Home Health Care

Private-Pay Home Health Provider Spring Hills Taking ‘All-in-One’ Approach to Post-Acute Care

Spring Hills wants to be able to do everything that other home-based care agencies do, while also doing everything that they don’t do. Based in Woodbury, New Jersey, the company takes a bit of a different approach to home care — it actually considers itself a private-pay home health provider. Its ultimate goal is to …

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Future Leader: Nick Muscato, Amedisys Senior Vice President of Finance

The Future Leaders Awards program is brought to you in partnership with PointClickCare. The program is designed to recognize up-and-coming industry members who are shaping the next decade of senior housing, skilled nursing, home health and hospice care. To see this year’s future leaders, visit https://futureleaders.agingmedia.com/. Nick Muscato, senior vice president of finance at Baton …

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24 Hour Home Care Buys Non-Medical Division of Home Health ‘Bundling Expert’ GrandCare

Often in the home-based care field, transactions are driven by companies seeking to expand their service lines to become one-stop shops for referral partners. Sometimes, however, dealmaking is ignited by a desire to double down on existing expertise. An example of the latter M&A tactic happened Wednesday, with 24 Hour Home Care buying the non-medical …

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Home Health Providers Seek Clarity on CMS Plan to Resume TPE Program

As a response to the COVID-19 emergency, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) pressed pause on the targeted probe and educate (TPE) program in March 2020. A year later, CMS has plans to resume the program, according to an August 2021 MLNConnects newsletter. Broadly, TPE is a medical review program that began …

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Older Americans Overwhelmingly Support Choose Home Care Act

The vast majority of older Americans want to age in place, several past surveys have found. Unsurprisingly, that desire has translated into overwhelming support for the Choose Home Care Act. Introduced in July by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), Choose Home is legislation designed to give nursing home-eligible Medicare beneficiaries more options …

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‘For Many Providers, It’s Welcome News’: Breaking Down the White House Vaccine Mandate

After President Joe Biden announced Thursday a new, six-pronged approach to his administration’s COVID-19 strategy that requires most home health workers to be vaccinated against the virus, many questions and concerns remain. More clarity is likely to come to light as specific agencies deal with the next steps following the mandate’s release, like the Department …

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HCBS Funding Is Now in the Congressional Crosshairs

The $400 billion that the Biden administration wanted for strengthening the nation’s home- and community-based services (HCBS) infrastructure is likely in the crosshairs of Congress. Currently, President Joe Biden and senior Democrats are working to figure out what’s included in the large spending legislation they hope to pass through the budget reconciliation process. Early estimates …

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HHS Releases $25.5B in Provider Relief Funds, Promises Increased Audits Around M&A Activity

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Friday that it is releasing another $25.5 billion under the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). Since a first round of $46 billion was sent to over 320,000 Medicare providers in April 2020, HHS has released tens of billions of follow-on dollars through a mix of general …

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‘The Fittest Survive’: HHVBP Expansion Could Drive Home Health Consolidation

In the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed payment rule for 2022, the attention-grabber was the expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, the details of which excited some providers and left others concerned. While the specifics of the expansion plan were being discussed during the public comment period, however, …

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CMS to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Workers in ‘Most Health Care Settings’ — Including Home Health Care

President Joe Biden unveiled a new six-pronged national COVID-19 strategy on Thursday, including stronger requirements around vaccinations for U.S. workers. Home health agencies were among the health care organizations explicitly mentioned in the plan. Along with either requiring or pushing American workers to get vaccinated, the Biden administration’s strategy calls for increased testing and masking …

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Bayada Agrees to Pay $17M to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

The Moorestown, New Jersey-based Bayada Home Health Care has agreed to pay $17 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday. The settlement resolves DOJ’s allegations that Bayada violated the Anti-Kickback Statute by paying a kickback to a retirement home operator by purchasing two of its home health agencies …

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Amazon Care Reportedly Plans to Expand Its At-Home Care Services to 20 New Cities by End of 2022

Amazon’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) plan to become an at-home care player through Amazon Care came to fruition quickly. Unsurprisingly, the next steps are taking place at a similar pace. Currently limited to a few areas in the U.S. — including Washington state, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore — Amazon Care is set to expand to 20 more …

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LHC Group to Acquire Home Health Assets in 22 States from HCA-Brookdale Venture

LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has already hit a record year for M&A activity. It added to its streak in a major way on Wednesday, announcing an agreement to purchase Brookdale Health Care Services agencies in 22 states from the recently formed venture between Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) and HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA). …

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Humana Executive: Data, Analytics Key to a Home-Focused Health Care System

Home health operators have been advocating for more care to be delivered in the home for years. Those calls have now come to fruition. In actuality, other health care stakeholders have sought to shift more care into the home as well, but operational hurdles and unavoidable gaps in care made that mission seemingly impossible. But …

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‘It’s Impacting the Entire Industry’: The Threat Climate Change Poses to Home-Based Care

Home-based care players tout their ability to proactively aid seniors’ health, as opposed to just reactively, and for good reason. Their ability to do just that makes them valuable to patients, payers and partners. To continue keeping seniors safe while they age in place, however, there’s another issue they’ll have to address proactively: increasingly prevalent …

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Nursing Home Executives Increasingly View Home Health Care as Strategic Complement for Lower-Acuity Patients

The largest nursing home advocacy organization in the nation cried foul following the July introduction of the Choose Home Care Act of 2021, a piece of legislation designed to shift more care into the home. The group’s quick criticism of Choose Home only added to the “nursing homes versus home health” narrative that has repeatedly …

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Transactions: Trive Capital Invests in Choice Health at Home; LHC Group Completes Heart of Hospice Deal

Trive Capital, a Dallas-based private equity firm, has formed a partnership with Choice Health at Home. Tyler, Texas-based Choice is a home health, hospice and rehabilitation services provider. The company operates in 40 total locations across Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, with over 800 licensed health care employees. Sign up for HHCN + to read this …

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PDGM’s Base Rates Set 5.76% Below Budget-Neutral Levels, Analysis Finds

The public comment period for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) home health proposed payment rule closed last week. Since then, the industry has voiced more substantive concerns with the rule than initially expected. The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH), for instance, recently released its own perspective, which was driven by …

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Massachusetts Vaccine Mandate ‘Will Absolutely’ Drive Home Care Workforce into Other Industries, Providers Say

Yet another East Coast state may soon see a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for home care workers. Following last week’s news that New York state adopted a vaccination mandate for home-based care workers, Massachusetts is considering expanding the requirements in place for nursing homes to include this group. Roughly a month ago, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s …

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Value-Based Care, PDGM Sparks Home Health Dealmaking Activity

The home health market has been a hotbed of M&A activity as of late, and there are a number of key factors sparking the dealmaking interest. Since its implementation in 2020, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) has loomed large in the home health space. Now, PDGM is a driving force behind much of the transaction …

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Home Health Industry Must Plan for Future PDGM Fight

With a 1.7% bump to Medicare rates and seemingly few modifications to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the home health proposed payment rule for calendar year 2022 felt relatively benign at first glance. In reality, though, the June 28 proposal from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) likely sets up a policy …

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Provider-Vendor Hybrid PathWell Acquires Caring Angels Home Health

The home health company PathWell began as a technology company aiming to help other operators with back-end issues. But when COVID-19 hit, it changed direction to become a provider itself, equipped with the capabilities it once exclusively sought to give to others. PathWell has now grown into a multi-state provider through expansion and acquisitions. And …

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Home Health Services Critical for Lowering Rehospitalization Rates for Medicare Patients with Diabetes

Medicare patients with diabetes are more likely to be sent back to the hospital if they do not receive home health services within two days of discharge from an acute setting, new research has found. The findings have important implications for post-acute care planning, especially considering that roughly one in five Medicare beneficiaries 65 and …

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How CommonSpirit Reduced Medicare Spending by $136M

CommonSpirit Health carved out $136 million in savings to Medicare for 2020, while also improving overall outcomes for hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries, the company recently announced. CommonSpirit Health is a participant in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), which began back in 2012 after being designed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid …

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Elara Caring Names COO; Prospero Health Appoints C-Suite Executives

Elara Caring hires chief operating officer Elara Caring has named Ananth Mohan its chief operating officer. “Ananth is joining Elara Caring at a time when his expertise is needed most,” Scott Powers, CEO of Elara Caring, said in a statement. “The addition of his strong health care operations background to our leadership team comes as …

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‘This Is the Biggest Break We’ve Had’: CMS Makes Major Alteration to Review Choice Demonstration

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made a major update to the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD), one that home health providers will undoubtedly be thrilled about. On Sept. 1, agencies in Florida and North Carolina are set to roll out RCD. One of the major complaints as the date loomed was …

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Downsides to the CMS Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Expansion Plan

For the most part, home health operators are saying “bring it on” to the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model expansion plan from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). There are plenty of very real concerns buried under that enthusiasm, however. Sign up for HHCN + to read this exclusive content. Individual …

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‘Bring It On’: Home Health Executives Embrace HHVBP Expansion

When the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first released its home health proposed payment rule for 2022, its nationwide expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model was recognized as a potential game-changer for the home health industry. While HHVBP has been heralded for its ability to improve quality of care …

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AccentCare CEO: Home Health Industry Can’t Become the ‘Last Refuge’ for Unvaccinated Workers

After months of taking a more passive approach to COVID-19 vaccinations, home health providers are starting to turn up the heat on their workforce. On Tuesday, Sarasota, Florida-based Empath Health — a home health, hospice and home care provider that also offers palliative care and more — announced it will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all …

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Vaccine Mandate Might Be Right Around the Corner for Home-Based Care Providers

New York home-based care workers wondering if a COVID-19 vaccine mandate is around the corner will soon have an answer. On Thursday, the New York Department of Health, Codes Committee of the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) will meet to consider implementing an emergency regulation regarding “Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission by Covered Entities.” …

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HHCN+ Report: Breaking Down the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model

The home health industry is once again in line for a major regulatory change. This time, it’s the looming expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, which has been active in nine demonstration states since 2016. As part of its most recent home health proposed payment rule, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & …

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NAHC, National Minority Health Association Announce New Vaccination Program for the Home-Based Care Workforce

In a move to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among home-based care workers, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has teamed up with the National Minority Health Association (NMHA) and the Flex for Checks program. “We don’t see this as a small issue to be addressed,” NAHC President Bill Dombi told Home Health Care …

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‘It’s Just Wrong on Every Level’: Home Health Insiders Object to Review Choice Demonstration Details

