Amedisys Execs Share Action Plan for ‘Worst Form’ of PDGM

Despite being one of the largest and most powerful home health companies in the game, Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) isn’t immune to the uncertainty that comes with the looming Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). The Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based provider has a plan of action, even if the model goes into effect on Jan. 1 as is […]

Senators to Introduce Assistive Technology Bills for Aging in Place

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) plan to introduce new legislation to make assistive technology more accessible to seniors and people with disabilities. The goal is to make it easier for people to age in place. “Survey after survey indicates that seniors envision themselves living independently at home in their own community […]

LHC Group CEO: CMS Shouldn’t Disrupt Home Health Care’s Momentum

When it comes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), anything that would put patient outcomes at risk should be off the table, according to Keith Myers, chairman and CEO of LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG). Myers discussed the Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group’s ongoing operations and PDGM plans Tuesday while speaking at the RBC Capital Markets […]

Comcast Developing In-Home Health Monitoring Device

Already in millions of homes across the United States through its cable and internet services, telecommunications giant Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is developing a new in-home health monitoring device capable of detecting falls — and potentially preventing hospital readmissions. While details are scarce at this point, the device is purposefully built with at-home health care in […]

Kindred at Home Exec: Senior Living Operators Should Leave ‘Heavy Lifting’ to Home Health Partners

Senior living providers should embrace home health partnerships as a way to care for complex patients. Those who don’t may not only be hurting patients, but also employee retention and morale. That’s according to Carrie Coumbs, vice president of national care collaboration for Kindred at Home. “If you utilize your home health benefit proactively in […]

CommonSpirit Health Turns to Contessa for Hospital-Level Care at Home

Chicago-based nonprofit CommonSpirit Health announced Monday it’s teaming up with hospital-at-home startup Contessa to bring acute-level care and other new services into the homes of its patients. Created in 2019 following the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health, CommonSpirit operates across 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites in 21 states. In […]

PDGM Unlikely to be Delayed; Coders Next Home Health ‘Rock Stars’

Despite tenacious rumors, home health owners and operators shouldn’t hold their breath that the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is going to be delayed. All signs still point to a Jan. 1, 2020, implementation date, J’non Griffin, president of full-service consulting company Home Health Solutions LLC told Home Health Care News. “I can’t say definitively because […]

Two-Thirds of NY’s Private-Sector Job Creation in 2018 Linked to Home Care

Despite recruitment and retention remaining an industry-wide pain point, home care positions have become a major component of job growth in New York. That’s according to a recent report from the New York City Independent Budget Office (IBO), a publicly funded agency that provides nonpartisan information about New York City’s budget and tax revenues. Released […]