Kindred Holds Off On Major Home Health Acquisitions

Home health deals dramatically dropped off in 2015, and now the nation’s largest home health provider intends to sit on the sidelines moving forward. After reporting significant consolidation and revenue growth at the end of 2015, Kindred Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: KND) indicated it won’t make any major home health purchases in the foreseeable future. For […]

How ‘Before I Die’ Walls Boost Palliative Care

Palliative care appears to be near a tipping point, both due to increasing demand and the ways in which home health agencies and other health care providers are figuring out how to offer and pay for it. While access to palliative care has spread in recent years, awareness and availability of these services is still considered […]

How to Find and Win the Right Referral Partners in Home Health

As the health system continues to move toward managed care and value-based purchasing, home health agencies are becoming an increasingly important partner along the continuum of care. Across the industry, data has played a big role in securing preferred partnerships for home health agencies with other types of providers. Home health and home care have […]

CMS Home Health Initiatives Gaining Traction

Since November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has rolled out regulation upon regulation affecting home health care, altering the landscape for agencies across the country. CMS first finalized a rule to incentivize hospitals to work with other post-acute providers for knee and hip replacement procedures through bundled payments for 67 hospital locations. […]

CCRCs Bring Services and Insurance Home

Seniors who want to age in place have some new options for all the same health care services offered at senior living facilities without the community aspect. Enter the continuing care retirement community (CCRC) at home. Senior housing providers are extending their reach in new program models to accommodate those who want to remain in […]

LHC Group Expects $1 Billion from ‘Unprecedented’ Pipeline

Following a 2015 that boasted increases in revenue and growth in admissions, national home health and hospice provider LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) announced what it’s calling an “unprecedented pipeline” in the year ahead. Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group is actively discussing 20 potential acquisitions in 2016 that could produce approximately $1 billion in revenue, the […]

LHC Group CEO: Why Home Health Needs a ‘Non-Acute’ Identity

When it comes to preventing hospital readmissions and controlling costs after joint replacements and similar procedures, home health agencies and other post-acute providers play a crucial role. But agencies may gain an advantage if they also are involved before a patient even enters the hospital for treatment. “We don’t like to use the word post-acute […]

Inspira and Bayada Develop Joint Venture, Spark Worker Grievance

A major health network in New Jersey is developing a joint venture with a home care provider to expand its services to more patients, potentially displacing some home care nurses. Inspira Health Network announced its new partnership with Bayada Home Health Care, a privately-held home care company that operates in 21 states. Inspira Health Network […]

Kaiser Permanente Ventures Backs Hometeam with $5 Million

An innovative home care startup that has captured headlines with its successful funding rounds has snagged another big investment. In-home care provider Hometeam has secured a $5 million investment from Kaiser Permanente Ventures, the venture capital arm of California-based health care giant Kaiser Permanente. Hometeam raised $38.5 million prior to Kaiser Venture’s latest stake, with […]

How One Private Duty Agency is Reducing Hospital Readmissions

When the numbers came in last summer, they did not look good for New Jersey: 97% of the Garden State’s hospitals would see their Medicare payments reduced because of how many patients had been readmitted. That was the highest percentage of any state in the country. Given that stat, it’s no wonder that a private […]