The rollout of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) has been anything but smooth.  The initiative implemented to reduce improper billing and fraud in select states has been plagued by issues like COVID-19-related delays and missteps by CMS and its contractors, among others.  Despite the flaws, the demo …

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Readers and Tweeters Ponder Vaccines and Points of Fairness

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Higher Insurance Rates for the Unvaccinated? Snuff Out That Idea This is about Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal’s comments on “All In With Chris Hayes” (“Analysis: Don’t Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to …

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ComForCare, 24 Hour Home Care Among 2021’s ‘Best Workplaces in Aging Services’

Several of home care’s biggest names made it on to Fortune’s “Best Workplaces in Aging Services” list for 2021, including several that have earned the recognition in the past. Released Friday, the Best Workplaces in Aging Services list is put together each year by Activated Insights, a subsidiary of Great Place to Work. The ranking …

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‘We Don’t Know Whether This Is Where CMS Stops’: Home Health Leaders Respond to New Nursing Home Vaccine Requirements

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Wednesday that nursing home staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19. In the wake of that news, senior care experts and post-acute care operators are considering trickle-down effects the mandate could have on other settings, including home health care. As a condition of participation, all nursing …

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How Home-Based Care Providers Can Prove Their Worth to Payers

Home-based care is going to be a larger part of health care’s future. As a result, it’s beginning to attract considerable attention from entrepreneurs and other innovators. But as new trends arise with the shift toward the home, including new technology, partnership opportunities and payment models, it’ll be up to each provider to decide whether …

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Transactions: Alivia Care Acquires Better Life Home Health; Charter Health Care Group Buys Generations Hospice Care

Alivia’s new home health transaction Alivia Care Inc. has acquired Summerfield, Florida-based home health provider Better Life Home Health. Financial terms were not disclosed. Alivia Care is the parent company of Jacksonville, Florida-based Community Hospice & Palliative Care, which provides services for more than 1,200 patients across Florida. Sign up for HHCN + to read …

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How to Avoid Home Health Dealmaking Landmines

Interest in acquisitions, mergers and joint venture arrangements continues to heat up in the home health space. But for every successful deal that’s closed, there’s another that ultimately ends up falling apart. While dealmaking landmines will always be present, smart home health providers can often work around trouble if they know where to step. Overall, …

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CMS Officials Reflect on the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model’s Success

Officials from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are again touting the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model as one of the agency’s most successful programs ever. In a Health Affairs article published Thursday, top CMS officials at CMS — including Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure — looked back at a decade of alternative …

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Best Life Brands Launches New Home Health Offering ‘Boost Home Healthcare’

Best Life Brands, a holding company that has a portfolio of companies across the care continuum, announced Thursday the launch of its newest franchise brand: Boost Home Healthcare. Backed by the private enquiry firm The Riverside Company, the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan-based company’s arsenal already includes the personal home care provider ComForCare — known in the …

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Aveanna Applauds 2022 Proposed Payment Rule, Sets Sights on Home Health Growth

In the wake of going public in the spring, the leadership team at Aveanna Healthcare Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: AVAH) has been especially vocal about its appetite for major growth. The company’s leaders echoed this sentiment, highlighting a focus on home health in particular, during its Q2 2021 earnings call on Thursday. “Home health and hospice …

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The Pennant Group Holds Firm on Home Health Growth Strategy Amid Labor, COVID-19 Challenges

The Pennant Group Inc.’s (Nasdaq: PNTG) position is different from other, larger home health companies in the country, mainly in that a substantial portion of its overall revenue comes from senior living. COVID-19 is once again threatening senior care industries, making providers like Pennant more at risk for negative disruption. After all, lower occupancy in …

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More Aggressive Delta Variant Causing Home Health Providers to Navigate New Phase of the Pandemic

Since the onset of the COVID-19 emergency in early 2020, home-based care providers have had to navigate seemingly countless challenges around keeping both patients and staff safe. Providers are now gearing up to face a new and more aggressive strain of the coronavirus: the Delta variant. Among its major distinctions, the Delta variant is more …

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‘Significant, Transformational Changes’: Brookdale Hands Off Home Health Business

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) used to be one of the largest home health providers in the country, thanks to its health services segment. Moving forward, it won’t be. HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA) — one of the largest hospital systems in the U.S. — purchased 80% of that segment, with the deal official as …

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Back-End Problems Continue to Haunt Home Health Agencies

Managing back-end operations is arguably as paramount to a home health agency’s success as the patient-facing, clinical aspects of the business. Even so, that task has often been put on the back-burner in the past. But with the onset of no-pay RAPs, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) in select states …

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Honor to Aquire Home Instead, Creating $2 Billion Home Care Services Company

Honor Technology, Inc. has acquired Home Instead, Inc., creating a $2 billion home care services company, the two announced Friday. The deal brings together the largest, highest-touch home care network and the leading home care technology and operations platform, according to the press release. “This is an incredibly exciting moment as we bring together the …

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With Contessa Deal Finalized, Amedisys Ready to Explore ‘New Frontier’ of Home-Based Care

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) executives are still coming down from the excitement around closing the company’s market-moving acquisition of Contessa Health, a home-based care innovator dedicated to shifting higher-acuity care into the home. But along with big future plans for Contessa and its legacy segments, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based aging-in-place giant also continues to face …

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LHC Group Touts ‘Record Year’ for Acquired Revenue in 2021

Excluding 2018 — when it merged with Almost Family — LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has had its best year in terms of acquired revenue in its 27-year history during 2021, according to the company. Thanks to a string of home health and hospice deals, LHC Group has doubled its previous goal for acquired revenue …

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EvergreenHealth Home Care, Alivia Ready to Support Choose Home Legislation

Home-based care leaders are encouraged by the Choose Home Care Act of 2021’s introduction into the U.S. Senate — and what it could mean for the home health industry if it’s ultimately enacted. Brent Korte, Keith Myers and Susan Ponder-Stansel are among them. The trio spoke about the recently introduced legislation Monday at the National …

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Addus Doubles Credit Facility to $600M, Maintains Focus on Home Health Expansion

Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has remained laser focused on one goal for some time now: building out all three of its home-based service lines in markets where it is already present. That requires a strategic and aggressive M&A strategy, which Addus has executed in the past year. It plans to continue making moves in …

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Community-Based Palliative Care, Choose Home Top List of Current Home Health Policy Priorities

National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) President Bill Dombi touched on the importance of recent community-based palliative care legislation during a Sunday night policy update at the Washington, D.C.-based industry group’s 2021 Financial Management Conference. The bulk of his update, however, was spent urging industry insiders to band together and throw their support …

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Physician Offices Rarely See Differences Between Home Health Agencies

Home health, hospice and palliative care providers all have to play the same game, as far as getting in front of physicians to secure new referrals. On their end, however, referring physicians often fail to see the differences between home health agencies and other in-home care providers, new research from senior care consulting firm Transcend …

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The Children’s Oncology Group Is Teaming Up with Signify Health to Bring Cancer Care into the Home

COVID-19 disrupted cancer care for patients across the country, which furthered the effort to bring that care into the home, a practice done far less in the U.S. compared to other developed countries around the world. Specifically, the Children’s Oncology Group — an organization devoted to childhood and adolescent cancer research — began talks with …

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SNF-Diversion Bill ‘Choose Home’ Introduced, Projected to Save Up to $247M Annually

The home health industry reached a major legislative milestone on Thursday, with U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) teaming up to introduce a new bill to support in-home care alternatives to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Endorsed by the AARP and supported by a long list of home-based care advocates, the Choose Home …

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Encompass CEO Mark Tarr: Home Health Separation Will Enhance Long-Term Business Value

Those interested in what Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) will do next with its home health and hospice segment have been largely left to read the tea leaves up to this point. And while there is still not a final conclusion, the company is on the verge of completing its exploration of “strategic alternatives” for …

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Humana Sets Stage for Kindred Takeover, Remains Hopeful About a 2022 Return to Normalcy

Despite still reeling from COVID-19-related headwinds, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) experienced better-than-expected results in its home and provider businesses during the second quarter of 2021. “Our strong operating performance this year is, in part, attributed to our strong partnerships with providers who are delivering high-quality care to our members,” Bruce Broussard, president and CEO of …

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Home Health CEO Barb Jacobsmeyer Hits the Ground Running, as Encompass Confirms Separation Plans

Barb Jacobsmeyer is the new head of Encompass Health’s (NYSE: EHC) home health and hospice segment, taking over following the departure of former CEO and founder April Anthony. Previously the head of the Birmingham, Alabama-based company’s in-patient hospitals segment, Jacobsmeyer takes the helm at a point when Encompass Health is on the verge of a …

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Health Care Associations Call for Vaccine Mandate as Threat of the Delta Variant Grows

A number of major medical groups and senior services associations have joined forces to call for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all health and long-term care workers. This national push for a mandate comes at a time when a new and more infectious strain of coronavirus — the Delta variant — is making the news. “The …

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PE-Backed Choice Completes 4th Acquisition of 2021, Buys Alpha Home Health and Hospice

Choice Health at Home has acquired Alpha Home Health and Hospice, further increasing the company’s Oklahoma footprint. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Alpha provides home health and hospice services through five locations in Ada, Ardmore, Oklahoma City, Norman and Pauls Valley. Meanwhile, Tyler, Texas-based Choice is home health, hospice and rehabilitation services …

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For Complex Behavioral Health Patients, Home Health Is a Vehicle to Better Care

Innovive Health had been known to clients and payers as Nizhoni Health for nearly two decades. As it heads into a new brand stage, it wants the transformation to reflect the unique type of home-based care it offers. The Medford, Massachusetts-based provider serves complex behavioral health patients, who often have comorbidities, in their homes. Its …

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Southwestern Health Resources Leveraging Home Health to Achieve ACO Success, Lower Total Cost of Care

Southwestern Health Resources (SWHR) is an integrated health care network formed in 2015 with the purpose of filling gaps in care. It’s also part of one of the top Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the nation. Having an unwavering commitment to lowering “total cost of care” has been a main factor in that …

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Aging-in-Place Market Valued at $151B, But Still Overshadowed by Other Care Settings

Aging in place — which includes daily essential activities, health and safety awareness, care coordination, transition support and home-based care — is a $151 billion market. That’s according to a new report from The Holding Co. and Pivotal Ventures. “The [market growth] is driven from older adults themselves,” Jocelyn Ling Malan, business design partner at …

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Home Health Veterans Windley, Strange Hoping to Take Aveanna Above and Beyond $2 Billion

