Business Briefs: Bankrupt American Hospice for Sale

Delaware Judge Signs Off on Bankruptcy Claim for 6-Site Hospice Firm A Delaware bankruptcy judge approved an order for the sale of part of or all of American Hospice Management LLC, a Florida-based hospice agency that operates in seven states. The provider has reportedly been seeking a buyer since March 2013 after the company agreed […]

Start Small for Big Home Health Star Ratings

It’s only natural that home health care companies would want to do everything possible to boost their star ratings, given that they are being scrutinized by potential patients and referral sources. But home health agencies shouldn’t bite off more than they can chew, according to the panelists who took part in Tuesday’s webinar on Quality […]

Home Health Owner Admits Role in $4 Million Fraud

The former owner and operator of a home health agency in the Detroit area has pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme that defrauded the government of $4 million in Medicare payments. Sentencing for 49-year-old Naseem Minhas is scheduled for Sept. 6, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday. Minhas was owner and operator of […]

Home Health Job Growth Outpaces All Other Health Care Settings

Home health care—an industry that knows staff turnover all too well—is adding jobs at a faster pace than any other health care employment setting, new data show. Over the past 12 months, home health care added 74,900 jobs for a growth rate of 5.8%, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data by the Altarum Institute, […]

Home Care Wage Case in Supreme Court Limbo

With only eight justices currently seated, the U.S. Supreme Court may be having to make some tough calls on which cases to consider—including one on controversial minimum wage and overtime protections for home care workers. Already, the high court has delayed its decision on the home care case once. But the case—Home Care Association of […]

Sweeping CMS Initiative Bodes Well for Future of Home Health

A sweeping new initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may focus on primary care, but it appears to bode well for the future of home health and community-based services. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model is a new Affordable Care Act (ACA) initiative and CMS’ largest-ever multi-payer initiative to improve primary care nationwide, the […]

Joint Replacement Bundles Create Showcase for Home Health

The April 1 start of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) payment model could spell bad news for the 60% of participating hospitals that are likely to lose money. But it’s also a “tremendous opportunity” for home health agencies, according to CareCentrix CEO John Driscoll. Hartford, Connecticut-based CareCentrix acts as a partner for home health […]

Senior Care Workers Flee to McDonald’s for Higher Pay

The home care industry is no stranger to high employee turnover rates. In Texas, nurses are being lured away from their jobs in home health and skilled nursing to join a different industry entirely: fast food. More and more, nurses are leaving their jobs to work at McDonald’s for higher pay, according to EverythingLubbock.com. “You can […]

Home Health Lashes Back Against Preauthorization Proposal

A recent proposal that would require home health agencies to receive prior authorization before caring for patients has been met with an onslaught of backlash by the industry. The period for home health agencies to submit comments on the preauthorization proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ended Tuesday with close to […]

Kindred Buys Executive’s Home for $2 Million After ‘Bizarre’ Driveway Dispute

The nation’s largest home health provider spent more than $2 million purchasing the home of one of its executives after claiming concern’s for the executive’s “personal safety,” records revealed on Tuesday. Kentucky-based Kindred Healthcare Inc. purchased the Louisville, Kentucky, home of Stephen Farber, who was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of the […]