Florida Home Health Owner Convicted in $57 Million Fraud Scheme

The owner and manager of three Miami, Florida-area home health agencies was convicted late last week for his role in a $57 million fraud scheme that involved submitting false and fraudulent claims to Medicare, the United States Department of Justice announced. Khaled Elbeblawy, 39, of Miramar, Florida, was convicted of one federal count of conspiracy […]

Home Health M&A Activity Steady Going Into 2016

After dipping to start the year, home health merger and acquisition activity bounced back in the second half of 2015—and dealmakers believe that activity will be robust in the year ahead. There were 12 publicly announced transactions in the fourth quarter of 2015, with the largest being the $63 million acquisition of Infinity Home Care […]

Proposed Minimum Wage to Cost Home Health $1.7 Billion

Health care associations are fighting back against a proposed $15 minimum wage that could cost hospitals, nursing homes and home health companies at least $2.9 billion annually. The Healthcare Association of New York (HANY), which is composed of 500 not-for-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other health care organizations, testified during […]

Federal Agency Offers $15 Million to Support Aging in Place

In yet another move signaling the federal government’s intention to increase home health services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $15 million available to test a new model to help seniors age in place. Under the Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing, the agency will offer three-year […]

Editor’s Picks: Honor Goes W-2, Addus’ New CEO

This week on Home Health Care News, readers learned about Addus’ new CEO and delved deeper into Amedisys’ M&A plans. They also discovered that home care startup Honor will be directly employing its caregivers moving forward as opposed to working with independent contractors, as well as how Almost Family is tackling CMS’ value-based purchasing model. […]

Almost Family Takes On CMS’ Value Challenge

Coming off a record revenue year, one of the nation’s largest home health providers has its sights set on winning in a shifting health system. Part of the plan involves a new business segment, launched as the government continues to reward low-cost settings and value-based purchasing models come into effect. Almost Family (NASDAQ: AFAM) had […]

Home Health Beats Inpatient Care on Outcomes, Cost

Referring patients to home health care could yield better results than inpatient care, according to a study recently published in the journal Medical Care. The study is part of an ongoing effort to reduce costs across the health care system, and the latest findings spell good news for the home health industry. With the cost […]

Home Health Wage Hike Under Threat

As many as 12,000 home health care workers in Missouri may not see the wage increases granted to them last year. Currently, under a pay system overseen by vendors who administer the Medicaid program, care workers earn approximately $7.75 an hour, Missouri Home Care Union Chairwoman Susan Barkulis told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Unions representing the workers […]

Hawaii Moves Toward Universal Home Health Coverage

As the nation readies itself for an influx of aging baby boomers, guaranteed funding for a basic level of senior care may become a reality in at least one state this year. Hawaii State Senator Roslyn Baker intends to introduce a long-term care bill, which could become a national model for states searching for ways to […]

$157 Million Up for Grabs to Meet Patients’ Social Needs

Home health providers are highly aware of how social needs, such as those related to housing quality and transportation, can impact a patient’s wellbeing and drive up health care costs. Many agencies already shoulder the cost of finding social solutions, but now a new government initiative is focusing on the issue and could help defray […]