Rod Windley and Tony Strange have been in business with each other for decades. They continue to be partners today as the chairman and CEO, respectively, of Aveanna Healthcare (Nasdaq: AVAH). From The Healthfield Group Inc. and Gentiva Health Services, Kindred at Home’s predecessor, to Aveanna, Windley and Strange have helped build a handful of …

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After Closing Brookdale Deal, HCA Healthcare Continues to Show Home Health Potential

The day before it officially closed on its deal to acquire 80% of Brookdale Health Care Services (NYSE: BKD), HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA) finished a financial quarter that showed significant recovery for the behemoth hospital chain — and then some. As COVID-19 concerns waned for patients, admissions and revenue soared for HCA, which is set …

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Hospice Provider Compassus Sees a Future Delivering High-Acuity Care in the Home

Compassus has long solidified its spot in the increasingly crowded hospice field. But as the company continues to move forward, it’s positioning itself as an all-around post-acute care provider, with the core of its model being home-based care. “Historically, we’ve been primarily a hospice company, but I think what we’ve learned in hospice care is …

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Jet Health Lands Signal Home Health & Hospice in Ongoing Expansion Push

With its latest purchase of San Antonio, Texas-based Signal Home Health & Hospice, Jet Health continues its strategy of co-locating hospice operations with its home health offerings. That has become a calling card for the company, similar to several other home-based care providers. Jet Health announced the Signal deal on Monday without disclosing any financial …

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Transactions: Regence BlueShield Teams Up with DispatchHealth; Amedisys Enters New Market

Health insurer Regence BlueShield has partnered with DispatchHealth to give its members access to hospital-at-home and mobile high-acuity services. “Hospitalizations in the home is a groundbreaking and exciting shift in care delivery,” Dr. Drew Oliveira, senior executive medical director at Regence, said in a press release. “Our partnership with DispatchHealth enables Regence members to receive …

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Home Health Industry Must Prepare for Costs of Consolidation

At Home Health Care News, it seems like we’ve been writing about “the rapidly consolidating home health market” for years. Just check out this story from 2015, for example. There are also these more recent pieces from 2018 and 2019, respectively. In many ways, consolidation — either through agency closures or through M&A activity — …

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UnitedHealth Group CEO: Future Growth Will Come from Home-Based Care Investments

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) leaders highlighted key growth drivers for the company during a Thursday morning conference call on Q2 2021 financial results. Execs honed in on three main investment areas, with one being a continued bet on Optum, its in-home care provider. UnitedHealth Group has been one of the more active payers as far …

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Senate Democrats’ Plan Boosts Spending on Medicare, ACA Subsidies, Long-Term Care

The budget package Democrats are assembling in Congress would likely provide the biggest jolt to the American health care system since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, according to sources familiar with work on the plan. Democrats in the Senate announced Tuesday night that they had reached a framework for a $3.5 …

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Despite Early Struggles, Home Health Providers Adjusting to the ‘No-Pay RAP’

Home health providers have over half a year of “no-pay RAPs” under their belts now. Just like COVID-19 and the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), their adaptation to that change has been based on their size, capabilities and location, among other factors. But for the most part, the fear of having a significant amount of cash …

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Crisis in Direct Care ‘Will Explode’ Without Immediate Government Support, PHI Warns

From low wages to a lack of career advancement opportunities, there are a number of issues that plague the caregiver workforce. Under the current presidential administration, however, there’s a chance to reexamine the state of the caregiver workforce and implement several changes that could improve the profession, thus ensuring care for seniors. PHI, a New …

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Mission Buys Healthy Living Network, Effectively Doubling Its Overall Business

Mission Healthcare announced Wednesday that it has acquired Healthy Living Network, a multi-state home health provider founded over a decade ago. The deal is the largest acquisition in the San Diego-based Mission’s history, CEO Paul VerHoeve told Home Health Care news. Additionally, by joining forces with Healthy Living Network, Mission effectively doubles its overall business …

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Aegis, Fox Rehabilitation See Increased Demand for In-Home Therapy Services

In-home therapy services was a big topic going into 2020, the first year of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). It remained an important issue in 2021, with some therapy providers seeing more demand for their services during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s in this environment that therapy contractor Aegis Therapies saw an opportunity. In fact, Aegis …

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Addus to Acquire Home Health, Hospice Provider Armada for $29M

Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Armada Skilled Home Health and Hospice, further building out its already sizable footprint in the state of New Mexico. It’s yet another step for Addus in its quest to build out home health, hospice and personal care lines in specific markets and states, …

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Home Health Providers Have Paid $422M to Settle False Claims Act Cases Since 2012

Home health providers in the U.S. have paid at least $422.6 million to settle False Claims Act (FCA) allegations since 2012, according to a recently unveiled database from Nashville, Tennessee-based legal firm Bass, Berry & Sims. The total number of annual settlements have varied greatly, from a high of 14 in 2015 to a low …

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VNSNY and SEIU Show Employer-Worker Unity for Better Care Better Jobs Act

On Tuesday, individuals will gather in New York’s City Hall Park for a rally spearheaded by the 1199SEIU Homecare Workers union in support of the Better Care Better Jobs Act — which would inject funds into home-based care. These individuals will include home health workers from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) Partners …

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Transactions: Amedisys acquires VNA’s Home Health Assets; AccordCare Expands Medicaid Business

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has completed its purchase of Visiting Nurse Association’s (VNA) assets. Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys has a number of in-home care capabilities, including home health, hospice and personal care services. Amedisys also recently acquired Contessa Health for $250 million. The deal gives the company a range of acute-level care services. Meanwhile, VNA …

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ConcertoCare Adds Chief People Officer; CMS Appoints Medicaid Director

ConcertoCare appoints chief people officer ConcertoCare has hired Rachel Grace as its chief people officer. Backed by Deerfield Management Company, the Aliso Viejo, California-based ConcertoCare offers in-home primary care, virtual care and PACE services to dual-eligible seniors and those enrolled under Medicare Advantage. In her new role, Grace will be responsible for developing hiring and …

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Recent Deals Signal Start of a New Home Health Arms Race, Market Shift

If you dig into the home health market, you’ll find that a lot of providers look very much alike. Overall, the home health market is made up of several thousand different players, from smaller mom-and-pop shops led by mission-driven nurses to multi-million-dollar behemoths led by savvy health care veterans. Yet for the most part, many …

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LHC Group, SCP Health Form New Partnership to Provide Higher-Acuity Care in the Home

LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) and SCP Health on Wednesday announced a new strategic partnership aimed at providing higher-acuity care in the home. By joining forces, LHC Group and SCP Health — two very familiar companies with deep Louisiana roots — hope to build the framework for a range of plug-and-play home-based care solutions that …

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VNSNY Launches Care Delivery Model Tailored to LGBTQ Community

In an effort to ensure health equity, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) has launched a new care delivery model geared toward self-identified members of the LGBTQ community. “We listened to the community. They really wanted us to develop an LGBTQ+ program,” Arthur Fitting, LGBTQ+ program manager at VNSNY, told Home Health Care …

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Amedisys Looks to Pull Away from the Home Health Pack with ‘No Brainer’ Contessa Deal

Aging-in-place company Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) on Wednesday announced plans to acquire hospital-at-home pioneer Contessa Health for $250 million. From a nuts-and-bolts perspective, the deal — expected to close later this summer — makes a ton of sense for Amedisys. Among the strategic benefits, for example, it gives the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company an unprecedented …

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[Updated] In ‘Strategic Milestone,’ Amedisys to Acquire Hospital-at-Home Company Contessa Health for $250M

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has an agreement in place to acquire Contessa Health, one of the biggest players in the hospital-at-home market, for $250 million. The acquisition takes Amedisys’ total addressable market for in-home care services from $44 billion to $73 billion, according to the company. Strategically, Amedisys believes it can leverage its existing home-based …

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FirstLight Announces New President; Humana Home Care Leader Named CFO

McAnanly takes over at FirstLight FirstLight Home Care announced Wednesday that it has picked its new president. The appointment comes roughly seven months after FirstLight’s board of directors sought a change in leadership from former CEO Jeff Bevis, who founded the home care company with his son in 2009. Moving forward, the Cincinnati-based FirstLight will …

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Desperate for Home Care, Seniors Often Wait Months With Workers in Short Supply

CASTINE, Maine — For years, Louise Shackett has had trouble walking or standing for long periods, making it difficult for her to clean her house in southeastern Maine or do laundry. Shackett, 80, no longer drives, which makes it hard to get to the grocery store or doctor. Her low income, though, qualifies her for …

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Encompass Health May Be Nearing Home Health, Hospice Spinoff

Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) may be nearing a spinoff — not a sale — of its home health and hospice segment. That avenue looks increasingly likely in light of the company’s recent leadership announcements, industry insiders believe. Last week, Barb Jacobsmeyer was named the new CEO of Encompass Health’s home health and hospice segment, …

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Coltala Acquires Choice Health at Home: ‘We Recognized an Opportunity — and Paid a Good Price for It’

The private equity firm Coltala Holdings has acquired a stake in Choice Health at Home, a growing home-based care provider based in Texas. Financial details were not disclosed. The capital and other resources from Coltala will help Choice become a larger home health player across the South. Additional aspects of the deal reflect larger trends …

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‘Choose Home’ Legislation Gaining Significant Support in Congress, Nearing Formal Introduction

“Choose Home,” major legislation designed to help more people age in place, is gaining momentum on Capitol Hill. There’s even a chance a Choose Home bill is introduced before Congress’s July 4 recess. That’s according to National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) President Bill Dombi. If introduced and eventually enacted, Choose Home would …

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CMS Proposes $310M Home Health Payment Boost, National Expansion of HHVBP

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday proposed plans to expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model nationwide by the start of next year. The agency did so in its proposed payment rule for 2022. In addition to the HHVBP expansion, CMS proposed to increase Medicare payments to home health …

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AccentCare Enters Two New Markets with Purchase of Southeastern Health Care at Home

AccentCare announced Monday that it has purchased Southeastern Health Care at Home from private equity firm Geneva Glen Capital. Southeastern Health Care at Home is the largest privately-owned home health services provider in Pennsylvania. In addition to home health care, the company delivers hospice and mobile primary care services, plus palliative and wound care services. …

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Recognizing Future Threats to the In-Patient Model, California Health System Launches ‘Hoag at Home’

Another large health system is making a concerted effort to provide home-based care services to its patients. Newport Beach, California-based Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian announced Wednesday that it has launched Hoag at Home, which will provide a slew of at-home care services. “I think hospitals kind of are seeing the future and some of the …

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LifeSpire of Virginia, Pinnacle Living Form Home-Based Care Joint Venture

