AAHomecare asks industry advocates to make their voices heard by reaching out to their senators and representatives

WASHINGTON—AAHomecare’s lobbying team and other home medical equipment (HME) stakeholders remain engaged in advocating for including extended 75/25 blended-rate relief among health care provisions in government spending packages needed in advance of March 1 and March 8 funding deadlines. HHS funding is subject to the March 8 deadline.

Loy was honored at the 64th International Franchise Association Annual Convention

PHOENIX—The International Franchise Association (IFA) has named Samantha Loy, owner of three Always Best Care offices in Central North Carolina, as a 2023 Franchisee of the Year. Loy was honored at the 64th IFA Annual Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, for being an outstanding franchise establishment owner-operator.

IntellaTriage acquires hospice triage competitor, NurseLine

BRENTWOOD, Tennessee—IntellaTriage, a provider of after-hours nurse-first triage services for hospice and home health, announced its strategic acquisition of NurseLine, a prominent nationwide provider of hospice and home health triage services. The transaction was completed for an undisclosed sum.

The company said the new appointments highlight its commitment to equipping providers, managed care organizations & state Medicaid agencies with solutions that enable more effective homecare

 

 

NEW YORK—HHAeXchange, a provider of homecare management solutions for providers, managed care organizations (MCOs) and state Medicaid agencies, announced Scott Schwartz, formerly chief revenue officer, has been appointed to chief operating officer, and Lori Harrington has joined the team as senior vice president of product. 

Steven Richardson agreed to plead guilty in connection with a fraud scheme involving medically unnecessary DME

BOSTON—The owner of Expansion Media (Expansion) and Hybrid Management Group (Hybrid) has been charged and has agreed to plead guilty in connection with a $110 million telemedicine fraud scheme involving medically unnecessary durable medical equipment (DME), including orthotics such as back and knee braces. 

Researchers found that only one of the 15 apps was based on scientific evidence

In a context in which physical exercise is considered a key factor in healthy aging, a group of researchers led by the physiotherapist at the Parc Sanitari Pere Virgili health complex Luis Soto, working with experts in digital health at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), examined the mobile applications for exercise available in the leading app stores.

The two providers signed an agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture partnership for homecare and hospice

Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH), the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the U.S., and Compassus, a national provider of home-based health care services, announced they have signed an agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture partnership for BSMH homecare and hospice. Under the agreement, Compassus will manage operations for 10 home health agencies and 11 hospice operations spanning five states.

Lincare admitted it received reimbursements for claims that did not comply with billing rules & guidance

NEW YORK—According to the Department of Justice, Lincare, a durable medical equipment (DME) company, admitted that it received reimbursements for claims that did not comply with billing rules and guidance and continued to seek payments in instances when it was aware patients were not using the respiratory equipment.

HomeWell released its 2023 franchise development and financial results

BUCKBURNETT, Texas—With 2023 now in the books, HomeWell Franchising Inc., a non-medical homecare provider HomeWell Care Services, reflects on another record-breaking year for the company marked by a series of significant milestones for the organization. HomeWell released its 2023 franchise development and financial results.

2023 Franchise Development Highlights: