Fair Scheduling Trend Could Spell Trouble for At-Home Care Providers

In recent years and months, rising minimum wage has been top of mind for home-based care providers, adding another level of difficulty to attracting and retaining workers. But fair scheduling legislation that’s gaining steam in cities and states across the country could soon take center stage — and potentially make matters worse. Fair scheduling legislation […]

Intermountain Healthcare Bets Big on Home-Based Mentality

One of the largest health systems in the country is betting big on its ongoing strategy to provide more care upstream. In March, Intermountain Healthcare announced it is expanding its home-based offerings in 2019 to include primary care and multiple hospital-level services, along with palliative care for patients with chronic or serious medical conditions. The […]

How Telehealth Can Solve Home Health Agencies’ PDGM Therapy Problems

One of the most anxiously awaited aspects of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is the elimination of therapy visit volume as a determining factor in calculating reimbursements. Despite reassurance from industry leaders that PDGM isn’t a ‘death knell’ for therapy services, therapy-heavy agencies will have to become more cost effective to ensure they don’t take […]

Amedisys Names Innovations Exec to Advance Aging in Place Strategy

Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED) has a new point person to help drive its innovation efforts and advance its aging-in-place strategy. After most recently serving in various capacities at the Advisory Board Company, health care veteran Sandra Schrauf joined Amedisys at the beginning of March as its senior vice president of innovations. The position is a new […]

How BrightSpring Plans to Win Home Care’s Medication Management Battle

Failure to adhere to a medication regimen is often cited as the No. 1 reason people — especially older adults with multiple chronic conditions — are sent back to the hospital following discharge. To change that, many home care providers have started to make in-home medication management a core component of their operations. That group […]

Cash Flow, Timing and Other Practical FAQs About PDGM Answered

There are just nine months to go before the implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), but many home health care agency owners and operators remain uncertain about what the looming payment overhaul will mean for them.   On a macro level, all home health agencies are waiting to find out if reimbursement changes will […]

Right at Home Helps Lexington Medical Slash Its Readmission Rate

An ongoing partnership between a local home care agency and a well-known hospital is proving just how valuable non-medical services and supports truly are. Under a home-based care program launched in 2016, West Columbia, South Carolina-based Lexington Medical Center has been working with the area’s Right at Home agency to help complex patients transition out […]

LHC Group CEO: MedPAC ‘Off on Some Island’

In its latest report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommended cutting the home health reimbursement rate by 5% in 2020 while continuing its push for a unified, site-neutral payment system for all post-acute care providers. Those recommendations are short-sighted and fail to recognize the value that home health care providers have created […]