Home Health Agencies Face Added Hardships in Rural Markets

For many of its clients, Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care provides their only access to home health care services. The company has cemented its position within the industry by engaging underserved rural and frontier communities. Founded in 1985, nonprofit Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care is based in Pueblo, Colorado. The company […]

Addus Sets Sights on Hospice Growth, Medicare Advantage Contracts

Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) is zeroing in on new acquisition targets while continuing to make progress on recently closed deals. Company leadership provided an update on Addus’s M&A plans and other priorities during a third-quarter earnings call on Tuesday. “Looking ahead, we remain confident in the ongoing strength of our acquisition pipeline,” President and […]

Why CMS’s New Home Infusion Benefit Falls Short — And How to Fix It

The recently finalized home infusion benefit from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created moderate excitement within the home health community, with some providers seeing newfound opportunities to expand their business offerings. Those who currently provide home infusion services, however, have called CMS’s new benefit “deeply flawed.” CMS finalized a permanent home […]

With RAP Phaseout Finalized, Writing Is on the Wall for Small Home Health Agencies

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final payment rule last week, the agency all but guaranteed a wave of home health industry consolidation in 2020. That guarantee comes despite CMS’s move to nearly halve the 8.01% behavioral adjustment included in the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). But in addition to reducing […]

12% of Medicare Advantage Plans Will Offer Expanded Supplemental Benefits in 2020

The Medicare Advantage boom for home care is almost here. Ever since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first expanded the scope of Medicare Advantage (MA) supplemental benefits in April 2018, at-home care providers have been trying to figure out they fit into a potentially new reimbursement puzzle. At least initially, it appeared […]

Honor Turns to Former Lyft Executive for Hiring Help as Company Expands to Midwest

Technology-enabled home care services company Honor has turned to a former Lyft executive for help beefing up its caregiver recruitment and retention efforts. The infusion of leadership talent comes as the San Francisco-based Honor expands into America’s Heartland. Founded in 2014, Honor partners with home care agencies and other senior care providers by taking over […]

Amedisys ‘Will Buy Opportunistically’ in Home Health Market After PDGM Plays Out

Like so many others in the industry, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) remains top of mind for Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based home health giant Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED). Unsurprisingly, navigating the payment overhaul remains one of the company’s biggest priorities moving forward into 2020. Building out its hospice business and expanding its personal care network with […]

PDGM Changing Home Health M&A Landscape

With a number of upcoming regulatory changes sure to shake up the home health industry — including the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) and a phaseout of Requests for Anticipated Payments (RAPs) — a provider’s future isn’t exactly clear. As a result, questions surrounding how and when to best approach mergers-and-acquisitions […]

Encompass Health CEO: CMS Shouldn’t Risk Home Health Industry Destabilization

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shouldn’t risk home health industry destabilization while pushing through its proposed version of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), especially when it comes to the overhaul’s looming 8.01% behavioral adjustment. That’s according to Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) President and CEO Mark Tarr, who discussed PDGM and his […]