Home Health Business Remains Down for Brookdale Senior Living

Home health continues to be a trouble spot for Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD), the nation’s largest owner and operator of private-pay senior living communities. Brentwood, Tennessee-based Brookdale posted its financial results for the second quarter of 2018 this week, highlighted by a companywide net loss of $165.5 million compared to a net loss of […]

Why NAHC Wants to Become the NRA of Home Care

It’s not the ideal comparison, according to National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) President William Dombi. But NAHC wants to be more like the NRA. Regardless of how people feel about the National Rifle Association—the organization that’s often praised or blamed for stopping legislative efforts focused on gun ownership rights—its influence on Capitol […]

Home Health Industry Divided on Severity of Pre-Claim Threat

Whenever policymakers aim potentially controversial or burdensome regulations at the home health industry, stakeholders big and small typically march in lockstep to ward off attacks. But this year’s proposed iteration of pre-claim review appears to be an exception. There is a noticeable divide between larger home health providers and smaller ones—and a more muted overall […]

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 […]