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 […]

Jefferies to Investors: ‘Home Health Is Where It’s At’

Home health demand is expected to rise significantly, and several factors make the industry a worthwhile sector for investors, says global investment banking firm Jefferies in a recent report. Factors that bode well for the industry include an improved reimbursement outlook; rising interest in alternative payment models, specifically bundled payments (BPCI); and consolidation/merger and acquisition […]

Most Read: Providers to Cut Staff, Home Care in Hollywood

In case you missed them, here are the top headlines grabbing Home Health Care News readers’ attention this week. Poll: Nearly 50% of Home Care Providers to Cut Staff—We polled readers to find out whether they anticipate staff numbers will fall as a result of the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act, to take […]

Poll: Nearly 50% of Home Care Providers to Cut Staff

A controversial Affordable Care Act provision could be pressuring a notable proportion of home health providers to shed workers, suggest findings from a recent Home Health Care News poll. Nearly half of respondents to the poll (48%) said they will reduce staff due to the ACA’s so-called “employer mandate,” while fewer said they will not […]

CMS Punts on Sought-After Home Health Changes for ACOs

In its issuance of the final rule on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and its Medicare Shared Savings Program, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) left home health stakeholders still seeking more changes that they say would better serve both patients and providers.  The CMS rule, announced last week and to be finalized in […]

Former Medicare Chief Says Nonprofit Home Health Agencies Do it Better

When it comes to being a preferred provider for important patient referral sources, not-for-profit home health agencies may have a leg up on for-profits, according to a former top Medicare official. Jonathan Blum was second-in-command at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services between 2009 and 2014, when he served as the agency’s principal deputy […]

Survey Reveals Struggles of In-Home Caregivers

Home is where the health care is — at least that’s what the latest data shows. Roughly half of care recipients live in their own home, according to a survey of more than 1,200 Americans age 18 and older who provide care to an adult. The “Caregiving in the U.S. 2015” study, conducted by the National […]

CarePort Raises $3.8 Million to Improve Hospitals’ Post-Acute Care Placement

CarePort Health, a Boston-based tech company, has closed $3.8 million in financing to drive its growth, the company announced this week.  With the new capital, CarePort will extend its platform capabilities to provide information for providers to collaborate in the management of patients in post-acute settings.   “The first step in the journey starts at the […]