Study Reveals $600 billion in “Hidden” Health Care Costs

Health care spending in the United States exceeded the total reported in the National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA) in 2010 by $3.2 trillion, according to a report from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.  A value that is 23.9% higher than what was reported by NHEA, the additional increase bears Deloitte’s report’s title, “The Hidden […]

NY Times: Boomer Demographic Holds Key to Fiscal Talks

The demographic of the old, particularly the baby boomer generation, will play a key role in upcoming policy changes, notes an article from the New York Times.  For decades, boomers’ retirement has been recognized as having monumental impacts on the economy. Contributing to the large-scale changes in the American population, aging boomers will carry more […]

Gentiva, Amedisys Among Top Home Health Providers in 2012

The 2012 HomeCare Elite list was announced last week, ranking the top 100 and top 500 home health agencies in the nation. Gentiva Health Services, Amedisys Home Health, and Maxim Healthcare Services topped the list this year.  Using publicly available data from Home Health Compare and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), OCS […]

World Prepares for Aging “Megatrend,” Experiments with Home Care Technology

Aging demographics in the U.S. are indicative of a “megatrend” seen throughout the world, reports CNBC, and governments across the globe are starting to look for ways to provide efficient and cost-effective long-term care for seniors. Long-term care encompasses skilled nursing, assisted living, and home health care, the article notes, but regardless of setting, it’s […]

Flexpoint Ford Completes $71 Million Sale of IntegraCare to Kindred Healthcare

Flexpoint Ford, LLC, a private equity firm that focuses on the health care and financial services sectors, has completed the $71 million sale of IntegraCare Holdings, Inc. to Kindred Healthcare, Inc. The transaction includes a potential $4 million earn out based on 2013 earnings. IntegraCare, headquartered in Grapevine, Tex., is a Medicare and Medicaid certified […]

Indiana Gets $78 Million in New Funds for Home Care

Indiana will receive $78 million in new grant funding to help seniors and people with disabilities live in communities and receive care there rather than going to a nursing home or another assisted living community.  Under the federal health care law, the state was awarded the new funding, announced Tuesday by the Centers for Medicare […]

Medicaid Health Homes a “Promising” Addition for Managed Senior Care

Low income seniors may have new opportunities in receiving home health care in at least six states, as Medicaid recently announced the states’ adoption of a new program that focuses on funding “health homes” for beneficiaries with chronic conditions, according to a paper published by the Kaiser Commission.  Seniors on low income budgets are part […]

Home Health Care Challenge Lies Ahead As Demand Rises

Aging baby boomers will face a challenge in the demands that are now putting increasing pressure on providers of home health care, writes an Associated Press article. The home health care industry is expected to see a boom in coming years, adding 1.3 million jobs, according to the U.S. Labor Department. “If those jobs can’t […]

GOP Questions CMS Anti-Fraud Initiative; Will New Command Center Help?

On July 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the launch of the new Program Integrity Command Center, meant to speed up the process of identifying fraud and stopping criminals from defrauding the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The announcement came shortly after Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), both part […]