Posts by Amy Baxter:

  • 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 One of the biggest changes relates to Medicare therapy caps, which were repealed in the bill as had been expected.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

  • Transactions: Family Tree Grows in Texas, Traditions Adds Hospice

    Feb 13 2018

    Family Tree In-Home Care Acquires CareTemps  Houston-based Genova Health, LLC has added CareTemps, LLC, a home care and care management services company, to its family of companies. Genova Health’s portfolio company is Family Tree In-Home Care, a home care agency with four offices in Houston, Austin, The Woodlands, and Clear Lake, Texas. Family Tree closed Read More

  • Medicare Advantage Home Care Proposal Excites Providers, Payers

    Feb 12 2018

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed adding non-skilled in-home care as a supplemental benefit to Medicare Advantage plans in 2019. The language of the proposal led to questions, still unanswered, about which specific services could be covered under MA plans. However, home care providers and insurance companies are interpreting the new Read More

  • Spending Bill Holds Wins and Losses for Home Health Care

    Feb 11 2018

    President Donald Trump signed a sweeping spending bill into law on Friday, February 9, just hours after it was approved by lawmakers and after the government temporarily shut down without a deal. The bill, which will fund the federal government for two years, includes many health care measures that will impact the home health care industry. Read More

  • Startup Raises $11 Million For HomeCare.com Service

    Feb 08 2018

    A startup company that connects clients to caregivers online has raised nearly $11 million, the Washington Business Journal reported. CareSave Technologies, Inc., which operates the HomeCare.com platform, raised the funds through an investment round left by Europe-based ETS Inc. The platform enables consumers to search for a caregiver to find help for themselves or a Read More

  • Bill Calls for Hospices to Destroy Opioids After Patients Die

    Feb 08 2018

    As the country is gripped by an opioid addiction crisis, the role of hospices in the epidemic has come under a spotlight. A new bill in Kentucky would aim to address some of those issues by improving the disposal of medications in the hospice setting after a patient’s death. A rising problem surrounding hospices has Read More

  • Kindred at Home Expansion Takes a Back Seat for Humana

    Feb 07 2018

    The new parent company of Kindred at Home (NYSE: KND) isn’t moving toward growing the new business with urgency, executives said during an earnings call reviewing fourth quarter 2017 results. Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced in December it would be acquiring 40% of the Kindred at Home business, with two private equity groups acquiring the other 60%. Read More

  • New Home Health Payment Reform Moves Closer to Reality

    Feb 07 2018

    Fast-moving developments on Capitol Hill are all but ensuring that home health care payment reform will be going forward. After the House of Representatives approved a short-term spending bill on Tuesday to fund the government, the Senate introduced its own version Wednesday. Both bills include major health care measures. Among the biggest changes is a new, 30-day Read More

  • Palliative Care Has Grown Without Being a Cash Cow for Providers

    Feb 07 2018

    Interest in palliative care programs has boomed over the last 15 years, but the adoption of this type of care has taken place largely in hospitals, according to a recent report in Health Affairs. But with palliative care now much more common, further growth could accelerate in home- and community-based settings. Palliative care—which focuses on providing Read More

  • Provider Brings Hospital Care to People’s Homes

    Feb 06 2018

    Increasingly, providers are meeting consumer demand by offering more robust care in people’s homes. One company on the forefront of this trend is treating high acuity patients at home with a new model of care and the backing of venture capital. Medically Home, a Westport, Connecticut-based technology-enabled services company, brings together care providers—including home health—to Read More

  • Amazon Lures Workers from Home Care

    Feb 05 2018

    As one of the biggest companies in the world, Amazon’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) interest in the health care space has led to speculation about how the retail giant could disrupt the industry. However, Amazon is already having an impact on in-home care providers by stealing away potential caregivers as hires in its massive distribution centers. Amazon’s expanding Read More

  • Must-Read News: Encompass Health Updates With New Brand

    Feb 04 2018

    Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers! We had a snowy weekend in Chicago. Before you settle into the workweek, take a minute to catch up on all things home health and home care with our must-read news. Keep reading to see our top stories from last week. This week, Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) is Read More

