Posts by Amy Baxter:

  • Honor Raises $50 Million to Target Hundreds of New Partners

    May 22 2018

    California-based Honor has raised another $50 million is a Series C funding, bringing the home care startup’s total funding to $115 million. The funding comes as the company has pivoted its business, from operating as a private duty home care provider to becoming a technology platform for a growing network of in-home care agencies. “We Read More

  • Home Care Providers Face Federal Lawsuits Over Labor Violations

    May 21 2018

    Several home care providers are facing lawsuits from the Department of Labor (DOL) for allegedly failing to pay workers overtime or minimum hourly wages, according to Bloomberg BNA. The lawsuits come just a few years after the in-home care industry was hit with a new regulation that ensured workers were protected by minimum and overtime wages. Read More

  • Must-Read News: Health Care Employment Rises

    May 20 2018

    Start your week with our must-read news—see what caught our eye around the web, and keep reading to see our top stories from last week. The unemployment rate in the United States recently reached just 3.9%—a tight labor market. In April, the share of new health care jobs also reached a new high, with 24,400 Read More

  • New Hometeam CEO Leads Dual-Eligible Business Plan

    May 17 2018

    New York-based home care startup company Hometeam has named Randy Klein as its new CEO. Klein takes the helm just several weeks after former CEO and founder Josh Bruno stepped down. The leadership change comes after Hometeam, which provides services in New York and New Jersey and has raised more than $43 million in investment Read More

  • Judge Overturns California Aid-in-Dying Law

    May 16 2018

    Roughly two years later the End of Life Option Act went into effect in the state of California, a state judge overturned the law, declaring it unconstitutional. The Act enabled terminally ill patients to utilize medical aid in dying as a palliative care option to end suffering and peacefully end their lives. Six other states—Colorado, Read More

  • Top Payment Scrutiny Areas in Hospice Care

    May 16 2018

    As more government agencies leverage data analysis and tracking to monitor billing in the home health and hospice space, providers are seeing heightened scrutiny across billing practices. From time to time, everyday mistakes in documentation and challenges with compliance can lead to bigger problems—even when providers think they are doing everything right. In 2015, hospice Read More

  • CMS Launches Rural Health Strategy with Telehealth Aims

    May 15 2018

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a new rural health strategy, targeting Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries located in rural America. One of the strategy’s aims is to boost telehealth and telemedicine, a growing area of in-home based care. “For the first time, CMS is organizing and focusing our efforts to apply Read More

  • Longer Home Health Visits Tied to Lower Hospital Rates

    May 14 2018

    Home health care visits that are longer by just one minute may be tied to lower hospital readmission rates. That’s the key finding from a recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). “We obviously see an effect,” Guy David, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and author of the research, told Home Health Care News. “Shorter visits Read More

  • Home Care is a Top Franchise Under $150,000

    May 11 2018

    Home care franchises are continually making the ranking of the fastest-growing and hottest businesses around the nation. And for franchise businesses that can be started for under $150,000, a number of home care providers have made Entrepreneur magazine’s list. The score’s are based on the Entrepreneur’s 2018 Franchise 500 ranking, which the publisher has compiled Read More

  • Medicare Advantage Provider Clover Health Adds In-Home Primary Care Program

    May 10 2018

    San Francisco-based Clover Health, a health care technology company and Medicare Advantage insurer, has launched an in-home primary care program that will include gene testing for medication management. The program, which already has approximately 500 members in New Jersey, uses genomic testing integration capabilities from YouScript, a clinical decision support tool for medication management. Clover Read More

  • Best and Worst States for Retirement

    May 09 2018

    Seniors have their choice when it comes to where to retire, and not all states are equal. With health care costs ranking as a top concern among retirees, some states are clear champions for seniors. Kiplinger ranked states based on several factors, including living expenses, tax burdens, health care costs, household incomes, poverty rates and Read More

  • Amedisys Bullish on Home Health Comeback, Value-Based Purchasing Progress

    May 08 2018

    In the first quarter of 2018, Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) saw its margins swell to their highest level since 2015. And its home health services line improved, despite lower reimbursement rates for the space. Baton Rouge-based Amedisys beat analyst expectations for the quarter, and leadership explained its margin increase as coming, in part, from greater Read More

  • Opioids, Star Ratings Among Top Regulatory Issues in Hospice

    May 07 2018

    The hospice care space has become the hot acquisition target of the moment, in part because buyers see high margins and fewer regulatory hurdles when compared against home health care. However, that does not mean hospice is entirely spared from new and evolving hurdles and regulatory obligations. From opioid-related legislation to forthcoming Hospice Compare changes and Read More

