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 […]

New Law Could Increase Home Health, Hospice Labor Costs 30%

Lawmakers in one state recently passed a labor bill that could be damaging to the bottom lines of many home health and hospice agencies there. California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) passed in the Senate Wednesday and is headed to the desk of Governor Gavin Newsom, who is expected to sign the proposed legislation into […]

Overture Home Care Adds to Leadership Team; Iredell Home Health Names New Director

Overture Home Care hires former school administrator Fort Worth, Texas-based Overture Home Care has hired a new executive director. Zachary Tarrant comes to the role with a background in education, previously having served as a principal, administrator and teacher. He will lead the company’s business operations and management of Overture’s headquarters, allowing CEO Denise Helms […]

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 […]

Financial Incentives, Daily Pay Identified as Key to Fighting Staffing Shortages

While the in-home care industry faces a number of challenges, staffing still looms largest for providers. The workforce shortage can hinder everything from business growth and compliance to patient outcomes and bottom lines — but financial incentives like daily pay could help fix the problem. That’s according to the results of a recent staffing survey […]

18% of Home Care Workers Live Below the Federal Poverty Line

Despite the exceedingly high demand for their services, one in six U.S. caregivers lives in poverty. That’s according to new data from PHI, a New York-based national research, consulting and direct care advocacy organization. The organization releases an overview of wage and employment trends in the U.S. home care workforce annually. The research gleans information […]

Home Care Overtime Lawsuit Could Have National Implications

A federal court ruling on unpaid home care overtime in Los Angeles County could have broader implications for the home-based care industry nationwide, according to the National Law Review. The Ninth Circuit Court recently ruled that home care workers paid by state and county programs can sue LA County for unpaid overtime under the Fair […]