  • Amedisys Heart Failure Program Cuts Hospital Readmissions

    Feb 04 2018

    Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has cut its acute care hospitalization rate over the last two years thanks to a focused program, the company announced Thursday. Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys is one of the nation’s largest home health care providers, serving more than 369,000 patients annually across 432 care centers in 34 states. The heart failure Read More

  • CMS to Allow Non-Skilled Home Care Benefit in Medicare Advantage

    Feb 01 2018

    Non-skilled in-home care supports will be included as a supplemental benefit in Medicare Advantage plans in 2019, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS), which announced the policy change Thursday afternoon. The move marks the first time that CMS has allowed an item or service to be eligible as a supplemental benefit that covers Read More

  • Fraud Watch: Doctor’s Conviction Overturned

    Feb 01 2018

    New Orleans Doctor’s Fraud Conviction Overturned A New Orleans-based doctor and owner of a home health care company will likely be released from federal prison after an appeals court overturned the original conviction. Dr. Pamela Ganji and Elaine Davis were convicted of health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud in 2017. Ganji Read More

  • Commuting Crisis Disrupts Home Care in Big Apple

    Jan 31 2018

    More than 100,000 personal attendants and home health aides work in New York City, and they’re facing major obstacles in reaching clients. The Big Apple’s public transportation system has fallen into decay, with the subway experiencing breakdowns and significant delays, and as a result many workers on their way to see in-home care clients find themselves stuck, according Read More

  • M&A Transactions: Five Points Enters the Northeast, Tidewell Hospice Acquires in FL

    Jan 31 2018

    Five Points Healthcare Merges with Millenium Home Health Care Five Points Healthcare, an Atlanta-based home health care provider, has merged with Millenium Home Health Care, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Millenium is a home health care provider that has served Southeastern Pennsylvania, Northeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware for 24 years. Five Points operates home health locations in Read More

  • Bayada Recruits Nurses in Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

    Jan 30 2018

    One of the nation’s largest home health care providers is recruiting nurses from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. New Jersey-based Bayada Home Health Care has successfully completed a recruiting initiative on the U.S. territory, which took place on January 20th and 21st. The initiative was meant to both aid the nursing community in Puerto Rico as the Read More

  • Amazon’s Health Care Disruption Continues With Insurance Play

    Jan 30 2018

    Home care companies have been keeping a watchful eye on Amazon (NYSE: AMZN), looking for how the company might disrupt the health care system as a whole and their business models in particular. On Tuesday, the internet retail giant took another step into the health care space, in partnership with two other corporate titans. Amazon announced it Read More

  • CMS Again Extends Moratoria on New Home Health Agencies

    Jan 29 2018

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its moratoria on new home health care agencies in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The home health moratoria went into effect in 2013 in Chicago, Illinois, and Miami, Florida, to prevent the enrollment of new agencies in these areas and has since Read More

  • Deal Brings Home Care Assistance Onto Senior Living Campuses

    Jan 28 2018

    Home Care Assistance, a non-medical home care company based in San Francisco, has taken over the in-home care operations for Episcopal Senior Communities (ESC) and entered into a preferred partnership agreement. This deal comes at a time when a growing number of senior living providers are debating whether to launch their own home care divisions or partner with Read More

  • Ballot Measure Would Raise Taxes for Universal In-Home Care

    Jan 28 2018

    An advocacy group has gotten enough signatures to add a ballot measure to the November 2018 election in Maine that would increase taxes for some residents to pay for new in-home care services for seniors. The referendum effort was organized by a coalition of seniors, caregivers and public interest groups, including the Maine’s People Alliance. Read More

  • Must-Read News: Azar Confirmed as HHS Secretary, Big Year for EVV

    Jan 28 2018

    Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. Gear up for your week with our must-read news, and keep reading to check out our top stories from last week. At the top of the news cycle was that the second secretary of the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was confirmed by the Read More

  • Agencies Show Improvements on Home Health Compare

    Jan 25 2018

    Home health care agencies are showing some improvements in quality, according to the latest update from Home Health Compare. Home Health Compare, which is provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), enables consumers to compare home health care agencies and view their star ratings, which are based on a national survey from Read More