  • Where the Home Health Aide Shortage Will Hit Hardest by 2025

    May 06 2018

    The shortage of home health aides in the industry is no secret, but the exact pace of demand will far exceed the supply of health care workers over the next few years, according to a new report from Mercer. The number of new job openings for home health aides by 2025 is expected to reach Read More

  • LHC Group Not Backing Off M&A After Mega-Merger

    May 03 2018

    Fresh off its mega-merger with Almost Family, home health care giant LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) is still eyeing big mergers and acquisitions opportunities in 2018. “We might be tempted to sit back and rest on our laurels, but that’s not in our DNA,” CEO Keith Myers said Thursday during the company’s first quarter earnings call. Read More

  • New Long-Term Care Medicare Benefit Proposed

    May 02 2018

    A newly proposed Medicare benefit would extend services to eligible beneficiaries for long-term care. The proposal was within a discussion draft of a bill by Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ), released at a Wednesday roundtable discussion with aging and disability advocates. The proposal, The Medicare Long-Term Care Services and Supports Act of 2018, would establish a Read More

  • Humana to Address Social Determinants of Health in New MA Benefits

    May 02 2018

    In the midst of two major takeovers in the home health and hospice space, insurance giant Humana (NYSE: HUM) is working on expanding its Medicare Advantage benefits. Just last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an expansion of supplemental benefits for MA plans in 2019, including the addition of non-skilled in-home Read More

  • How the Hospice Benefit Could Be Redefined

    May 02 2018

    As recent changes across the health care system over the last few years indicate that person-centered, interdisciplinary care can improve clinical outcomes, boost patient satisfaction and potentially lower overall costs, hospice care could see an evolution ahead. Hospice has become known as the first truly interdisciplinary benefit, bringing together many types of care under one Read More

  • Clients Hiring Away Caregivers is a Growing Threat to Agencies

    May 01 2018

    As the demand for home care continues to grow, a shortage of workers in the space is putting the squeeze on many agencies. And one rising threat is the number of caregivers who are turning their backs on being employed by a traditional agency, working directly for a family instead. With median turnover in the Read More

  • Fraud Watch: Miami Home Health Owners Indicted in Scheme

    Apr 30 2018

    Three Miami Home Health Agency Owners Charged in Fraud Scheme Three Miami-area home health care agency owners were charged in an indictment for their alleged participation in a health care fraud scheme involving a now-defunct business, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in March. Ailin Consuelo Rodriguez Sigler, 39; Ziola C. Rios, 57; and Thomas Read More

  • Amazon Employees Reportedly Studied Aging on Road Trip

    Apr 29 2018

    Online retail giant Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) reportedly got a crash course in aging during a multi-city bus tour that included input from senior living innovator Bill Thomas. The bus trip provides even more evidence that the massive online marketplace is looking to transform the age-related services landscape. Most recently, the company was rumored to be developing a “top-secret” Read More

  • Encompass Goes Its Own Way Amid Major Industry Consolidation

    Apr 29 2018

    Fresh off a recently announced acquisition of a regional provider, Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) is doubling down on its organic growth to be a competitor in the tightening home health care space. Encompass, an inpatient rehabilitation, home health and hospice care services provider based in Birmingham, Alabama, posted strong revenue growth for the first quarter, Read More

  • CMS Proposes $340 Million Increase in Hospice Payments for 2019

    Apr 27 2018

    Hospice providers could be getting a 1.8%, or $340 million, bump in reimbursements in fiscal year 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed Friday afternoon. The proposal is higher than the 1% increase given to providers in 2018. The 1.8% payment update is based on an estimated 2.9% inpatient hospital market basket Read More

  • ProMedica to Blur Acute, Post-Acute Lines with ManorCare Deal

    Apr 26 2018

    The acquisition of HCR ManorCare, the nation’s second-largest skilled nursing provider, by nonprofit health system ProMedica falls in line with a growing trend of payors and providers building out their care continuum, with one goal being to treat patients more frequently in lower-cost care settings like home health care. On late Wednesday night, ProMedica announced Read More

  • Home Health Aide is Fastest Growing Job Since Great Recession

    Apr 25 2018

    Home health aide is among the fastest growing jobs since the economy has recovered from the Great Recession. From 2007 to 2017, 296,952 home health aide jobs were added—a 46% increase, according to recently released data from CareerBuilder. The pattern of growth has been well documented over the years, driven in large part by the aging Read More

