How LHC Group Swayed Its New Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Away from HHS

LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) one of the two largest publicly traded and independent home health companies in the country, announced in May that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Chief Technology Officer Bruce Greenstein would be leaving his post to join LHC Group’s executive office. Greenstein officially joined LHC Group in June, quickly […]

HHS Secretary Azar Affirms Value-Based Care is the Future

Home health care providers were assured that value-based purchasing programs were going to continue—and likely accelerate—after Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar reiterated his support for these payment models Tuesday. Azar replaced former Secretary Tom Price, who was ousted from the role in September 2017 after an investigation into his use […]

HHS Nominee Open to Medicaid Block Grants

Alex Azar, President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), again expressed some support for the idea of converting Medicaid to a block-grant program in a confirmation hearing Tuesday — though he cautioned that any solution is still far in the future and stated he was open to committing more […]

Trump HHS Pick Says ‘Amen’ to Home Health Benefits

President Trump’s nominee to replace Tom Price as head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expressed an interest to overhauling the way Medicare and Medicaid cover end-of-life care. He also praised the role home care can play in efforts to lower health spending through Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). While testifying before the Senate […]

Trump Picks Alex Azar for HHS Secretary

Alex Azar, a former executive with Eli Lilly, was nominated by President Donald Trump as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Azar served as general counsel for HHS and as deputy HHS Secretary under President George W. Bush. The announcement came in the form of a tweet from Trump Monday morning. Happy […]

The Price is Wrong: HHS Secretary Steps Down Amid Travel Scandal

Department of Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price resigned from his post Friday amid an investigation into his use of private jets at taxpayer expense. As head of HHS, Price had most recently impacted the home health care industry after announcing some mandatory bundle payment initiatives would become voluntary. The government spent more than […]

CMS Proposes Six-Month Delay for Home Health CoPs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed delaying the implementation date for the new home health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) until January 2018. The proposal comes after home health industry associations and providers pushed back against the original implementation timeline for the CoPs, which were finalized in early January 2017. Instead of going […]

HHS: Medicare Appeals Backlog Will Be Worse by 2021

After being directed by a court order to clear out the Medicare backlog of home health care claims appeals, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is predicting the backlog will only grow by the time the backlog is meant to be eliminated. In December last year, HHS was ordered to clear its backlog of pending […]

Senators Ask for Halt to Pre-Claim Before Florida Start Date

Lawmakers in Florida have teamed up to ask Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price to delay the implementation of the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD) in the state. PCRD is currently underway in Illinois and is set to go into effect in Florida beginning April 1, 2017. U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and […]