  • LHC Group Restarts FTC ‘Shot Clock’ on Almost Family Merger

    Jan 24 2018

    The planned merger between two of the nation’s largest home health care providers—LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) and Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM)—hit a roadblock after LHC Group resubmitted its documents for the proposed transaction, restarting the notification process. LHC Group voluntarily withdrew its pre-merger notification and report from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), according to Read More

  • FirstLight Home Care Plans to Add 60 Franchise Locations in 2018

    Jan 23 2018

    After a year of high growth and opportunity, Jeff Bevis, CEO of FirstLight Home Care, is looking at 2018 with even more ambitious plans to add locations to the company’s footprint. FirstLight, which is based in Cincinnati, has been in operation since 2010, and has grown to more than 240 locations in 33 states. In 2017 alone, which Read More

  • More Guidance Released on Home Health CoP Surveys

    Jan 23 2018

    Days after the new home health conditions of participation (CoPs) went into effect on Jan. 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a revised protocol for surveyors. The update provides more information on how home health care agencies will be surveyed under the new CoPs, which dictate how providers qualify to offer Read More

  • Medicaid Home Care Demand Grows, States Grapple with Spending

    Jan 22 2018

    More long-term care spending is going toward home- and community-based services (HCBS), according to a recent survey of all 50 states and the District of Columbia by Kaiser Family Foundation. Through the three main Medicaid HCBS programs in 2014—mandatory state plan home health services, personal care services, and Section 1915 (c) waivers—nearly 3.2 million people Read More

  • Joint Replacement Patients Can Skip Post-Acute Inpatient Care

    Jan 22 2018

    Instead of heading to inpatient rehabilitation after a joint replacement surgery, most patients can be sent directly home even if they live alone, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The study looked at 910 consecutive patients undergoing primary, unilateral total hip arthroplasty or total knee arthroplasty over an Read More

  • AARP: Technology Wanted in Caregiver Hiring

    Jan 16 2018

    There are roughly 40 million caregivers providing in-home care to loved ones and family members in the United States, and when these caregivers seek professional seek help from professional at-home caregivers, they overwhelmingly want to use technology to do it. That’s according to a recent study from AARP called Designing Technology for Caregivers: Understanding What Works Read More

  • Home Health CoPs Come Into Effect

    Jan 15 2018

    Home health care agencies are complying with new regulations as the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) went into effect January 13. Providers are working to meet the new requirements for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs without the finalized interpretive guidelines (IGs), which offer more detailed information on certain measures. The Centers for Medicare & Read More

  • Encompass Health Looks to Acquire, Take on Payment Reform in 2018

    Jan 10 2018

    Encompass Health (NSYE: EHC) may have recently checked a major rebranding off its to-do list for 2018, but the home health care provider is still taking on new acquisitions, industry consolidation and payment reform. Speaking at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, Encompass Health executives summarized their 2018 goals, guidance and challenges. CEO Mark Tarr reiterated Read More

  • HHS Nominee Open to Medicaid Block Grants

    Jan 10 2018

    Alex Azar, President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), again expressed some support for the idea of converting Medicaid to a block-grant program in a confirmation hearing Tuesday — though he cautioned that any solution is still far in the future and stated he was open to committing more Read More

  • CMS Introduces New Bundled Payment Model

    Jan 09 2018

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday introduced a new alternative payment model, the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). Home health services would be eligible to be reimbursed under this program. The model, coming out of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, is a voluntary bundled payment program that enables participants Read More

  • Fraud Watch: Miami, Detroit Sentencing and Conviction

    Jan 08 2018

    Two Miami Home Health Agency Owners Sentenced in Separate Fraud Schemes The owner of two Miami home health care agencies, now defunct, has been sentenced to 80 months in prison for her role in a $74 million conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in late November. Sila Luis, 59—who pleaded Read More

  • How Amazon Could Take On Home Care

    Jan 08 2018

    Amazon (NYSE: AMZN) is entering the health care market, and its momentum could carry the retail giant into the home care space. Watching Amazon’s actions and guessing at next steps has become a spectator sport, and as the home health care space is in the midst of a major consolidation period, industry players are looking Read More