  • Hospice Carve-In for Medicare Advantage is ‘Inevitable’

    Apr 24 2018

    While much of the health care system is moving more Medicare beneficiaries into managed care, hospice continues to live on its own island. That’s because hospice is not allowed as a benefit in Medicare Advantage plans. “What the MA structure creates is a bifurcation,” Julia Driessen, assistant professor of health policy and management at the Read More

  • Must-Read News: Hometeam Leadership Shakeup

    Apr 22 2018

    Happy Monday, home health care news readers. Kick off your week with our must-read news, including stories that caught our eye around the web. Keep reading to see our top stories from last week. Last week, it was announced that former first lady Barbara Bush had passed away at the age of 92. In the Read More

  • Managed Care Plans Forced to Limit Home Care Contracts in New York

    Apr 19 2018

    Managed care insurers in one of the largest states in the country are facing tough new limits on how many home care providers they can contract with. New regulations in New York will impact licensed home care services agencies (LHCSAs), placing some restrictions on the state’s managed care providers as the number of enrollees continues to Read More

  • Home Care Patients Are Likely Down with Dope

    Apr 19 2018

    More in-home care patients are probably lighting up and utilizing cannabis, as the number of older Americans that believe medical marijuana is effective for pain relief, appetite loss and anxiety has risen. Four out of five respondents between the age of 50 and 80 said they support allowing medical marijuana if it’s recommended by a Read More

  • Median Home Care Turnover Hit 66.7% in 2017

    Apr 19 2018

    While just about every provider in the home care space has struggled with turnover, lower wages are tied to higher turnover rates, a new report confirms. The median caregiver turnover rate across the industry was 66.7% in 2017, the highest rate since 2013, according to the 9th Annual Edition of the Home Care Benchmarking Study Read More

  • Home Health, Hospice M&A Spikes at Start of 2018

    Apr 18 2018

    The home health sector is on a hot streak. In the first quarter of 2018 there were 21 publicly announced transactions in the space, according to data from Irving Levin Associates as reported by HealthCareMandA.com. The number of transactions was 67% higher than the 14 deals seen in the fourth quarter of 2017, and signals Read More

  • Griswold Adds Predictive Analysis to Hire the Right Caregivers

    Apr 18 2018

    In the arms race for caregivers, one major home care franchisor is beefing up its arsenal with new technology to streamline the recruiting process. Philadelphia-based Griswold Home Care is rolling out a predictive analytics tool that will help assess caregivers that may be the best fit for the company, as its franchisees continue to grow and Read More

  • UnitedHealth Group Encouraged by More MA Benefits

    Apr 17 2018

    In-home care providers aren’t the only players looking forward to expanded Medicare Advantage (MA) benefits in 2019. Insurers that offer MA plans—notably behemoth UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH)—are also looking ahead and seeing the addition of more benefits as a major bonus. Minnetonka, Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group offers medical benefits through its businesses UnitedHealthcare and Optum, which also provides some Read More

  • Transactions: BrightStar Acquires Iowa Agency

    Apr 16 2018

    BrightStar Care Acquires HomeChoice Senior Care Chicago-based BrightStar Care, a national in-home care franchise provider, has acquired HomeChoice Senior Care, a home care agency based in Iowa. HomeChoice is operating as BrightStar Care as of April 1. HomeChoice was founded in 2009 and is led by executive director Koleene Herlocker. The company provides non-medical home Read More

  • Must-Read News: Three-Way Merger Deal

    Apr 15 2018

    Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. As we looked for any hints of spring in Chicago last week—and turned up empty-handed—we kept busy to bring you the latest news in the home health and home care industry. Catch up with our must-read news to see what you might have missed. A new innovation in Read More

  • Independence at Home Saves Medicare 10 Times More than ACOs

    Apr 12 2018

    Home-based primary care is a huge money saver for Medicare, and its advocates are pushing for the Independence at Home (IAH) program to become permanent, with a few changes. IAH is a demonstration project from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) that is testing the delivery of primary care services at home. Selected Read More

  • Texas Home Health Care Owners Make OIG’s Most Wanted List

    Apr 12 2018

    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has named a former owner of a Texas-based home health care company, Ebong Aloysius Tilong, among its “most wanted fugitives.” Tilong was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, conspiracy to pay kickbacks, payment of kickbacks and conspiracy to commit money laundering in Read More

