Senate Bill Seeks to Create New Home-Based Care Delivery Systems, Boost Caregiver Wages

In an effort to address the growing demand for home care services and worsening labor crunch, one U.S. lawmaker has introduced a bill that could help providers raise wages for their caregivers. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) introduced S. 3277 — the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Infrastructure Improvement Act — into the U.S. Senate on […]

CMS Watching Home Health Providers Closely Amid Shifting Therapy Strategies

Home health providers aggressively changing how they’re delivering physical, occupational and speech therapy services need to remember one thing: The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is watching. Since Jan. 1, several industry-leading providers that Home Health Care News has connected with in the aftermath of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) have reaffirmed […]

Tech Startup Gento Lands $5M to Solve Home-Based Care Industry’s Staffing Problems

Gento — formerly known as Nursing Without Walls — has received $5 million in Series A funding from Palisades Growth Capital to continue expanding its on-demand staffing and care management services. Founded in 2016, the Los Angeles-based Gento provides staffing solutions for home-based care providers and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) alike. The company, which has […]

Staffing Challenges, PDGM Still Top of Mind for In-Home Care Providers in 2020

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) continues to dominate the conversation among in-home care providers, though some still see staffing as the industry’s top challenge. In terms of growth avenues, the majority of providers view private-duty home care as the best upcoming opportunity to scale their business in 2020. Even with PDGM, many remain bullish on […]

Long-Term Care Commission: Caregivers Should Be Paid At Least 125% of Minimum Wage

In order to attract caregivers into the home care workforce, one state’s labor commission is calling for something radical: a requirement to ensure they’re paid at least 125% of the state’s existing minimum wage. Overall, state-mandated minimum wage hikes have become somewhat commonplace in recent years. At least 21 states, for example, started 2020 with […]

The Nurse Practitioner Workforce is Booming — And That’s Good for Home Health Providers

From 2010 to 2017, the amount of nurse practitioners in the United States more than doubled from 91,000 to 190,000, a new study published in Health Affairs found. The study draws from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Although researchers didn’t analyze the nurse practitioner (NP) boom’s effect on home-based care directly, there are some […]

LeadingAge Expert Robyn Stone: ‘Career Lattices,’ Healthy Relationships Key to Keeping In-Home Care Staff

Home health and personal care aides are often referred to as “the eyes and ears” of the U.S. health care system. Still, they’re infrequently used in care teams and often undervalued by the providers they work for. Changing the recognition of in-home care professionals is going to take hard work, innovative approaches and dedicated advocacy, […]

Super Bowl Offers Leadership Lessons for In-Home Care Providers

On Sunday, about 100 million people will turn on their televisions to catch the last game of the football season. The sport’s popularity has turned the championship matchup into a spectacle that draws more eyeballs per year than any other television event. Believe it or not, there’s something to be learned from it — even […]

Medicaid Program Teams Up with Insurers to Ease Caregiver Crisis

The aging population and shortage of caregivers in Arizona has created a near-crisis. The state has responded by pairing its Medicaid program with three insurers in an effort to create a steady long-term care workforce. Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) inked contracts with Southwest Catholic Health Network Corp., Banner-University Family Care and United […]

Demand for Home Caregiver Jobs Continues to Surge

In the decade spanning from 2018 to 2028, the in-home care industry will need to fill an estimated 4.7 million home care jobs, according to a new report released by PHI. The estimate — slightly higher than previous projections — is yet another reminder of the workforce pressure nearly all U.S. home care providers face. […]