Home Health Shown to Cut Costs in Joint Replacement Patients

The use of home health services after a major joint repair surgery for Medicare patients results in cost-effective care and lower readmission rates, according to data newly released Thursday. The data analysis, conducted by Dobson | DaVanzo & Associates and released by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, comes just more than two […]

Marquis Doubles Down on Home Health to Build Post-Acute Network

With the federal government pushing for more coordinated post-acute care, some companies are making big moves to have control over more of the whole continuum and doubling-down on their efforts around home health. Marquis Companies is one such company. The Milwaukee, Oregon-based organization offers home health care, post-acute rehabilitation, independent and assisted living, memory care, […]

CMS Addresses Concerns Over Home Health Pre-Claim Reviews

Days after unveiling a preauthorization requirement for home health agencies, providers expressed confusion and concern as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) attempted to clarify what the plan entails. The new preauthorization measure, dubbed the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services, aims to crack down on Medicare fraud, waste and abuse in […]

Competing Companies Team Up to Fill Home Care Gaps

Gaps in care for seniors living at home can make them vulnerable to hospital visits, which is why a unique group of providers with both home health care and senior housing services have teamed up to serve Michigan residents. Tandem365 is a Michigan-based organization that aims to help older adults—55 and older—“navigate” the health system […]

Home Health Agencies Grapple With Prior Authorization Rule

Home health providers and associations were quick to denounce a preauthorization requirement after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed it will move forward with its formerly announced plans. Across the board, industry officials expressed disappointment and concern with the CMS plans for prior authorization, now deemed the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home […]

Amedisys CEO: ‘Volume Cures All Ills’ in the Home Health Business

Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) wants to be on top: the biggest, the best, and the first choice for employees. To accomplish this, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based home health and hospice giant is focusing primarily on strong volume growth—a plan of action the company’s CEO, Paul Kusserow, believes has enormous potential. “We believe volume cures all […]

Home Health Stocks Climb Higher than Ever

For the second consecutive month, the market value of three of the most prominent publicly traded home health companies hit a record high and outpaced the S&P 500 Index overall. The Stoneridge Partners Home Health Index, which tracks the monthly average market performance of LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG), Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM) and Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED), grew 0.63% in […]

New Overtime Rule May Pose Little Threat to Home Care

A new wage rule that increases overtime benefits for millions of American workers is expected to put some wage pressures on employers across many industries, but how much it will impact home health care is still up for debate. The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued its new overtime salary exemption limits that will become effective December […]

Top Ways to Reduce Home Health Aide Turnover

With employee turnover deemed time and again a major and growing threat to home health and hospice providers, it’s imperative that agencies learn to combat the issue before it impacts them. Doing so successfully may come down to providing sufficient work to caregivers who want it and preventing on-the-job injuries, according to a new study published in The […]

Wages, Caregiver Shortages Top List of Home Health Threats

Private duty home care providers are more concerned about caregiver shortages and wage pressures than ever before, according to a recent study. For the first time, wage pressures are being named as one of the top three threats of the home care industry, Home Care Pulse’s 2016 Benchmarking Study found. Caregiver shortages remained the top […]