In-Home Care Costs Rising Faster Than Any Other Long-Term Care Setting

Home-based care is often lauded as an affordable — and preferable — alternative to skilled nursing care. But that characterization could be changing, as in-home care costs are skyrocketing to become more expensive than ever. That’s according to the latest annual Genworth Cost of Care Survey released Wednesday. The survey tracks the cost of various […]

Crisis Averted: Court Strikes Down Rate Changes Set to Compound Caregiver Shortage

Regulatory changes that threatened to compound the caregiver crisis in one state have been reversed, after a judge declared them “null and void.” The news comes more than a month after a new rate structure took effect to govern the Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) in New York. CDPAP allows seniors and people with disabilities […]

Papa Exploring Medicaid, Employee Benefit Opportunities Following $10M Funding Round

Grandkids-on-demand startup Papa has raised $10 million in Series A funding, pushing the Miami-based company’s total funding raised above $13 million. The recent investment round was led by Silicon Valley-area venture capital firm Canaan, with money also coming in from Sound Ventures, Y Combinator and Pivotal Ventures, a firm created by Melinda Gates. Past big-name […]

Elara Caring Names Alignment Healthcare Executive Scott Powers CEO

Elara Caring — the PE-backed home health, hospice and personal care giant created as the result of a three-way merger in 2018 — has a new top executive at the helm. The Addison, Texas-based company announced Friday that Medicare Advantage (MA) veteran Scott Powers is taking over as CEO, effective immediately. Powers replaces G. Scott […]

Home Care Attorney: Bill Eliminating 24-Hour Home Care Shifts Unlikely to Pass

Lawmakers in one state made waves in the home care industry this September when they introduced a bill that would effectively eliminate 24-hour work shifts for caregivers.  Providers in New York, where the legislation was proposed, worry the bill would drastically increase labor costs if passed. But those concerns could be for naught, according to […]

Home Care Assistance Expands Leadership Team; CareCentrix Appoints NHPCO’s Edo Banach to Advisory Board

Home Care Assistance expands leadership team San Francisco-based Home Care Assistance is expanding its executive team. Ty Shay will serve as president of the in-home care provider moving forward, while Michael Schantz will serve as chief financial officer. Home Care Assistance is an international company that provides hourly home care, 24-hour care and hospital-to-home services, […]

Why Daily Pay Is Home Care’s ‘Flavor of the Day’

Preparing for the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and other regulatory hurdles has largely taken center stage in the home health care world. But when it comes to at-home care operations outside of the Medicare environment, workforce challenges remain top of mind for many executives. That group includes the leaders of Right at Home, Interim HealthCare […]

Bill That Could Increase Home Health Labor Costs Signed into Law

A labor bill that widens the scope of who is considered an employee in one state has been signed into law. California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed the legislation Wednesday — potentially creating problems for some home health and hospice providers there going forward. “It will definitely have implications for [home-based] care,” National Association […]

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 […]

New York Home Care Agency Allegedly Threatened Workers with Deportation

A New York-based home care agency is being placed under the microscope for its treatment of immigrant workers. Allcare Homecare Agency Inc. allegedly threatened to report immigrant workers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents when they complained about unpaid wages, according to a Friday statement from the New York State Attorney General’s Office.  As […]