PDGM Check-In: ‘There’s a Slight Sense of the Wild West’

With just five full months to go before the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) becomes a reality, home health providers have reached crunch time. As it has been all along, the assumption-based behavioral adjustment baked into PDGM remains the home health industry’s No. 1 issue. Orginally, the behavioral adjustment was estimated to create a 6.42% payment […]

6 Steps Home Care Providers Must Take to Succeed in Medicare Advantage

The recent rule changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have created a level of flexibility and creativity for home care participation that is nearly unchecked. For example, the final call letter for MA plan year 2020 notes that “MA organizations have broad discretion” in determining what’s called the “Special […]

Amedisys Exec: Payers’ Interest In Home-Based Care ‘Higher Than Ever’ — But Misconceptions Remain

For years, many in the health care industry considered non-medical home care the black sheep of the family, if part of the bloodline at all. The important intervention proven to help keep seniors out of the hospital and cut health care costs was often written off as a luxury service — and even labeled “non-skilled,” […]

Institute for Accountable Care Director: Home Health Providers, ACOs Need to Get on Same Page

For many Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), having a strong presence in the home has been a vital strategy for improving care management and identifying patient needs. Even so, many ACOs carry out that strategy with in-home visits from primary care practitioners — and not necessarily dedicated home health providers. That may change in years to […]

Ford Racing into Health Care Transportation, Weighing Home Health Partnerships

As more companies look to address the social determinants that hinder health, transportation has largely risen to the forefront. Several unexpected, non-health care players are driving that high-octane focus — including Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F). One of the oldest and largest automakers in the U.S., Ford is entering the health care transportation game through […]

Nova Leap CEO: We Want to Dominate In-Home Dementia Care in North America

With eight acquisitions completed since the start of 2017 in the U.S. and Canada, Nova Leap Health Corp. (TSXV: NLH) is one of the fastest growing home care companies in North America. Headquartered in Halifax — the capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia — Nova Leap touted its latest acquisition target on Tuesday. […]