States Starting to Prioritize Home Health, Hospice Workers in Vaccination Plans

Pfizer, Moderna and the University of Oxford are among the organizations to tout highly effective COVID-19 vaccines this month. With “the cavalry coming,” the focus is now shifting to how, when and where vaccines should be distributed. In September, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) urged state leaders […]

Home Health Patient Demographics Continue to Shift

Individual and clinical characteristics of home health patients continue to shift, reflective of both America’s aging population and providers’ ability to handle more acute cases. That’s according to the latest Home Health Chartbook, an annual overview of the home health landscape put together by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation and Avalere Health. […]

Home Health Agencies Carving Out Bigger Role in US Economy

The home health industry continues to carve out a bigger role in the overall U.S. economy, with agencies creating more jobs and paying more in wages than ever before. Overall, home health agencies created more than 2.22 million jobs in 2019, employing more than 1.51 million workers in the process. That workforce took home more […]

AHCA President Mark Parkinson: ‘For the Elderly, COVID-19 Is an Almost Perfect Killing Machine’

As they respond to the worsening COVID-19 outbreak, home health providers and their post-acute care brethren are left in the dark with a number of unanswered questions. The greatest mystery, of course, still revolves around the alarmingly high danger COVID-19 poses specifically to older, sicker adults. Normally, seasonal influenza and other viruses operate on a […]

Nike Looks to Tap into Home Health Labor Market

Nike is saying “just do it” to home health care. The international footwear and sporting apparel behemoth earlier this month unveiled a brand new shoe specially designed for “nurses, doctors, home health providers and others who tirelessly support patients.” Developed hand in hand with medical workers, the Nike Air Zoom Pulse will be released on […]

LHC Group Adds Density in Texas; Highmark Health Turns to Contessa

LHC Group expands joint venture LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG), Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System have agreed to purchase and share ownership of Healthcare Resources, an Arlington, Texas-based home health provider. DFW Home Health — a separate legal entity jointly owned by LHC Group, Texas Health Resources and North Texas Health Facilities Management Inc., […]

Home Health Agencies Paid $46.2B to 1.5M Employees in 2018

The home health care industry had a bigger impact on the U.S. economy than ever before in 2018, according to new data. Specifically, home health agencies paid nearly $46.2 billion in total wages to a whopping 1.47 million employees nationwide in 2018. That’s up more than $3 billion and 60,0000 employees from the year before. […]

NAHC’s Dombi: We’re Not Going To Be Bullied By Congress, CMS

There’s a flood of changes surging toward the U.S. home health care industry. But thanks to widespread recognition, improved quality and staunch advocacy efforts, providers have never been standing on higher ground. That was the key message delivered by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) leadership Sunday during the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit […]

Home Health Readmission Rates Remain Flat, Quality Improving

Despite providers often touting their success in keeping older adults at home and out of the hospital, average readmission rates for the home health industry remained relatively flat from 2017 to 2018. That’s according to the latest Home Health Chartbook, a comprehensive analysis of the post-acute care industry and home health sub-sector compiled by Avalere […]

Home Health Quality on the Upswing, Readmission Rates Hold Steady

The quality of home health care improved across most major domains between 2016 and 2017, although the rate of hospital admissions remained static for the fifth straight year. That’s according to data in the Home Health Chartbook 2018, prepared by Avalere Health for the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. The document compiles data […]