Signature Healthcare at Home’s Avamere Creating Post-Acute Network with New Corporate Structure

Lines of separation throughout the continuum of care continue to disappear as the post-acute care industry seeks to smooth patient transitions. Those disappearances often happen internally and on a single-system basis as well. The Avamere Family of Companies — a large provider of senior housing, home health, hospice and other care services across the acuity […]

CMS Proposes Medicare Advantage Changes to Expand In-Home Telehealth Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday unveiled a proposal to expand telehealth benefits in Medicare Advantage, making it easier for beneficiaries to access these services from home rather than a health care facility. Under the proposed rule, which would take effect in calendar year 2020, MA plans could cover telehealth services […]

Bundled Payment Lessons Remain Valuable for Home Health, Skilled Nursing Providers

Despite high hopes when it was introduced in 2012, the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) program has become somewhat of an afterthought for the home health industry. Diminished excitement surrounding bundled payments is partially because post-acute providers, including home health and skilled nursing agencies, can no longer be episode initiators under the upcoming BPCI Advanced model. […]

End-of-Life Care Costs Declined Last Decade

Medicare spending on older Americans during their end-of-life years was down toward the start of last decade, a new study has found. Led by Dartmouth researchers, the study upends the notion that older adults, many of whom end up on hospice care in the last few weeks of life, are largely responsible for driving up […]

Care Coordination Among ACOs Could Actually Increase Admissions

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are designed to save money by fostering cooperation: By working together, providers across the health care continuum can hopefully save Medicare money and boost quality. But the largest share of the savings may simply come from shifting patients out of skilled nursing and home health settings, a new study suggests—and not […]

Trump HHS Pick Says ‘Amen’ to Home Health Benefits

President Trump’s nominee to replace Tom Price as head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expressed an interest to overhauling the way Medicare and Medicaid cover end-of-life care. He also praised the role home care can play in efforts to lower health spending through Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). While testifying before the Senate […]

Kindred Projects Home Health Recovery After Storm-Battered Third Quarter

Buoyed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recent decision to delay the home health groupings model (HHGM), executives at Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND) say they see growth ahead in the sector. After taking a financial hit amid the recent natural disasters, Kindred expects annual revenue and admissions growth of 3% to […]

The Price is Wrong: HHS Secretary Steps Down Amid Travel Scandal

Department of Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price resigned from his post Friday amid an investigation into his use of private jets at taxpayer expense. As head of HHS, Price had most recently impacted the home health care industry after announcing some mandatory bundle payment initiatives would become voluntary. The government spent more than […]