CMS: Home Health Improper Payments Down by $5.9B Since 2016

Home health providers continue to make serious progress in reducing improper payments under fee-for-service Medicare, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday. Since 2016, improper payments to home health providers have dropped by an estimated $5.9 billion, according to CMS. All improper payments in fee-for-service Medicare are down by an estimated […]

How Home Health Agencies Can Build Stronger Relationships with Senior Living Operators

During the COVID-19 crisis, senior living communities and long-term care facilities have sometimes been wary about letting outsiders onto their premises, including home health and hospice clinicians. That has repeatedly been a major challenge and point of concern for home health providers over the past several months, at times even leading to significant dips in […]

In-Home Care Workers Increasingly Prefer Virtual Training

Virtual tools have quickly turned into the preferred method of training for in-home caregivers since the start of the COVID-19 public health emergency. That trend will likely continue beyond 2020 as well. That’s according to a new survey conducted by Medflyt, a HIPAA-compliant web-based workforce management platform for home care agencies. The Forest Hills, New […]

How TRU Community Care Used Telehealth to Revamp Its Palliative Care Program

Despite a vital need for palliative care in community settings, home-based care providers have been slow to invest in such services. Providers have often cited financial concerns as a roadblock. Yet those providers that have turned their attention to palliative care frequently see positive returns. TRU Community Care, for example, saw its palliative care segment […]

‘Hundreds of Millions of Dollars’ Being Put Toward At-Home Testing Efforts, HHS Says

On Monday morning, Moderna (Nasdaq: MRNA) announced that its COVID-19 vaccine trials showed a near-95% effectiveness rate. That news comes just a week after Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) reported its own vaccine was about 90% effective. That’s all good news. But it coincides with a much harsher reality in the U.S.: the virus’ spread is more […]

[Updated] AccentCare, Seasons Hospice to Merge

AccentCare Inc. and Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care are merging. Dallas-based AccentCare — owned by global private equity firm Advent International — is among the five largest home health providers in the country, according to industry data. The Rosemont, Illinois-based Seasons holds the same distinction in the U.S. hospice market. “AccentCare is doing very, very […]

Home Health Patient Demographics Continue to Shift

Individual and clinical characteristics of home health patients continue to shift, reflective of both America’s aging population and providers’ ability to handle more acute cases. That’s according to the latest Home Health Chartbook, an annual overview of the home health landscape put together by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation and Avalere Health. […]

‘We’re Looking for the Best of the Best’: Why Dementia-Focused Home Health Provider Tender Rose Cherry-Picks Top Caregivers

As the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia rises, more in-home care providers are rolling out specialized services lines focused on memory care and disease-specific needs. Some providers are even building their entire businesses around dementia. One such in-home care company is Tender Rose Dementia Care Specialists, which has been […]

Home Health Agencies Carving Out Bigger Role in US Economy

The home health industry continues to carve out a bigger role in the overall U.S. economy, with agencies creating more jobs and paying more in wages than ever before. Overall, home health agencies created more than 2.22 million jobs in 2019, employing more than 1.51 million workers in the process. That workforce took home more […]

Pennant ‘Encouraged’ by Vaccine News, But Not Assuming Near-Term Changes to Home Health Operating Environment

Home health providers across the board are slowly starting to bounce back from COVID-19-related disruption. One thing that now provides further hope is a potential vaccine, especially as the U.S. continues to break daily records around new infections. The Pennant Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG) is among the providers rallying around this week’s positive vaccine news, […]