Interim Rises to Top of Senior Care Category on Franchise 500 List

Interim HealthCare Inc. beat out its competitors to top Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 Rankings in the senior care category. On last year’s list, Interim ranked below Right at Home, Nurse Next Door, FirstLight Home Care, Visiting Angels and BrightStar Care. Since 1980, the annual list has evaluated the strength of franchise opportunities in industries across the […]

Interim Taps Former Bayada Exec Sheets as CEO

A former Bayada executive is taking over the reins at home health franchise giant Interim HealthCare Inc. On Monday, Sunrise, Florida-based Interim announced that it had named Jennifer Sheets as its new CEO and president, effective immediately. Sheets — who most recently served as a chief clinical officer and senior executive of clinical operations, innovation, […]

Specialized At-Home Cancer Program Reflects Larger Health Care Trends

In December, the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) launched a new program aimed at bringing hospital-level care into patients’ homes. The program allows patients to be discharged sooner and avoid costly emergency department visits. Dubbed “Huntsman at Home,” this initiative is the latest instance of health care’s shift to the home and the […]

Home Health Executive Forecast for 2019: Obamacare, Consolidation and PDGM

From the introduction of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) to fine-tuning the nine-state Value-Based Purchasing Model (VBPM), 2018 was an important year for home health care at large. Next year will bring its own set of challenges and opportunities — some new and others old. Home health industry insiders and top executives expect Texas’ recent […]

Home Care Agencies Mobilize for Post-Holiday Referral Rush

The holidays and weeks that follow are one of the busiest times of year for home care providers, as referrals surge. Whether the rush brings in business or results in missed opportunities depends on how agencies prepare. ”The first thing is to simply understand that this trend is there,” Peter Droubay, director of recruiting at […]

Interim Pursues Hospice Growth Across Franchise Network

Each year, roughly 1.4 million Americans living with a life-limiting illness receive hospice care, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. With demand for end-of-life care only projected to increase in coming years, international home-based care provider Interim HealthCare Inc. is now looking to grow its small-but-valuable hospice line across the franchise system. […]

Proposed Medicare Changes Threaten Home Health in Rural Markets

Throughout the past several years, home health providers operating in rural areas have received on-and-off payment bumps to help them overcome the inherent obstacles of operating in remote and sparsely populated areas. While relatively small, those payment bumps, officially known as rural add-on payments, have played an important, cost-effective role in allowing America’s non-city-dwelling-seniors age […]

Home Health Providers Shift to Mobile Tech, ‘Upskilling’ Tools for Staffing Success

Home health aides are more apt to apply for open positions using a smartphone instead of browser-based resources, such as Monster or Indeed, that many agencies typically use for recruiting. Similarly, aides are more likely to stay at a home health agency when that agency invests in technology-based solutions focused on “upskilling.” Washington, D.C.-based venture […]

Top Home Care Franchises Based on Sales

Led by Home Instead Senior Care, Interim HealthCare and Visiting Angels, more than a dozen home care agencies earned spots in Franchise Times’ latest Top 200+ ranking. The Franchise Times Top 200+ ranking, published every October, highlights hundreds of the largest U.S. franchises based on sales growth. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Franchise Times is a national […]

PDGM, CoPs Put Home Health Providers in Rough Regulatory Waters

For in-home care providers, navigating the regulatory waters can often be challenging. Being flexible and monitoring the constant waves of change are key to staying afloat. The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the finalized interpretive guidelines for home health Conditions of Participation (COPs) are two recent regulatory items that are causing industry stakeholders […]