Two senior living providers — LifeSpire of Virginia and Pinnacle Living — have teamed up to provide home-based care services through a new joint venture agreement. The partnership comes at a time when more senior living providers are incorporating home-based care into their service lines, a trend that hasn’t played out too well in the …

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Tabula Rasa Co-Founder: More Home-Based Care Agencies Should Get Involved in PACE

Tabula Rasa HealthCare (Nasdaq: TRHC) — a provider of data-driven technology solutions — continues to tout the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model as an avenue for itself and home-based care to grow. With at-home care and medication usage focuses, Tabula Rasa sees PACE as a major part of senior care’s future. …

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Despite Labor Struggles, First Day Homecare Hopes to Grow New Pediatric Home Health Business

Nine days before the state of Michigan shut down the vast majority of its businesses, First Day Homecare opened its doors for the first time. Based in Flint, Michigan, the pediatric home health provider had its sights set on accreditation status and eventual expansion, which would allow it to serve more clients statewide. But the …

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GuideWell Announces Strategic Investment in Home-Based Primary Care Provider PopHealthCare

Health plans — and the entities that own them — continue to invest heavily around in-home care. The latest example is GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, which announced a new “multi-year strategic investment” in subsidiary PopHealthCare on Wednesday. The company is not disclosing the exact size of the investment. “At GuideWell, we are committed to transforming …

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Unvaccinated, Homebound and Now Hospitalized With Covid in New York City

Dr. Leora Horwitz treats fewer and fewer covid patients at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Still, she thinks there are too many. And they almost all have something in common. “I’ve only had one patient who was vaccinated, and he was being treated for cancer with chemotherapy,” she said, reflecting recent research …

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Current Health Joins Moving Health Home Coalition; FirstLight Partners with Dina

Current Health joins Moving Health Home Boston-based Current Health, a company that offers a remote care management platform to help health care providers conduct home-based care, has joined the Moving Health Home (MHH) coalition. MHH was created in March to influence lawmakers and advocate for legislation favorable to all sorts of home-based care. Its member …

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PPP Forgiveness Continues to Slow Down the Home Health M&A Process

The COVID-19 crisis came in a hurry. The government, therefore, had to create programs and grants in a hurry to offset some of the financial woes that health care providers were facing. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Provider Relief Fund and other funding was much needed to keep many home-based care operations afloat. But as …

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Attracted by Risk-Bearing Capabilities, Humana Acquiring Provider-Convener onehome

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire onehome, a home-focused, post-acute care company. The acquisition brings the Louisville, Kentucky-based Humana closer to its goal of being one of the premier home-based care providers in the country, its executives believe. Officially dubbed “One HomeCare Solutions,” the Miramar, Florida-based …

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HHS Issues New Reporting Requirements, Deadlines for Provider Relief Fund Recipients

Home health providers may have some additional financial aid in the not-too-distant future, as the federal government reportedly inches closer toward disbursing another round of CARES Act funds. As they wait for details, home health providers and other Medicare-reimbursed organizations on Friday received new reporting requirements and deadlines for the COVID-19 relief dollars they received …

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Outdated Communication Methods Are Holding Home-Based Care Providers Back

Home-based care providers are hampered by their use of outdated communications tools, a new report from Citus Health and Porter Research claims. New York-based Citus Health is a digital care coordination platform that serves the home-based care industry. The company’s platform facilitates communication between family members, care providers and the patient. Released Wednesday, the report …

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UMass Memorial Health Hopes to Grow Hospital-at-Home Program Tenfold in the Next Year

A couple years back, UMass Memorial Health outlined new strategies and ideas for the future, with a hospital-at-home program being one of them. At the end of the exercise, that idea ranked 17th on its internal priority list. Fast forward to the end of 2020, and the installation of a hospital-at-home program had shot up …

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To Better Protect Homebound Seniors, CMS Boosts Medicare Rates for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations

Since COVID-19 vaccines became more widely available in the U.S., home health providers have been working to “get shots in the arms” of vulnerable, homebound populations. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new support for those providers on Wednesday. As part of the Biden administration’s commitment to increasing access to vaccinations, …

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The Home-Based Care Companies That Could Go Public Next

In-home care tailwinds have only grown stronger during the COVID-19 crisis. That, in turn, is prompting the home health industry itself to change. Initially, much of that change has come in the form of more M&A action and investment, especially from private equity interests. Eventually, though, it will also likely manifest in more activity in …

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InHome Healthcare Services Sets Sights on Growth Following Home Health Turnaround

Jump-starting a struggling company is no easy feat. For InHome Healthcare Services, this meant having a strong grasp on its local market and filling care gaps in the community. Before InHome Healthcare Services was a single company, it was two individual agencies: Good Life Homecare in Monterey, California, and Wilshire Healthcare in Fresno, California. In …

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Bayada, VCU Health System Form New Joint Venture; Choice Health Makes Multiple Acquisitions

Bayada’s new home health JV Bayada Home Health Care and VCU Health System have formed a new home health and hospice joint venture in Richmond, Virginia. The new company, named “VCU Health at Home by Bayada,” is expected to start accepting patients within the next six to nine months. The enterprise will serve patients in …

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Kendal at Home Unveils Expansion Plans as ‘CCRC Without Walls’ Gains Momentum

Launched in 2004, Kendal at Home is one of the oldest, largest and most well-known “CCRC without walls” in the U.S. The aging-in-place pioneer is now getting even bigger, thanks to a statewide expansion in Ohio and a new push into Massachusetts. Kendal at Home is an affiliate of the Cleveland-based Kendal Corporation, a nonprofit …

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Caregiver Churn Remains Key Challenge for Home-Based Care Providers

Home-based care providers had plenty of COVID-19-related challenges to overcome, including personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages and cash-flow difficulties. Yet caregiver churn remains the top concern for many in-home care operators. It’s one of the greatest roadblocks to growth as well. The public health emergency has only compounded the staffing challenges that have plagued providers …

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Home Health Providers Likely to Play ‘Very Important Role’ in Direct Contracting

Direct contracting is quickly becoming one of the most prominent examples of the overall shift to value-based care. And home health providers will likely play a critical role in the payment model’s success. Although the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) paused certain direct-contracting options when the new administration took over, it remains an …

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Prospero’s Chief Clinical Officer: Lots of ‘Low-Value’ Health Care Is Used to Treat Seniors

Home-based care veterans finally see a viable way for seniors to be cared for properly after COVID-19 proved a lot of their long-standing hypotheses. Their hope now is that the rest of the health care world notices the power and effectiveness that comes with at-home care. The same holds true for seniors themselves. “I think …

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Addus Focused on Sourcing New Home Health Acquisitions, Improving Applicant-Conversion Rates

The COVID-19 public health emergency has solidified the home as a viable and effective care setting. That, in turn, has led to meaningful opportunities for home-based care providers, especially those with diversified service lines. Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) is a prime example. The company’s leadership team discussed the pandemic and its lasting impacts during …

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ConcertoCare Prepares for PACE Expansion, Direct-Contracting Participation

In-home care providers ConcertoHealth and Perfect Health merged under the “ConcertoCare” name in February. Since then, ConcertoCare leaders have been preparing for what’s likely to be an action-packed 2021. The New York-based organization’s plans include an expansion into the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) space, plus an entry into the world of …

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Alternate Solutions, OSU Wexner Medical Center Form New Home Health JV

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Alternate Solutions Health Network have partnered to form a new home health joint venture. The mission of the OSU-affiliated JV is to increase access to home-based care. Kettering, Ohio-based Alternate Solutions Health Network is a national provider of post-acute solutions, including home health and hospice services. Meanwhile, …

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Caring for an Aging Nation

USE OUR CONTENT This story can republished for free. Please contact KHNweb@kff.org for embed codes. Table of Contents A Variety of Services Booming Number of Seniors The Cost of Long-Term Care Services The Physical – and Financial – Burden The $61 Billion Price Tag Health care for the nation’s seniors looms large as the baby-boom …

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Aveanna Details Big Plans for Home Health M&A in First Official Earnings Call

Fresh off of its market debut last month, Aveanna Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVAH) is throwing its weight behind home health. Since going public, the company has made moves to position itself as a major player within the home health space. Aveanna plans to aggressively pursue home health M&A opportunities, Rod Windley, executive chairman of …

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Signify Adds New VPs; Complia Health Builds Out C-Suite

Signify Health appoints two VPs Signify Health (NYSE: SGFY) has appointed Tracey Scraba as senior vice president and deputy general counsel. Additionally, it has hired Lisa Wagamon as senior vice president of network development. Dallas-based Signify is a New Mountain Capital portfolio company. It recently went public,posting a market capitalization of $7.12 billion in its …

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Encompass Health CEO Shares Multi-Pronged Approach to Recruiting, Retaining Nurses

The huge demand for nursing talent has left home health providers feeling the pressure of recruitment challenges. Home health giant Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) is no exception. Encompass Health CEO Mark Tarr recently discussed the company’s recruitment and retention strategies for nursing staff during a presentation at the UBS Global Healthcare Virtual Conference on …

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How American Advantage Home Care Grew Its Client Base by 1000% in 2 Years

Cleamon Moorer Jr. is not a home health lifer, nor is he what you’d call a health care veteran. But he’s thriving in the space nonetheless. After taking over the relatively small American Advantage Home Care in 2019, he strategized to differentiate the agency from its peers. The Dearborn, Michigan-based provider has expanded its client …

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Why Rush, HCCI Are Bringing Back the Doctor House Call

The idea of a doctor entering the home to treat a patient, a type of medical visit otherwise known as a “house call,” may bring to mind television sitcoms of yesteryear rather than the current health care landscape. But as the COVID-19 emergency continues and more people start to embrace home-based care, there’s a case …

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LeadingAge, Bayada Urge Congress to Invest in Aging Services Infrastructure

Leaders across the senior care sector have banded together and are urging Congress to back legislation that will increase access to care services. And help is long overdue, they argue. For decades, aging services have been underfunded in the U.S., according to Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit LeadingAge. Sloan …

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How SNF Operator Masonicare Leveraged Its Home-Based Care Services to Adapt to COVID-19

In the age of COVID-19, companies operating in the senior care space have been forced to be adaptable. It’s in this environment where Masonicare — a skilled nursing facility (SNF) operator — began amplifying its home-based care services while downsizing its facilities. Wallingford, Connecticut-based Masonicare is a not-for-profit senior care provider that operates independent living, …

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Encompass Health CEO: There’s Pent-Up Demand for Home Health Services

Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) is actively evaluating ways to strategically reposition its home health and hospice segment, which also needs a new leader. The search is under way for that new segment CEO, with current CEO April Anthony — its original founder — set to step down in June. Even with all of that …

