Home-Based Palliative Program Is Sentara’s Answer to Post-Acute Care Gaps

While palliative care is often considered a hospital-based extension of hospice, one health system is using it to fill the gaps in its home-based service offerings. Sentara Healthcare is partnering with Turn-Key Health to make it happen. The new advanced illness services program uses predictive analytics to identify and enroll patients with a higher risk […]

‘Common-Sense Bills’ Seek to Dismantle Home Health Therapy Barriers

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is trying to make the delivery of home health therapy services more flexible by broadening Medicare rules on who can open cases. Specifically, two identical bills that would allow occupational therapists to open home health therapy cases were introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives earlier […]

Advocate Aurora Exec: ‘There’s Almost Nothing That Won’t Eventually Move into the Home’

Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, U.S. health care spending has steadily climbed — along with the country’s population of older adults and those with chronic conditions. To help bend the cost curve and deliver care to seniors in their preferred setting, health care has, in turn, noticeably shifted into the home […]

Home Health Industry Likely Headed for M&A Rollercoaster

If there’s one thing home health care providers can agree on when it comes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), it’s that the new model is shrouded in uncertainty. Despite attempting to predict expected reimbursement changes and adapting operations accordingly, agencies won’t know exactly how PDGM will affect them until well after its Jan. 1 […]

SNF-to-Home Transition Program Saves $3.9M Annually

Programs that help nursing home residents transition back into their communities can make all the difference in helping them return home safely. And home-based care providers often play an important role in that process. That’s according to a recent study published in the journal Health Services Research. Conducted by researchers from Purdue University, University of […]

Outsourcing Wave Continues as Pikeville Medical Agrees to Sell Home Health Division

Pikeville Medical Center — one of the largest hospitals in eastern Kentucky — announced last week that it’s selling its home health division to Home Care Health Services. In doing so, Pikeville joins the ever-growing list of hospitals outsourcing their home health operations to nearby agencies, often because of workforce or financial challenges. Financial terms […]

MedPAC Questions Home Health Providers’ Reporting on Patient Functional Ability

For years, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has floated the idea of a unified payment system for all post-acute care providers — skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), in-patient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) and home health agencies. MedPAC and its team of 17 commissioners provided additional insight into what a potential unified model […]

Wound Care Pilot Improves Outcomes, Reduces Cost for AccentCare

A telehealth pilot targeting wound care patients has helped AccentCare cut costs and reduce readmissions for participating offices. As a result, the program — made possible through a partnership with virtual care platform Synzi — will soon see a larger rollout. The program could serve as an example for the hoards of providers industry-wide hoping […]

SNF Operators Bash Health Care’s Shift into the Home

The home health industry can sometimes feel like an echo chamber when it comes to the home being the safest and least expensive site of care. Outside the industry, however, that belief is often open for debate — and even downright denied. The most recent rejection of the U.S. health care system’s shift into the […]