LHC Group CEO: New Payment Model Could Be ‘Penny Wise and Pound Foolish’

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is a once-in-a-generation type of change to the home health landscape, yet there is little data to back it up, according to Keith Myers, CEO and chairman of LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG). Myers is also chairman of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, among the groups that together submitted more […]

New CMS Proposal Would Save Home Health, Hospice $137M Annually

Federal policymakers are again taking aim at costly administrative and paperwork burdens for the home health and hospice industries in order to help providers save tens of millions of dollars annually. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday announced its latest proposed rule focused on minimizing burdens on home health agencies, hospice […]

What Assisted Living Providers Want From Home Care Partnerships

Assisted living and home care providers frequently form close partnerships to help seniors age in place. Working within an assisted living community presents significant business upside for home care agencies, but successfully establishing and maintaining those connections can often be difficult. Leaders from two Midwestern assisted living communities provided insight into how and when they […]

MA Risk Adjustment Fails to Account for Beneficiaries’ Functional Limitations

Due to current risk adjustment methods, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans may be underestimating annual fee-for-service spending for beneficiaries with functional limitations and overestimating spending for those without them. If true, that could mean an even greater MA role for home health providers, who routinely gather, store and analyze data related to the functional ability of […]

How Apple’s New Smartwatch Could Help Home-Based Care Providers

Technology powerhouse Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) on Wednesday gave tech lovers a peek at its redesigned and re-engineered Apple Watch product. By touting the device’s updated health capabilities, such as a new fall-detection feature and heart rate sensor, Cupertino, California-based Apple likely caught the attention of home-based care providers, too. Curbing re-hospitalizations and emergency department visits […]

TPG-Backed Mediware Rebrands as WellSky, Hits $260M in Revenue

One of the biggest and most active home health and hospice technology partners is taking its rapidly growing business in a new direction. Lenexa, Kansas-based Mediware Information Systems, Inc., a portfolio company of TPG Capital, announced Tuesday it’s rebranding as WellSky. In doing so, the company is effectively merging more than 30 unique health care […]

Tech Beat: Capitol Home Health Pursuing Telehealth, Emails Hacked at Ohio Provider

Capitol Home Health Launches Telehealth Partnership  Capitol Home Health is partnering with telehealth company Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) on an effort to bring remote care capabilities to Medicare patients with congestive heart failure. Austin-based Capitol Home Health, recently recognized by Inc. as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the United states, provides skilled […]

Eliminating LTACs Could Save Medicare Billions, Boost Home Health

Each year, Medicare spends billions of taxpayer dollars to help pay for long-term care hospitals (LTCHs), also commonly referred to as long-term acute care hospitals (LTACs). Doing so is incredibly wasteful, critics argue, especially when equal or better care can likely be achieved for far less by skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and home health care […]

With 3-Year Growth of 2,017%, HealthFlex Leads List of Up-and-Coming Home Health Businesses

Fueled by astronomical three-year growth levels, several privately held home health companies are again among the fastest-growing and most inspiring U.S. businesses in 2018. That’s at least according to the latest rankings from Inc. The magazine puts together annual “Inc. 500” and “Inc. 5000” lists for its readers. Released in August, this year’s Inc. 5000 […]

Interim HealthCare Names Tracy Clark as COO

To help navigate the wave of consolidation in home-based care and strengthen its retention efforts, Interim HealthCare Inc. announced Thursday that Tracy Clark will serve as the international home care and hospice franchisor’s newest COO. Founded in 1966 and currently part of Caring Brands International, Sunrise, Florida-based Interim oversees more than 530 franchise locations in […]