  • Must-Read News: 2018 Predictions

    Jan 07 2018

    Happy Monday, Home Health Care News Readers, and welcome back to the second week of 2018. Before you kick off the workweek, take a moment to catch up with our must-read news, including our top stories that take a look at 2018 trends and predictions from industry bigwigs. Here’s what you might have missed in Read More

  • Bomb Cyclone Hits Home Care Providers in Northeast

    Jan 04 2018

    A major winter storm, dubbed a “bomb cyclone” for its rapid intensity, pummeled the Northeast region of the United States on Thursday, forcing in-home care providers to switch into overdrive to keep clients, patients and caregivers safe. Temperatures plunged across the East Coast as blizzard conditions and hurricane force winds hit the region from the Carolinas Read More

  • Home Health Agencies Anxious Without Final Guidelines for CoPs

    Jan 04 2018

    Home health care agencies are still waiting on the finalized version of the interpretive guidelines (IGs) for the new conditions of participation (CoPs), which go into effect Jan. 13. The new regulations dictate how home health care agencies qualify to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. The CoPs had not been updated in decades prior to 2017. Read More

  • Top Home Care Trends for 2018

    Jan 02 2018

    It’s a new year, and the in-home care industry is likely to see some changes over the coming months. While there are some aspects of 2018 that can be predicted, including the implementation of sweeping new regulations, that still leaves room for speculation on where home health, private duty and hospice will go next. From Read More

  • CMS Issues Data Guidance on Hospice Compare

    Jan 02 2018

    The roll out of the Hospice Compare website from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been updated again with a new data guidance. The website, which is similar to Home Health Compare and displays metrics related to the quality of care of a hospice provider, launched in August 2017. Since its inception, Read More

  • Must-Read News: New Year’s Catch-Up

    Jan 01 2018

    Happy New Year, Home Health Care News readers! And welcome back from the holidays. The Home Health Care News team is back from from the break and ready to bring you all the latest industry news. In case you were busy ringing in the new year, we’re bringing you some of the news stories you Read More

  • Home Health Crystal Ball: Executives Predict the Future of 2018

    Jan 01 2018

    Around the nation, home care and home health executives are looking into 2018 with their eyes wide open. With major deals being announced at the end of the year, some are expecting greater M&A activity in the year ahead, while others are still on high alert over new regulations. “I believe 2018 will see the Read More

  • Kindred Shareholder Opposes Takeover Deal

    Jan 01 2018

    A large shareholder of Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) announced its opposition to the company’s recently announced acquisition deal with Humana (NYSE: HUM). Brigade Capital , a New York-based private equity firm with a 5.8% stake in Kindred, opposed the deal on December 27, stating the $9 share price for Kindred is “inadequate.” Humana, along with Read More

  • Editor’s Note: Holiday Schedule at HHCN

    Dec 21 2017

    As we enter the final weekend before Christmas, we’d like to extend a hearty happy holidays from the entire Home Health Care News team. In observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day, HHCN’s headquarters in Chicago will be closed from Monday, December 25 to Monday, January 1. Our normal posting schedule will resume on Tuesday, Read More

  • How Matching Clients and Caregivers is Like Dating

    Dec 21 2017

    When it comes to a successful match in home care, finding the right chemistry between a client and caregiver is a lot like dating, according to Margalit Tocher, president of Home Care Assistance Chicago. And the stakes for matching are high, with a mounting caregiver shortage and pressure to keep steady work for employees. Home Read More

  • Amedisys CEO Expects Kindred Deal to Accelerate Managed Care Opportunities

    Dec 19 2017

    In the wake of the announced $4.1 billion acquisition of Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) by Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and two private equity groups, a direct line has been drawn between managed care and home health care. Humana, in consortium with private equity groups TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, announced it was Read More

  • [Updated] Kindred Acquired By Humana, Private Equity Firms for $4.1 Billion

    Dec 19 2017

    Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) today announced a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium of three companies — TPG Capital; Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS); and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) — for approximately $4.1 billion in cash. The deal had been rumored over the weekend after the Wall Street Journal reported Kindred, the Read More

  • NAHC Warns of Home Health Cuts up to $6 Billion in Tax Extenders

    Dec 18 2017

    Medicare tax extenders could contain major cuts to the home health care payment system, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) alerted its members in a short message last week. NAHC warned that spending cuts could “be in the range of $3 billion to $6 billion over the next 10 years,” the alert Read More

