Consumer-Directed Regulatory Changes Trigger Home Care Layoffs, Possible Closures

Less than three weeks in, regulatory changes in one state are already threatening to shrink the home-based care workforce there. The news comes out of New York, following Sept. 1 changes to the state’s Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), which allows seniors and people with disabilities who receive Medicaid-certified home care to choose their own […]

Lawmakers Look to Eliminate 24-Hour Workdays in Home Care

Lawmakers in one state have introduced a bill that would eliminate 24-hour workdays in home care. If it passes, the legislation could mean significant financial strain for home care agencies there.  It’s happening in New York — a state that frequently serves as a starting point for legal trends that then sweep the rest of […]

EVV Upside: New Tech Rules Can Foster Efficiency, Value-Based Partnerships

Amid a rapidly changing business and regulatory landscape, home-based care providers can easily overlook the upcoming implementation of electronic visit verification (EVV) — but these new technology requirements are a revolutionary step toward interoperability and efficiency. Providers can leverage EVV to win value-based partnerships and streamline workflows, even as they reel from the impact of […]

Comment Period Closes For Proposed Home Health Payment Rule

The comment period for the proposed home health payment rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) ended Monday. Among other changes, the rule introduced in July proposes the implementation of a new home infusion benefit and the elimination of Request for Anticipated Payments (RAPs). On top of that, it doubles down on […]

Bay Area Home Health Provider Charged in $115M Medicare Scheme; Medicaid Fraud Defendants Plead Guilty

Home Health Provider Charged in Largest Ever Cash-for-Patient Scheme in NorCal The Bay Area’s largest home health care provider has been charged by federal prosecutors with paying doctors in a Medicare kickback scheme involving millions of dollars of payments in cash, Warriors tickets, designer handbags and more. Amity Home Health Care paid kickbacks to doctors, […]

How Addus Changed Its Tune to Acquire $230M in Revenue in 15 Months

When Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) CEO Dirk Allison took the reins of the massive Medicaid-reimbursed personal home care provider in 2016, he pulled them in an entirely new direction. More than three years and several acquisitions later, his strategy to deepen the company’s footprint rather than widen it seems to be paying off — […]

At Least 2.5 Million Home Health Patients Using Medical Equipment Vulnerable to Natural Disasters

With Hurricane Barry making landfall in Louisiana earlier this week, severe weather season is officially upon us. While no deaths have yet been reported yet as a result of the storm as of Tuesday, natural disasters such as hurricanes, fires and tornadoes present life-threatening risks for home-based care recipients nationwide, especially those who depend on […]

Home Care Providers Lifted by First-of-Its-Kind Medicaid Reimbursement Bump

The financial well-being of home- and community-based care providers often depends on Medicaid reimbursement, which has stagnated throughout much of the country in recent years. One state is trying to rebalance the equation with a first-of-its-kind annual inflation increase for all Medicaid home care and hospice direct fee-for-service rates. Last June, the Rhode Island General […]