HHCN FUTURE: From Crisis to Success – Unlocking the Power of Outsourcing, Insourcing, and Technology in Home Health and Hospice

This article is sponsored by CareXM. This article is based on a Home Health Care News discussion with Mike Kearns, vice president of sales at CareXM and Ellen Kuebrich, chief governance officer at CareXM. This discussion took place on August 30, 2023 during the HHCN FUTURE Conference. The article below has been edited for length […]

Outsourcing Wave Continues as Pikeville Medical Agrees to Sell Home Health Division

Pikeville Medical Center — one of the largest hospitals in eastern Kentucky — announced last week that it’s selling its home health division to Home Care Health Services. In doing so, Pikeville joins the ever-growing list of hospitals outsourcing their home health operations to nearby agencies, often because of workforce or financial challenges. Financial terms […]

How to Improve Your VBP Scores and Boost Medicare Payments

In July, CMS released a guide to new and updated frequently asked questions around the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model. Yet while home-based care providers certainly have many excellent, technical questions, one sits above all others: How will the expansion of HHVBP affect their reimbursement? The good news: the answer lies more with providers […]

What PE Firms Want Out Of Their Next Home-Based Care Targets

Private equity (PE) firms still see home-based care as an investment area filled with opportunity. That sustained interest is driven by patient preferences. But another driver is providers reaching out to – and seeking out – capital partners. Last year, 37 of the 628 health care PE transactions that took place were home health and […]

How Staffing Shortages Are Affecting PE Dealmaking In Home Health Care

The home health care workforce shortage is restricting PE dealmaking, experts suggest. That’s especially been the case over the last year and a half, as micro and macro economic headwinds have also affected both agencies and PE firms. “When you think about it, it takes the margin on a business that was already feeling some […]

3 Tips for Coding Accuracy in 2023 — and 6 Benefits That Follow

The medical record comes to the coder and OASIS reviewers, which contains a large amount of data. While that’s normal, it’s no less daunting. The home health coder receives multiple documents from different providers and settings, often in multiple formats, and with voluminous amounts of pages that must all be reviewed. To properly and fully […]

Home Health, Hospice Sectors Still Among M&A Leaders In 2022

While there may not have been as many traditional deals in home health care and hospice this year, some large ones have still brought total deal values above 2021 levels. That’s according to a recent report from PwC’s Health Research Institute, which also suggests that home health and hospice is one of only two subsectors […]

Final Rule ‘Blunts Immediate Impact,’ But CMS-Home Health Industry Core Disagreement Remains

Nearly five months after the unveiling of the proposed payment rule caused a stir among home health stakeholders and advocates, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final payment rule on Monday. Back in June, CMS proposed a 4.2% aggregate decrease for 2023, a cut the industry at large felt would […]