Hospital, Home-Based Admissions Rise for Vitas Healthcare

Hospital and home-based admissions for Vitas Healthcare — the hospice business of Chemed Corporation (NYSE: CHE) — increased during the third quarter of 2018, while nursing home and assisted-living facility admissions declined. Gains in hospital and home-based admissions largely overshadowed losses from the two other care settings, however, leading to sturdy Q3 financial results for […]

[Updated] CMS Finalizes PDGM and $420 Million Increase for 2019 Medicare Payments

Despite industry concerns, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) planned to start in 2020. The agency has also finalized several other changes to how home health providers are reimbursed for their services starting in 2019, tweaking remote patient monitoring rules and refining the Value-Based Purchasing Model […]

Hurricanes Inflict Pain on Encompass Health in Midst of Steady Growth

Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC), the nationwide post-acute care provider formerly known as HealthSouth Corp., posted another round of solid financial results this week for both of its major business segments. Encompass Health’s upcoming quarter may not be so steady, however, largely because of ongoing recovery efforts tied to Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Fallout from […]

Amedisys CEO: Coming Payment Rule Won’t Be ‘Game Over’ in PDGM Battle

Bolstered by healthy growth across all three of its business lines, Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) achieved strong financial results in the third quarter of 2018. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based home health, hospice and personal care company expects that momentum to continue, even as it faces regulatory headwinds coming from the potential new payment overhaul known […]

Proposed Medicare Changes Threaten Home Health in Rural Markets

Throughout the past several years, home health providers operating in rural areas have received on-and-off payment bumps to help them overcome the inherent obstacles of operating in remote and sparsely populated areas. While relatively small, those payment bumps, officially known as rural add-on payments, have played an important, cost-effective role in allowing America’s non-city-dwelling-seniors age […]

Home Health and Hospice M&A Activity Holding Steady

With more than 20 deals total, home health and hospice merger-and-acquisition activity held steady in the third quarter of 2018. This quarter’s M&A action marks the third-consecutive quarter with more than 20 acquisitions, according to newly released data from Norwalk, Connecticut-based market intelligence firm Irving Levin & Associates. So far, 2018 has seen a “much […]

NYU-Affiliated Aliviado Lands $6.1M for Hospice Dementia Care

Aliviado Health, an initiative run out of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing, has landed $6.1 million to study how hospice patients can benefit from effective dementia care. Announced Monday, the funding news is yet another example of both the demand for hospice and specialized dementia […]

Why Population Health Holds the ‘Magic Formula’ to VNSNY’s Future

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) filled an important leadership position at the beginning of October. That’s when the large nonprofit provider named former NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital exec Andria Castellanos its new executive vice president and chief of provider services. Castellanos is replacing Marki Flannery, who stepped into the VNSNY CEO and president roles […]

Movers & Shakers: BrightStar Adds to Leadership Team, Hope Hospice Hires New CEO

BrightStar Care Adds to Leadership Team In-home care franchise company BrightStar Care has made an addition to its senior leadership team, tapping Pete First to serve as its new vice president of franchise development. Headquartered in Chicago, BrightStar is a national private-duty home care and medical staffing franchise with more than 300 locations. The franchise […]

Home Health Providers Shift to Mobile Tech, ‘Upskilling’ Tools for Staffing Success

Home health aides are more apt to apply for open positions using a smartphone instead of browser-based resources, such as Monster or Indeed, that many agencies typically use for recruiting. Similarly, aides are more likely to stay at a home health agency when that agency invests in technology-based solutions focused on “upskilling.” Washington, D.C.-based venture […]