Home Health Care

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… Read More »CMS Medicare Provider Enrollment Requirements Could Drive Home Health Agencies Out of Business

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

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

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

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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… Read More »Why Minnesota’s Largest Home Care Provider Doubled Down on Financial Management Services

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

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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.… Read More »Long-Term Care Expert David Grabowski: Home-Based Care Versus Nursing Homes Is a ‘False Dichotomy’

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

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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… Read More »Brookdale’s Home Health Business May Look ‘Drastically Different’ Under HCA Healthcare

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

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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.… Read More »Mission Healthcare Purchases Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Home Health Segment

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

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

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

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

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

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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… Read More »‘A Key Piece of the Puzzle’: Setting the Record Straight on Medicare Sequestration

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

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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)… Read More »How Home Health Agencies Can Optimize Outcomes, Avoid LUPAs Under PDGM’s 30-Day Billing Periods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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… Read More »Amwell Joins the Ranks of Amazon, Intermountain on Home-Based Care Coalition

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

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

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

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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… Read More »Home Health Giants Double Down on Diversion, as Nursing Home Numbers Normalize

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

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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… Read More »74% of Referral Sources Prefer Home-Based Care Providers That Meet Interoperability Standards

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

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

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

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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.… Read More »Prospero Health Continues Its National Expansion Push By Entering the SoCal Market

EVV Difficulties Creating M&A Opportunities for Addus HomeCare Corporation

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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… Read More »EVV Difficulties Creating M&A Opportunities for Addus HomeCare Corporation

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

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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… Read More »Rural Access to Home Health Services, PACE Among Lawmakers’ Future Spending Priorities

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

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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… Read More »AccentCare CMO: Home Health, Hospice Turning into the ‘Forgotten Front Line’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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,… Read More »Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Could Limit Access to Care, Critics Caution

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

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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… Read More »New ‘Nurse OnDemand’ Business Line Driving Network Growth for Generali-Backed CareLinx

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

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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… Read More »What Nursing Home Operators, Home Health Providers Are Saying About SNF-to-Home Diversion

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

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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… Read More »Synergy Lands Partnership with Compassus, Sees 35% Growth in New Territories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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,… Read More »Staffing, Hospital Partnerships and Disaster Prep: Providers Share 2021 Spending Priorities

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

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

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

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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… Read More »Encompass Health Building MA Momentum, Still Exploring ‘Strategic Alternatives’ for Home Health Business

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

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

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

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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… Read More »In-Home Care Providers Concerned About Clients Turning Away Unvaccinated Caregivers

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

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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… Read More »Biden Administration Includes ‘Home Care Workforce Crisis’ in New Pandemic Plan

Landmark, Southwestern Health Resources Launch New Value-Based Care Partnership

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Landmark Health and Southwestern Health Resources (SWHR) have formed a new value-based care partnership designed to serve older adults with complex medical needs. As part of the collaboration, Landmark and SWHR will offer “interdisciplinary medical care” in the home setting. Founded in 2014, the Huntington… Read More »Landmark, Southwestern Health Resources Launch New Value-Based Care Partnership

The Pennant Group Acquires Arizona Home Health Provider; Caring People Lands Multiple Home Care Companies

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Pennant kicks off 2021 M&A activity The Pennant Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG) has kicked off its 2021 M&A push. The Eagle, Idaho-based post-acute care provider announced Tuesday it has acquired Sacred Heart Home Health Care, which provides home health services in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.… Read More »The Pennant Group Acquires Arizona Home Health Provider; Caring People Lands Multiple Home Care Companies

Investing More Heavily in Home-Based Senior Care Shouldn’t Mean ‘Abolishing Nursing Homes’

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The COVID-19 emergency has prompted policymakers and health care executives to rethink senior care in the United States, particularly when it comes to greater investment around the home. But increased support for home-based care services should not automatically mean the death of nursing homes and… Read More »Investing More Heavily in Home-Based Senior Care Shouldn’t Mean ‘Abolishing Nursing Homes’

HHS Delays Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements in Response to Updated Utilization Guidelines