  • Humana, Private Equity Firms Reportedly Close to Acquiring Kindred

    Dec 17 2017

    Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND), the nation’s largest home health care provider, is in advanced talks to be acquired by insurance giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and two private equity firms, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The newspaper cited “people familiar with the matter.” Kindred and Humana did not immediately respond to requests for comment Read More

  • Top Home Health Care Stories of 2017

    Dec 17 2017

    Home Health Care News broke more records in 2017 for readers and viewership. With all that went down during the year, we kept our readers up to date on the latest industry news. From covering the rankings of the biggest providers to the proposal of the mega-threatening Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) and the upcoming Conditions Read More

  • Hospice Execs Make More Than Home Health Counterparts

    Dec 13 2017

    Hospice nurses are in high demand, but not all positions are paid equally, according to the latest Hospice Salary & Benefits Report from the Hospital and Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS). Hospital-based hospice RNs received the highest pay, according to the 2017-2018 report, while for-profit hospice RNs received the lowest pay. The report analyzed statistics from Read More

  • Without SNF Business, Kindred Tidies Up

    Dec 10 2017

    Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) is undergoing changes, and its emerging profile will stand out as the largest provider of home health care services in the nation with leaner operations. After divesting its remaining skilled nursing facility (SNF) assets, the company’s new position heading into 2018 is one that is arguably more financially sound, but the Read More

  • How One Home Care Association is Taking on Sepsis

    Dec 07 2017

    The Home Care Association of New York State (HCA-NYS) has been awarded a grant of nearly $150,000 to fight and prevent sepsis—one of the leading causes of hospitalization. The grant comes from the the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), and will provide training and implementation of HCA’s sepsis-intervention protocols with home care providers across New Read More

  • Encompass Looks for Hospice Acquisitions After Competitive 2017

    Dec 06 2017

    Encompass Home Health and Hospice and HealthSouth (NYSE: HLS)—soon to be known as Encompass Health—plowed through recent regulatory challenges and is looking to add more hospice deals in its future. Home Health Care News recently caught up with Cliff Blessing, senior vice president of development at Encompass, to find out more about the organization’s M&A strategy Read More

  • Home Health Care Spending Rose Modestly in 2016

    Dec 06 2017

    Health care spending in the United States rose 4.3% in 2016, hitting $3.3 trillion, or $10,348 per person, across all sectors, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The pace of home health spending slowed compared to recent years, though total spending in home health ticked up. “Over the last decade, the Read More

  • Home Health Care Is a Big Money-Saver After Hospital Visits

    Dec 05 2017

    Patients who receive home health care after a hospital discharge are saving the health care system some serious dough, on average, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine (AJM). With $40 billion spent on hospitalizations annually, the study furthers the value proposition of home health care as a major driver Read More

  • CVS-Aetna Merger Aims to Transform Community-Based Care

    Dec 04 2017

    Pharmacy chain giant CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) has agreed to acquire Aetna (NYSE: AET), the nation’s third-largest insurance provider in a transaction valued at $69 billion. The combined company could bolster home- and community-based (HCB) care by executing on its vision of easier access to more comprehensive health services at retail locations. The merger of the Read More

  • Must-Read News: CoPs Will Not Be Delayed

    Dec 03 2017

    Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. We’re feeling all kinds of holiday spirit in our home base of Chicago coming into December. Catch up on all things home health and home care with our must-read news, and keep reading to see our top stories from last week. Around the web Dementia care at home should Read More

  • Inside the Resurgence of Home-Based Primary Care

    Nov 29 2017

    Dr. Thomas Cornwell has conducted more than 32,000 house calls over his time in the health care field. He began seeing patients at home more than 20 years ago, even developing x-rays in the driveways of his patients, where he visited them for primary care at home. And to Cornwell, doing that many visits doesn’t Read More

  • Medicare Advantage Value-Based Care Expands to 25 States

    Nov 28 2017

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expanding the value-based care program for Medicare Advantage insurers to 25 states in 2019. In 2018, the program will be offered in 10 states. The program, Medicare Advantage Value-based Insurance Design (VBID) Model, encourages customized benefit designs and flexibilities for the health needs of beneficiaries, according to Read More

