Arosa+LivHome Expands Geographic Footprint While Honor, Papa Win New Partnerships

Arosa+LivHome announces fifth acquisition of 2019 Arosa+LivHome has agreed to acquire The Cameron Group, an Orlando, Florida-based care management and home care agency. On top of that, the Bain Capital Double Impact-backed provider announced the acquisition of Senior Care Management Associates (SCMA) and Companion & Home Care, both located in North Carolina. Financial terms of […]

CMS Proposal Takes Home Health Agency Closure Estimates and ‘Lights Them on Fire’

After federal health care policymakers fine-tuned the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) last October with a 6.42% cut based on certain behavioral assumptions, some industry experts predicted there would be a modest uptick in home health bankruptcies in 2020. “The last time the industry went through this kind of major change was in the late 1990s […]

‘TaskRabbit for Seniors’ Helping Older Adults Age in Place

Over the years, there have been a number of home care-adjacent startups that have entered the market and attempted to provide services that could potentially rival those offered by traditional providers. One up-and-coming company is now setting its sights on helping older adults age in place by becoming a TaskRabbit for seniors. The company is […]

Payers See Home Health Providers as ‘Commodities,’ Industry Leaders Say

Home health care is still not being recognized for its inherent value in reducing hospitalizations and curbing health care costs by payers, which often view providers more as commodities than trusted partners.  “Where are we in home health?” Bruce Greenstein, chief strategy and innovation officer at LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) said Monday during a […]

At Least 2.5 Million Home Health Patients Using Medical Equipment Vulnerable to Natural Disasters

With Hurricane Barry making landfall in Louisiana earlier this week, severe weather season is officially upon us. While no deaths have yet been reported yet as a result of the storm as of Tuesday, natural disasters such as hurricanes, fires and tornadoes present life-threatening risks for home-based care recipients nationwide, especially those who depend on […]

Beating the Buzzer: Why Timing Is Everything Under PDGM

While timing tweaks haven’t received quite the attention therapy and coding changes have ahead of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), beating the buzzer will be more important than ever for home health agencies when the new model takes effect. For example, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will pay higher reimbursement rates for […]

Why Staying Small Is a Strength for Broad Street Home Care

In today’s hyper-competitive, ultra-fragmented home care industry, scale is often seen as a strength, especially when it comes to forming relationships with health systems and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. But Wilmette, Illinois-based Broad Street Home Care is bucking that idea, demonstrating there’s no single path for building a profitable business in the home care market. […]

NAHC’s Dombi: CMS Needs to ‘Back Off’ RAP Proposal, PDGM Assumptions

The looming Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), a potential hospice carve-in under Medicare Advantage (MA) and the expanding Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) are just a few of the developments reshaping the current landscape of home health and hospice. As if those three items aren’t enough, providers are also facing the continuing Value-Based Purchasing Model (VBPM), emerging […]