Five Points Healthcare Acquires BestCare to Enter Virginia Market

Atlanta-based Five Points Healthcare has expanded its services into Virginia after acquiring BestCare Home Care, a home health provider of Medicare-certified, Medicaid-waiver and personal care services throughout the northern and western parts of Virginia.  Fulcrum Equity Partners, a growth equity fund also based in Atlanta, provided equity financing for the acquisition, which marks the third […]

Hospice Advocates Unite for Two-Day Rally on Capitol Hill

More than 240 hospice advocates have converged on Capitol Hill Tuesday, in efforts to call on Congress to temporarily halt implementation of CMS actions they say are leaving hospice patients without medications they need at the end of life.  The campaign is spearheaded by the Hospice Action Network (HAN) and the National Hospice and Palliative […]

90% of IL Hospice Employees Fail to Meet State Standards

Recently published findings from an audit of Medicaid and Medicare hospice providers found that 90% of those randomly sampled did not meet state hospice licensure requirements related to hospice workers. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General conducted an audit to determine whether the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) reliance […]

Study Shows Home Health Care Poses Increased Infection Risk

Americans receiving home health care (HHC) have an increased risk for infection, a recent study from Columbia University School of Nursing found. “The prevalence of infections and patient risk factors in home health care: A systematic review,” published in American Journal of Infection Control last month, found that unsterile living conditions and untrained caregivers contribute to […]

Philly Hospice Owner Sentenced 14 Years for $16 Million Fraud Scheme

The owner of a Philadelphia hospice agency was sentenced this week to 176 months in prison for his role in a $16.2 million Medicare fraud scheme. Matthew Kolodesh, 52, of Churchville, Pennsylvania, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, 21 counts of health care fraud, 11 counts of money laundering and two […]

New Bill Would Remove Barriers to Hospice Care for Veterans

A new bill would expand the health care landscape for veterans.  Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) introduced the “Care for Our Heroes Act” last week in the House of Representatives, which would mandate that all veterans are eligible for U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ hospice care when they need it. Currently, veterans who have not enrolled […]

Gentiva Health Services Promotes David Causby To President, Chief Operating Officer

Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIV) announced Tuesday that David Causby will assume the role of president and Chief Operating Officer. Causby serves as the company’s Chief Operating Officer and will assume the responsibilities of president consistent with his operating responsibilities. Gentiva Chief Executive Officer Tony Strange said, “David has done a great job in […]

Celtic Healthcare Acquires Home Care Agency in Midwest Expansion

Pittsburgh-based Celtic Healthcare has acquired a Missouri-based home care and hospice provider that will expand its footprint beyond Pennsylvania and Maryland into Missouri and Illinois. The company announced this week it has acquired VNA-TIP Healthcare, a HomeCare Elite agency that has a longstanding history of nearly 100 years and has growth through acquisition of the […]

Ensign Expands Home Health Portfolio Through Idaho Acquisition

The Ensign Group (NASDAQ: ENSG) announced it is expanding its presence as a home health and hospice provider through the recent acquisition of Boise, Idaho-based Life’s Doors Hospice, Life’s Doors Home Health and Life’s Doors Home Care Solutions.  The companies will be operated by Cornerstone Healthcare Inc., Ensign’s home health and hospice operating company.  “We […]

CMS To Begin Data Collection for Hospice Quality Reporting

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin a new data collection to inform hospice quality reporting, according to a Federal Register notice published this week.  In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, CMS is establishing a new system, the Hospice Item Set System, to support the collection of data required for the […]