Payment Incentives for Home Health Care Workers Pay Off

Home health agencies that offer an incentive payment appear more likely to be profitable. That’s according to the fourth biannual National State of the Industry (SOI) Report for Home Health and Hospice by Fazzi Associates, a Massachusetts-based home care consulting firm. The 2016-2017 report surveyed 751 home health agencies on operations and best practices and […]

Report: Top Changes in Home Health Operations

Home health care agencies are outsourcing more services and dealing with more difficulty when it comes to hiring nursing staff, according to the fourth biannual National State of the Industry (SOI) Report for Home Health and Hospice, by Fazzi Associates. The 2016-2017 report surveyed 751 home health agencies on operations and best practices, with analysis […]

VNAA Launches New Advocacy Parent Organization

The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) has launched a new, non-profit organization to advocate for affordable home care as a central part of the health care delivery system. The new entity, ElevatingHOME, will act as a parent organization of VNAA and include for-profit and non-profit members across the industry. The 501(c)6 organization brings together […]

Home Health Quality Ratings Show Improvement

Home health agencies have largely maintained their quality, with some signs of improving patient care, according to the latest compare charts from The Centers for medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Home Health Compare tool, created by CMS, enables consumers to view quality measures and patient ratings. In the most recent update, posted April 12, […]

Movers & Shakers: Care Advantage’s New CEO

Care Advantage Names New CEO William Mayes has been named the new CEO of Care Advantage, Inc., a multi-division health care company that provides skilled clinical care for patients in their homes in 14 agencies across Virginia, The Gleaner reported. Mayes has more than 30 years of relative healthcare experience, including 20 years of home […]

Top 3 CoP Changes to Impact Home Health Agencies

The newly finalized home health conditions of participation (CoPs) will have wide implications for agencies, but not all the changes are new or likely to be costly. The CoPs, which were updated after nearly three decades in a final rule issued in early January, aim to improve the quality of health care services for home health patients and […]

Home Health Quality Ratings Fall, Patients Don’t Mind

The quality of patient care provided by the nation’s home health agencies has waned slightly in recent months, though the shift went largely unnoticed by home health patients, according to recently published data. Specifically, the number of home health agencies nationwide that earned a 4.5 patient care star rating fell 1% since CMS last reported such […]

7 Takeaways on the State of the Home Health Industry

The home health industry in 2016 has been riddled with staffing challenges, technology adoption and changes to clinical and operational processes. Some situations agencies have taken in stride, while others they continue to struggle with, according to a survey conducted by consultancy firm Fazzi Associates. The survey, titled “State of the Home Health Industry,” consists […]

Business Briefs: Seniorlink Receives $7.5M in Funding

Seniorlink Receives $7.5M from NewSpring The health care funding company, NewSpring Health Capital, from the family of private equity funds, NewSpring Capital, has invested $7.5 million in Seniorlink, Inc., a creator in solutions for caregivers across the country. Seniorlink, founded in 2000, plans to use the funds to continue developing its coaching and collaboration platform, Vela. […]