Where Private Duty and Home Health Can Partner Up

The transition period from hospital to home following a discharge is not only a crucial time to ensure overall patient health—it’s also an important opportunity for home health agencies and private duty care providers to band together. With the health care system placing a premium on limiting hospital readmissions, coordinated care between private duty and home […]

Illinois Hospital Referrals Must Go To Licensed Agencies

Home health industry advocates in the Land of Lincoln are cheering a newly approved bill relating to hospital referrals and licensed home health agencies. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law SB1676 on Aug. 21, which makes it so hospitals or other health care providers that receive state funding can’t refer a patient to an in-home care services […]

Home Care Providers Can Keep Tapping ‘Free Money’ Tax Credits

Home care agencies were scrambling this week to meet a filing deadline to receive tax credits through a program that has saved some providers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Wednesday was the deadline set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for some Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) filings. WOTC offers employers federal tax credits ranging between […]

Six Numbers that Can Unlock Better Home Care Staffing

It’s no secret that staffing presents a huge challenge for home care providers, with agencies across the country routinely seeing sky-high turnover rates. As of 2015, the median caregiver turnover rate was upward of 60%, according to survey data from Home Care Pulse. “This is crazy high,” Georjean Sweis, director of operations for Visiting Angels/Living […]

Business Briefs: National Home Health’s New CEO

National Home Health Care Corp. Names New CEO National Home Health Care Corp., the parent company of several home care services providers, has named Stan Dennis as CEO. Dennis succeeds Steven Fialkow, who is retiring after 33 years with the company. Dennis will remain on the company’s board. National Home Health is headquartered in Scarsdale, […]

NYTimes Criticizes ‘Absurd’ Fight Against Home Care Wage Rule

Though various home care agencies and associations loudly disagree, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision not to consider Home Care Association of America v. Weil is cause for celebration, according to The New York Times’ editorial board. In fact, exempting home care workers from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s so-called “companionship” clause is actually “a vital […]

[UPDATED] Supreme Court Refuses to Take Home Care Minimum Wage Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear Home Care Association of America v. Weil, ending a long-running legal saga and putting to rest any question of whether home care workers will be afforded minimum wage and overtime protections. At issue is the Fair Labor Standards Act’s so-called companionship exemption. Home care workers were for […]

Inside One Agency’s Staff Retention Efforts

High staff turnover rates have plagued the home care industry in recent years, but one provider is looking to buck that trend. Caregiver turnover rates rose from 39.4% industry wide in 2009 to 61.6% in 2014, according to a study released earlier this year by Home Care Pulse and the Home Care Association of America. […]

DOL to Delay Home Care Wage Rule Enforcement

A rule that makes nearly 2 million home care workers eligible for minimum wage and overtime protections won’t be enforced until 30 days after a federal appeals court mandates compliance, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday. Although the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Aug. 21 that the […]

NAHC Asks Court to Delay Home Care Wage, Overtime Regs

Two motions have been filed in the case over the extension of minimum wage and overtime protections to nearly 2 million home care workers, one seeking to expedite implementation and the other aiming to delay the rule going into effect. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and two other associations filed a […]