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 […]

Illinois Home Health Faces Budget ‘Armageddon’

Amid an Illinois budget stalemate that has lasted months and resulted in tens of millions of dollars owed to health care providers, some lawmakers and union representatives claim home health agencies face a budget “Armageddon.” “Armageddon is here,” Terri Harkin, vice president of SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana, told a Chicago CBS News affiliate. “This is not […]

CMS Opens OASIS Comment Period

Home health agencies now have a limited opportunity to voice their concerns or opinions about the updated Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened the comment period for the OASIS-C2 data set, which is scheduled to be implemented on January 1, 2017. The comment period is […]

LHC Group Enters Home Health Venture in Arizona

LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG), a national non-acute health care services provider based in Lafayette, Louisiana, has partnered with Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) in a new joint venture to expand home health and hospice care services in Northern Arizona. The deal comes after LHC Group announced it had an “unprecedented pipeline” for the year ahead that could produce […]