Home Health Workers to Receive More Than $30 Million in Back Pay

More than 49,000 home health care workers in one state are set to receive millions in back pay later this week, as well as pay raises going forward, according to the Associated Press.    The state of Illinois plans to release $30.7 million to the Department of Human Services — which pays the workers — on […]

Adult Day Centers Carving Out Bigger Role Amid Shift to Home

At-home care providers aren’t the only organizations that have seen an uptick in business as a result of the health care system’s overarching shift to home. Adult day centers — especially those that offer a multitude of specialized services — have similarly hit a major boom period. Propelled by an aging population, policymakers’ desire to […]

Home-Based Palliative Program Is Sentara’s Answer to Post-Acute Care Gaps

While palliative care is often considered a hospital-based extension of hospice, one health system is using it to fill the gaps in its home-based service offerings. Sentara Healthcare is partnering with Turn-Key Health to make it happen. The new advanced illness services program uses predictive analytics to identify and enroll patients with a higher risk […]

‘Common-Sense Bills’ Seek to Dismantle Home Health Therapy Barriers

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is trying to make the delivery of home health therapy services more flexible by broadening Medicare rules on who can open cases. Specifically, two identical bills that would allow occupational therapists to open home health therapy cases were introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives earlier […]

Advocate Aurora Exec: ‘There’s Almost Nothing That Won’t Eventually Move into the Home’

Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, U.S. health care spending has steadily climbed — along with the country’s population of older adults and those with chronic conditions. To help bend the cost curve and deliver care to seniors in their preferred setting, health care has, in turn, noticeably shifted into the home […]

Home Health Industry Likely Headed for M&A Rollercoaster

If there’s one thing home health care providers can agree on when it comes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), it’s that the new model is shrouded in uncertainty. Despite attempting to predict expected reimbursement changes and adapting operations accordingly, agencies won’t know exactly how PDGM will affect them until well after its Jan. 1 […]

SNF-to-Home Transition Program Saves $3.9M Annually

Programs that help nursing home residents transition back into their communities can make all the difference in helping them return home safely. And home-based care providers often play an important role in that process. That’s according to a recent study published in the journal Health Services Research. Conducted by researchers from Purdue University, University of […]

Outsourcing Wave Continues as Pikeville Medical Agrees to Sell Home Health Division

Pikeville Medical Center — one of the largest hospitals in eastern Kentucky — announced last week that it’s selling its home health division to Home Care Health Services. In doing so, Pikeville joins the ever-growing list of hospitals outsourcing their home health operations to nearby agencies, often because of workforce or financial challenges. Financial terms […]