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Friday announced it will amend the reporting timeline for the Provider Relief Fund, giving home health agencies and others more time to prepare required information. The news comes shortly after Congress clarified financial dos and… Read More »HHS Delays Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements in Response to Updated Utilization Guidelines

Certificate of Need Markets Can Mean Big Business for Home Health Buyers, But Opportunities Are Growing Scarce

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Home health mergers and acquisitions got off to a slow start in 2020, then picked up considerably by year’s end. Home health insiders are now predicting a big year for M&A activity in 2021, especially after COVID-19 relief vanishes and economic realities become clearer. The… Read More »Certificate of Need Markets Can Mean Big Business for Home Health Buyers, But Opportunities Are Growing Scarce

Consolidation Accelerates as Home Health Operators Crash from Stimulus ‘Sugar High’

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The “sugar high” that some cash-strapped home health providers felt after receiving federal assistance linked to the COVID-19 pandemic is coming to an end, top executives from LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) believe. As a result, consolidation is beginning to ramp up again, setting the… Read More »Consolidation Accelerates as Home Health Operators Crash from Stimulus ‘Sugar High’

Allegheny Health Network Expands Hospital-at-Home Program as CMS Waiver Total Hits 80

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The Acute Hospital Care At Home initiative from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now has at least 80 participants, Administrator Seema Verma announced Wednesday. Unveiled in November, the initiative has been growing rapidly, especially of late. On its end, CMS hopes… Read More »Allegheny Health Network Expands Hospital-at-Home Program as CMS Waiver Total Hits 80

National Expansion of Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Estimated to Create $6.3B in Savings

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In somewhat of a surprise move, U.S. health care policymakers unveiled plans last week to expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, a nine-state Medicare demonstration designed to better align reimbursement to quality of care. Despite backing from most of the home health industry,… Read More »National Expansion of Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Estimated to Create $6.3B in Savings

Senior Housing Occupancy Hits Record Low, Suggesting More Tailwinds for ‘Aging-in-Place’ Providers

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Senior housing occupancy in the U.S. hit a record low in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the National Investment Center for Housing & Care (NIC). The record downturn is further proof that seniors and their families are looking for alternative long-term care options,… Read More »Senior Housing Occupancy Hits Record Low, Suggesting More Tailwinds for ‘Aging-in-Place’ Providers

Interim’s New Recruitment Campaign Targets Job Candidates Looking to Make a Career Transition

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Finding enough workers has been a longstanding pain point for in-home care providers. With the launch of a new national recruitment campaign, Interim HealthCare wants to take a proactive approach to address those persistent challenges. Interim is a Sunrise, Florida-based in-home care franchise with more… Read More »Interim’s New Recruitment Campaign Targets Job Candidates Looking to Make a Career Transition

Amedisys Lands Infusion Partnership with Option Care Health to Keep COVID-19 Patients Out of the Hospital

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Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) is leveraging its staff and expertise to deliver infusion services to COVID-19 patients — wherever they may live. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based home health, hospice and personal care services provider announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Option Care Health… Read More »Amedisys Lands Infusion Partnership with Option Care Health to Keep COVID-19 Patients Out of the Hospital

MA Beneficiaries See Nearly 20% Fewer Home Health Days Than Traditional Medicare Peers

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Under the Trump administration, federal health care policymakers have long been vocal about the ability of Medicare Advantage (MA) to lower costs and improve outcomes among vulnerable populations. A recent report from the Washington, D.C.-based Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) and consulting firm Avalere Health is… Read More »MA Beneficiaries See Nearly 20% Fewer Home Health Days Than Traditional Medicare Peers

30 Executives Share Top Healthcare Predictions & Trends to Watch in 2021

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As we close out the year, we asked several healthcare executives to share their predictions and trends for 2021. Kimberly Powell, Vice President & General Manager, NVIDIA Healthcare Federated Learning: The clinical community will increase their use of federated learning approaches to build robust AI models across various… Read More »30 Executives Share Top Healthcare Predictions & Trends to Watch in 2021

$1.4 Trillion Spending Package Extends Sequestration Holiday, Grants Home Health OTs More Authority

