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CMS: ACOs Yield $372M Medicare Savings, Better Patient Care

As Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) continue to emerge in the home health care sector, the The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released quality and financial performance results Tuesday that show Medicare ACOs are having a positive impact. ACOs in the Pioneer ACO Model and Medicare Shared Savings Program generated over $372 million in […]

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LHC Group Closes $10 Million Acquisition of Life Care Home Health

National home health, hospice and post-acute care provider LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) announced it has recently closed its previously stated acquisition of Life Care Home Health. The deal, which was announced in July, entails LHC acquiring 13 home health agencies across six states for $10 million in cash, thus expanding the company’s footprint to 350 […]

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Home Care Leaders to CMS: Bidding Program ‘Profoundly Flawed’

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is pushing a “profoundly flawed” system through its proposed changes to the durable medical equipment orthotics, prosthetics and supplies (DMEPOS) competitive bidding program, the American Association for Homecare writes in a recent letter to the agency. CMS’ proposed rule seeks to use single payment amounts (SPAs) from […]

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Miami Woman Gets 6 Years For $6.5 Million Home Health Fraud Scheme

The owner and operator of a Miami, Fla., home health care company was sentenced to more than six years in prison Monday for her alleged participation in a $6.5 million Medicare fraud scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced.  Cruz Sonia Collado, 64, was an owner and operator of the now-defunct home health care […]

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Home Health Leaders: MedPAC’s Call For Cuts Will Kill Medicare Benefits

Home health care leaders are again vying for Medicare beneficiaries and industry workers, following suggestions that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) further cut funding and keep the “burdensome” face-to-face narrative requirement. The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare expressed disappointment in the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) letter to CMS, which called for […]

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