  • 4 Ways Home Health is Readying Itself for a Value-Based Economy

    Apr 11 2018

    Home health care providers are in the midst of a shifting environment and getting on board for ongoing demonstration programs and upcoming regulatory changes. Even with changes at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), home health providers can bet that the momentum to a value-based economy in health care that started from the Affordable Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: VNSNY Announces CEO Change After Contract Failure

    Apr 11 2018

    VNSNY Announces CEO Change The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) announced that Marki Flannery has agreed to return as president and CEO of the association after an agreement on terms for a renewal contract for Dr. Christopher Olivia fell through. Olivia, who served as CEO since 2017, resigned, effective April 9. Flannery joined Read More

  • At-Home Meal Delivery Reduces Hospital Readmission Rates

    Apr 09 2018

    Addressing some of the social determinants of health can boost patient outcomes and help lower overall health care costs. Along these lines, researchers have found that home-delivered meals are a big deterrent to hospital readmissions. Lack of access to nutritious food for people who are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid is a problem Read More

  • ElevatingHome, VNAA Reaffirm Goals as CEO Moorhead Steps Down

    Apr 09 2018

    Tracey Moorhead has resigned as president and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) and ElevatingHome. Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD, CENP, vice president of quality and research, has stepped into the role of interim CEO.   VNAA is an industry association and advocacy group for home-based care with a membership base of not-for-profit Read More

  • Must-Read News: HHS Recovered $2.6 Billion From Health Care Fraud

    Apr 08 2018

    Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. Get caught up on all things home care with our must-read news, and keep reading to see our top stories from last week. On Friday, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its annual 2017 fiscal year Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program report for 2017, revealing that the Read More

  • Interdisciplinary Approach Elevates Home Health Provider’s Outcomes

    Apr 05 2018

    Home health care is becoming well known for its ability to help reduce rehospitalizations and lower overall health costs. But some high-risk patients are still in danger of a readmission even after a home health discharge. As a result, some providers are working to take care of patients after an episode of home health ends, Read More

  • Kindred Shareholders Approve Acquisition by Humana, PE Firms

    Apr 05 2018

    Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) shareholders approved the sale of the company’s home health and hospice business to insurance giant Humana (NYSE: HUM) and two private equity groups. The approval comes after some contention among shareholders. One investor with a 5.8% stake in Louisville-based Kindred, Brigade Capital, sued to block the merger. The suit was dismissed Read More

  • CMS To Be Flexible in Enforcing Medicaid Home Health Rule

    Apr 05 2018

    A deadline for states to comply with a 2016 Medicaid home health final rule is approaching, but the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) won’t necessarily enforce all compliance areas right away, according to an announcement issued Thursday. The final rule was published on February 2, 2016, with an effective date of July 1, 2016. Read More

  • Managed Care Organization Funds In-Home Behavioral Health Care

    Apr 04 2018

    Behavioral health challenges can compromise the wellbeing of older adults, but few home health care providers have the resources to tackle these issues. However, one senior care organization is treating homebound seniors for anxiety and depression, at no cost to the consumer, in hopes that overall wellness will improve and overall health spending will decrease. SCAN, Read More

  • Buyers Snatch Up Unprofitable Hospices in Hot M&A Market

    Apr 04 2018

    When it comes to mergers and acquisitions, hospice is hot—really hot. In fact, some new buyers entering the market are coming into the space purely because of the tailwinds and strong demographics, even if the operations they purchase aren’t profitable. That’s according to Rich Tinsley, president and CEO of Stoneridge Partners, a health care merger and Read More

  • Johns Hopkins: Most Doctors Spend One Minute Reviewing Home Health Plans

    Apr 03 2018

    Many physicians only spend about one minute reviewing home health care plans, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University researchers published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. That revelation likely isn’t a shock to home health care providers that deal with getting physicians to sign off on care plans. Communication and care coordination are Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: Interim HealthCare Adds Executives

    Apr 03 2018

    Movers & Shakers is brought to you by the Home Health Care News Job Board. Browse and apply to management and executive home health care jobs and positions from leading professional firms serving the industry.  Employers can post single jobs, purchase job packages or our premium subscription that includes unlimited job posts and editorial coverage for one Read More

