Business Briefs: Ensign, Covenant Care Acquisitions

Ensign Group Acquires Iowa Hospice The Ensign Group (NASDAQ: ENSG), which owns and operates a diverse portfolio of senior care service companies, on May 1 acquired the assets of a hospice company in Iowa, the company has announced. Hospice for Wright County now will be owned and operated by Heartland Healthcare Inc., a subsidiary of […]

Best And Worst States for Affordable In-Home Care

For seniors choosing a location to spend their retirement years, a state’s annual cost of in-home services can make it more attractive—or the opposite. For this reason, personal finance website WalletHub took states’ annual cost of in-home services into consideration when compiling its list of 2016’s Best & Worst States to Retire. WalletHub’s analysts compared […]

Experts Brief Capitol Hill on Aging-in-Place Threats

With an ever-increasing population of seniors and an abundance of health and spending issues on the horizon, industry groups are addressing how lawmakers can help seniors who live at home. This week, Richard Johnson, senior fellow and director of the program on retirement policy from the Urban Institute, along with a panel of experts, briefed […]

Home Care Providers Scramble, Plead in Wake of DOL Rule

Federal minimum wage and overtime protections officially kicked in for home care workers this week, prompting a provider association in New York to send an urgent letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), pleading for increased funding. The rule from the Department of Labor is part of a “tidal wave” of costs facing home care providers […]

Home Care Workers Must Get Overtime in Colorado, Judge Rules

While home health care agencies have been focused on how regulations could impact worker wages nationwide, a lawsuit in Colorado has moved the ball on the issue in the Rocky Mountain State. Under Colorado law, home health care workers must be paid overtime, a federal judge ruled. In Kennett v. Bayada Home Health Care, Judge […]

Arkansas Eliminates Home Care Program Serving 13,000 People

Arkansas health officials announced Monday a plan to transition a home health care program serving tens of thousands of people to a private-sector provider due to significant financial constraints. Arkansas Department of Health Director Nathaniel Smith said Monday the state would begin phasing out its In-Home Services program for financial reasons, a process he said […]

Major Workforce Overhaul Needed for Home Health Care Coordination

As health care transformation gets underway, requiring greater care coordination between hospitals and home- and community-based settings, a number of significant challenges threaten to undermine the coordination and care management provided by health care staff, particularly among the home health labor force, a recent report finds. To overcome obstacles associated with job training, recruitment and […]

Top 10 States for Seniors’ Well-Being

When it comes to the well-being of older Americans, the best states to support an aging population beyond physical health cover a broad range from Hawaii to Connecticut, and even Alaska to New Mexico, according to inaugural rankings from Gallup-Healthways. The report, released this week in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab, finds […]

Top States for Highly Rated Home Health Agencies

The public now can evaluate Medicare-certified home health agencies using a five-star system, with the ratings posted online as of Thursday. While the vast majority of HHAs received around three stars, as expected, the ratings also illuminate some aspects of the industry that might be more surprising—including which states are top of the pack and […]

Home Health Mess in New Hampshire Costs Providers, Seniors

Home health is in a state of uncertainty in New Hampshire. A budget battle has left reimbursement rates frozen and now the state’s health department is in the hot-seat over yanking home health benefits from some seniors. Doris Brown is a 92-year-old Laconia, N.H., resident who has been receiving home health services for 13 years, […]