Must-Read News: Financial Literacy Tied to Lower ER Rates

Happy Monday, Home Health Care News audience. Get a jump-start on your week with our must-read news. See what headlines caught our eye around the web and keep reading to see our top stories from last week. A new study found that older adults with higher financial literacy tend to have lower hospitalization rates. The […]

Amazon Business Streamlines Supply Chain for Home Health

E-commerce retail giant Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) is making waves into the health care space, but the company has also been building a means to service providers in a more traditional way.  Amazon Business, the retailer’s B2B service line, is shaping the supply chain process for health care providers by enabling them to order in a familiar way online. After […]

New York Overbilled Medicaid Home Care Program by $75 Million

New York’s Medicaid agency claimed reimbursement for some in-home care services that were not in accordance with Medicaid requirements, to the tune of $74.8 million, according to the Office of Inspector General. The state did not provide documentation of services claimed, claimed reimbursement for services that were not authorized or supported, and for claims which […]

LHC Group, Amedisys Execs Shrug Off Pre-Claim Proposal

The home health care industry was rocked when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it was bringing back the pre-claim review demonstration at the end of May. The agency proposed reviving the model in the wake of a report urging more pre-claim, or prior authorization, demonstrations across the health care space from […]

LHC Group CEO Frustrated by Managed Care Reimbursement

LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) has long been considered the home health industry leader when it comes to making inroads with hospitals and health systems thanks to its joint venture strategy. However, despite a growing managed care population in the broad health care landscape, low reimbursement models will continue to challenge home health providers, according to […]

Amedisys Buys Back $178 Million in Stock

Baton Rouge-based Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), one of the nation’s largest home health care providers, has purchased more than 2.4 million of its common shares for approximately $178 million from KKR (NYSE: KKR). The shares represent half the holdings of Amedisys by KKR, a global investment firm based in New York City. The shares were […]

2017 Hospice and Home Health Medicare Utilization Trends

From 2016 to 2017, the home health and hospice markets both experienced growth, with millions of more Medicare beneficiaries utilizing these services, according to year-end data from Excel Health. The data, which is based on the most recent Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B claims data, show there were 57.7 million Medicare beneficiaries residing in […]