WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 18, 2020)—The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services conducted an audit to determine whether the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ensured that MACs and QICs reviewed appealed extrapolated overpayments consistently and in a manner that conforms with existing CMS requirements.
WINTER PARK, Fla. (September 15, 2020)—HomeCare Connect, a national ancillary service provider specializing in home health services in workers’ compensation, welcomes Jason Luce as Director of Sales.
Luce’s responsibilities include overseeing daily activities of the sales team, increasing the growth of accounts and the sales team, overseeing training programs and developing accounts.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 15, 2020)—The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a "Temporary Rule" in response to an Aug. 3, 2020 decision of a federal court in New York that invalidated the department's earlier rulemaking. While there remains a legal issue as to whether the court's ruling is limited to New York, DOL chose to issue a new rule that would be effective prospectively beginning Sept. 11, 2020.
WASHINGTON, (Sept. 15, 2020)—AbsoluteCARE Atlanta announced their "LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer" designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). The designation was awarded in the 13th edition of HRC's Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), released September 15. A record 765 health care facilities actively participated in the HEI 2020 survey, 193 earned an "LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer" designation.
IRVINE, Calif. (September 15, 2020)—Jet Health, Inc., a provider of home health and hospice services, announced the acquisition of Carrington Hospice Care, Inc., an Arlington, Texas-based hospice company. The acquisition marks Jet Health’s second in the hospice arena, and furthers its strategy to offer hospice care in the current home health markets it serves.
LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. (September 15, 2020)—Family Resource Home Care announced an investment partnership with Great Point Partners, a health care-focused private equity group based in Greenwich, Connecticut. The transaction reflects Family Resource’s ongoing strategic plans for market share growth, industry consolidation and geographic expansion.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (September 11, 2020)—A study published by the JAMA Network Open shows that in the period from October 2015 to September 2016, a substantial portion of Medicare patients referred to home health care after hospitalization did not receive that care.
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 10, 2020)—CareSignal, offering Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) validated in more than 10 peer-reviewed journal publications to deliver industry-leading clinical and financial returns, has supported tens of thousands of individual patients with heart failure, COPD, diabetes, depression and dozens of other conditions for a combined duration of more than 20,000 patients/year.
TOLEDO, Ohio, (September 8, 2020)—Ohio Living announced that Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice (Greater Toledo) and Good Shepherd Home (Fostoria) have joined forces as Partners in Care. Effective Sept. 1, 2020, this strategic partnership brings Ohio Living's hospice services to the residents and patients of Good Shepherd Home through a valuable collaboration that advances the missions of both organizations.
FRISCO, Texas (September 8, 2020)—Addus HomeCare Corporation, a provider of homecare services, announced that Dirk Allison, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Brian Poff, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will participate in the Baird 2020 Global Healthcare Conference, which is being held as a virtual event on Sept. 9-10, 2020.
NEW YORK (September 3, 2020)—Aetna, a CVS Health company, and Landmark Health and its affiliated medical groups (Landmark) announced today a new relationship to bring physician-led services into the homes of Aetna’s Individual Medicare Advantage members living in New York with chronic health conditions. Service areas will be focused in the New York City boroughs and Long Island and further extend to Albany, Rochester, and Buffalo.
MINNEAPOLIS (September 3, 2020)—AccentCare INC., a provider of post-acute health care, and Fairview are forming a new post-acute business in which AccentCare will be the majority owner. This company will be the preferred post-acute provider for home health and hospice services for Fairview Health Services (AccentCare Fairview).
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. (September 3, 2020)—Casamba, a provider of electronic medical record (EMR) solutions for contract therapy providers, skilled nursing facilities, home health and hospice agencies, and outpatient therapy, announced an exclusive partnership with Accelerated Care Plus (ACP), a provider of specialized rehabilitation technologies and evidence-based clinical solutions for post-acute providers.
NAHC to CMS: Roll Back 2020 Rate Adjustment Based on Faulty Prediction of HHA Behavior
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (August 25, 2020)—Compassus, a nationwide network of community-based home health, infusion therapy, palliative and hospice care programs, is one of four health care organizations recognized by the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Next Generation Innovator Program for its innovative approach to improving quality of care.
CHICAGO (August 25, 2020)—Aetna and WellBe Senior Medical are working together to deliver home-based primary care to residents of Chicagoland living with multiple complex health conditions. By providing a new option for home-based medical care, Aetna is helping its members achieve their health goals and access high-quality care in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, Lake, McHenry, and Will.
WASHIGNTON, D.C. (August 25, 2020)—Providers were expecting to receive quarterly reporting instructions from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on Aug. 17, for funds received under the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) program. However, HHS has announced a delay in this information as they are still refining data elements and formulating a template to be used for reporting. The reporting system is still expected to be available Oct. 1, 2020.
SPRINGFIELD, N.J., (August 25, 2020)—Seniors In Place, a health care service firm, has opened its first COVID-19 testing center, giving its certified home health aides and registered nurses critical access to being tested. Seniors In Place is one of a very few home health aide agencies in New Jersey with its own testing center.
NEW YORK (August 21, 2020)—Caring People, a family-owned and operated licensed homecare agency, announces joining forces with Acappella in Home Care, Aging Care LLC, and AMR Care Group, while also launching new branch in New Haven, Connecticut. Caring People was founded in 2001 in Queens, New York in CEO Steven East’s grandmother’s kitchen and has grown over the past 20 years to become one of the largest private pay focused home health care providers in the country.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (August 21, 2020)—Honor, a home health provider with offices in California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Ohio, and Michigan, announced their second annual SAGE conference, scheduled for Sept. 1 & 2.
GARDENA, Calif. — Daisy Conant, 91, thrives off routine.
One of her favorites is reading the newspaper with her morning coffee. But, lately, the news surrounding the coronavirus pandemic has been more agitating than pleasurable. “We’re dropping like flies,” she said one recent morning, throwing her hands up.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (August 14, 2020)—A trio of Representatives from Florida have sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing concerns with the decision to move forward with the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) program in Florida.