  • Addus Enters Two New States with $18.5 Million Arcadia Deal

    Apr 02 2018

    Addus HomeCare Corp. (Nasdaq: ADUS), one of the nation’s largest personal care services providers, has acquired Arcadia Home Care & Staffing, a Southfield, Michigan-based provider of in-home care services. Addus, based in Frisco, Texas, acquired Arcadia for the purchase price of $18.5 million, and the transaction closed on April 1. It was funded from Addus’ Read More

  • Bill to Boost Home Health Over Nursing Homes Fails in Louisiana

    Apr 02 2018

    A bill in Louisiana that would have shifted more patients toward home health care services has failed, The Advocate reported. The state’s Senate Health and Welfare committee rejected legislation that would have lifted some of the cost burden off institutional care in the state toward more access to in-home care services. Compared to most other Read More

  • Must-Read News: Senior Helpers Joins Dementia Village

    Apr 01 2018

    Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. Kick off your week with our must-read news. Keep reading to see our top stories from last week. In January, Apple announced it formed an agreement with 13 heath systems, some with prestigious centers, that would allow Apple to download electronic health data of those systems’ patients on Read More

  • Home Health and Hospice Admissions, Utilization Trending Up

    Mar 29 2018

    Home health care and hospice admissions and utilization are both on the rise, according to the latest data report from Excel Health. Hospice admissions grew 4.6% from the third quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2017, rising to 313,500, according to the report, which is based on 100% of the most recent Medicare Read More

  • Johns Hopkins Studies Broken Communication Between Home Health, Doctors

    Mar 29 2018

    Home health care providers know the struggle of coordinating well with physicians, and research underway could shed light on how communication between the two groups is failing—and what can be done to improve it. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore are undertaking a study that will seek to understand how home health care agencies interact Read More

  • Kindred Overcomes Shareholder Suit, Merger Vote Moves Forward

    Mar 28 2018

    A scheduled shareholder vote to sell Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) will move forward after a judge dismissed a lawsuit by a major shareholder. Brigade Capital Management, a New York-based private equity firm with a 5.8% stake in Louisville-based Kindred, sued the health care provider in an attempt to delay or block the vote to sell the Read More

  • Home Care Workers Want to Leave Jobs Despite High Satisfaction

    Mar 28 2018

    Every three months, home health care agencies in Massachusetts are replacing 15 workers on average, according to a new report from the Home Care Aide Council. And it appears that many workers might be leaving despite feeling high job satisfaction. Agencies hire an average of 18 new home care aides per quarter, meaning their net Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: Humana Appoints Regional President

    Mar 27 2018

    Humana Names Former Home Health Exec as Regional President Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) appointed Matt Berger as regional vice president for Humana’s Louisiana and Mississippi Medicare markets, effective March 18. Berger has served in regional finance roles for Humana, including four years as its Medicare Central Division chief financial officer in Louisiana. Prior to joining Read More

  • Senior Helpers to Staff First U.S. Dementia Village

    Mar 26 2018

    A major national home care franchisor has been tapped to staff the first U.S. version of a “dementia village.” Pioneered in the Netherlands, the concept involves the re-creation of a community from the 1950s. Senior Helpers, an in-home care franchise provider with 311 locations, has partnered with George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers, Inc., to bring Read More

  • Must-Read News: An ACO Takes on Hospital at Home

    Mar 25 2018

    Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. After a chilly weekend in our base of Chicago, we’re ready to warm up with the hottest news in home health and home care. Late last week, a home health care worker based in Dallas was charged in the murder of an 81-year-old woman, Fox News reported. Billy Read More

  • Hospice Sees a New Type of Caregiver in ‘Death Doulas’

    Mar 25 2018

    As hospice services are ramping up across the country, some providers are utilizing so-called death doulas as an extra layer of care. Doulas are known most commonly for helping women through the childbirth process, but now doulas are starting to serve the older population at the end of life, the Idaho Statesman recently reported. In Idaho, Read More

  • LHC Group CEO: Almost Family Innovations Division a Merger Bonus

    Mar 25 2018

    As LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) continues to make inroads with partners in the shift to value-based care, a new business segment it is picking up in its merger with Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM) could accelerate the process. Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group is acquiring Louisville-based Almost Family in a $2.4 billion deal, and the emerging company Read More

  • Transactions: AccentCare Acquires in Texas

    Mar 22 2018

    AccentCare Acquires Quality Care Services Texas-based AccentCare has expanded its personal care services client base by acquiring Quality Services’ Medicaid attendant care segment, which serves the Beaumont, Texas area. The transaction was effective Feb. 1. The acquired business segment assumed the name of AccentCare’s regional branch in Texas —Texas Home Health. Quality Care Services was Read More

