Salesforce Tackling Home Care, Social Determinants of Health With New Services

Cloud-based software giant Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) — known for providing customer relationship management (CRM) technologies to companies from Adidas to Piedmont Healthcare — is getting more involved in the home care game. On Monday, the San Francisco-based company announced the rollout of new services meant to help home care companies monitor social determinants of health […]

Senate Lawmakers Introduce New Legislation Urging Evidence-Based PDGM Changes

Newly introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate is targeting the widely opposed behavioral adjustments set to hit home health agencies next year under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). If passed, the legislation would require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to base Medicare reimbursement rates on observed evidence and data, instead of […]

CMS Proposes Rules to Improve Data Sharing Between Health Care Providers, Insurers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking further steps to cure lack of interoperability within the health care system, an issue that has long plagued the home health industry. On Monday, CMS released proposed rules that require many providers and insurers to adopt a secure, standard format for electronic patient data by […]

Home Health, Hospice Gains Help Drive Encompass Health’s Q4 Revenue

Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) posted solid revenue growth in the fourth quarter of 2018, despite an ongoing Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation, continued hurricane recovery efforts and uncertainty about future home health payment changes. Volume growth within the Birmingham, Alabama-based company’s home health and hospice segment was a driving factor in its success. Encompass […]

Post Capital, Former Addus CEO Building Multidisciplinary Community Care Platform

Similar to how hospitals have different arms able to treat patients with changing needs and a variety of conditions, a new private equity partnership is aiming to create a multisite, multidisciplinary system of community care services. Led by former Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) CEO Mark Heaney, the PE partnership is particularly interested in adult […]

Ensign CEO: Home Health, Hospice Segment Growth Likely to Outpace Skilled Nursing

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) achieved its highest-ever adjusted earnings per share during the fourth quarter of 2018, the company announced Wednesday. That’s thanks in part to growth and success in the California-based provider’s home health and hospice services segment. Growth within the space will likely outpace that of Ensign’s skilled nursing subset, President and […]

Home Health Care Agencies Threatened as Wages Rise, Reimbursements Lag

As more states push to raise the minimum wage, home-based care companies must work harder than ever to attract and retain workers as competition among employers grows. In home health care, agencies’ success often depends on Medicaid reimbursement, which is not keeping up with wage inflation in some states. And in private-pay home care, increased […]

CMS Lifts Moratoria on Home Health After 5 Years

The long-standing moratoria on new Medicare home health agencies is no longer in effect anywhere in the U.S. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) allowed the temporary ban to expire on Jan. 30, a move that will likely improve patient access to home-based care in related markets, experts say. CMS initially implemented a […]

LHC Group Expands Home-Based Care Footprint With Latest Joint Venture

Just one month into the year, LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) is already making progress on its 2019 goal to shift more care into the home.  The home health care powerhouse on Thursday announced a new joint venture with Unity Health, resulting in shared ownership of two home health providers in Arkansas. The move is yet […]