Business Briefs: Amedisys Closes Infinity HomeCare Acquisition, Alacare’s New CFO

Amedisys Closes Infinity HomeCare Acquisition Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED), one of the largest home health and hospice providers in the country, announced it closed the previously announced acquisition of Infinity HomeCare for $63 million in cash on Dec. 31. “By coming together, Amedisys and Infinity HomeCare will form Florida’s premier home health company […]

Owners, Nurses Indicted for $13 Million Home Health Fraud

The co-owners of a Dallas home health agency and two nurses the agency employed were charged in a Dec. 21 indictment for allegedly defrauding Medicare out of more than $13.4 million. Usani Ewah, Patience Okoroji, Kingsley Nwanguma and Joy Ogwuegbu were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Additionally, Ewah and […]

CARE Act Enables Family Caregivers at Hospital Level

When it comes to retiring, the vast majority of Americans want to remain in their own homes and age in place, relying on home health aids, home care or family caregivers to help them with medical conditions and day-to-day management.   As a larger portion of the population ages, the roles of family caregivers continue […]

Detroit Home Health Owner Sentenced to 80 Months for Fraud

The owner and operator of a home health care agency in the Detroit area has been sentenced to 80 months in jail and ordered pay more than $4.5 million for his role in a $7 million health care fraud scheme. Amer Ehsan, a 44-year-old from Canton, Michigan, had previously pleaded guilty to conspiring with doctors, patient recruiters […]

Lack of Oversight Blamed in Poor Home Health Labor Standards

Home care workers are in high demand, but the job doesn’t come with many perks. While home care workers achieved a victory when the Department of Labor ruled this group of workers were entitled to overtime and minimum wage protections, a recent report from the National Employment Law Project (NELP) reviews that nearly 2 million […]

Top Cities That Take ‘Care’ of Seniors

While the overwhelming majority of Americans plan to live in their homes throughout retirement, aging in place may be easier in some cities than others, a recent report of the most caring cities in the country reveals. Having access to health care is key for remaining healthy at home, but there are other types of […]

CMS Releases Massive Home Health Data Set

As the health care system continues to shift toward coordinated care and value-based purchasing, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new data set on home health agencies to increase transparency, affordability and accountability. The data shows services performed by home health agencies to fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries and includes information on […]

Home Health Weighs Risks, Rewards of Bundled Payments

With bundled payment programs already underway, home health agencies are making strides to position themselves as preferred providers to hop on board the coordinated care trend. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently finalized the model for Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) that bundles payments through coordinated care between health organizations. The […]

CEO: Amedisys ‘Betting Heavily’ On Its Care Quality

One of the nation’s largest home health agencies is anticipating more of its business will tie quality services to payments, and is embracing the shift to an industry increasingly driven by numbers. Nine states randomly selected to be a part of the new home health value-based purchasing (HHVBP) model by the Centers for Medicare & […]