  • Hospices Aim to Improve Transition Times

    Nov 26 2017

    One of the most essential Medicare benefits for end-of-life care has a gap or two. Hospice, the end-of-life care provided by Medicare, is not often used for very long, even when patients could benefit from the care a lot sooner. Almost half of hospice patients were only admitted in the last two weeks of life—a Read More

  • Wages for Home Care Workers Rise More Slowly Than Demand

    Nov 26 2017

    Home health and personal care aides are among the fastest-growing jobs in America. With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, the demand for home care is on an upward trajectory. And yet wages are not rising for this group of workers, according to nonpartisan Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR). “Despite more rapid Read More

  • Kindred Partners with University for App Innovations

    Nov 20 2017

    Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND), the nation’s largest home health care provider, has teamed up with the University of Louisville (UofL) to develop health care technology that improves the lives of seniors. HIVE, as the partnership is being called, sits on a site formerly occupied by K-I Lumber & Building Materials, near the University’s Belknap Read More

  • AFAM, LHC Group CEOs Talk Growth, Industry Influence

    Nov 19 2017

    In the wake of the planned LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) and Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM) merger, executives are bullish on growth and expansion. While leadership of both companies are calling their combination better, faster, stronger, the biggest opportunities for the merger may lie in continuing more deals between health systems and hospitals and post-acute care providers. JV opportunities  Read More

  • Must-Read News: OASIS Changes

    Nov 19 2017

    Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. We’re heading into a short week with the Thanksgiving holiday. Heads up to all our readers: We won’t be publishing on Wednesday and will return to our normal posting schedule on Monday, Nov 20. Gobble gobble! To keep you up to date on all things home health and Read More

  • LHC Group, Almost Family Execs Predict Smooth Integration, JV Growth

    Nov 16 2017

    The merger of LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) and Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM) will create the second-largest home health provider in the nation. But the new, larger LHC Group will not only be bigger but “better, faster, stronger,” executives said. The merger, which was announced on Nov. 16, has an implied transaction value of $2.4 billion, Read More

  • Why There are More Payroll Lawsuits in Home Care

    Nov 15 2017

    Home health care providers have been hit with several new regulations over the past few years, increasing operational challenges. And with more regulations on the books, some providers are finding themselves on the hook for not being compliant with the latest pay roll practices. Since 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) has mandated that in-home care workers are Read More

  • Caring People Acquired by Private Equity Firm

    Nov 14 2017

    A New York City-based private duty home care provider has been acquired by a private equity services firm. The deal is another example of increasing interest by private equity groups in the home care space. Caring People has been acquired by Silver Oaks Services Partners LLC, a lower middle market private equity firm focused on service businesses. Read More

  • Must-Read News: Home Health Earnings

    Nov 12 2017

    Happy Monday, Home Health Care News audience. Last week was packed full of earnings results from public providers. Catch up with our coverage with this week’s must-read news. Amedisys (Nasdaq:) AMED) executives were bullish on hospice growth in its most recent earnings call with investors. LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) also was full-steam ahead for its Read More

  • Almost Family Proposes A Different Groupings Payment Model

    Nov 09 2017

    The home health care industry was celebrating a recent decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) not to include a controversial payment model in its final prospective payment system (PPS) 2018 update—but there could be another idea on the table for a new payment model. At least one major home health care Read More

  • Addus Aims to Limit Illinois Exposure

    Nov 09 2017

    After numerous challenges with getting paid by the state of Illinois after years of budget woes, Addus Homecare (Nasdaq: ADUS) is now actively seeking to reduce its exposure in the state, executives stated on the company’s most recent earnings call. Addus, which moved its headquarters from Illinois to Frisco, Texas, earlier this year, is one of Read More

  • CMS to Improve Medicaid Program

    Nov 07 2017

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking steps to improve the Medicaid program with new proposals for reforms, fewer regulatory burdens, increased efficiency, and more transparency and accountability, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced Tuesday. “Our vision for the future of Medicaid is to reset the federal-state relationship and restore the partnership, while Read More