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As different health care stakeholders combed through the new $1.4 trillion spending package approved by Congress on Monday, many likely felt a mix of excitement and disappointment. Included in the nearly 6,000-page spending package was a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill, changes to home health… Read More »$1.4 Trillion Spending Package Extends Sequestration Holiday, Grants Home Health OTs More Authority

Brookdale Senior Living Reportedly Exploring Sale of Home Health and Hospice Businesses

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After falling short on Q3 projections and seeing revenue dip year over year, Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) is reportedly considering divesting its home health and hospice segments. COVID-19’s impact on the company has created financial pressures that it hopes to mitigate, PEHub Reported Monday.… Read More »Brookdale Senior Living Reportedly Exploring Sale of Home Health and Hospice Businesses

The Care Team Expands Footprint with InTeliCare Purchase; CareFinders Buys Union Home Care

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The Care Team acquires InTeliCare Private equity-backed The Care Team has acquired InTeliCare Home Health & Hospice. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Farmington Hills, Michigan-based The Care Team is a home-based care provider that delivers a variety of services including nursing,… Read More »The Care Team Expands Footprint with InTeliCare Purchase; CareFinders Buys Union Home Care

Senior Helpers, Reliant at Home, Others Crack 2020’s Best Workplaces in Aging Services List

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On Thursday, Fortune unveiled its annual Best Workplaces in Aging Services list. The list features several home-based care providers that made a mark when it comes to company culture. Last year, Senior Helpers and 24 Hour Home Care cracked the list’s top five. These companies… Read More »Senior Helpers, Reliant at Home, Others Crack 2020’s Best Workplaces in Aging Services List

No Funding, Closures and Limited Capacity: Adult Day Providers in Dire Need of Help

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In late November, the aging-focused advocacy organization LeadingAge wrote a note to Congress, calling for relief on behalf of the 5,500 adult day service providers across the country and the vulnerable patients they serve. “Adult day services providers across the country urgently need dedicated federal… Read More »No Funding, Closures and Limited Capacity: Adult Day Providers in Dire Need of Help

Care Finders, Lyft, LogistiCare Partner to Give Caregivers COVID-19 Transportation Support

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Care Finders Total Care announced Wednesday it has teamed up with LogistiCare, a non-emergency medical transportation company, to provide transportation services to caregivers working in the home. Ride-hailing giant Lyft Inc. (Nasdaq: LYFT) is also involved with the partnership. Founded in 1995, Hackensack, New Jersey-based… Read More »Care Finders, Lyft, LogistiCare Partner to Give Caregivers COVID-19 Transportation Support

Encompass Health Exploring ‘Strategic Alternatives’ for Home Health, Hospice Segment

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There may soon be a major shakeup of the home health and hospice markets. Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) announced Tuesday it is “exploring strategic alternatives” for its home health and hospice business, which brought in total segment revenue of $274.5 million in the third… Read More »Encompass Health Exploring ‘Strategic Alternatives’ for Home Health, Hospice Segment

Hoping to Prevent Community Spread, Home-Based Care Advocates Vie for ‘Critical’ Vaccine Access

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A number of national home-based care advocacy organizations have come together to address the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). In a new letter penned to ACIP Chairman Dr. José Romero, the group called for the inclusion of in-home caregivers when it comes to… Read More »Hoping to Prevent Community Spread, Home-Based Care Advocates Vie for ‘Critical’ Vaccine Access

Payer Credibility Helps Propel Home-Based Care Company Prospero Health into 16 New States

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Home-based care company Prospero Health announced Tuesday it is expanding into 16 additional states to serve 8,000 new patients in 2021. That vastly increases the company’s footprint. Previously just in 10 states, the move now puts Prospero into 26 states total, allowing it to serve… Read More »Payer Credibility Helps Propel Home-Based Care Company Prospero Health into 16 New States

Non-Physician Certification in Home Health Care Blocked by State-Level Barriers

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Over the past several years, it seems as though the home health industry has been inching closer and closer toward the elimination of Medicare’s strict physician-certification policy. Now — thanks to the CARES Act — nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs) and clinical nurse specialists… Read More »Non-Physician Certification in Home Health Care Blocked by State-Level Barriers

COVID-19 Patients Discharged from Home Health Care Often Have ‘Excellent’ Symptom Improvement, Functional Outcomes

