Problems Pile Up as Pre-Claim Rolls on in Illinois

While the home health industry cheered after learning the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would be delayed ahead of start dates in four other states, the program is still likely to roll out—and is still in effect in Illinois. “This is just a delay. It does not mean […]

How Home Care Agencies Can Right-Size Their Office Staff

Having the right kind and right number of front-line staff is critical to a home care agency’s success. But the same can be said of a home care agency’s office staff—and having the right number of office staff is absolutely key to generating cash flow. That was the premise of a June 15 webinar titled “Determining the Right […]

Pilot Program Uses Laymen to Fill Care Gaps for Home Health

As the pressure rises on home health workers and and other health systems for a growing population of patients, one provider is piloting a program to fill the gaps not with caregivers, but with regular people. The program employs LifeCourse, a new project from Minnesota-based health care provider Allina Health LifeCourse is a late life […]

5 Home Health Leaders’ Tips on Emergency Prep

Establishing strong staff communication and taking advantage of local resources are crucial for emergency preparedness, a panel of home health leaders said in a recent webinar. The webinar, moderated by health care accreditation organization The Joint Commission, aimed to identify key leadership strategies for effective emergency operations plans and present different ways to evaluate their […]

3 Steps for Safeguarding Cash Flow Through ICD-10 Change

Home health agencies grappling with the transition to the impending ICD-10 code set could experience reduced cash flow without proper preparation, according to a guide released by Dallas-based home health software vendor Axxess this week. Preparing for the transition in advance, however, might help your organization avoid such a consequence. About 69,000 new medical codes officially […]

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 […]

Most Read: Home Health Margins Plummet, Retaining Staff on a Budget

In case you missed them, here are the most popular stories grabbing Home Health Care News readers’ attention this week: Home Health Providers Reel as Margins Plummet — Profit margins for U.S. home health agencies have been in free-fall over the past four years, compromising large, publicly traded companies and putting smaller providers in even more serious […]

How to Retain Home Care Workers Without Breaking the Bank

High caregiver turnover rates continue to plague the home care industry, but implementing a program focused on employee recognition shows considerable promise in helping agencies retain quality staff. Caregiver turnover is the biggest threat to home care providers in 2015, according to results from the 2015 Private Duty Benchmarking Study conducted by Home Care Pulse, […]

3 Easy Ways to Boost Home Care Profits

In this age of aging, the demand for home care has risen — but in order to maximize profits, agencies in the sector must make a few simple, but key, changes.  While experts have previously noted the importance of getting creative with service offerings and pursuing various payment streams, others say finding success has more […]

Caregiver Turnover Spikes 9%, Fuels Home Care Challenges

It’s no secret that caregiver turnover plagues the home care industry. But the 9% increase in turnover this year, coupled with the growing shortage of caregivers, could leave industry players strapped for survival. Over the past year, the median caregiver turnover rate spiked 9% to about 61% in 2015, said Aaron Marcum, founder and CEO of […]