Interview: NAHC President Questions Home Care Funding’s Future

Val J. Halamandaris—the leader of one of the home care industry’s most important associations—believes there is not enough money in the world to pay for all the in-home services that will be needed in the coming years. It may seem somewhat off-message for Halamandaris to say that, considering that “ensuring appropriate and adequate Medicare reimbursement” […]

Editor’s Picks: Face-to-Face Reform, $20M HomeHero Investment

The HHCN team wishes all our readers a star-spangled 4th of July. If you’re looking to catch up on some reading during the long weekend, here are some of our most popular recent stories. HHCN Most Read Proposed Law to Reform Face-to-Face Requirement—Simple in theory, unworkable in practice. So says Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) of […]

New Tool to Keep Electricity Flowing for Home Care

The federal government has unveiled a new tool to support home-based health care. Health care organizations and other community groups now can use an interactive online map to help ensure that people who use electric medical and assistive equipment in their homes can remain safe during severe weather and other emergencies. The HHS emPOWER Map […]

Home Health Agencies Give Cold Shoulder to Medi-Cal Patients

Home health agencies in the nation’s most populous state increasingly are avoiding Medicaid patients, highlighting that a push to increase home care across the nation could encounter obstacles. In 2002, 22% of home health agencies in California were not treating patients on Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. As of 2013, that number had risen to […]

Deal Struck in $1 Million Home Health Fraud Case

A Mechanicsburg, Pa., woman who previously faced 70 criminal charges has pleaded guilty to just three charges in connection with a $1 million-plus health care fraud case involving Vision Healthcare Services Inc., a medical staffing and home health care company, according to reports by PennLive.   Rose Umana, the midstate agency owner, pleaded guilty to […]

Home Health Business Briefs: Encompass Home Health, AmeriCare, Medalogix

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: Medalogix Partners with Homecare Homebase Nashville-based health care analytics company Medalogix announced today its new partnership with Homecare Homebase, […]

Home-Based Care Program is a $25 Million Success for Medicare

There’s now more evidence that robust in-home care can improve health outcomes while lowering costs to the U.S. health care system. A demonstration program to increase in-home primary care for patients with chronic conditions netted $25 million in savings for Medicare in its first year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Thursday. The […]

Home Health Providers Nabbed in Historic, $712 Million Fraud Takedown

In an action that’s been deemed the “largest criminal health care fraud takedown” in the Department of Justice’s history, 243 individuals — including home health care providers — have been charged for their participation in schemes involving approximately $712 million in false billings. The defendants are charged with various health care fraud-related crimes, including conspiracy […]

D.C. Home Care Agencies Hit with Third Wage Theft Lawsuit

Four more home care agencies in Washington, D.C., have been charged with wage theft, in the third lawsuit of its kind to be filed in the nation’s capital. Alliance Home Health Care, Berhan Home Health Care, Immaculate Health Care Services and J.D. Nursing and Management were the agencies named in the class action suit filed […]