Despite Ongoing Operational Challenges, Brookdale Rebuilding Home Health Census

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) has performed over 100,000 COVID-19 tests across 44 states since the public health emergency began. It has been doing that while rebuilding its home health patient census, which took a substantial hit due to elective surgeries shutting down in spring. Brentwood, Tennessee-based Brookdale operates and manages more than 730 […]

OIG: Medicare Overpaid $267M for Hospital In-Patient Claims with Post-Acute Transfers to Home Health Services

Hospitals improperly coding for post-discharge services contribute to hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicare overpayments. And the majority of incorrect payments are often related to home health services. That’s according to a new audit report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG). The purpose of the OIG […]

LHC Group CFO: Historic Home Health Consolidation Opportunity Remains ‘Compelling as Ever’

Since the worst stretch of the public health emergency, LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has seen a decrease in weekly COVID-related missed visits and improved its average daily census. It has also added thousands of new physician referral sources, a win for the company considering many institutional sources are at a standstill.  Those are just […]

Encompass Health CEO Mark Tarr: It’s in Every Company’s Best Interest to Make Diversity a Priority

Across the U.S., ongoing protests against police violence toward Black Americans and other people of color have caused many companies to take a closer look at issues pertaining to workplace diversity and inclusion. For some companies, this time has been a call to action, with many announcing plans to develop initiatives aimed at addressing inequality […]

What Home Health Providers Need to Know Before a Medicare Part B Expansion

Home health providers that are looking to tap into new revenue streams may turn to more Medicare Part B services moving forward. But these companies need to have a firm understanding of the reimbursement rules in order for their efforts to be fruitful. The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), industry consolidation and the Review Choice Demonstration […]

Home Health Admissions Down 2.45%; MA Enrollment Up 4%

Home health admissions saw a slight decline in volume during the fourth quarter of 2019. Meanwhile, referral trends appear to be holding steady. That’s according to recent data from PlayMaker Health, a post-acute growth platform that serves hundreds of organizations across the country. Specifically, Q4 saw a 2.45% decline in home health admissions, nationally. The […]

Why More Home Care Agencies Are Building Their Businesses on Culture-Based Care

Over the years, home care providers that have provided specialized care have positioned themselves to stand out among their competitors. Some providers have gone even further — tailoring care to best fit the needs of their clients’ ethnic or cultural backgrounds. One such company is Circle of Life Home Care, a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based provider that […]

Interest in Standalone Home Health Agencies Appears to Be Waning

Increasingly, home health providers have worked to expand their service offerings to care for patients on a more longitudinal basis. Mergers-and-acquisitions activity in the second quarter of 2020 reflected that trend. Specifically, Q2 saw a number of deals that consisted of home health care and hospice pairings, according to the latest monthly M&A report from […]