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Home Health Providers to Watch in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the ambitious plans of most home health providers. Now nearly halfway into 2021, many are picking up right where they left off, with a few key players doubling down on innovation and betting big on the future of home-based care. There are plenty “home health providers to watch” as the rest …

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Home Care Innovator Lifesprk to Acquire Senior Living Operator Tealwood

Lifesprk — the whole-person senior services company based in Minnesota — has added a new page to its innovative playbook. On top of being a fully integrated provider of home health, hospice, primary care and other senior-focused services, Lifesprk is also now a bona fide senior living operator. It holds that distinction after announcing the …

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Home Care Companies Could See Healthy Gains with Fitness-Focused Partnerships

It has been well documented that seniors can benefit from regular physical activity. As home-based care providers look to expand their services and differentiate their brands, fitness and wellness offerings likely offer a strong return on investment. One company, SilverSneakers, has seen how fitness can improve health outcomes in seniors firsthand. Nashville, Tennessee-based SilverSneakers is …

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Pennant Posts Record Home Health Numbers, Hits Pause on Senior Living Dealmaking

Despite staffing pressures, increased expenditures and other challenges tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Pennant Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG) reported a record first quarter for its home health and hospice segment in 2021. The Eagle, Idaho-based home health, hospice and senior living operator expects more growth for the segment over the rest of the year, …

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Occupancy Gains Could Boost Brookdale’s Home Health Business with HCA Takeover Pending

When Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) was looking at prospective buyers of its home health and hospice segment, it was in a vulnerable position. Its home health business had been “disappointing” at times, in the words of Brookdale President and CEO Cindy Baier. Occupancy in its senior living segment was falling during the COVID-19 …

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Encouraged by Legislative Tailwinds, LHC Group Considers Personal Care Expansion

From the halls of Congress to the desk of President Joe Biden, home health providers have been generally encouraged by the federal government’s increased focus on home-based care. In the present, that sense of encouragement comes from billions of dollars in funding for home- and community-based services (HCBS), plus regulatory waivers for telehealth, paperwork requirements …

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Senior Helpers Names Strategy Leader; Griswold Home Care Appoints CFO

Senior Helpers announces senior director of strategic programs Senior Helpers has named David Chandler its senior director of strategic programs. Maryland-based Senior Helpers is a home care franchise organization that operates across 44 states. The company — recently acquired by the investment arm of Advocate Aurora Health — has over 320 locations worldwide. In his …

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Home Health Patient Volume Hits 116% of Pre-Pandemic Baselines

Post-acute care patient volume continues to rebound, with home health agencies recovering much more rapidly than skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). That general statement has been true for the past few months. But now, new data suggests the volume shift is likely part of a long-lasting trend, according to Tom Martin, director of post-acute care analytics …

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Visiting Nurse Health System Cementing Identity Amid Ground-Up Restructuring

Home health providers of all shapes and sizes are currently taking a good, hard look at themselves in the mirror. For the Atlanta-based Visiting Nurse Health System (VNHS), that self-reflection has meant redefining relationships with payers, reprioritizing internal operations and recommitting to talent acquisition, according to Dorothy Davis, the nonprofit’s president and CEO. “In the …

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Biden Administration Releases $1.4B for HCBS, Senior Health Programs

The Biden administration is releasing $1.4 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan for Older Americans Act programs. Distributed by the Administration for Community Living, a chunk of the funds will go toward home- and community-based services. President Joe Biden originally signed the American Rescue Plan, a COVID-19 relief package, into law on March …

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Humana Set Up to Be Largest Home-Based Care Provider Approved for Direct Contracting

Once its 100% acquisition of Kindred at Home is finalized, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) believes it will become one of the premier home health care providers in the entire country. It certainly has the resources to be just that. That’s partly because the payer-provider hybrid is also directly contracting with traditional Medicare through the Global …

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Addus Encouraged by Vaccine Progress, New HCBS Policies

Typically, when executives talk about their companies “having to weather the storm,” they’re speaking figuratively. That wasn’t the case for Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) on Tuesday. Addus CEO and Chairman Dirk Allison talked about the negative impact that the February winter storms had on the home-based care provider’s business during the company’s Q1 2021 …

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‘A Unique Opportunity for Home Health Providers’: CMS Extends CJR Model

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) payment model. That’s welcome news for home health operators, as CJR has been a key program for participating agencies since its implementation. Introduced in 2016, CJR essentially allows CMS to hand out bonuses or inflict payment penalties …

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Shorter SNF Stays Could Mean More Room for Home-Based Care

Patients recovering at a skilled nursing facility (SNF) can often be discharged home much sooner than they typically are without resulting in a negative health outcome, new research suggests. And if that were to happen more frequently, it could potentially save the U.S. health care system millions of dollars in post-acute care spending while setting …

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Home Health LUPA Challenges Continue as Pandemic Subsides

The frequency of low-utilization payment adjustments (LUPAs) increased for many home health providers in the first year of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), which coincided with the COVID-19 crisis. In part, that’s because there are far more LUPA variables to keep track of under the new payment model. At times, increases were also linked to …

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CMS Medicare Provider Enrollment Requirements Could Drive Home Health Agencies Out of Business

Changes to the requirements for Medicare provider enrollment could have major consequences for home health providers down the line. Under provider enrollment requirements, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has the authority to rescind providers’ Medicare enrollment if they are associated with “bad actors” and are at risk for fraud due to …

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The Vulnerable Homebound Are Left Behind on Vaccination

It was April, more than three months into the vaccination campaign against covid-19, and Jim Freeman, 83, still had not gotten his first dose. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Freeman had been eligible for months as part of the 75-and-older target group deemed most vulnerable to death and serious illness in …

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Looking to Build Market Share, Amedisys Rolls Out SNF-at-Home Pilot Program

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) hasn’t been shy about the company’s plans to gain an even larger share of business from other post-acute care operators. With that in mind, the company has been focused on setting up shop in the SNF-at-home space, pairing skilled home health care with non-medical personal care services. Those efforts have now …

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Hunting for New Segment CEO, Encompass Health to Stay Aggressive in Home Health

Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) announced in December that it was “exploring strategic alternatives” for its home health and hospice segment. Four months later, April Anthony, the CEO and original founder of the segment, revealed she was stepping down this summer. With the home health business well on its way to recovering from the COVID-19 …

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Why Humana Believes It Can Do Home Health Care Better

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) believes it can deliver home health services better than traditional providers do today. More than any other reason, that’s fundamentally why it’s accelerating its in-home care strategy by acquiring 100% of home health giant Kindred at Home for a “bargain” purchase price of $5.7 billion — the company’s largest acquisition ever. …

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Votive Health Raises $2.5M to Help Home-Based Care Providers Make Value-Based Arrangements

Votive Health — a technology startup that facilitates payer-provider integration — formally announced its launch and first funding round on Wednesday. The company raked in $2.5 million in a round led by Flare Capital Partners, with Chrysalis Ventures and OCA Ventures as co-investors. San Luis Obispo, California-based Votive Health is a technology-enabled network manager that …

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Humana to Acquire All of Kindred at Home, Divest Hospice and Community Care Operations

When Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) teamed up with private equity giants TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) to acquire Kindred Healthcare in July 2018, it was only a matter of time before the Louisville, Kentucky-based health insurer went off on its own. That time has finally arrived. As part of that $4.1 …

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PE-Backed Valeo Acquires Post-Acute Care Business; BrightSpring Finalizes Abode Deal

Valeo Home Health lands Hearts for Hospice & Home Health Valeo Home Health & Hospice has acquired Hearts for Hospice & Home Health from Abode Healthcare. Valeo is PE-backed provider based in Millcreek, Utah, that provides a mix of post-acute care services Strategically, the acquisition increases Valeo’s presence in Utah, as Hearts for Hospice & …

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Encompass Health Pens Deal to Acquire Home Health Assets of Frontier

Ahead of this week’s upcoming earnings call, Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) has locked in an agreement to acquire the home-based care assets of Frontier Home Health and Hospice. The company announced the news Monday. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health delivers care in both facility- and home-based …

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BrightStar Care Joins Amazon, Landmark Health on Home-Based Care Coalition

BrightStar Care has joined Moving Health Home (MHH) — a home-based care advancement coalition that counts Amazon Care and Intermountain Healthcare as members, among 9 other organizations. BrightStar Care is one of the largest home care franchises in the nation. The Chicago-based company’s overall network spans 340 personal care locations in 38 states, reaching about …

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In-Home Care Providers Must Break Through Barriers to Handle More Long-Term Care Volume

There are several trends shaping senior care in the United States, with two of the biggest being continued Medicare Advantage (MA) growth and the steady shift of health care into the home. Yet if in-home care operators want to capitalize on those trends, they’ll have to break through traditional payment and operational barriers. That’s particularly …

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Why Home Health Providers Should Consider Offering Behavioral Health Services

The demand for behavioral health services was rising even before the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, more home health providers have been wondering what it takes to step into the space. Over the past 12 months, the public health emergency has taken a considerable toll, worsening mental or behavioral health conditions for many people in …

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Skyrocketing Home Health Demand, Better Care Coordination Drove HCA Healthcare to Brookdale

HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA) is the largest health system in the U.S. That scale alone has made its entrance into the home health space worth paying attention to. In February, HCA announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in Brookdale Senior Living’s (NYSE: BKD) up-and-down home health and …

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Why Minnesota’s Largest Home Care Provider Doubled Down on Financial Management Services

In the crowded home-based care market, providers have been forced to become increasingly more creative when it comes to their service offerings. One company, Accra, recently saw success with the growth of its unique financial management services program. The Minnetonka-based Accra is the largest provider of home care services in Minnesota. Among its offerings, the …

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Former Encompass Executive Joins Traditions Health; WellSky Appoints New CFO

Traditions Health names new president and CEO Traditions Health LLC has named David Klementz its new president and CEO. College Station, Texas-based Traditions Health is a growing home health and hospice provider that currently serves 5,000 patients across fourteen states. Backed by PE firm Dorilton Capital, the provider has acquired multiple post-acute care businesses since …

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Biden, Congress Extend Medicare Sequestration Holiday Through 2021

The long and winding saga behind the Medicare sequestration holiday for home health providers and others has come to a close. On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted by a 384-38 margin in favor of a continued sequestration delay. The legislation was one of two measures introduced since early March aimed at delaying …

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Long-Term Care Expert David Grabowski: Home-Based Care Versus Nursing Homes Is a ‘False Dichotomy’

Long-term care providers have always had to stay on top of ever-changing shifts in trends, policies and regulations. The COVID-19 emergency has only made this task even more important. In today’s fast-paced environment, Harvard Medical School professor David Grabowski has turned into a major voice. Since last year, Grabowski has applied his expertise to a …

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How Intrepid USA, VNSNY Refined Their Referral Processes Following Pandemic-Related Volume Swings

For home health providers, one of the many impacts of the COVID-19 emergency was a sudden drop in referrals last spring. Eventually, though, a nationwide effort to shift more care into the home led to an increase in referrals for the home health industry. Providers are now trying to navigate the increased referral volume while …

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Provider-Convener Hybrid onehome Teams Up with MA Disruptor Devoted Health

onehome — a home-focused post-acute care company that operates under a full-risk model — is gearing up for a major expansion push. And it’s doing so with the support of one of the most innovative Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in the country. The Miramar, Florida-based onehome announced Monday that it’s partnering with next-generation MA plan …

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Biden Seeks $400 Billion to Buttress Long-Term Care. A Look at What’s at Stake.