  • Hometeam Hires Former Apple Exec As President, Adds CTO

    Nov 05 2017

    New York-based home care startup company Hometeam has once again expanded its executive team, with the addition of two heavy-hitters from the retail and technology space. Matt Marcotte has been named President, while Julie Stern has bene named chief technology officer—both new positions for Hometeam. Marcotte comes from the retail industry, including executive roles at Read More

  • Home Health Stocks Rebound After HHGM Takes Backseat

    Nov 02 2017

    In the wake of the final 2018 payment rule for home health being released, public companies have seen their stocks skyrocket. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its prospective payment system (PPS) 2018 update final rule on Wednesday without the inclusion of the home health groupings model (HHGM)—a proposed model that would Read More

  • [Updated] CMS Finalizes Home Health Payment Rule Without HHGM

    Nov 01 2017

    The home health groupings model (HHGM) has been defeated—for now. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule for the home health care prospective payment system (PPS) 2018 update without finalizing HHGM, which was proposed to be implemented in 2019. “We are not finalizing the implementation of the Home Health Groupings Read More

  • What Home Health Learned From the CoP Interpretive Guidelines Draft

    Oct 31 2017

    Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a draft of the much-anticipated interpretive guidelines for the Conditions of Participation (CoPs), finally giving home health care agencies some clarity on the new requirements. The draft comes as the deadline for the implementation of the new CoPs is winding down; the effective date Read More

  • Brookdale Buyout with Chinese Firm Off the Table

    Oct 31 2017

    The Chinese firm Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co Ltd is no longer in talks to buy Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD), according to Bloomberg. Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co Ltd, a Beijing-based real estate and leisure firm, was, at one time, prepared to buy Brookdale for $20 per share, but the deal stalled, and has now finally faltered. Negotiations Read More

  • Draft of CoP Interpretive Guidelines Released

    Oct 29 2017

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a draft of its interpretive guidelines for the home health Conditions of Participation (CoPs), which are scheduled to be implemented January 13, 2018. The draft comes as the home health care industry has waited for the guidelines for months, hoping CMS would include more guidance Read More

  • Under HHGM Threat, Encompass Acquires With Caution

    Oct 29 2017

    As home health care deals have cooled off in the wake of the home health groupings model (HHGM) proposal, at least one major provider is continuing to meet its acquisitions goals—albeit, cautiously. That was one message from the third quarter earnings call with investors with HealthSouth (NYSE: HLS), soon to be known as Encompass Health. Read More

  • Proposal to Withdraw Groupings Model Hits Congressional Committee

    Oct 29 2017

    A unified compromise proposal has been offered to the House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee of the Congressional House of Representatives, to withdraw the proposed home health groupings model (HHGM). The model was proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in July as part of the home health prospective Read More

  • Sleep, Meals Do Not Count as Work Hours in NY Live-In Shifts

    Oct 26 2017

    Sleep and meal times do not need to be counted as hours worked in a 24-hour shift for caregivers in New York, according to the latest statement from the state’s Department of Labor (DOL). The statement supplements an October 6 emergency regulation update regarding the state’s 24-hour/live-in care, in which the NY DOL re-emphasized the Read More

  • Griswold Harnesses Tech to Solve Care Gaps

    Oct 25 2017

    After recently jumping back into the game of franchising, home care company Griswold Home Care is tackling a new issue: harnessing technology to tackle care gaps. Philadelphia-based Griswold has more than 180 franchise locations and 20 company-owned and operated locations that provide non-medical home care. Over the past several years, the franchisor, which changed hands Read More

  • What to Expect in Hospice Care in 2018

    Oct 24 2017

    Hospice care providers are in store for some big changes in 2018, including increasing quality reporting requirements and more data revelations on Hospice Compare. With ongoing shifts across the health care continuum, hospice providers need to be up to date on their data reporting requirements—and understand how their actions today can influence the rule making of Read More

  • The Hidden Rate Cut Inside HHGM

    Oct 23 2017

    Most home health care stakeholders aren’t feeling the proposed home health groupings model (HHGM).  That’s mainly because providers, associations and others with interests in the industry are vehemently opposed to the payment cuts within the proposal, which aims to make several radical changes to the current home health payment model. Specifically, HHGM proposes to change Read More

