With Home Health Revenue Up, Ensign ‘Getting Arms Around’ PDGM

Thanks to a relatively obstacle-free regulatory environment, Cornerstone Healthcare, Inc., the home health and hospice business of The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG), posted solid financial results in the second quarter of 2018. Company leadership highlighted the results during a call with investors Friday. Mission Viejo, California-based The Ensign Group and its independent subsidiaries provide skilled, […]

Eyeing MA Opportunity, Right at Home Strikes Partnership with Kindred at Home

There’s been healthy debate inside the home care industry as to how significant Medicare Advantage opportunities will really be come 2019. Despite the varying outlooks, home care providers by and large are making sure they’re best positioned to take advantage of whatever prospects do arise. The latest of those efforts is coming from Omaha, Nebraska-based […]

OIG Issues Sweeping Report on Hospice Fraud and Care Quality Concerns

To counter claims of fraud and abuse in the hospice industry, federal regulators have loudly announced their plans to aggressively go after dishonest providers. Those watchdogs include the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG), which released a sharp new report on fraud vulnerabilities within the Medicare hospice program on […]

Trump Signs Bill Delaying EVV

President Donald Trump late Monday officially signed off on H.R. 6042, a widely supported bill to delay the nationwide deadline for electronic visit verification (EVV) in Medicaid-reimbursed personal care services. The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law in 2016 under the Obama Administration, originally required home care providers and state agencies to begin adopting […]

New Walgreens Platform Connects Customers with Heal, Other Health Care Providers

Walgreens is teaming up with more than a dozen health care providers—including physician house call startup Heal—in launching a new digital marketplace built to connect its online customers with store- and community-based services. Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens is one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains and part of the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots […]

Bayada, Brookdale Team with Other Providers for New Alzheimer’s Roundtable

More than a dozen of the biggest players in aging services met in Chicago last Thursday to take part in the Alzheimer’s Association’s newly formed Dementia Care Provider Roundtable. The goal of the roundtable is to share best practices from their diverse industry perspectives. Participants in the roundtable included representatives from Bayada Home Health Care, […]

Value-Based Purchasing Proposals May Signal Expanded Rollout

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) largely stole the show when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed payment rule earlier this month. But there were also some important and surprising positives within the rule’s 600 pages that home health providers shouldn’t ignore, industry executives and analysts say. The two most striking […]

Hospice Census Up, Small Acquisitions on the Radar for Vitas

Vitas—Chemed Corporation’s (NYSE: CHE) hospice business—posted sturdy second-quarter financial results Wednesday, partially thanks to increases in both its average daily census and admissions levels. Cincinnati-based Chemed’s Vitas segment is recognized as one of the nation’s largest providers of end-of-life care, employing about 11,500 professionals who operate across hospice locations in 14 states and Washington, D.C. It’s […]