LHC Group’s Myers: ‘Choose Home’ Initiative Would Reshape Long-Term Care

The United States is on the brink of another major shift that will change how, when and where Medicare beneficiaries access health care services. The Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) is doing everything in its power to position itself for that coming shift, executives detailed during a Friday morning conference call on fourth […]

Rural Access to Home Health Services, PACE Among Lawmakers’ Future Spending Priorities

U.S. lawmakers have repeatedly highlighted a need to rethink the nation’s long-term care landscape in recent months, partly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic but also because of the country’s rapidly changing demographics. A recently published budget report from the House Appropriations Committee obtained by Home Health Care News offers further insight into that call […]

Why the $400M HCA Deal Is a ‘Win-Win Transaction’ for Brookdale

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) revealed Wednesday that it’s selling an 80% stake in its health care services business to HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA) for $400 million. At first glance, the transaction could be interpreted as a savvy move that enables Brookdale to cash in on its sizable home health, hospice and outpatient therapy […]

Always Best Care, Healing Hands Share Keys to Hospital-at-Home Success for Private-Duty Agencies

When most people hear about hospital-at-home programs, they often picture ICU nurses and doctors running around their living room. But while hospital-at-home models do rely on physicians and clinical staff, successful programs also leverage the expertise of private-duty home care agencies and their veteran caregivers. In fact, when hospital-at-home models fail, it’s typically because a […]

Against All Odds, Home Health Care Helped Bend 2020’s Cost Curve

For the first time in decades, U.S. health care spending may have actually decreased in 2020, new data suggests. Several factors likely contributed to the potential decrease, according to nonprofit research and consulting firm Altarum, which released a preliminary analysis of last year’s national health spending on Tuesday. Such factors include year-over-year declines in hospital […]

AccentCare CMO: Home Health, Hospice Turning into the ‘Forgotten Front Line’

Home health and hospice workers have played a critical role on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite being included in many states’ top-priority groups, they’re now being all-too-often overlooked when it comes to vaccine access, AccentCare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anna Loengard told Home Health Care News. Initially, a large portion of […]

Pharos-Backed Charter Buys Physmed Home Health Care; SCAN Group Invests in Monogram

The hot start to the 2021 dealmaking season continues. Pharos Capital announced on Tuesday that its post-acute care provider platform, Charter Health Care Group, has acquired two home health and hospice assets in Omaha, Nebraska. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2006, Charter offers a range of post-acute care services, including […]

‘A Very Different Type of Patient’: SNF Stakeholders Predict Recalibration of Home Health Diversions

A growing number of stakeholders in the skilled nursing facility (SNF) world believe the recent spike in hospital discharges to home health care services will not become permanent. Executives from real estate investment trust (REIT) Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) made that argument during a fourth quarter earnings call earlier in February. Executives from CareTrust […]

Top Clinical Conditions Targeted by Medicare Advantage Plans Under SSBCI

The number of health plans offering some kind of innovative supplemental benefit skyrocketed in the past year, reflective of health care’s increasingly strong focus on the home and social determinants of health. That’s according to a new data brief from actuarial consulting firm Milliman, commissioned by the Better Medicare Alliance (BMA). “This analysis provides unique […]