LeadingAge, VNAA and ElevatingHome Pursue Affiliation

Long-term care association LeadingAge — behind only AARP and, perhaps, a handful of other organizations when it comes to tackling aging issues in the United States — may soon become an even bigger player in the home-based care arena. Washington, D.C.-based LeadingAge unveiled plans in February to join forces with the Visiting Nurse Associations of […]

Home Health Wields Political Clout to Shape Policy

Vowing to flex political muscle its built in the nation’s capital and throughout the country, home health providers and advocates are prepared to fight a new proposal to bring back the controversial pre-claim review. This is not an empty threat, a Home Health Care News (HHCN) review of lobbying data and recent advocacy efforts suggests. Over […]

Humana’s Value-Based Efforts Show Home Health Opportunity

Home health providers’ involvement in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans is growing, and a focus on value-based care could help in that process, a study from Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) suggests. Seniors enrolled in MA plans can see lower costs of care and better care when they’re part of value-based programs, according to the study. As home health […]

Business Briefs: All Metro Health Care, Fresenius Medical Care

All Metro Health Care Acquires Massachusetts Home Care Provider All Metro Health Care acquired Independence Healthcare Corp., a Worcester, Massachusetts-based provider of non-medical home healthcare services. All Metro, a home care provider headquartered in Valley Stream, New York and a portfolio company of middle market private equity firm One Equity Partners, serves patients in New York, Pennsylvania, New […]

Senate Bill Would Extend Independence at Home Demonstration

A pilot program that incentivizes the delivery of home-based health care for chronically ill patients may be extended if newly introduced legislation passes. The Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group introduced the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2016 (S. 3504) on Dec. 6. The bipartisan legislation, among other […]

Large Nonprofit Agency Accused of Massive Medicare Fraud

One of the largest nonprofit home health care agencies in the country, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), is being sued by the former vice president of operations improvement and integration, Edward Lacey. Lacey is accusing the organization of systematically extracting hundreds of millions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid, The New York […]

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 […]

VNAA to Challenge Pre-Claim, Medicare Cuts

A national, nonprofit organization that promotes, advances and supports mission-driven providers of community-based health care has revealed the specific home health and hospice legislation it will focus on and which causes it will seek to advance on Capitol Hill in the coming months. The Visiting Nurse Association of America (VNAA), based in Arlington, Virginia, outlined two […]