There’s widespread agreement that it’s important to help older adults and people with disabilities remain independent as long as possible. But are we prepared to do what’s necessary, as a nation, to make this possible? This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. That’s the challenge President Joe Biden has put …

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VNSNY, Contessa Join Amazon-Backed Home Health Coalition

Moving Health Home — the new provider coalition formed in early March dedicated to advancing home-based care in the United States — has landed seven new members. The Washington, D.C.-based industry group announced Friday that Compassus, UPMC, U.S. Medical Management, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), Advocate Aurora Health, Contessa Health and Vituity …

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Accra Names New COO; ConcertoCare Hires Chief Growth Officer

Accra executive lands promotion Accra has promoted Susan Morgan to the role of chief operating officer. The Minnetonka-based Accra is the largest provider of home care services in Minnesota. Among its offerings, the nonprofit company delivers assisted living, home health and mental health services, caring for more than 9,000 clients statewide. Previously, Morgan served as …

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Brookdale’s Home Health Business May Look ‘Drastically Different’ Under HCA Healthcare

In late February, HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA) announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in Brookdale Senior Living’s (NYSE: BKD) home health and hospice business. A for-profit operator of health care facilities like HCA wanting to ride home health tailwinds isn’t surprising. But HCA is a completely new — …

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Mission Healthcare Purchases Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Home Health Segment

Mission Healthcare has acquired Loma Linda University Medical Center Home Health in Southern California. Loma Linda University Medical Center Home Health is a part of Loma Linda University Health, which includes eight professional schools, six hospitals and a network of more than 900 faculty physicians. Meanwhile, San Diego, California-based Mission Healthcare is one of the …

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Aveanna Files for $100M IPO, Announces Major Expansion Plans

Aveanna Healthcare Holdings Inc. — a large and rapidly growing in-home care company that historically has specialized in caring for complex pediatric patients — is attempting to go public. The Atlanta-based home health provider announced plans to raise $100 million in an initial public stock offering on Thursday. In its paperwork, Aveanna also revealed an …

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Encompass Health Home Health, Hospice CEO April Anthony to Step Down

April Anthony, the CEO of Encompass Health Corp.’s (NYSE: EHC) home health and hospice segment is stepping down from her role. Anthony is the original founder of the business. The Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health announced the news on Friday, nearly four months after it unveiled its plans to explore “strategic alternatives” for its home health …

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Prospero Health Enters Six New States, Plans to Double Census by Year End

In January of 2020, the home-based care company Prospero Health had 1,700 patients in three states. It plans to end this year with 25,000 patients in 26 states. The Boston-based company announced its entrance into six additional states Thursday, which finalizes its broader expansion plans originally unveiled in December. A home health care company, Prospero …

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‘A Monumental Advance’: Newly Unveiled American Jobs Plan Would Invest $400B into Home-Based Care

President Joe Biden is trying to make good on one of his main campaign promises. The Biden administration on Wednesday unveiled a new $2 trillion infrastructure proposal to create jobs, build roads, fix bridges and more. On top of that, the proposal — officially dubbed the American Jobs Plan — would substantially increase funding for …

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Home-Based Care Agencies in Race with COVID-19 Variants, as Workers and Clients Continue Getting Vaccinated

Across the country, states are granting vaccine access to more and more individuals, with some even offering the opportunity to anyone over the age of 16. But for home-based care agencies, the fight to inoculate clients and seniors is still very much ongoing. Additionally, addressing hesitancy and stomping out misleading or false claims about the …

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What Home Health Providers Need to Know About Medicare Loan Recoupment

It has been six months since the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave home health agencies and other Medicare providers a reprieve from having to pay back advance and accelerated payment loans. But recoupment for these loans is just around the corner. To avoid future financial headaches, providers must be prepared to …

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Senior Care Company Best Life Brands Enters Home Health Space with Newest Acquisition

Best Life Brands, the holding company for a handful of senior care companies, is officially entering into the home health space. It is doing so thanks to a new acquisition, which it announced Tuesday. Specifically, Best Life Brands has acquired the home health agency formerly known as “PROHealth Home Care.” The agency provides in-home nursing, …

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Addus Promotes Bickham to President; WelbeHealth Names New CMO

Addus COO lands promotion Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has promoted Brad Bickham to the role of president and chief operating officer. Frisco, Texas-based Addus provides personal care, home health and hospice services to about 44,000 consumers, through 212 locations in 22 states. Bickham’s promotion was internal. He first joined Addus in 2017, previously serving …

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‘A Key Piece of the Puzzle’: Setting the Record Straight on Medicare Sequestration

There’s a lot of confusion within the home health industry regarding Medicare sequestration right now. That’s understandable, considering there have been multiple inaccurate reports about where a continued delay actually stands. To recap, Medicare sequestration is a federal savings mechanism required by the Budget Control Act, which was signed into law in August 2011 with …

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How Home Health Agencies Can Optimize Outcomes, Avoid LUPAs Under PDGM’s 30-Day Billing Periods

The switch to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was always going to be a hurdle for home health agencies, but the onset of the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the woes associated with it. For instance, managing 30-day billing periods and avoiding low-utilization payment adjustments (LUPAs) have been pain points for providers across the country over …

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LHC Group Invests $20M in UL Lafayette’s College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) is making major investments in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions — to the tune of $20 million. The funds are part of a new partnership announced Thursday. With this partnership, LHC Group and UL Lafayette’s interests dovetail. The investment will fuel each …

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State Bill Aiding Unionization in Home-Based Care Could ‘Set a Precedent’ Nationwide

Traditionally, the home-based care world has been mostly void of massive unionization efforts among its workers. But that could change soon, thanks to a new ruling out of California related to “Assembly Bill 2455,” which the state passed in 2018. The bill aims to allow home-based care workers’ contact information to be unveiled, which gives …

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Home Business President Susan Diamond to Serve as Humana’s Interim CFO

Susan Diamond — the Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) executive who has been in charge of building the health insurer’s vast home-based care infrastructure — is taking on an additional role. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company announced Monday that Diamond will be moving into the interim CFO role, effective June 1. Current CFO Brian Kane is stepping …

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‘We’re Rebuilding the Whole Delivery System’: Why Amazon Is Betting Big on Home-Based Care

Earlier this month, tech giant Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) unveiled major plans to expand its budding home-based care offering, “Amazon Care,” across the U.S. Since then, home-based care stakeholders have been trying to make sense of the news and figure out what it means for them — and the in-home care patients they serve. Their early …

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With Time Running Out, House Passes Medicare Sequestration Bill

Home health providers are one step closer to getting a continued suspension of Medicare sequestration payment reductions. The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1868 by a 246-175 vote on Friday. The bill, originally introduced earlier this month by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), pauses automatic spending cuts to Medicare and other programs for …

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Only 26% of Home Health Workers Have Been Vaccinated

As COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue across the country, just over half of front-line health care workers have received at least the first dose. Of these workers, home health professionals are the least vaccinated. That’s according to a recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and The Washington Post. Conducted in early March, the survey …

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Home Health Providers, Hospitals Are ‘Fishing in the Same Pool’ for Nursing Talent

Home health providers and hospitals have a long history of going head-to-head when it comes to nursing talent. In some ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified the competition and left providers in the position of having to shell out more to recruit staff. In general, recruiting could often be an uphill battle for providers, …

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The Home Health Workforce Has Shrunk by 3.1% Since the Pandemic Started

It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The prolonged crisis has had a substantial impact on the U.S. health care labor pool, including the home health workforce, though to a slightly lesser extent. In February 2020, the nation’s health care employment peaked at nearly 16.5 million jobs, according to nonprofit research …

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Contessa Exploring New Service Lines, Solidifying Position at the Center of Hospital-at-Home Shift

After once occupying a niche space in the health care sector, the hospital-at-home model has gained significant traction. In November, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) even announced its “Acute Hospital Care At Home” wavier program. Under the initiative, eligible hospitals can receive newfound flexibilities around providing hospital-level care for patients in …

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SNF-at-Home Concept Earning ‘Very Positive Feedback’ in Congress, Among Special Interest Groups

An innovative care concept designed to keep patients at home and out of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) is reportedly gaining ground in Congress and among special interest groups. The concept — known as “Choose Home” — is a type of SNF-at-home model that leverages both medical and non-medical home care services for certain patients. LHC …

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OSHA’s Virus Protection Program Could Put Home Health Agencies Under the Microscope

In response to an executive order from President Joe Biden, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a national emphasis program aimed at protecting workers from COVID-19 while on the job. OSHA, part of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), is responsible for assuring “safe and healthy working conditions” for most workers in …

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Home Health Profit Margins Projected to Remain Strong in 2021

Margins for Medicare-certified home health agencies are projected to remain strong in 2021, despite ongoing challenges tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Margins are anticipated to be so robust, in fact, that Congress should reduce the 2021 Medicare base payment rate for home health agencies by 5% …

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CMS Could Target LUPAs, Functional Impairment in Future PDGM Adjustments

Despite the once-in-a-generation COVID-19 pandemic, the home health industry’s transition to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was pretty seamless. Looking into the not-too-distant future, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will now likely attempt to make modest tweaks to a handful of key areas, payment experts believe. The agency will do so …

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Amedisys Buys Back $73M in Stock, Forms JV Partnership with UMC Health System

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) announced Monday that it has repurchased $73 million in stock. The move comes just a few days after Amedisys also executed a new joint venture with the UMC Health System. Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys is one of the largest home health companies in the country, with more than 500 care centers …

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PE-Backed Help at Home Names New CEO

