Why Home Health Therapy Contractor Aegis Isn’t Stressing About PDGM

Among its many changes, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) aims to completely refocus how home health providers are paid for the therapy services they deliver, mainly by moving away from visit volume as the determining factor in calculating reimbursement. When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first proposed PDGM in July 2018, some […]

Encompass Health Latest Home Health Giant to Invest in Medalogix

Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) has made a minority investment in predictive analytics firm Medalogix. Regulatory changes and staffing shortages driving the need for increased efficiency in home health and hospice motivated the investment, according to Encompass Health Chief Strategy Officer Luke James. “As we look out into the future, [we’re excited about] having a direct […]

Adult Day Centers Carving Out Bigger Role Amid Shift to Home

At-home care providers aren’t the only organizations that have seen an uptick in business as a result of the health care system’s overarching shift to home. Adult day centers — especially those that offer a multitude of specialized services — have similarly hit a major boom period. Propelled by an aging population, policymakers’ desire to […]

‘Common-Sense Bills’ Seek to Dismantle Home Health Therapy Barriers

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is trying to make the delivery of home health therapy services more flexible by broadening Medicare rules on who can open cases. Specifically, two identical bills that would allow occupational therapists to open home health therapy cases were introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives earlier […]

Aetna Working with CareLinx to Provide In-Home Services to Members

So far, health plans have been relatively tight-lipped about their strategies for offering in-home services and supports to members under expanded Medicare Advantage (MA) policies. They now appear to be finding their voice. On Wednesday, Aetna Medicare publicly announced for the first time it has teamed up with CareLinx and its nationwide network of more […]

How Home Care Providers Can Maximize Their Summer Swings

Within the at-home care industry, the winter holidays and weeks that follow are typically the busiest times of the year for providers. Although summers tend to be more of a mixed bag in terms of business, providers can still make moves to reinforce their operations and prepare for the upcoming busy season. Generally, most providers […]

Home Health Industry Likely Headed for M&A Rollercoaster

If there’s one thing home health care providers can agree on when it comes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), it’s that the new model is shrouded in uncertainty. Despite attempting to predict expected reimbursement changes and adapting operations accordingly, agencies won’t know exactly how PDGM will affect them until well after its Jan. 1 […]

Tech-Powered Home Care Company Breathes New Life into HomeHero

A new technology-enabled home care company is breathing life back into HomeHero, the startup once heralded as an industry “disruptor” for its business model of directly matching consumers to caregivers. After raising a total of $23 million, HomeHero was forced to cease its operations in late 2016. The new tech-powered home care player is Family […]