  • Amedisys CEO: We Want to Change the Managed Care Game

    Mar 22 2018

    Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) is eyeing the growing managed care population and is eager to influence how these payers view and reimburse home health providers.   Some of the biggest home health providers—not only Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys but also Louisville-based Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM) and Lafayette, Louisiana-Based LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG)—have made it clear they Read More

  • Amazon, AARP Reveal Possible Collaboration on Tech for Seniors

    Mar 21 2018

    Some of Amazon’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) secretive actions in the health care space have been revealed, after its vice president spoke about meeting with AARP for technology collaborations for seniors, CNBC reported Wednesday. This news comes as home health providers have been closely watching the retail giant, which has been making forays into health care and Read More

  • CMS to Home Health: ‘Sky is Not Falling’ Over Lack of CoP Guidelines

    Mar 21 2018

    While the spotlight across the home health care industry has recently shined on the upcoming payment reform, providers are still grappling with new requirements that went into effect in January—the Conditions of Participation (CoPs). The new CoPs—the standards that agencies must follow to participate in Medicare—were the first update to the requirements in decades. And Read More

  • ElevatingHome CEO: Home Health Deserves More Respect from Payors, Regulators

    Mar 20 2018

    Home health care isn’t getting the full recognition of its value from payers and regulators, according to advocates and stakeholders. That’s why the home health care industry’s newest association is promoting the value of in-home care as a top priority, while also seeking to establish a firm footing almost year after launching. ElevatingHome, which spun Read More

  • ACO Bets Hospital at Home is The Future

    Mar 19 2018

    Accountable care organization Atrius Health is betting big that hospital care will move into the home. To that end, Massachusetts-based Atrius recently partnered with Medically Home Group, a health care technology and service company based in Westport, Connecticut, that recently raised $4 million. As a Pioneer ACO that takes care of more than 740,000 patients Read More

  • Home Health Executives Interpret Payment Reform Proposal

    Mar 18 2018

    When the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was signed into law in February, a new home health payment system was back on the table. However, language of the bill left some unanswered questions about what the new model will look like. Namely, the legislation outlined “30-day units of service,” which does not make clear if Read More

  • Encompass Expands in Southeast with Camellia Acquisition

    Mar 18 2018

    Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) is acquiring a Mississippi-based in-home care services provider, Camellia Healthcare, and its affiliated entities. Camellia Healthcare operates a portfolio of home health, hospice and private duty locations in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee, with revenue of approximately $78 million in 2017. The deal will push Encompass Health, the nation’s fourth largest Read More

  • Must-Read News: Kindred Deal Back on Track

    Mar 18 2018

    Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. Get a jump-start on your week ahead by getting caught up on headlines that caught our eye, and review our top stories from last week. At top of mind for many in the industry is the latest on the acquisition of Kindred Health at Home (NYSE: KND) by Read More

  • MedPAC Recommends 5% Home Health Payment Cut to Congress

    Mar 15 2018

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) submitted its Medicare payment policy report to Congress, recommending a 5% payment rate cute to the home health care industry for 2019. The recommendation is in line with prior reports from MedPAC, which is tasked with advising Congress on the administration of the Medicare program. The commission also recommended Read More

  • Largest Home Health Nonprofit Pilots Avatar Tech for Rehab

    Mar 14 2018

    The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) isn’t yet using robots to administer care, but the New York-based home health care agency is about to start offering some of its patients an innovative rehabilitation program. The tech utilizes avatars, which are cartoon-like personas, that will guide patients through on-demand physical therapy at home and offer Read More

  • Supply-Demand Gap Worsening for Home Health Workforce

    Mar 14 2018

    The caregiver shortage across the in-home care industry is no secret, but a new report sheds light on the depth of the skills gap of available workers. The U.S. labor market is as tight as ever since the Great Recession, according to a report prepared for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation by Burning Glass Technologies. With Read More

  • Major Kindred Shareholder Brigade Capital Sues to Block Acquisition

    Mar 13 2018

    As the acquisition of Kindred Healthcare’s (NYSE: KND) home health care business proceeds, one major shareholder is ramping up its fight against the deal. Brigade Capital, a New York-based private equity firm with a 5.8% stake in Kindred, has filed a lawsuit to stop the planned acquisition. The lawsuit, which seeks to stop the merger Read More

