Eden Health Purchases Legacy Home Healthcare; Trade Associations Merge

Eden Health acquires Legacy Home Healthcare Eden Health has acquired Legacy Home Healthcare, an Arizona-based provider that serves Greenlee, Graham and Cochise counties. Eden Health is the employee-owned home services division of Vancouver, Washington-based EmpRes Healthcare Management LLC. As a part of the transaction, Eden Health will take over Legacy Home Healthcare’s two locations in […]

Calculating the Cost of PDGM: A Case Study with Phoenix Home Care

In the months and weeks leading up to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), many industry insiders predicted the downfall of small and mid-size home health providers due to the disruption of cash flow and therapy utilization, as well as the complicated new documentation and coding processes. It’s undeniable that small and mid-size agencies will feel […]

LHC Group’s Innovation Head: ‘Within 10 Years, We’ll See the End of Fee-for-Service as We Know It’

Thanks to leadership changes at the federal level, the evolution of Medicare Advantage (MA) and a seemingly constant flow of new value-based payment models, providers should begin to plan for the end of fee-for-service Medicare. That’s according to LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Bruce Greenstein, who discussed the future of […]

Encompass Health’s April Anthony: Knee-Jerk Therapy Reactions May Prove Costly

Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) — already one of the largest home health providers in the country — is likely on its way to even more growth this year, thanks partly to the expected M&A opportunities linked to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Internally, coding changes and investments in predictive analytics have helped […]

First Few Months of PDPM Triggered Higher SNF Payments. Will PDGM Do the Same?

The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) — another Medicare payment overhaul in the skilled nursing facility (SNF) arena — could serve as an indicator for what the coming months will look like under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Naturally, home health owners and operators have been paying attention. PDPM launched on Oct. 1, which has given […]

CMS Administrator Seema Verma: Home Health Compare Overhaul Is on Its Way

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Thursday that users of Home Health Compare — its consumer-facing database of home health provider quality information — can expect to see a major revamp. CMS plans to roll Home Health Compare and seven other Compare sites into one tool called “Medicare Care Compare” sometime this […]

Clinical Huddles, Pre-Coding and Wound Care: Home Health Providers Share Tips for Early PDGM Success

When it comes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), it’s often the seemingly small changes that bring big results. That’s true even for some of the largest U.S. home health providers, including Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), Bayada Home Health Care, Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). While it’s still too early […]

Demand for Home Caregiver Jobs Continues to Surge

In the decade spanning from 2018 to 2028, the in-home care industry will need to fill an estimated 4.7 million home care jobs, according to a new report released by PHI. The estimate — slightly higher than previous projections — is yet another reminder of the workforce pressure nearly all U.S. home care providers face. […]