Home Health Business Briefs: Visiting Angels Partners With Reverse Mortgage Giant

As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with business activity. Here are some of the industry’s latest investments, acquisitions and partnerships:  American Advisors Group Partners With Home Care Franchisor American Advisors Group (AAG), the nation’s leader in reverse mortgage lending, recently announced its partnership with Visiting Angels, […]

House Passes Medical Equipment Bidding Reforms

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to reform the Medicare competitive bidding program for home medical equipment, earning praise from industry leaders who have pushed for the changes. “The House passing H.R. 284 is a huge step towards reforming the bidding process, but our work is not done,” said Tom Ryan, president and […]

Freeze Home Health Payments, Medicare Advisors Again Tell Congress

Home health Medicare payments should not increase next year, considering providers’ unreasonably high margins, a prominent panel of advisors has again stated in its annual report to Congress. Each year, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommends how Congress should shape Medicare policy. Lawmakers are not obligated to implement the commission’s ideas — and they […]

Non-Agency Home Care Workers Fight for their Jobs

With 13,000 home health care jobs still in limbo in Ohio, caregivers and their clients are speaking out about the value of non-agency workers.  Previously, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) took a bold new step in combating fraud in the home care industry by suggesting a phase-out of up to 13,000 independent providers who bill […]

Home Health Business Briefs: EHR Tech Provider Acquires HomecareCRM

As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with business activity. Here are some of the industry’s latest investments, acquisitions and partnerships:  Remote Monitoring Company Partners With Arcadia Home Care & Staffing  Healthsense, Inc., a provider of aging services technology, announced recently its partnership with Arcadia Home Care […]

3 Simple Ways Home Health Can Reduce Hospital Readmissions

It’s no secret that many home health agencies are turning to the latest technology and software to improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital readmissions, but other strategies require getting back to the basics of connecting with patients. “Hospital readmissions are a driving factor in escalated health care costs,” said Rosann Prosser, director of clinical operations […]

Govt Relaxes Home Health Medicare Rules for New ACOs

The federal government has taken steps to expand Medicare reimbursements for home health and telehealth services through a new type of accountable care organization (ACO) that was officially announced Tuesday. The newly unveiled Next Generation ACO Model eases certain rules that restrict home care,  telehealth and post-acute care in traditional, fee-for-service Medicare. For example, certain […]

Feds Arrest Nurse for Alleged Role in ‘Free’ Home Care Scam

Registered nurse James Ademiju, who operates Illinois-based agencies Adonis Inc. and BestMed-Care Services Ltd., was arrested Tuesday in connection with a home care-related scam that allegedly bilked Medicare for $5 million over a three-year period. The two nursing agencies allegedly obtained many patients from a marketing company that claimed to offer “free” nursing services to […]

Home Care is Top Senior Service After Recession, Providers Agree

The recession boosted the attractiveness of home-based services more than any other type of senior care, according to the vast majority of senior living providers recently polled by Perkins Eastman. The international design, planning and consulting firm surveyed about 200 senior living stakeholders, including industry consultants and leaders at major not-for-profits, primarily continuing care retirement […]

Home Care Entities Reach $1.1 Million Settlement Over Referral Scheme

Recovery Home Care Inc., Recovery Home Care Services Inc. and National Home Care Holdings LLC have agreed to pay $1.1 million to resolve allegations that they paid dozens of doctors for referrals of services provided to Medicare patients, the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced Monday.  The Recovery Home Care entities provide home health care services […]