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.  

Newly Created Organization Would be Stronger Voice to Represent the Spectrum of Home and Community-Based Healthcare Providers

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia and WASHINTON—The Boards of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) agreed to a joint process to explore the formation of a new organization to combine the strengths of both NAHC and NHPCO and better serve members with a unified voice on behalf of the entire community of hospice, homecare, palliative care, serious illness and other care at home providers.

Consistent home nursing care prevents hospital readmissions among older adults with limited English proficiency—equivalent to having a nurse who speaks the same language

After a hospitalization, home health care enables patients to recover where they feel most comfortable: in their own home. Nurses visit patients there to provide care with the goal of keeping them at home, given that hospital readmissions cost the U.S. healthcare system more than $41 billion each year.

VGM members now have access to F&P’s myAirvo line of products, in addition to F&P’s CPAP masks

WATERLOO, Iowa—VGM & Associates announced a new partnership with Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. With the addition of Fisher & Paykel Healthcare to the VGM & Associates portfolio of vendor partners, VGM members now have access to F&P’s myAirvo line of products, in addition to F&P’s CPAP masks.

CMS will extend flexibilities approved in the states' section 1915(c) home- and community-based services (HCBS) waiver Appendix K amendments.

WASHINGTON—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released updated guidance that will extend COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) flexibilities approved in the states' section 1915(c) home- and community-based services (HCBS) waiver Appendix K amendments.

Leveraging new analytics capabilities within the WellSky Personal Care platform, agencies can better understand and address workforce challenges

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas—WellSky, a health and community care technology company, announced the launch of WellSky TeamInsights for Personal Care—a workforce analytics platform providing real-time insights into caregiver productivity and performance—helping personal care agencies to optimize personnel resources, improve engagement and increase caregiver retention.

Promoted from VP of Strategy to CGO ensures holistic and intentional focus on growth

CINCINNATI, Ohio—FirstLight Home Care, a leading provider of home care services, announced the promotion of Kerri Pendley to chief growth officer.

In this role, Pendley will focus on driving business growth by opening up new paths to revenue and building the mechanisms to get there. This includes aligning teams around shared goals, improving the processes that generate revenue and planning for the future.

CenterWell Home Health regions recognized by American Diabetes Association for delivery of diabetes self-management education and support

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky—Two of CenterWell Home Health’s four regions have been recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for delivering the best in self-management education and support for people with diabetes.

Homecare agency removed black & hispanic home health aides from assignments to accommodate racial preferences of clients, federal agency charges

NEW YORK–ACARE HHC Inc., doing business as Four Seasons Licensed Home Health Care Agency (“Four Seasons”), a Brooklyn-based company that provides its clients with home health aides, violated federal law by removing aides from their work assignments due to their race and national origin to accommodate client preferences, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

Combined Company Will Help Accelerate Client Outcomes As Leading Post-Acute Technology Provider

DALLAS—Home health care technology provider Axxess has acquired Complia Health to help both organizations combine resources to help clients accelerate outcomes and provide world-class care team and consumer experiences.

The two companies said the program is anticipated to help thousands in 2023

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DocGo Inc. (Nasdaq:DCGO), a provider of last-mile mobile health services, announced the expansion of its partnership with HealthCare Partners NY, an organization led by physicians with the goal to empower health care providers to deliver exceptional health care to patients in New York.

Duell has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry. She joins FirstLight from Home Care Pulse, where she acted as chief marketing officer.

CINCINNATI, Ohio—FirstLight Home Care, a provider of homecare services, announced that Kristen Duell has joined the company as the executive vice president of experience and innovation.

1st Adult & Pediatrics Healthcare Services must also pay $48K in penalties for violations

FAIRFAX, Virginia—A federal court has directed a Fairfax homecare agency and its owners to pay more than $1.6 million in back wages and liquidated damages to 202 home health aides in a consent judgment obtained by the U.S. Department of Labor.