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So far, there’s been a lack of information on the characteristics and outcomes of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who are discharged to the home setting. Researchers Kathryn Bowles and Margaret McDonald — both with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) — are working… Read More »COVID-19 Patients Discharged from Home Health Care Often Have ‘Excellent’ Symptom Improvement, Functional Outcomes

LHC Group CEO Keith Myers: Change in Washington Won’t Derail ‘Incredible’ Home Health Opportunity

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Keith Myers has seen his fair share of change in Washington, D.C. Since co-founding the business with his wife, Ginger, in 1994, Myers has helped lead LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) through parts of five presidencies as chairman and CEO. A new administration with Joe… Read More »LHC Group CEO Keith Myers: Change in Washington Won’t Derail ‘Incredible’ Home Health Opportunity

An ‘Awkward Transition Year’: Why 2021 Will Look Different in Home Health with New RAP Adjustments

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The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final 2021 home health payment rule in late October. When it came out, some providers were less than pleased. On one hand, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) wasn’t substantially altered to balance out its… Read More »An ‘Awkward Transition Year’: Why 2021 Will Look Different in Home Health with New RAP Adjustments

‘They’re Calling Us Up, Asking for Help’: How Health System Struggles Factored into the AccentCare-Seasons Merger

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The coronavirus didn’t directly lead to the recently announced merger between AccentCare Inc. and Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, but it played a pretty prominent role. On Monday, Dallas-based AccentCare and Rosemont, Illinois-based Seasons revealed they’ll soon join forces to create a new post-acute care… Read More »‘They’re Calling Us Up, Asking for Help’: How Health System Struggles Factored into the AccentCare-Seasons Merger

Doctors Making Housecalls CEO: COVID-19 Has Placed an ‘Exclamation Mark’ on House Call Services

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Private equity-backed Eventus WholeHealth recently acquired Doctors Making Housecalls (DMHC), a home-based primary care provider. The deal further highlights the growing interest in home-based primary care seen throughout 2020. Charlotte, North Carolina-based Eventus is a physician-led medical provider for residents and patients of skilled nursing… Read More »Doctors Making Housecalls CEO: COVID-19 Has Placed an ‘Exclamation Mark’ on House Call Services

‘Taking Advantage of Home-Based Provider Workforce’ Will Be Key to Vaccine Delivery

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After nine months of the public health emergency, a major breakthrough took place last week when Pfizer announced that one of its experimental COVID-19 vaccines was more than 90% effective in trials. Similarly promising results from a Moderna vaccine soon followed. Both vaccines still need… Read More »‘Taking Advantage of Home-Based Provider Workforce’ Will Be Key to Vaccine Delivery

How Home Health Agencies Can Build Stronger Relationships with Senior Living Operators

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During the COVID-19 crisis, senior living communities and long-term care facilities have sometimes been wary about letting outsiders onto their premises, including home health and hospice clinicians. That has repeatedly been a major challenge and point of concern for home health providers over the past… Read More »How Home Health Agencies Can Build Stronger Relationships with Senior Living Operators

‘We’re Looking for the Best of the Best’: Why Dementia-Focused Home Health Provider Tender Rose Cherry-Picks Top Caregivers

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As the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia rises, more in-home care providers are rolling out specialized services lines focused on memory care and disease-specific needs. Some providers are even building their entire businesses around dementia. One such in-home care… Read More »‘We’re Looking for the Best of the Best’: Why Dementia-Focused Home Health Provider Tender Rose Cherry-Picks Top Caregivers

Pennant ‘Encouraged’ by Vaccine News, But Not Assuming Near-Term Changes to Home Health Operating Environment

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Home health providers across the board are slowly starting to bounce back from COVID-19-related disruption. One thing that now provides further hope is a potential vaccine, especially as the U.S. continues to break daily records around new infections. The Pennant Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG) is… Read More »Pennant ‘Encouraged’ by Vaccine News, But Not Assuming Near-Term Changes to Home Health Operating Environment

‘Our Work Begins with Getting COVID Under Control’: What a Biden Administration Means for Home-Based Care

