[Updated] AccentCare to Form New Post-Acute Care Business with Fairview Health Services

Home health giant AccentCare Inc. is forming a new post-acute care business, building upon its long-time partnership strategy with large health systems. The Dallas-based AccentCare revealed Tuesday it has been in talks with Fairview Health Services to take over the health system’s home health and hospice business in Minnesota. Under the newly announced deal, AccentCare […]

Home Health Agencies Plan Ahead for Full-Blown RCD Resumption

Earlier this month, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will not immediately pursue a full-blown restart of the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD), a regulatory initiative designed to reduce improper billing in home health care. Instead, CMS outlined how it will move forward with a “phased-in approach” to RCD that gives […]

Spending on Home Health Care Down 21.6% Under PDGM

Spending on home health care services is down substantially under the Patient-Driven Grouping Model (PDGM), a recently unveiled analysis suggests. While the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 requires PDGM to be budget neutral, spending on home health care has actually been about 21.6% lower than projected, according to a detailed analysis from Dobson DaVanzo & […]

LHC Group, University Health Care System Announce New JV Agreement

LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has added another joint venture partner into its fold.  The Lafayette, Louisiana-based home health, hospice and personal care services provider announced Thursday it has signed a definitive agreement to form a new JV with University Health Care System, one of the largest, most comprehensive health care organizations in Georgia. University […]

Confessions of a Home Health Agency Owner: ‘CMS Is Trying to Put Agencies Like Mine Out of Business’

For decades, home health agencies have learned to operate — and often thrive — in the midst of massive change. But since the start of 2019, that change has felt overwhelming for some agency owners, particularly those who run mom-and-pop businesses with razor-thin margins. Above all, perhaps, the decision by the Centers for Medicare & […]

Home Health Care’s ‘Pandemic Pioneer’ Grows Patient Census to All-Time High

EvergreenHealth Home Care — one of the largest home health and hospice providers in the Pacific Northwest — is the home health industry’s “pandemic pioneer.” Affiliated with a local hospital based just outside of Seattle, EvergreenHealth Home Care began caring for its first COVID-19 patients toward the end of February, several weeks before many of […]

CMS Announces New ‘Phased-In Approach’ to the Review Choice Demonstration

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Friday it will not resume a full-blown resumption of the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for home health agencies in participating states later this month. Instead, CMS is “phasing in” RCD for agencies in North Carolina and Florida. Agencies in Illinois, Ohio and Texas will be […]

Home Health Agencies Aren’t ‘Upcoding’ to Maximize PDGM Reimbursement

In designing the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), officials from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made a handful of assumptions about how Medicare-certified home health operators would respond once the overhaul went live. Among those assumptions, CMS believed home health agencies would automatically “upcode,” or pick the primary diagnosis code tied to […]

Senior Care Stakeholders: Latest COVID-19 Relief Proposal Is ‘Shameful,’ ‘Anemic’

Senate Republicans are close to unveiling their latest version of another coronavirus relief bill, with reports suggesting party leaders may do so Wednesday or soon thereafter. The proposal — first obtained by Washington, D.C.-based newsroom Roll Call — is viewed as a “skinny” version of the previously released HEALS Act from July. Among its provisions, […]

Future Leader: Kunu Kaushal, Founder and CEO, Senior Solutions Home Care

The Future Leaders Awards program is brought to you in partnership with PointClickCare. The program is designed to recognize up-and-coming industry members who are shaping the next decade of senior housing, skilled nursing, home health and hospice care. To see this year’s future leaders, visit Future Leaders online. Kunu Kaushal, founder and CEO of Senior […]