Help at Home has a new CEO. The home- and community-based services provider announced Monday that current board member Chris Hocevar has been appointed chief executive officer, effective immediately. Hocevar replaces Paul Mastrapa, who previously served as a consultant and as the leader of Option Care before taking over as Help at Home’s CEO in …

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Clinical Leaders Sounds Off on Home Health Care’s Biggest Challenges

The home health industry continues to settle into 2021, buoyed by the optimism associated with the country’s vaccination progress. For the first time in months, clinical leadership teams have a chance to take stock of their operations while evaluating a number of different opportunities, challenges and trends across home-based care. One specific area where clinical …

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Amwell Joins the Ranks of Amazon, Intermountain on Home-Based Care Coalition

Moving Health Home (MHH) — the recently announced home-based care advancement coalition — has a new founding member. Telehealth company Amwell (NYSE: AMWL) has joined an array of health care industry leaders from across the continuum that also includes Amazon Care and Intermountain Healthcare. Boston-based Amwell is a telehealth platform that supports urgent care, acute …

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Mission Healthcare Plans Palliative Care Rollout, Multi-State Expansion

Mission Healthcare — one of the largest regional home health, hospice and palliative care providers in Southern California — is on the move. Earlier this month, the San Diego-based company completed its acquisition of Alliance Home Health & Hospice Care, a Medicare-certified home health and hospice organization in Pleasanton. The acquisition is Mission’s first outside …

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OIG Sets Guidelines for Hospitals Referring to Home Health Providers

Federal regulators have thrown weight behind ensuring that patients have a more active role in their care transitions. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently drafted compliance guidance for hospitals on the topic. Under the guidance, OIG requires hospitals to share a list of …

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Why SNF Operator PruittHealth Pivoted to Home Health Care

When PruittHealth — a major nursing home operator — began to see its skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) feel the impact of the COVID-19 emergency last year, the company was able to promptly bounce back by throwing its weight behind home health care. Norcross, Georgia-based PruittHealth is a post-acute and long-term care operator that has over …

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‘This Is What Patients Want’: Home-Based Care Model Lowers Total Cost of Care by 44%

A new report from Washington, D.C.-based health care consulting firm Avalere Health is shining a brighter light on home-based care and its ability to drastically lower total cost of care. Released Tuesday, the report takes a comprehensive look at Hartford, Connecticut-based CareCentrix, a health-at-home solutions company that manages care for 17.5 million members through its …

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Home Health Giants Double Down on Diversion, as Nursing Home Numbers Normalize

Acute and post-acute patient volumes started to normalize in the early part of 2021, with hospitals, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and home health providers all hovering around their 2019 baselines. The accelerated rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is largely responsible for the newfound stability, particularly in the SNF space. Following millions of inoculations across the U.S., …

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74% of Referral Sources Prefer Home-Based Care Providers That Meet Interoperability Standards

When it comes to interoperability, 74% of referral sources say they would send more referrals to post-acute care providers — including home-based care agencies — that offer greater electronic data access.  In general, referral sources are more likely to switch to a home-based care provider that meets their standards for interoperability. That’s according to a …

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Therapy’s Future Under Patient-Driven Groupings Model Unclear Due to COVID-19 Chaos

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was described as home health care’s “boogeyman” before it was implemented. One of the chief concerns, especially for therapists, was that therapy utilization would significantly decrease in 2020 — and beyond — because of what PDGM incentivizes.  But preliminary data suggests that therapy did not decrease overall in 2020. It’s …

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Home Health M&A Experts Seeing Fewer ‘Fire Sales’ Tied to PDGM, COVID-19

The historic wave of consolidation that home health M&A experts predicted ahead of the Patient-Driven Grouping Model (PDGM) hasn’t fully panned out, largely due to the COVID-19 emergency and the billions in federal relief dollars that have come with it. There was some degree of contraction within the industry, however. Going into 2020, there was …

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Amazon Joins Home-Based Care Providers to Advocate for Better Health Care Policy

An eclectic group of health care providers has formed a new organization dedicated to advancing home-based care. The long-term vision of the new entity, branded “Moving Health Home,” is to fundamentally change the way policymakers think about how, when and where patients are treated. The coalition, unveiled Wednesday, is made up by eight diverse founding …

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Encompass Health, Right at Home Collaborating on Value-Based Delivery Models

One of the biggest home health providers in the country is teaming up with one of the nation’s largest home care organizations. Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) and Omaha, Nebraska-based Right at Home jointly announced a new preferred provider relationship on Tuesday. Broadly, the relationship is focused on “a strong mutual commitment to ongoing …

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LHC Group Expands In-Home Care Partnership with Orlando Health

LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) and Orlando Health announced Tuesday they are expanding their joint venture into St. Petersburg, Florida, by realigning Bayfront Home Health Services into the partnership’s portfolio. Bayfront Home Health Services was already owned by LHC Group, but now the home health provider will be controlled through the joint venture. “Bayfront Home …

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Prospero Health Continues Its National Expansion Push By Entering the SoCal Market

Prospero Health is continuing its national expansion efforts. The home-based health care company announced Monday that it’s now entering the Southern California market. Founded in 2019, Boston-based Prospero Health is a physician-led home-based health care company that provides supportive care to people with advanced illnesses. As of March 2021, Prospero serves more than 9,000 patients …

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Payers Increasingly Turning to Home-Based Care to Shoulder COVID-19 Costs

Back in 2018, it felt like the health care sector was on the verge of a massive shift, driven by a desire from payers to better manage their members’ total cost of care with enhanced in-home capabilities. Much of that feeling came from watching Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). The Louisville, Kentucky-based health insurer teamed up …

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LHC Group’s Myers: ‘Choose Home’ Initiative Would Reshape Long-Term Care

The United States is on the brink of another major shift that will change how, when and where Medicare beneficiaries access health care services. The Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) is doing everything in its power to position itself for that coming shift, executives detailed during a Friday morning conference call on fourth …

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EVV Difficulties Creating M&A Opportunities for Addus HomeCare Corporation

Over the last few months, Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has had to deal with a challenging legislative environment and significant COVID-19 surges that have affected clients and caregivers alike. Still, the Frisco, Texas-based in-home care provider is maintaining its course, particularly when it comes to M&A activity in 2021. “We continue to evaluate and …

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Rural Access to Home Health Services, PACE Among Lawmakers’ Future Spending Priorities

U.S. lawmakers have repeatedly highlighted a need to rethink the nation’s long-term care landscape in recent months, partly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic but also because of the country’s rapidly changing demographics. A recently published budget report from the House Appropriations Committee obtained by Home Health Care News offers further insight into that call …

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Why the $400M HCA Deal Is a ‘Win-Win Transaction’ for Brookdale

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) revealed Wednesday that it’s selling an 80% stake in its health care services business to HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA) for $400 million. At first glance, the transaction could be interpreted as a savvy move that enables Brookdale to cash in on its sizable home health, hospice and outpatient therapy …

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Amedisys Hunts Future Gains with SNF-at-Home, Predictive-Staffing Investments

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) was able to grow in 2020 amid unprecedented turmoil. Its executives are now bullish on where the company stands among its peers at the back half of the COVID-19 crisis. To keep the momentum going, too, Amedsys is investing significant energy and focus into improving staffing moving forward. “We generally try …

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Pennant Plans to ‘Put Capital to Work’ in Its Home Health Business

The Pennant Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG) is sitting on a newly increased revolving line of credit, giving it plenty of M&A firepower to work with moving forward. The company specifically plans on putting “a lot of capital to work” in its home health business, executives noted during a Thursday earnings call. The Eagle, Idaho-based Pennant …

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BrightSpring Reportedly Acquires Adobe Healthcare in $775M Deal

BrightSpring Health Services has reportedly brokered a deal to acquire home health provider Abode Healthcare, according to PE Hub. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, BrightSpring provides a diverse array of home- and community-based services, serving more than 350,000 patients across 50 states. In 2019, BrightSpring was acquired by global investment firm KKR, with Walgreens Boots Alliance …

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BrightSpring Reportedly Acquires Abode in $775M Deal

BrightSpring Health Services has reportedly brokered a deal to acquire Abode Hospice and Home Health, according to PE Hub. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, BrightSpring provides a diverse array of home- and community-based services, serving more than 350,000 patients across 50 states. In 2019, BrightSpring was acquired by global investment firm KKR, with Walgreens Boots Alliance …

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Brookdale Selling Majority Stake in Home Health Business to HCA Healthcare

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) announced Wednesday it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell a majority stake in its home health, hospice and outpatient therapy business. As part of the transaction, the Brentwood, Tennessee-based Brookdale will partner with HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), a for-profit operator of health care facilities that has more …

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Thanks to Home Care Providers, Telehealth Is Turning into a $250B Industry

Telehealth vendors experienced a major business boom last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many believe the increased demand will stick around in 2021, too, driven by a need to constantly monitor vulnerable populations in the home setting. Synzi — a St. Petersburg, Florida-based company that provides virtual visit and messaging tools via its telehealth …

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CVS Health Building ‘Home Health Hub’ to Better Care for Seniors

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) has allotted ample resources toward home- and community-based care over the past year. It has done so for several reasons, CVS Health leaders point out. For one, investing in home-based care makes it easier for patients to access necessary services during the public health emergency. But CVS Health’s focus on the …

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Against All Odds, Home Health Care Helped Bend 2020’s Cost Curve

For the first time in decades, U.S. health care spending may have actually decreased in 2020, new data suggests. Several factors likely contributed to the potential decrease, according to nonprofit research and consulting firm Altarum, which released a preliminary analysis of last year’s national health spending on Tuesday. Such factors include year-over-year declines in hospital …

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AccentCare CMO: Home Health, Hospice Turning into the ‘Forgotten Front Line’

Home health and hospice workers have played a critical role on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite being included in many states’ top-priority groups, they’re now being all-too-often overlooked when it comes to vaccine access, AccentCare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anna Loengard told Home Health Care News. Initially, a large portion of …

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Home Health Experts Offer Update on Transition to No-Pay RAPs

It’s been 48 days since the start of “no-pay RAPs” in home health care. During this time, providers have had to navigate a sea of challenges and unexpected speed bumps while adjusting to the new process. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) kicked off no-pay RAPs on Jan. 1 of this year. …

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Not a ‘Temporary Blip’: Home Health Agencies Gaining Greater Share of Hospital Discharges

The anecdotal claims from home health insiders were true: Across the country, home health agencies gained a greater share of discharges from short-term acute care hospitals during the public health emergency. Specifically, the percentage of patients discharged into home health care rose 1.8% from March to May of 2020, from 17% to 18.8%. That would …