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After one of the closest and most hotly contested campaigns in modern history, President-Elect Joe Biden addressed the nation on Saturday from an outdoor platform in Wilmington, Delaware. While it’s far too early to say what the first 100 days of a Biden administration will… Read More »‘Our Work Begins with Getting COVID Under Control’: What a Biden Administration Means for Home-Based Care

‘These Funds Can Best Be Used Elsewhere’: LHC Group Returns $93.3M in Federal Relief

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Rising demand for health care services delivered in the home and an increasingly favorable regulatory environment have set the stage for the nation’s top-tier home health operators. That idea has LHC Group Inc.’s (Nasdaq: LHCG) leadership team bullish about the company’s near- and long-term outlook.… Read More »‘These Funds Can Best Be Used Elsewhere’: LHC Group Returns $93.3M in Federal Relief

UnitedHealthcare Advances Home Strategy, Expects to Make 1.7M House Calls in 2020

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A number of major Medicare Advantage (MA) carriers are expanding their supplemental benefit offerings shaped around in-home care next year. UnitedHealthcare, the insurance arm of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), is among them. Overall, UnitedHealthcare partners with more than 1.3 million physicians and care professionals across… Read More »UnitedHealthcare Advances Home Strategy, Expects to Make 1.7M House Calls in 2020

How Excelin Home Health Used Telehealth to Automate Its COVID-19 Return-to-Work System

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Between mid-March and mid-August, more than 12.1 million Medicare beneficiaries received some sort of telemedicine service for their health and wellness. The numbers don’t lie: The COVID-19 emergency has officially ushered in a new age of telehealth in the U.S. But while in-home care providers… Read More »How Excelin Home Health Used Telehealth to Automate Its COVID-19 Return-to-Work System

Humana Accelerates Value-Based Care Strategy with Home Health Providers, Others

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Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) continues to shift its operations toward value-based care payment models, both with internal service lines and with external provider partnerships. The Louisville, Kentucky-based insurance giant is also doubling down on social determinants of health at the same time. Those are just… Read More »Humana Accelerates Value-Based Care Strategy with Home Health Providers, Others

Griswold Continues Building Out Leadership Team; NAHC, HCAOA Announce Board Additions

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Griswold adds to leadership team, board Blue Bell, Pennsylvania-based Griswold Home Care has named Matt Ericksen director of sales and operations. In his new role, Ericksen will bring expertise in business development, compliance and recruitment to the team, according to the company. He was most… Read More »Griswold Continues Building Out Leadership Team; NAHC, HCAOA Announce Board Additions

[Updated] CMS Finalizes 1.9% Home Health Rate Increase for 2021, Keeps PDGM’s Behavioral Adjustment

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The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final 2021 home health payment rule Thursday. In doing so, it changed very little from what it first proposed in June. The final rule adds an estimated $390 million home health payment boost for… Read More »[Updated] CMS Finalizes 1.9% Home Health Rate Increase for 2021, Keeps PDGM’s Behavioral Adjustment

Encompass Health Gaining Ground with ACOs, But Still Facing Assisted Living ‘Lockdowns’

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Hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of monthly personal protective equipment (PPE) costs. Nationwide lockdowns of assisted living communities. Continued restrictions on elective surgeries in most markets. These remain just a few of the major pain points that Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) and its… Read More »Encompass Health Gaining Ground with ACOs, But Still Facing Assisted Living ‘Lockdowns’

Amedisys Makes Progress on SNF-at-Home Model, Anticipates Positive 2021 Operating Environment

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When there are challenges in any industry, the organizations that hurdle them quickly and efficiently end up gaining an advantage. Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq:AMED) feels like it has done that. After a census bounce-back from COVID-19, a successful transition to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and… Read More »Amedisys Makes Progress on SNF-at-Home Model, Anticipates Positive 2021 Operating Environment

HHS Loosens Provider Relief Fund Restrictions, Allows Agencies to Cover Lost Revenue

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In response to ongoing opposition from both lawmakers and providers, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced it has made changes to its rules surrounding COVID-19 relief funding. The department’s amended rules now allow providers to use Provider Relief Fund (PRF) money… Read More »HHS Loosens Provider Relief Fund Restrictions, Allows Agencies to Cover Lost Revenue

