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 Tech Goes Next-Level in Texas

A high-tech apartment unit makes it possible to receive a physical exam without ever leaving home, NPR’s Morning Edition reported Monday. Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) are experimenting with a live-in laboratory with health tracking technology built into furniture, appliances and floors to provide real-time information that can prevent falls in seniors […]

OIG: Free Introductory Home Health Visits Are Not Patient Bribes

Free introductory visits offered by one home health care provider don’t violate the anti-kickback statute or the civil monetary penalties law, according to an advisory opinion recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG). The opinion comes following a ruling on home health referrals earlier this year in which […]

LHC Group Acquires Halcyon Hospice for $59 Million

After posting strong earnings in the second quarter of 2015 and announcing its intentions to grow, LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has followed through on its word, acquiring Halcyon Hospice LLC for $58.4 million in cash. The deal enables LHC to save $7 million in net present value taxes over the next 15 years, resulting […]

BrightStar on Frontlines of Battle Against Minimum Wage Law

Home health care company BrightStar Care has joined the fight against Seattle’s newly enacted minimum wage law, which it says is discriminatory. Franchise owners have taken a stand against the city’s law, which they say places an unfair timeline on franchise companies—which unaffiliated small businesses do not have to comply with—to raise the minimum wage […]

New Jersey Pushed to Return $32 Million in Home Health Payments

The New Jersey Department of Human Services improperly claimed more than $32 million in Medicaid payments for home health services that didn’t meet federal or state requirements, according to a recently released report from the U.S. Office of Inspector General. Of 100 randomly reviewed claims for the state’s personal care services program submitted from August […]

HealthSouth Expands in Southeast with $170 Million Acquisition

HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE: HLS) has further expanded its portfolio, acquiring the home health agency operations of CareSouth Health System, Inc. for $170 million in cash and merging them with those of Encompass Home Health, the national operator announced Monday. Along with the acquisition, the national home health, post-acute and senior living services provider CareSouth retains […]

Home Health Business Briefs: New President at Home Health Care Management

As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity—from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Home Health Care Management Appoints New President Home Health Care Management has appointed Constance Morrison as the new president and CEO […]

Home Health Owners, Nurses Charged in $6 Million Fraud Case

A husband and wife in charge of a Chicago-based home health care business and nurses employed by the company are among those who have been accused in a more than $6 million fraud scheme, according to a federal indictment unsealed late last week. Estrellita and Miguel Duquilla, the owners of HCN Home Healthcare Inc., were […]