Top 10 Largest Home Health Providers

Providers across the spectrum are tapping into the home health market to expand their services across multiple facets of care, as evidenced by LexisNexis’ 2015 rankings of the leading home health agencies in the United States. Released Wednesday, the LexisNexis 2015 Top 100 Home Health and Hospice Agencies Rankings is a report that ranks Medicare-certified home health providers by national […]

ICD-10 Guidance Gives Latitude to Home Health, Other Coders

Home health care agencies and other providers can make judgment calls in when to use certain ICD-10 codes that in most circumstances are not meant to appear together, according to interim guidance issued Monday by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). At issue is the “Excludes1” note, which indicates when two conditions cannot be […]

Meet Home Health Care News at NAHC

Come meet the faces behind Home Health Care News at the 2015 National Association for Home Care & Hospice Meeting and Expo in Nashville! Members of the editorial and advertising teams will be at the Gaylord Opryland for the event, October 28-30, and would love to connect with readers, newsmakers, and anyone driving the industry […]

LHC Posts Another Winning Month on Wall Street

One of the nation’s largest home health providers, LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG), bucked overall market trends and saw its stock rise in September, according to the most recent Home Health Index from mergers and acquisition firm Stoneridge Partners. It was the second month in a row that LHC Group led its peers in share price […]

VNAA Leader: Disconnect at CMS Short-Circuits Home Health Innovation

Home health care agencies are staring down the prospect of a $350 million Medicare payment cut in 2016, so they could be forgiven for seeing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as an enemy. But it’s not quite so simple, according to Tracey Moorhead, CEO and president of the Visiting Nurse Associations of […]

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 […]