Why It’s Hard to Be a New Nurse in Home Health

It’s certainly no secret that elder care providers of all stripes have trouble finding and retaining solid talent. But home health and home care companies have the added detriment of a largely solitary workplace environment, which can make it even more difficult for operators to convince new recruits that a patient’s home is the best […]

Immigration Bill Could Jeopardize Future of Home Health Care Workforce

A new bill that seeks to cut immigration into the U.S. could make an already high workforce deficit in home health care dramatically worse, industry insiders and experts fear. The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, co-authored by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Louisiana and supported by […]

Home Health Groups Concerned After Senate Revives Health Care Reform

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to resurrect its plan to repeal Obamacare, prompting renewed fears among some home health care groups that thought the health care overhaul was on hold. The Senate voted 51-50 to begin debating legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), informally known as Obamacare. U.S. Vice President Mike […]

700,000 Home Health Aides Could Lose Their Jobs Under Trumpcare

The American Health Care Act (AHCA)—broadly known as Trumpcare—would bring about sweeping Medicaid changes that could limit access to care for many Americans, and the legislation to replace and repeal Obamacare would also hit the home health care labor force. Between 305,000 and 713,000 home health aides and personal care sides would lose their jobs under the AHCA, […]

Home Health Groups Push Back Against Value-Based Purchasing Bill

Major home health provider groups have penned a letter opposing a value-based purchasing bill. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and other members of the post-acute care community wrote the letter to Kevin Brady (R-TX), chairman of House Ways & Means, Pat Tiberi (R-OH), chairman of the Health Subcommittee and Congressman Ron Kind […]

Top Ways to Reduce Home Health Aide Turnover

With employee turnover deemed time and again a major and growing threat to home health and hospice providers, it’s imperative that agencies learn to combat the issue before it impacts them. Doing so successfully may come down to providing sufficient work to caregivers who want it and preventing on-the-job injuries, according to a new study published in The […]

Industry Greets New Face-to-Face Rule with Cautious Optimism

It seems the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) learned from a rocky rollout for its Medicare face-to-face rule, as it released similar regulations with several key distinctions last week for home care services covered by Medicaid. “We’re very appreciative of the Medicaid program taking the time to develop the rule so that it […]

Caring for Seniors at Home: What Works, What Doesn’t

There are a sea of new housing models designed to better deliver care to seniors at home. Though the success of the models can be unclear, recent studies are beginning to shed light on what models do—and do not—work. In a recently published Forbes article, contributor Howard Gleckman details study findings related to Support and Services at […]

More Senior Living Companies Get on the Home Care Bandwagon

More of the nation’s largest nonprofit senior living providers are adding home and community-based services to their offerings, the 2015 LeadingAge Ziegler 150 reveals. The report, now in its 12th edition, lists the largest not-for-profit systems offering aging services through senior living in the country, by order of their total owned market-rate units, as of […]

Respect Outweighs Wages for Home Health Worker Satisfaction

Home heath workers report higher levels of satisfaction with their jobs when they feel respected and valued by their superiors and the agency as a whole, while hourly wage doesn’t necessarily denote workplace satisfaction, according to a survey analysis published late last week. The research aims to pinpoint factors that influence a home health worker’s job […]