Visiting Nurse Health System Cementing Identity Amid Ground-Up Restructuring

Home health providers of all shapes and sizes are currently taking a good, hard look at themselves in the mirror. For the Atlanta-based Visiting Nurse Health System (VNHS), that self-reflection has meant redefining relationships with payers, reprioritizing internal operations and recommitting to talent acquisition, according to Dorothy Davis, the nonprofit’s president and CEO. “In the […]

Home Health LUPA Challenges Continue as Pandemic Subsides

The frequency of low-utilization payment adjustments (LUPAs) increased for many home health providers in the first year of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), which coincided with the COVID-19 crisis. In part, that’s because there are far more LUPA variables to keep track of under the new payment model. At times, increases were also linked to […]

CMS Medicare Provider Enrollment Requirements Could Drive Home Health Agencies Out of Business

Changes to the requirements for Medicare provider enrollment could have major consequences for home health providers down the line. Under provider enrollment requirements, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has the authority to rescind providers’ Medicare enrollment if they are associated with “bad actors” and are at risk for fraud due to […]

Why Humana Believes It Can Do Home Health Care Better

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) believes it can deliver home health services better than traditional providers do today. More than any other reason, that’s fundamentally why it’s accelerating its in-home care strategy by acquiring 100% of home health giant Kindred at Home for a “bargain” purchase price of $5.7 billion — the company’s largest acquisition ever. […]

Always Best Care CEO: No Silver Bullet to Home Care’s Staffing Problems

Home care operators have had to work around plenty of new challenges since last spring, from sourcing personal protective equipment to securing Paycheck Protection Program loans. Yet an old operational hurdle remains the toughest to overcome: staffing. Even amid the pandemic, most home care businesses have managed to grow. That growth has continued in 2021 […]