Humana CMO: We Are Moving Full Speed Ahead on Home Care

Health insurance giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has not been shy about its strategy of moving further and further into the home. Right now, the company is busy with its many in-home endeavors, which include Humana At Home, Curo Health Services and Kindred at Home, the largest provider of home health and hospice services in […]

NAHC’s Dombi: We’re Not Going To Be Bullied By Congress, CMS

There’s a flood of changes surging toward the U.S. home health care industry. But thanks to widespread recognition, improved quality and staunch advocacy efforts, providers have never been standing on higher ground. That was the key message delivered by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) leadership Sunday during the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit […]

‘Micro Social Determinants of Health’ Tool Helps Senior Helpers Reach 3% Re-Hospitalization Rate

Although social determinants of health play a key role in outcomes, the health care industry often struggles with how to address social factors because they fall outside of traditional clinical care. Home care providers are in a good position to help — and Senior Helpers, an international home care franchise with more than 300 locations […]

Nexus Montgomery Launches SNF-to-Home Pilot to Improve Patient Transitions, Reduce Re-Hospitalizations

The steady march toward value-based care has encouraged providers across the continuum to get creative about patient care, especially when it comes to reducing avoidable hospital readmissions and improving the discharge process. One of the latest examples of an innovative cross-continuum partnership is spearheaded by Nexus Montgomery, a collaboration between six competing Maryland hospitals that […]

Bayada, Health Systems Back CMS’s Discharge Planning ‘Paradigm Shift’

In September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled a new final rule regarding discharge planning requirements for hospitals and home health providers. The new rule, industry leaders say, will likely create a much needed paradigm shift in the discharge planning process. CMS’s discharge planning rule includes a number of changes that aim […]

Addus Closes on Hospice Partners of America; Ensign Group Completes Pennant Spinoff

Addus completes Hospice Partners of America deal Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has completed its purchase of Hospice Partners of America. The Frisco, Texas-based at-home care company bought the multi-state hospice provider for $130 million cash — $118.4 million of which was in value and $11.6 million was in estimated tax benefits, according to a […]

Hospitals, Physicians Aren’t Screening for Social Determinants of Health

Addressing social determinants of health has become the topic of the moment in health care. Despite being a popular talking point and area of focus for home care agencies, many hospitals and physician practices aren’t screening for SDoH barriers. In fact, only 24% of hospitals and 16% of physician practices screen for recommended social determinants […]

[Sponsored] How Technology Can Optimize Cash Flow, Workflow Under PDGM

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is being touted as the biggest change confronting home health providers in years. As agencies analyze their historical data to project the Medicare reimbursement impact they will realize once the new structure takes effect in 2020, some are anticipating a boost to business, while others are projecting a decline. Either […]

Anthem Doubles Down on Home Care, Whole-Person Health for 2020

Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) and a number of its affiliated health plans were among the relatively few Medicare Advantage (MA) entities to actually offer home care-related supplemental benefits for the 2019 plan year. The Indianapolis-based Anthem was one of the first major insurers to publicly promote that fact as well, highlighting its expanded benefits packages […]