Read the latest from HomeCare contributors on how to run your home health agency, whether you're providing skilled care and therapy, managing a care plan, working in the hospice field or supporting personal care.  

Birmingham, ALABAMA (February 26, 2021)—Private duty homecare providers have a lot of opportunities for growth—but also face significant hurdles, from increased spending on personal protective equipment (PPE) to potential challenges like a $15/hour federally mandated minimum wage and other worker protections, National Association for Homecare and Hospice President Bill Dombi said at a recent panel.

ALBANY, New York (February 18, 2021)--At a time when homecare providers face a 50% workforce recruitment-and-retention funding cut and other reductions in New York’s state budget, the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA) has issued a report showing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on homecare operations and workforce amid a rising demand for services and escalating new costs for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other needs.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (October 19, 2020)—The COVID-19 pandemic changed the world for homecare—but also elevated the profession in the eyes of the public and lawmakers, William A. Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, said Monday as he opened the group’s annual conference.

“What has emerged is energy and enthusiasm about our future,” Dombi said.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (September 15, 2020)—Communication matters, especially during a pandemic. There are a lot of apps and other channels out there for communicating with groups; HomeCare spoke with Mike Eidsaune, the CEO of Carely, an app designed specifically for family caregivers and senior care organizations. Carely recently announced the purchase of the online community Caregiving.com. 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (July 29, 2020)—Telehealth and other technology, new partnerships and new ways to measure outcomes will all be important ways that home health and hospice agencies will survive and thrive in a post-COVID-19 environment, members of a panel said Wednesday at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s financial management conference.

The panel, which was moderated by NAHC President Bill Dombi, included:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 1, 2020)—More than 40% of home health agencies (HHAs) reported serving actively infected COVID-19 patients—and more than 85% in the New York/New Jersey area—in a survey conducted by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC).

NAHC conducted the survey between April 6 and April 17; more than 1,100 home health companies from all states participated.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 25, 2020) -- As a hospice nurse in Seattle, Diane Speer said giving out hugs to patients and family members was a routine part of home visits.

But in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, she now tells family members to keep their distance.

“There’s no touching hands or handshakes,” said Speer, who works for Renton, Washington-based Providence St. Joseph Health. It’s “time for a virtual hug.”