare is beginning to crack down on one industry with a strong emphasis on home care: hospice. The level of scrutiny on the industry is increasing, according to J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in a Kaiser Health News article. The Office of the Inspector General’s 2013 […]

Ensign Group Acquires Washington Home Health Company

The Ensign Group (NASDAQ: ENSG) announced in early January it has acquired home health care company Puget Sound Home Health Care, based in Tacoma, Washington. The acquisition will allow the Ensign Group to broaden its service offerings in the Puget Sound area, the company said.  “This acquisition broadens Ensign’s existing operational base in the important south […]

Home Medical Equipment to Reach $28 Billion in 2016

World demand for home medical equipment is expected to rise 7% yearly and reach $28 billion in 2016 according to a report from Freedonia. While the United States will remain the largest market globally, the BRIC countries will be the fastest growing markets as economic prosperity increases. “In these countries, home health care activity will […]

NAIMES Acquires Independent HME Advocacy Group to Join Against Bidding Process

Medical device advocacy group the National Association of Independent Medical Equipment Suppliers (NAIMES) today announced it has acquired the Committee to Save Independent HME suppliers and has merged it into the trade organization. The new, larger advocacy group will continue to work toward replacing the national DME bidding process as one of its main initiatives. […]

Vermont Court Settlement Means More Home Care Covered Under Medicare

A Vermont court today settled a case that stands to make in-home care more available to patients who need it. The Medicare Improvement Standard case Jimmo v. Sebelius was approved today during a fairness hearing, marking a “critical” step for thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, according to the Center for Medicare Advocacy. The Centers for Medicare & […]

Virginia Home Health Operator Faces Prison for Medicaid Fraud

A former home health care agency provider in Virginia was sentenced this week to 51 months in prison for health care fraud and alteration of records in addition to a consecutive sentence for other charges.  Former owner of A Caring Hand Home Health Care Services Inc. Janice Holland, pled guilty in September to the fraud […]