ACOs Struggle to Integrate Home Health Data

Home health agencies are among the least likely to easily integrate data with an accountable care organization (ACO), according to a survey by eHealth Initiative, a non-profit organization that researches, educate and advocates for better quality and efficiency in health care through information and technology. In the third annual survey, 39% of the 69 ACOs […]

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 […]

Only 10% of Homebound Seniors Receive Care

A huge proportion of Medicare beneficiaries who are homebound do not receive medical or other services, suggesting that U.S. home care providers have a large untapped market. “The homebound population of older adults is 50% larger than the nursing home population in this country but almost completely invisible,” said Sarah Szanton of the Johns Hopkins […]

Popular Programs Blur the Line Between Home and Hospital

Experts have predicted that people’s homes will become the primary setting for health care in the United States within 10 years, and it appears hospitals themselves may help make this a reality by offering “hospital at home” options. Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, N.M., are among those […]

2014: The Year Apple Makes a Big Play in Health Care?

With the rumored September release of Apple’s “HealthKit” service, the tech giant may soon be tapping into the $9 billion-plus mobile health care market, becoming a mainstay for big-name health providers, Reuters reports.  The Cupertino-based firm unveiled the service in June, announcing that it could collect and store a user’s fitness and health information all […]