HHS Prioritizing ‘Largest’ Home Health Agencies for Federally Distributed COVID-19 Tests

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has offered further clarification on its COVID-19 testing strategy for home health agencies. According to an online “index” of its distribution efforts, HHS is sending tests to the “largest 100+” home health and hospice agencies, with… Read More »HHS Prioritizing ‘Largest’ Home Health Agencies for Federally Distributed COVID-19 Tests

[Updated] Lawmakers Introduce New Bill Paving the Way for Home Health Telehealth Reimbursement

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Home health providers are one step closer to getting the No. 1 thing they’ve been asking for since the COVID-19 pandemic began: reimbursement for telehealth-driven visits. On Friday, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth… Read More »[Updated] Lawmakers Introduce New Bill Paving the Way for Home Health Telehealth Reimbursement

Varsity-Backed Angels of Care Announces Strategic Partnerships, Expands into Three New States

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Angels of Care, a home health provider that specializes in caring for pediatric patients with complex medical conditions, announced Thursday that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Nursing Solutions and Mission Medstaff. Under terms of the strategic partnership, Nursing Solutions and Mission Medstaff… Read More »Varsity-Backed Angels of Care Announces Strategic Partnerships, Expands into Three New States

Wildfires, COVID-19 and PDGM: Growing a Home Health Business During Moments of Crisis

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Home health agencies are used to operating during moments of crisis. That’s especially true for California-based Medical Home Care Professionals, which has had to overcome several over the past few years. In 2018, for example, Medical Home Care Professionals operated during the historic Carr Fire… Read More »Wildfires, COVID-19 and PDGM: Growing a Home Health Business During Moments of Crisis

M&A Experts ‘Can’t Recall a Time When Demand Has Been Higher’ in Sizzling In-Home Care Market

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M&A activity across home health, hospice and in-home care appeared to be “business as usual” at the start of 2020. COVID-19 froze the market in March, however, causing both buyers and sellers to bide their time. But dealmaking action is finally starting to heat up… Read More »M&A Experts ‘Can’t Recall a Time When Demand Has Been Higher’ in Sizzling In-Home Care Market

As Malpractice Claims Against Home-Based Care Nurses Rise, Providers Must Focus on Risk Management

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When it comes to malpractice claims, home-based care nurses are often more susceptible compared to their counterparts in other nursing specialties. That’s a fact that has held true for a while, too. Home-based care nurses — including home health, hospice and palliative care professionals —… Read More »As Malpractice Claims Against Home-Based Care Nurses Rise, Providers Must Focus on Risk Management

ProMedica Home Health Care, Banner Health Home Care Share Best Practices for Virtual Visits

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The COVID-19 emergency has triggered a rise in the use of telehealth strategies to deliver care, especially virtual visits. In fee-for-service Medicare alone, the number of virtual visits delivered each week in the U.S. skyrocketed from 14,000 pre-coronavirus to more than 1.7 million during the… Read More »ProMedica Home Health Care, Banner Health Home Care Share Best Practices for Virtual Visits

Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Set for Nationwide Expansion in ‘Next Year or So’

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The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is in need of a “course correction,” top U.S. health care officials believe. And part of that may include a national expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model. Created under the Affordable Care Act, CMMI —… Read More »Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Set for Nationwide Expansion in ‘Next Year or So’

Hospital Admissions Remain Down, But That Isn’t Bad News for Home Health Providers

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Hospital admissions across the U.S. fell dramatically in spring with the onset of the COVID-19 virus. That sudden drop, in turn, caused patient volumes to plummet for home health providers that work primarily with acute referral sources. While hospital admissions rebounded in summer, they remain… Read More »Hospital Admissions Remain Down, But That Isn’t Bad News for Home Health Providers

Half of Patients Referred to Home Health Don’t Receive Services — But Providers Can Change That

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Home health is often utilized as a recovery tool when patients transition out of the hospital because of its ability to improve outcomes. But many of the Medicare beneficiaries who receive referrals after being discharged aren’t actually receiving these services. Overall, the past several decades… Read More »Half of Patients Referred to Home Health Don’t Receive Services — But Providers Can Change That