  • With No Guidance, Another CoP Delay Could Be Coming

    Oct 22 2017

    Home health care agencies are tentatively waiting on the interpretive guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the new Conditions of Participation (CoPs), which are currently set to go into effect January 13, 2018, and cost roughly $300 million. With just a few months left to prepare, agencies are still on Read More

  • Fraud Watch: New Orleans, Massachusetts

    Oct 22 2017

    Home Health Workers Sentenced in $30 Million Fraud Case Zellisha Dejean, 39, pled guilty to one count of health care fraud, according to the Justice Department. Dejean, along with Verinese Sutton, 64, and Larry Taylor, 69, all of New Orleans, were sentenced for their roles in approximately $30,252,905 in Medicare fraud. The case involved 19 Read More

  • Must-Read News: HHGM Chances Rise

    Oct 22 2017

    Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers, and welcome back to another week. Thanks to all who said hi to our team at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) annual conference and expo in Long Beach, California, last week. For those of you who didn’t attend, catch up on what happened with Read More

  • Home Health Providers Eye 24-Hour Payments in New York State

    Oct 19 2017

    This week, home health care providers in New York may have been breathing a sigh of relief after the state’s Department of Labor (DOL) re-emphasized that employers should pay caregivers for 13 hours of any 24-hour shift. However, conflicting statements are leaving providers in the state in limbo. The DOL issued an emergency statement in Read More

  • Hospice Honeymoon with Regulations is Over

    Oct 18 2017

    While the home health care industry has seen more and more regulations come through that pike, hospice may appear to be a bit more of a safe haven in post-acute care. However, increasing regulation pressures are likely to advance, according to Bill Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), and Read More

  • What Home Health Can Learn from This Cancer Survivor

    Oct 17 2017

    It’s not every day that a personal experience leads to ambitious insights about the way health care is delivered. But for Laura Adams, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI), being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer gave her the specific acumen to envision how quality can work as a business strategy. Read More

  • Medically Home Raises $4 Million, Partners with Atrius

    Oct 16 2017

    A new company that aims to bring hospital care into the home setting has raised $4 million in an investment round. Medically Home Group, a health care technology and service company based in Westport, Connecticut, has partnered with Atrius Health and its subsidiary VNA Care, and raised $4 million in a series A funding. Medically Read More

  • Home Health Care Spending Growth Outpaced All Other Sectors

    Oct 12 2017

    Health care spending over the last year has remained modest in its growth—except for home health care, which saw more spending than any other sector. National health spending reached $3.51 trillion in August 2017, 4.3% higher than spending in the same month in 2016, according to Altarum’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending from the Altarum Read More

  • Business Briefs: HealthSouth, Amedisys

    Oct 10 2017

    HealthSouth Increases Credit Revolver HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE: HLS) has amended the credit agreement governing its senior secured credit facility, increasing its revolver to $700 million from $600 million. HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest post-acute care providers, offering both facility- and home-based services in 36 states and Puerto Rico through inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home Read More

  • Income Level, Race Tied to Worse Home Health Outcomes

    Oct 09 2017

    Medicare home health care beneficiaries are likely to have worse outcomes if they are poor, black or dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, according to a findings published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The study looked at the 30- and 60-day clinical outcomes for home health Medicare beneficiaries from 2012 to 2014. Read More

  • What Hospice Care Looks Like in America

    Oct 08 2017

    Hospice care is a growing sector of the health care system, and more older Americans are using the Medicare benefit than ever before. However, recent studies have shown that hospice care is used only at the very end of life, most often in the last two weeks of life, rather than for its full, six-month Read More

  • Scott Ginn Takes CFO Role at Amedisys

    Oct 08 2017

    Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has named Scott Ginn as chief financial officer, the Baton Rouge-based home health care provider announced Friday. Gary D. Willis resigned his position as CFO and accessed an executive vice president and CFO position with another health care company, according to Amedisys. “Scott recently served as our chief accounting officer, and Read More

  • Salaries Are Climbing for Home Health Therapists

    Oct 05 2017

    Home health care therapists saw a slight bump in salary from 2016 to 2017, according to a recent report from Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS), a national health care and salary and benefits research firm. The increase spelled “good news” for the sector, according to Rosanne Zabka, director of reports at HCS. For the Rehabilitation Read More

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