  • Home Health Adherence Slashes Medicare Costs, Readmissions

    Mar 12 2018

    The home health care industry has seen consistent reimbursement cuts over the last several years, forcing providers to adapt. There are several reasons regulators and lawmakers think home health can get by with less, but overcoming stigmas about the industry and thinking like an economist can help boost home health’s reputation. “It’s hard to have Read More

  • Home Health Experts Suggest Improvements to New Payment Model

    Mar 12 2018

    A new payment model is coming to home health, and input from a recent technical expert panel (TEP) could indicate some top concerns from within the industry. The TEP, which met February 1, 2018, will help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shape the new prospective payment system (PPS) by offering its input over Read More

  • Developing a Business Case for Palliative and Community-Based Care

    Mar 11 2018

    Palliative care is seeing rising interest and demand, but one of the biggest obstacles to providing it is determining a funding source. For now, palliative care is most often covered when providers are part of a hospital or health system. With the help of a grant-funded program from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Read More

  • Must-Read News: Top Home Health Changes Ahead

    Mar 11 2018

    Happy Monday, dear Home Health Care News readers. We’re back after a few days in Washington, D.C. at the National Leadership Conference, put on by the Visiting Nurses Association of America (VNAA), ElevatingHome and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. We’ll be bringing you more coverage from the conference this week. Take a Read More

  • How Home Health Has Been Crucial to a Top ACO

    Mar 08 2018

    The largest accountable care organization (ACO) in New England is a big believer in the home heath value proposition. Atrius Health, a nonprofit ACO with more than 720,000 adult and pediatric patents, works in tandem with VNA Care, one of the nation’s oldest home health care pagencies, tot produce better outcomes for patients and lower Read More

  • Top 3 Home Health Care Changes Ahead

    Mar 07 2018

    After a turbulent year in regulatory proposals for the home health care industry, providers need to be looking to 2018 with fresh eyes on what changes still lie ahead. “2017 was arguably dominated by efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare,” said Fred Bentley, vice president of Avalere Health, a policy and financial consulting firm based Read More

  • Amedisys Expands in Kentucky, Executive Care Enters Virginia

    Mar 07 2018

    Catch up on the latest business deals shaping the home health and personal care industry: Amedisys Adds Coverage Area in Kentucky Baton Rouge-based Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has acquired the right to operate in 10 counties in western Kentucky from Christian Care Communities, the state’s largest faith inspired provider of senior living, long-term care and Read More

  • HHS Secretary Azar Affirms Value-Based Care is the Future

    Mar 06 2018

    Home health care providers were assured that value-based purchasing programs were going to continue—and likely accelerate—after Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar reiterated his support for these payment models Tuesday. Azar replaced former Secretary Tom Price, who was ousted from the role in September 2017 after an investigation into his use Read More

  • Providers Urge CMS to Enact Medicare Advantage Home Care Proposal

    Mar 06 2018

    Private duty and home health care providers have weighed in on a recent proposal to include non-skilled in-home supports in Medicare Advantage plans in 2019, with some providers calling it a “precursor” to expanding home care services to all Medicare patients. The proposal, which was announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Read More

  • Senior Helpers CEO: Private Duty Gains Health Care Cred, Influence

    Mar 05 2018

    Senior Helpers, one of the nation’s largest home care franchise companies, has joined the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of chief executives from all health care disciplines that develops policies, plans and programs to achieve a greater system for quality, affordable care. The addition marks the first private duty provider on the HLC and Read More

  • Interim’s Frequent Flier Program Aims to Cut Turnover

    Mar 04 2018

    While not a new issue, the home care worker shortage across the country is only looking bleaker over the next few years, leading some providers to take action. One franchise owner is taking a page out of frequent flier programs to boost retention and reduce turnover costs. For Interim HealthCare’s largest franchise owner, Tom DiMarco, the Read More

  • LHC Group Taking Steps to Integrate Almost Family

    Mar 01 2018

    Previous health care merger blowups aren’t deterring LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) executives from the hardships of major transactions as the Lafayette, Louisiana-based home health care provider works through its combination with industry peer Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM). “Internally, we’re calling this more of a wedding than a merger,” LHC Group CEO Keith Myers said during Read More

  • Home Care Companies Land Among Top 100 Franchise List

    Mar 01 2018

    Home care companies have once again came in as some of the top franchises, according to Franchise Gator. Private duty home care franchise systems have been garnering big valuations as private equity groups and other outside buyers take notice of their growing demand. In just the last few years, several franchisors have been sold, including Read More

