State moves to privatize its home health services

Source: Liv Osby, Greenvile Online, August 14, 2015

The state plans to privatize its 50-year-old home health program, saying it’s been losing money for the past three years. The service provides skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social services, home health aides, and care and education for respiratory and other diseases to people who’ve been in the hospitalized or have temporary or chronic health problems. … Because there is at least one licensed home health provider in every county today, unlike when the program began, DHEC decided this week to “pursue the transfer of DHEC’s home health licenses to another qualified provider,” according to a statement. … DHEC Home Health employs 86 full-time staff and 38 part-time or hourly staff who cared for some 4,762 patients from July 2014 to May 2015, with an average daily caseload of 807 patients, the agency reports.