House Bill Aims to Expand Home, Community Care Options

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers is seeking to increase the number of people who can remain in their homes thanks to the Medicare Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), introducing a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to expand that program. The PACE program is designed to enable seniors who need […]

Home Health Dramatically Shifts Away from Post-Hospital Care

While home health agencies are crucial post-hospital care providers, they have seen a huge uptick in patients who are not coming out of that setting, recently released Medicare data shows. Between 2001 and 2012, the number of home health episodes not preceded by a hospitalization or a stay in a post-acute setting increased by 116%, […]

Home Health Owner Faces 80 Months In Prison for Fraud

A home health care owner and operator has been sentenced to 80 months in prison for his role in a $12.6 million Medicare fraud and tax fraud scheme, according to the Department of Justice. Eleven other individuals have also been convicted in this case. Mohammed Sadiq, 67, of Oakland County, Mich., owned and directed two […]

Home Health Business Briefs: Amedisys in New Medicare Model, WillCare Update

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: Willcare to Remain Stable After $51 Million Almost Family Acquisition WillCare Inc. does not anticipate that its current management […]

Top States for Highly Rated Home Health Agencies

The public now can evaluate Medicare-certified home health agencies using a five-star system, with the ratings posted online as of Thursday. While the vast majority of HHAs received around three stars, as expected, the ratings also illuminate some aspects of the industry that might be more surprising—including which states are top of the pack and […]

Building Client Trust in A La Carte Home Care: 3 Tips

Home care agencies are hearing concerns that the charging on a per-service basis seems like an attempt to “nickel and dime” their patients — but if the program is done right, providers can build the trust of their client base while increasing their bottom line. In fact, a fee-for-service system can give patients and their families […]

Home Health 2.0: Connecting Uber, Peapod and Providers

Today, new payment models that reward coordinated care are incentivizing home health agencies to forge partnerships with hospitals and other health care providers. In the future, home health companies might be working out deals with private sector companies such as Peapod or Uber, which already are helping seniors age in place by harnessing innovative technology. […]

Feds Sue Home Care Provider Over Contract Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has sued an Orlando-based home health care agency for allegedly misclassifying certain employees as “independent contractors” and paying them a flat hourly rate, regardless of the number of hours they worked, according to a suit filed in the Middle District of Florida.  Since at least March 13, 2012, Caring First, […]