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House Bill Aims to Expand Home, Community Care Options

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers is seeking to increase the number of people who can remain in their homes thanks to the Medicare Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), introducing a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to expand that program. The PACE program is designed to enable seniors who need […]

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Home Health Dramatically Shifts Away from Post-Hospital Care

While home health agencies are crucial post-hospital care providers, they have seen a huge uptick in patients who are not coming out of that setting, recently released Medicare data shows. Between 2001 and 2012, the number of home health episodes not preceded by a hospitalization or a stay in a post-acute setting increased by 116%, […]

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Home Health Business Briefs: Amedisys in New Medicare Model, WillCare Update

As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Willcare to Remain Stable After $51 Million Almost Family Acquisition WillCare Inc. does not anticipate that its current management […]

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Top States for Highly Rated Home Health Agencies

The public now can evaluate Medicare-certified home health agencies using a five-star system, with the ratings posted online as of Thursday. While the vast majority of HHAs received around three stars, as expected, the ratings also illuminate some aspects of the industry that might be more surprising—including which states are top of the pack and […]

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CMS to Pay for Hospital, Home Health Teamwork After Joint Replacements

Home health agencies may soon have yet another reason to enter into financial arrangements with hospitals. Under a Medicare model proposed today, hospitals would have more financial incentives to work with HHAs and other post-acute providers for patients who undergo hip and knee replacements.  Under this five-year bundled payment initiative, all hospitals in 75 geographic […]

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