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Kindred launches hostile takeover bid for home health company Gentiva, deal valued at $1.6 billion

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Kindred Healthcare has launched a hostile takeover to acquire home health company Gentiva, announcing a $533 million bid Thursday. The total deal would be valued at $1.6 billion, including assumed debt.

Nursing homes suffering from reimbursement shifts to home care, market analysis finds

Nursing homes suffering from reimbursement shifts to home care, market analysis finds

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Reimbursement is shifting to home health, hurting the finances of skilled nursing facilities, a newly released market analysis states.

People with dementia are 20% more likely to be rehospitalized, antipsychotic use increases risk, researchers find

People with dementia are 20% more likely to be rehospitalized, antipsychotic use increases risk, researchers find

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Seniors are more likely to be rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge if they have dementia, and the risk increases if they are taking an antipsychotic medication, according to recently published research findings. The study also found that discharge to a skilled nursing facility reduced hospital readmission risk when compared to discharge with home health services.

ViaQuest acquires Indiana operations of TriStar Home Health and Hospice

TriStar Home Health and Hospice, an Indiana division of Trilogy Health Services LLC, has been sold to ViaQuest Inc. The terms were not disclosed.

MedPAC endorses readmissions penalties for home health, hospice benefit for Medicare Advantage

MedPAC endorses readmissions penalties for home health, hospice benefit for Medicare Advantage

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Home health providers should be subject to Medicare reimbursement penalties based on hospital readmission rates, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

Kindred repositions services to guarantee future growth

Kindred repositions services to guarantee future growth

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Kindred Healthcare, one of the nation's largest long-term care operators, has completed the first phase of a repositioning plan and is entering a period of growth, company leaders recently announced.

Care Innovations' product now FDA-cleared for home

Care Innovations' product now FDA-cleared for home

Care Innovations™ Connect RCM (Remote Clinical Management) is now FDA-cleared for use in a home care setting, the company said.

Department of Labor extends minimum wage to home health workers

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The Department of Labor has announced it will extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home health workers providing direct care, earning cheers from long-time advocates of this policy.

Time is limited for ACO deals

Time is limited for ACO deals

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By negotiating now, a nursing home can have a strong voice in an Accountable Care Organization. Otherwise, ACOs will come to nursing homes in two or three years with a "take it or leave it" proposition, according to John Durso, a partner at the law firm of Ungaretti & Harris LLP and a McKnight's Expert columnist.

Hospital readmissions double Medicare expense, more likely from certain settings, analysis shows

Hospital readmissions double Medicare expense, more likely from certain settings, analysis shows

Medicare expenditures for beneficiaries who are readmitted to the hospital within 60 days are twice as high as expenditures for beneficiaries who aren't readmitted, a new analysis sponsored by the home health industry finds.

Lawmakers want all direct caregivers to be licensed

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Iowa lawmakers are considering legislation that would require direct care workers in nursing homes to be licensed and meet training standards.

Federal officials crack $375 million home healthcare fraud scheme

Federal officials crack $375 million home healthcare fraud scheme

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Federal officials have brought down what they said is the largest home health fraud scheme ever concocted. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said around $375 million was billed incorrectly to Medicare and Medicaid, and announced the suspension of 78 home health agencies associated with physician Jacques Roy, M.D., of Rockwall, TX.

Kindred posts 4Q loss, shedding dozens of facilities

Kindred posts 4Q loss, shedding dozens of facilities

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As it recovers from a bruising fourth quarter, Kindred Healthcare said it would not renew seven Ventas lease bundles containing 64 facilities in 2013.

RAC reviews and the long-term care provider

RAC reviews and the long-term care provider

Recently, claims for hospital patients discharged to skilled nursing homes have come under increased review, particularly by various recovery audit contractors. If you know some background and better understand the situation, it can only help.

Colorado considers mandatory flu shots for nursing home workers

Officials from Colorado's state health department have proposed mandatory flu vaccinations for all nursing home employees, regardless of religious or personal exceptions.

Using technology to fuel innovative service to older adults

Using technology to fuel innovative service to older adults

We are at a critical point in long-term care. The perfect storm is upon us: baby boomers hitting 65, the decline of the U.S. economy and housing market, increasing healthcare costs that demand we rethink our business. Long-term care providers who don't evolve will be passed by.

Maryland mandates end-of-life wishes form for LTC residents

Maryland healthcare professionals will soon be required to complete a form outlining a patient's end-of-life wishes upon admission to a long-term care facility, according to a new regulation.

CNAs, home health aides in huge demand, but struggles ahead, experts warn

CNAs, home health aides in huge demand, but struggles ahead, experts warn

Certified nursing assistants and home health aides will continue to be in huge demand, but a lack of training and low pay could mean a labor crisis for nursing facilities, home health agencies and even hospitals, according to a joint report from Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post.

Home healthcare costs often lower than post-acute care after hospitalization, analysis finds

Medicare beneficiaries with chronic health problems are far less likely to be readmitted to the hospital when discharged to their homes than if they receive other post-acute care services, a new analysis finds.

Survey reports higher long-term care costs

Long-term care facilities are increasing their room charges, although less than other goods and services, according to a new survey.

Home-health workers losing ground on wages, benefits, even as their ranks increase

The wages and benefits for the direct-care workforce in long-term care "continue to be woefully inadequate," according to a new Fact Sheet analysis from home-health worker advocacy group PHI.

CMS stalls on home health, hospice certification requirements

There will be a three-month delay before the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services enforces a face-to-face meeting requirement for individuals who want hospice services or home health care, the Bureau of National Affairs reported.

Two courts find Medicare skilled nursing, home care rules too strict

Two courts find Medicare skilled nursing, home care rules too strict

Federal courts in Pennsylvania and Vermont have ruled that the Obama administration's Medicare standards are too stringent when it comes to deciding if a patient is eligible for skilled nursing home care or home health.

CMS may require more stringent provider screening for Medicare, Medicaid enrollment, participation

Some healthcare providers would be subject to criminal background checks and fingerprinting under a new fraud-prevention plan from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Gentiva completes Odyssey takeover bid

Home health giant Gentiva Health Services Inc. has completed its acquisition of hospice provider Odyssey HealthCare Inc., the company announced Tuesday.

Hospice-home health merger to affect long-term care

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Developments in the hospice and home care markets may not generally catch the eyes of folks in the long-term care sphere. But that could change as a result of a recent transaction.

Massive home health, hospice acquisition to shake up aging services field, analysts say

Home health company Gentiva Health Services' planned purchase of Odyssey Healthcare, a hospice provider, will send ripples through the aging services industry, analysts told Investor's Business Daily.

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