Home Health Ready to Fight Pre-Claim Review’s Dreaded Return

Stakeholders throughout the home health industry are gearing up for another battle over Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD), a controversial Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative aimed at reducing fraud and improper billing. PCRD asks providers to send in claims earlier in the care process to ensure they are meeting requirements. In August 2016, CMS rolled out […]

Home Health Providers Excel at Keeping Patients Active

When it comes to the performance of the health care system overall, the United States is a mixed bag, but there’s some good news on the home health front. Some states—Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Vermont and Utah, in particular—are excelling at providing quality, affordable health care to their residents, a new report has found. Others—Louisiana, Oklahoma […]

Addus, LHC Group Rev Up 2018 M&A Wins

Top executives for Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) and LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) touted their recent M&A wins last week—while hinting there’s likely more to come. Addus CEO Dirk Allison and LHC Group CEO Keith Myers discussed the home health industry’s bustling M&A landscape and provided overall updates on their respective companies during the […]

Insurer Anthem Strikes Deal for Palliative Care Company Aspire Health

National health insurance giant Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) is buying Nashville-based Aspire Health, the nation’s largest non-hospice, community-based palliative care provider. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Anthem’s play for Aspire Health, announced Wednesday, is the latest deal to further blur the lines between insurance companies and in-home care businesses. Humana (NYSE: HUM) and […]

Kindred, Humana Crack Fortune 500 List for 2018

Only two companies with strong home health ties—Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) and Humana (NYSE: HUM)—graced this year’s Fortune 500 list, but the industry as a whole appears to be inching its way closer to the top. The Fortune 500 list is an annual ranking of U.S. companies, both private and public, based on total revenues […]

Bills Seek to Delay EVV for Home Care

U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation to delay the mandated implementation of electronic visit verification (EVV) in home care by one year. Under current provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act, a $6.3 billion piece of legislation signed into law under the Obama administration, Medicaid-reimbursed home care providers must begin adopting EVV systems before Jan. 1, 2019. […]

HHS Chief Technology Officer to Join LHC Group

The current chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will soon leave his post in Washington D.C. to join Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) and fill a newly created position dedicated to innovation. HHS CTO Bruce Greenstein will become LHC Group’s first chief innovation and technology officer in June, […]

VNSNY, Vitas Want to Fix the Racial Disparity in Hospice Care

Hospice has been a popular target on the mergers-and-acquisitions front, but the industry faces a demographic challenge when it comes to minority patients. The sector is plagued by very low utilization rates for minority patients, and the numbers appear only to be getting worse. About 87% of hospice patients are white, according to the most recent […]

Great Lakes, Jordan, National Home Health Name New CFO After Merger

Great Lakes Caring, National Home Health Care and Jordan Health Services have named a new chief financial officer for their freshly merged enterprise. Eric Slusser is taking over as CFO of the newly combined company, it announced Monday, less than a week after Michigan-based Great Lakes Caring, Connecticut-based National Home Health Care and Texas-based Jordan […]

Intermountain, Home Care Provider Team Up in New Joint Venture

For almost two years, Intermountain Healthcare—a Utah-based health system that boasts 22 hospitals, more than 180 clinics and its own health insurance plan—has been searching for the perfect home care partner to help it proactively keep elderly patients well and away from its own facilities. It found that partner more than 1,400 miles away. Earlier […]