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HME Companies Grapple with Sudden Supply-Demand Swings of COVID-19

The public health emergency has resulted in higher demand for home medical equipment (HME). Several factors are contributing to the trend, including the rise of hospital-at-home programs, the diversion of patients away from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and individuals generally voicing a preference for home-based care. As an industry, HME is fairly diverse when it …

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‘A Very Different Type of Patient’: SNF Stakeholders Predict Recalibration of Home Health Diversions

A growing number of stakeholders in the skilled nursing facility (SNF) world believe the recent spike in hospital discharges to home health care services will not become permanent. Executives from real estate investment trust (REIT) Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) made that argument during a fourth quarter earnings call earlier in February. Executives from CareTrust …

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At-Home Focus Helps Baystate Health Save $1,729 Per Visit in Risk-Based Population

A partnership between a five-hospital health system and at-home care company DispatchHealth considerably reduced emergency-room admissions and cost while improving patient satisfaction. Denver, Colorado-based DispatchHealth offers a variety of health care services in the home through its mobile, emergency medicine-trained teams. It contracts with health systems and health plans to ease the burden on patients, …

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Home-Focused Payment Innovator Signify Health Valued at $7.12B in Market Debut

It’s fair to say that Signify Health (NYSE: SGFY) — a value-based care platform that strives to shift care into the home — has had a successful stock market debut. The momentum reflects the increasingly prominent role that in-home care is playing, particularly within value-based care conversations. Dallas-based Signify Health, a New Mountain Capital portfolio …

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Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Could Limit Access to Care, Critics Caution

In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed plans to expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model — a Medicare demonstration that aims to tie reimbursement to quality of care. While HHVBP has gained popularity within the home health industry, some experts believe there are potential downsides to scaling the …

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New ‘Nurse OnDemand’ Business Line Driving Network Growth for Generali-Backed CareLinx

Today, the Burlingame, California-based CareLinx Inc. has about 500,000 in-home care professionals in its nationwide network. The tech-enabled home-based care company plans to grow that total to at least 1 million by 2022. Much of that growth will be driven by a new clinical business line for CareLinx, CEO Sherwin Sheik told Home Health Care …

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The Top 10 Largest Home Health, Hospice Providers in 2020

Kindred at Home remained at the top of the home health care mountain in 2020, checking in as the largest provider in the country, according to the latest annual ranking from LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Kindred specifically captured nearly 6% of the national market share last year. Kindred at Home is part of Humana Inc. (NYSE: …

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Legal Expert Weighs in on EVV Progress

The 21st Century Cures Act became law in December of 2016. Within the act were future Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) requirements for home-based care providers. But over four years later, confusion remains. Specifically, the Cures Act mandated that states implement EVV for at-home visits conducted by all Medicaid personal care services providers and home health …

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What Nursing Home Operators, Home Health Providers Are Saying About SNF-to-Home Diversion

Back-and-forth shifts in patient volume between skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and in-home care providers have been happening for years. Yet health care policymakers and executives are now examining such shifts — and the potential advantages of delivering care inside an individual’s home instead of a facility — more closely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. …

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Synergy Lands Partnership with Compassus, Sees 35% Growth in New Territories

Synergy HomeCare has partnered with Compassus. The deal will allow the pair to offer both companies’ services to their clients. Synergy is a Gilbert, Arizona-based non-medical home care franchise that operates roughly 170 franchise locations nationwide. Nashville, Tennessee-based Compassus offers home health care services, plus infusion therapy, palliative care and hospice care. Currently, the company …

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COVID-19 Funding Presents an ‘Enforcement Perfect Storm’ for Home Health Providers, Others

The federal government saw $2.2 billion in civil fraud recoveries in 2020. Roughly 82% of those settlements and judgments — about $1.8 billion — were from matters related to the health care sector. That’s according to a recent report from Nashville, Tennessee-based law firm Bass, Berry & Sims. The report examined significant health care fraud …

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An Unexpected Savior: How PDGM Prep Helped Home Health Agencies Ease COVID-19’s Impact

Home health agencies spent 2019 prepping for the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) — and it may have saved some of them from more dire outcomes tied to COVID-19. As providers transformed to become more efficient and technologically driven, they inadvertently readied themselves for a public health emergency that no one saw coming. “One of the …

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After Successful PDGM Transition, Humana Projects ‘Further Operating Model Advancement’ for Kindred at Home

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) continues to make significant investments when it comes to building a home-based care strategy. Currently, the Louisville, Kentucky-based company’s in-house home-based care business lines include Humana At Home and Kindred at Home, the largest home health provider in the U.S., according to LexisNexis. The insurer complements those capabilities with a wide …

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The Cost of Incomplete Home Health Referrals After Hospitalization

Millions of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries are referred to home health services each year, with roughly one-third of those individuals sent to in-home care to recover after an institutional stay. Yet a significant portion of those referrals never follow through on their home health orders, which often ends up being a costly problem for hospitals and …

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Biden Administration Inks $230M Deal for At-Home COVID-19 Tests

The U.S. government has reached a $230 million deal to produce rapid at-home COVID-19 tests that can be purchased for $15 to $30 over the counter, the Biden administration announced Monday. The deal is with Ellume USA LLC, an Australia-based diagnostics company. For home-based care providers, testing is still paramount as the vaccine rollout continues. …

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Staffing, Hospital Partnerships and Disaster Prep: Providers Share 2021 Spending Priorities

Similar to most companies this time of year, home-based care organizations are going through their budgeting and planning processes for the next 12 months. Budgets are thoughtful, strategic financial frameworks that are decided upon annually, with an eye toward the future. But this time around, providers are making spending plans with the insights gained from …

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‘It’s a Different Ballgame’: Why Home Health Partnerships Are Key to Successful HaH Programs

Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston was among the very first to secure an “Acute Hospital Care at Home” waiver from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in November. That shouldn’t be too surprising, considering Dr. David Levine, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, is one of the biggest …

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Pandemic-Driven SNF-to-Home Diversions May Become New Norm

Nursing home occupancy rates have plummeted during the COVID-19 pandemic, with hospitals, families and others opting for in-home care over institutional care settings. And that trend may very well become permanent, recent data suggests. Since the start of last spring, nursing home operators have faced fewer new admissions, particularly short-term rehabilitation patients. The growing number …

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Grant Avenue Capital Makes First Transaction in Buy-and-Build Home Health Play

Grant Avenue Capital recently acquired Salt Lake City-based Valeo Home Health & Hospice from Eduro Healthcare, an operator of skilled nursing facilities. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. New York-based Grant Avenue Capital is a middle-market private equity firm focused on health care. Founded in 2011, Valeo Home Health & Hospice has …

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Encompass Health Building MA Momentum, Still Exploring ‘Strategic Alternatives’ for Home Health Business

All eyes have been on Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) since the company first announced it would be “exploring strategic alternatives” for its home health and hospice segment in December. At the time, Encompass Health said it was exploring a number of options for its home health and hospice business. Specific options cited by the …

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Heightened Home Health Awareness Means Higher Volumes, More Opportunities for Agencies in 2021

Home health agencies took hits to both their censuses and psyches when the public health emergency (PHE) was declared last March. Since then, some industry insiders have argued that the space has gone through a five- to 10-year transformation. Subsequently, the second year of COVID-19 is set to look different than the first, for a …

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AccentCare Announces New COO; Humana Names First Chief Health Equity Officer

AccentCare appoints Chris Dimos as COO AccentCare has named Chris Dimos its chief operating officer. Dallas-based AccentCare has over 200 locations across the U.S. As a company, it provides skilled home health and personal care services, along with hospice care, private-duty nursing and care management services. Prior to joining AccentCare, Dimos was the president of …

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Humana Doubles Down on Payer-Agnostic Primary Care to Better Serve Seniors

Partners in Primary Care (PiPC), a subsidiary of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and a senior-focused primary care provider, announced Tuesday that it plans to accelerate expansion in 2021. Specifically, it plans to open 20 more primary care centers, five more than it did last year. Those centers will be located in Texas, Louisiana, Nevada and …

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In-Home Care Providers Concerned About Clients Turning Away Unvaccinated Caregivers

Despite individual concerns and procedural roadblocks in some states, many home health and home care providers say their workers have been able to gain access to the available COVID-19 vaccines. As the U.S. neared a large-scale vaccine rollout, some in-home care operators feared their clinicians and caregivers would be overlooked, especially with government officials often …

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MACs Report Processing Glitches for No-Pay RAPs

Among payment-related policy changes for the home health industry in 2021 is the elimination of traditional Requests for Anticipated Payment (RAPs) — and the introduction of the “no-pay RAP.” While the change is a potentially costly one for home health agencies, they’re not the only ones struggling to keep up. Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have …

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VNSNY, HCR Home Care Outline Vaccination Strategies

It’s been four weeks since New York home health and hospice workers were deemed eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Since then, the state’s home-based care providers have had to navigate the often tricky process of helping their employees get inoculated. Similar to other parts of the U.S., home health and hospice workers in New …

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Why Science-Driven Hospital Discharges Are a Boon for Home Health Providers

COVID-19 woke up the home health industry — and the health care sector at large — to a lot of problems that were lying beneath the surface. Providers spent last year attempting to adapt to an evolving landscape, but also saw new opportunities arise after health care systems in the U.S. were caught with their …

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Biden Administration Includes ‘Home Care Workforce Crisis’ in New Pandemic Plan

President Joe Biden focused on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during his first full day in office Thursday. In doing so, he once again drew attention to home-based care and getting the current “workforce crisis” under control. “Our national strategy is comprehensive,” Biden said during an address from the White House. “It’s based on science, not …

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Home Health Transaction Numbers Continue to Climb

Last fall, the home health M&A winds started to shift, with some industry insiders even predicting a record number of transactions to soon follow. New data suggests that point has arrived. Most had gone into 2020 believing that the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) would jump start a period of “historic” M&A activity, but that ultimately …

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How Amedisys’ Diverse Board Sets the Tone for the Company at Large

Although workplace diversity has long been seen as a difference-maker for organizations, it’s still rare to see a major company’s board of directors made up of mostly women. In fact, when it comes to representation in U.S. boardrooms, women only make up 20% of public company directors, according to data from the Diligent Institute. In …

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What President Joe Biden’s ‘American Rescue Plan’ Means for Home Care Operators

Before President Joe Biden was sworn in on Wednesday, he had already unveiled plans for another massive stimulus package, one that could help home-based care providers in some ways — and hurt them in others. Under the new president’s “American Rescue Plan,” for instance, there would be $400 billion put forth to increase COVID-19 testing …

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