  • Uber Launches Ride Service Tailored to Health Care Providers

    Mar 01 2018

    San Francisco-based Uber, a global ride-sharing company, has launched Uber Health, a service that enables health care providers to hail on-demand and scheduled rides for patients. Home care companies are already on board to test out the service. Uber’s mission in the new service line is to help cut down on missed appointments, which can Read More

  • Amedisys Sees Opportunities In Competitors’ Mergers

    Feb 28 2018

    If Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has any concerns as its competitors merge, executives didn’t show it during the company’s end-of-year earnings call Wednesday. Instead, the Baton Rouge-based company is looking forward to a year with few headwinds, and eyeing new opportunities amid industry consolidation and greater regulatory visibility. The merger between LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) and Almost Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: Accurate Home Care Names COO

    Feb 27 2018

    Accurate Home Care Hires COO Accurate Home Care, LLC (AHC), based in Otsego, Minnesota, has named Bill English as chief operating officer. Accurate Home Care provides home health care services throughout Minnesota and was founded in 2002. In his new role, English will focus on company-wide system changes and honing company culture, according to a Read More

  • Encompass Executives Predict Frothy Acquisition Market in 2018

    Feb 27 2018

    After a year of turbulent home health regulatory pressures, Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) is prepared to make a play for acquisitions in the home health and hospice sectors. However, Encompass isn’t the only company eyeing new opportunities in 2018, and the added competition could heat up the market, executives stated during the company’s end-of-year earnings Read More

  • How Education Requirements Will Impact Home Health Care

    Feb 26 2018

    Nurses in New York State will be required to complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) within a decade of getting their licenses thanks to a new law that was approved at the end of 2017. The BSN in 10, as the law has become known, could put additional pressure on an industry already Read More

  • Home Health is Getting Savvier in Population Health

    Feb 25 2018

    Over the last few years, population health has become somewhat of a buzz word in the home health care industry. However, not all organizations define population health—and how they approach it—the same way. North Carolina-based Well Care Home Health, which launched in 1987, is a fully integrated post-acute care provider that has taken on population Read More

  • Home Health Aide Among Toughest Jobs to Fill in 2018

    Feb 25 2018

    In-home care is an industry with rapidly-growing demand. However, home health aides are among the most difficult jobs to fill, according to a recent ranking by CareerCast. Health care jobs were five of the top ten hardest jobs to fill in 2018, as the aging baby boomer generation is increasing demand for these jobs. Home Read More

  • Honor Partners with Catholic Charities, Takes on Caregivers

    Feb 22 2018

    Consolidation is accelerating across the home care—and general health care—space. As many in-home care companies are getting snatched up in acquisitions by home health care providers, private equity groups or other entities, some organizations are seeking alternative routes to continue serving their patient population. One such group is Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County in Read More

  • Hospice Compare Now Includes Consumer Survey Data

    Feb 22 2018

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has for the first time released the results of the CAHPS Hospice Survey on Hospice Compare. The survey—the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS)—asks family members or friends who cared for a patient who died under hospice about their experience with the provider. The survey Read More

  • Addus Aims for Hospice and Medicare Advantage Opportunities

    Feb 21 2018

    Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS) is looking for synergies in 2018, starting by growing its hospice offering and extending its managed care experience by tapping into new Medicare Advantage opportunities in the future. The Frisco, Texas-based personal care services provider is eyeing these new opportunities as the business landscape continues to shift, said Brian Poff, chief Read More

  • Home Care Nurse-on-Demand Company Carol Health Launches

    Feb 19 2018

    One newly launched company is meeting the consumer-driven desire for on-demand health services in the home. The startup, Carol Health, features an the online platform designed to send a registered nurse within two hours of a client requesting it. Carol Health has launched its pilot program in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Unlike home health care or Read More

  • Questions Arise in Light of New Home Health Payment Policies

    Feb 14 2018

    Coming changes in how Medicare will pay for therapy are raising questions—and some concerns—in the home health sector. The therapy policies were included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which was signed into law last week. One of the biggest changes relates to Medicare therapy caps, which were repealed in the bill as had been expected. Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: Maxim Names New Clinical Exec

    Feb 14 2018

    Maxim Healthcare Services Appoints New Clinical Leader Columbia, Maryland-based Maxim Healthcare Services has appointed Kellie Lanier as senior vice president of clinical operations. Maxim is a provider of home health care, personal care, behavioral care, staffing, and population health and wellness services and was founded in 1988. It operates more than 260 offices around the Read More

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