‘Talent Acquisition Is Critical’: Inside PopHealthCare’s Home-Based Primary Care Model

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After steadily gaining steam over the last decade, in-home primary care models have reached a critical turning point in 2020. A handful of in-home primary care businesses have received multimillion-dollar investments to expand across the U.S., for example. At the same time, the U.S. Centers… Read More »‘Talent Acquisition Is Critical’: Inside PopHealthCare’s Home-Based Primary Care Model

Confessions of a Home Health Agency Owner: ‘CMS Is Trying to Put Agencies Like Mine Out of Business’

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For decades, home health agencies have learned to operate — and often thrive — in the midst of massive change. But since the start of 2019, that change has felt overwhelming for some agency owners, particularly those who run mom-and-pop businesses with razor-thin margins. Above… Read More »Confessions of a Home Health Agency Owner: ‘CMS Is Trying to Put Agencies Like Mine Out of Business’

Health Care Bankruptcies Hit Record High, But Home Health Care’s Financial Future Remains Murky

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An increase in bankruptcy filings in the second quarter of 2020 paints a bleak picture for the health care world, both on near- and long-term bases. But the impact of that financial distress on home health providers remains difficult to gauge. In part, it’s challenging… Read More »Health Care Bankruptcies Hit Record High, But Home Health Care’s Financial Future Remains Murky

Home Health Care’s ‘Pandemic Pioneer’ Grows Patient Census to All-Time High

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EvergreenHealth Home Care — one of the largest home health and hospice providers in the Pacific Northwest — is the home health industry’s “pandemic pioneer.” Affiliated with a local hospital based just outside of Seattle, EvergreenHealth Home Care began caring for its first COVID-19 patients… Read More »Home Health Care’s ‘Pandemic Pioneer’ Grows Patient Census to All-Time High

Amedisys Expands Personal Care Network Through New Partnership with BrightStar Care

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One of the largest home care franchises in the country is teaming up with one of the nation’s largest home health providers. Chicago-based BrightStar Care signed a care coordination agreement with Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), adding BrightStar’s agencies to Amedisys’ personal care… Read More »Amedisys Expands Personal Care Network Through New Partnership with BrightStar Care

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes for Increased PPE, Telehealth Payment for In-Home Care Providers

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is asking the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that in-home care providers have access to essential resources amid the coronavirus. Throughout the public health emergency, home health… Read More »Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes for Increased PPE, Telehealth Payment for In-Home Care Providers

Home Health Agencies Aren’t ‘Upcoding’ to Maximize PDGM Reimbursement

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In designing the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), officials from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made a handful of assumptions about how Medicare-certified home health operators would respond once the overhaul went live. Among those assumptions, CMS believed home health agencies would… Read More »Home Health Agencies Aren’t ‘Upcoding’ to Maximize PDGM Reimbursement

With 40% of Nursing Homes Close to Shutting Down, the ‘Shift to Home’ Is Likely to Accelerate

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Across the country, home health nurses and therapists continue to struggle with restrictions around seeing their patients in nursing homes, assisted living communities and other long-term care facilities. Unfortunately, those restrictions aren’t likely to go away anytime soon, especially when it comes to facilities located… Read More »With 40% of Nursing Homes Close to Shutting Down, the ‘Shift to Home’ Is Likely to Accelerate

The Pennant Group CEO: It’s Too Early to Draw Conclusions About PDGM’s Long-Term Impact

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So far, the transition to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) has gone smoothly for many home health agencies, with a majority successfully avoiding questionable encounters and achieving staffing efficiencies across their operations. Eagle, Idaho-based The Pennant Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG) has seen positive results on… Read More »The Pennant Group CEO: It’s Too Early to Draw Conclusions About PDGM’s Long-Term Impact

Highmark Health, Contessa Expand Joint Venture Delivering Hospital-Level Care in the Home

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Highmark Health has announced it is expanding its joint venture relationship with Contessa, a company that helps organizations provide hospital-level care in the home through its Home Recovery Care model. The expansion comes at a time when more health systems and hospitals are looking to… Read More »Highmark Health, Contessa Expand Joint Venture Delivering Hospital-Level Care in the Home