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.  

Pennant continues to pursue opportunities to acquire high-quality home health, hospice and senior living businesses throughout the United States.

EAGLE, Idaho—The Pennant Group, Inc., the parent company of the Pennant group of affiliated home health, hospice, homecare and senior living companies, announced it has acquired Bluebird Home Health, Bluebird Hospice and Bluebird Home Care (“Bluebird”), which provides skilled home health, private duty and hospice services across Southwestern Idaho.

Agenda health provides customized strategies to achieve business objectives

DALLAS—Through a new partnership between Axxess, a technology innovator for health care at home, and Agenda Health, a health care mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory firm, Axxess clients can obtain M&A consultations to achieve their strategic business goals. Agenda Health uses a targeted matching approach that aligns with buying, selling or growing revenue.

The collaboration is designed to improve access to health care and reduce the total cost of care for patients throughout Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding communities.

DENVER and ATLANTA—Emory Healthcare and DispatchHealth are collaborating to offer patients a new option to receive convenient and safe follow-up and/or high-acuity medical care in the comfort of their own homes.

Between 2017 and 2020, Aljihad Shabazz conspired with others to submit fake reimbursement claims to Medicaid for services that were never provided to Medicaid beneficiaries.

RALEIGH, North Carolina—North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced Aljihad Shabazz of Kernersville, North Carolina pleaded guilty for his role in a health care fraud scheme that defrauded the North Carolina Medicaid program of more than $4.7 million.

New facility is the largest at-Home Solutions has built to date, set to accommodate continued business and home health care industry growth

DUBLIN, Ohio—Cardinal Health announced its plans to build a new distribution center in the Greenville, South Carolina, area, to support its at-Home Solutions business, a home health care medical supplies provider serving people with chronic and serious health conditions in the United States.

The HI2 Conference brings together more than 500 attendees, including homecare providers, private equity, venture capital, deal-related services and homecare suppliers.

DALLAS—Scott Powers, chief executive officer of Elara Caring, the full-scale, multi-state home health provider of clinical and personalized services across the patient continuum, will be speaking at the Home Care Innovation and Investment (HI2) Conference, joining other home care executives to discuss the state of the industry.

Homecare Homebase is the first EHR platform to be awarded “CHAP Verified” status for age-friendly care at home in addition to home health and hospice.

DALLAS—Homecare Homebase (HCHB) announced its home-based care software solution is the first to achieve dual verification status from Community Health Accreditation Partner, (CHAP). A non-profit accrediting body for home and community-based health care organizations, CHAP is approved by CMS and is a recognized leader in accreditation for both home health and hospice.

Partnership will ease clinical burden and promote improved patient outcomes

DALLAS, June 12, 2023 – Axxess clients will soon be able to streamline their quality and regulatory compliance workflows through a new partnership with QAPIplus. Axxess said the partnership will ease the burden on clinical and operational teams, enabling higher performance and better outcomes for patients and families.

Home healthcare agencies utilizing WellSky CareInsights for Home Health experienced lower rehospitalization rates and fewer visits year over year

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas—WellSky, a health and community care technology company, released a new report detailing results from a three-year study of home health care providers using predictive analytics tools in patient management.

The two software providers are joining forces and aiming to equip the health care industry with a robust technology stack to help combat the current employee retention crisis in healthcare staffing. 

MONTEBELLO, New York—Empeon, a human capital management (HCM) platform for health systems, announced its partnership with, a compliance and training partner for homecare agencies and skilled nursing facilities. The two software providers are joining forces and aiming to equip the health care industry with a robust technology stack to help combat the current employee retention crisis in healthcare staffing. 

Patients will have access to facility-level, post-surgical care for a wider range of surgical specialties in the comfort of their home, including bariatrics and hernia

MINNEAPOLIS—Inbound Health, a company that enables health systems and health plans to offer hospital-at-home and skilled nursing-at-home programs, announced it has expanded its Home Hospital Care program to include general surgery, including orthopedics, bariatrics and hernia. This expansion builds upon the company's in hospital and skilled nursing-at-home care.

The expansion into these four new states will mark the 25th state in which Oak Street Health serves older adults. 

CHICAGO—Oak Street Health, a network of value-based primary care centers for adults on Medicare, announced plans to open centers in Little Rock, Arkansas; Des Moines and Davenport, Iowa; Kansas City, Kansas and Richmond, Virginia, beginning this summer. The expansion into these four new states will mark the 25th state in which Oak Street Health serves older adults. 

Prestige Home Care Agency, owner failed to pay workers for work-related travel

PHILADELPHIAA federal court has ordered a Philadelphia homecare agency and its owner to pay more than $7 million in back wages and liquidated damages to 1,230 current and former employees after two years of litigation affirmed the U.S. Department of Labor’s finding that the employers willfully failed to pay overtime wages, in most cases by not including employees’ time for work-related travel when calculating wages.