Editor’s Picks: Top 10 Largest Home Health Providers

Here in Chicago this week, the Cubbies had us down in the dumps when they missed out on their chance to make it to the World Series, but we stayed strong to keep you up to date on the top-10 largest home health providers. Our readers also explored the latest departures in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Pioneer ACO program and the newest palliative care leadership designations.

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Top 10 Largest Home Health Providers—LexisNexis released its 2015 Top 100 Home Health and Hospice Agencies Rankings, placing Kindred Healthcare at the top of the food chain with a 5.81% national market share. HHCN talked to LexisNexis strategist Chris Golden about trends in home health and consolidation predictions.

Pioneer ACO Bites the Dust, Cites Post-Acute Constraints—New Hampshire-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has decided to leave the Pioneer accountable care organization (ACO) program by CMS. Citing losses of more than $3 million over the past two years, the organization is the latest ACO to abandon the Pioneer program.

How One Home Health Agency is Leading on Palliative Care—Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS) was named a leadership center by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), bringing the total number of these designated centers up to 11 nationwide. CAPC added four new Palliative Care Leadership Centers (PCLCs) this year, reflecting the growing need for this type of care and its mission to expand across home health systems.

Weekend Reads

Sunrise Senior Living Introduces ‘Dementia-Friendly’ Crockery—UK-based home care provider Sunrise Senior Living has introduced a new set of crockery designed for people living with dementia. The crockery is designed in bright, bold colors with deeper depths and larger handles for easier consumption and to distinguish food.

Learning the Unfamiliar Language of Home Care—The New York Times reported that with tens of millions of Americans on the cusp of entering retirement, learning the language of how to maintain basic tasks at home while aging in place will become increasingly essential. Finding home care support is a current challenge that presents big opportunities for home health agencies down the line, the Times writes.

Written by Amy Baxter