Encompass Enters Illinois with VNA Healthtrends Acquisition

Encompass Home Health and Hospice, already one of the largest home health providers nationally, now is entering Illinois for the first time by acquiring VNA Healthtrends. Based in Des Plaines—about 20 miles northwest of downtown Chicago—VNA Healthtrends serves markets in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Arizona. The Michigan locations were not part of the sale, […]

How Home Health Can Slash COPD Hospitalizations

Forward-thinking home care organizations are boosting outcomes and reducing readmissions by creating programs specifically for certain conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). One hospital-owned home care organization, Blessing Home Care, has even reported cutting its COPD readmission rate by 50% in one month. The biggest component of the COPD program at another agency—VNA Healthtrends—is […]

How Providers Can Adapt to Shifting Role of Home Care Aides

Private duty home care companies face an ongoing challenge in knowing what services their aides are allowed to perform, but they can stay compliant—and successfully coordinate with other types of in-home caregivers—through smart hiring, rigorous training and a commitment to being informed. New Jersey is one of the flashpoints for this issue: The Garden State […]