Federal Contractor Buys Texas Home Health Care Agency

Anchorage, Alaska-based federal contractor Chenega Corporation has purchased AQTS Home Health in San Antonio to expand into the commercial home health care market, the San Antonio Business Journal reports. The purchase price was not disclosed. AQTS Home Health, part of the Access Quality family of companies, has 75 full-time employees in San Antonio that provide nursing, occupational […]

BusinessWeek: Wage Debate Continues for Home Health Workers

The debate over minimum wage in the home health care industry continues, as the most recent critics prove to be an unlikely group to criticize the movement: disability rights advocates, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports.  The article follows the Department of Labor’s decision earlier this month to delay enforcement of its new rule extending minimum wage and […]

Missouri Union Achieves Higher Wage For Home Care Workers

Following a statewide campaign to raise the minimum wage, the Missouri Home Care Union announced Monday it had reached a deal with state negotiators to raise the wage for its home health workers.  The collective bargaining agreement set home health care attendants’ wage between $8.50 and $10.15 an hour, less than the $11 proposed minimum […]

FDA Approves 2 Philips Telehealth Apps Aimed at Improving Transition Home

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two telehealth apps from electronics company Philips that seek to ease the transition from hospital to home care, the company announced earlier this month.  The eCareCoordinator and eCareCompanion apps, part of Philips Hospital to Home’s suite of telehealth programs, focus on reducing readmissions to the hospital by providing […]

CMS Issues Extension for Hospices Hiring Contract Nurses

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the period of time hospices can hire contract nurses as long as they qualify for an “extraordinary circumstance” exemption, the agency announced in a memorandum recently. Under normal circumstances, a hospice must ensure that all core services — including nursing — are provided directly by […]

Mayo Clinic Launches Telemedicine Pilot Using Walk-In Kiosks

As part of its overall effort to reduce health care costs and improve access to medical services, the Mayo Clinic announced last week a new telemedicine pilot project involving private kiosks, reports indicate.  The pilot, called Mayo Clinic Health Connection, will be offered through its HealthSpot platform, which includes cloud-based software combined with a private […]

ABC News: Navigating Payment Options for Long-Term Care

Many Americans may not be prepared to pay for long-term care, but the reality is that most of them will need it. Whether they receive care in a community setting or in their own homes, they will need to learn about the different payment options that are available for different care types. And then figure […]