Bill That Could Increase Home Health Labor Costs Signed into Law

A labor bill that widens the scope of who is considered an employee in one state has been signed into law. California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed the legislation Wednesday — potentially creating problems for some home health and hospice providers there going forward. “It will definitely have implications for [home-based] care,” National Association […]

Therapy Survival Tips for PDGM

With the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) set to move home health payment away from existing therapy thresholds and toward patient characteristics in 2020, providers will need to break down silos within their own operations if they want to be successful. Generally, many providers have often relied on a therapy-driven model, which has been a big […]

A Perfect Storm: Amedisys, Encompass Health and LHC Group CEOs Brace for PDGM

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is a perfect storm of regulatory and reimbursement changes, according to top executives from Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) and LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG). For agencies, managing cash flow and making sure staff are operating at the top of their licenses will be keys to […]

[Updated] Walmart Health, Amedisys Partner to Expand Home Health Access Nationwide

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) have entered into a new partnership to expand home health care access nationwide, according to an analyst report from William Blair. The global investment and wealth management firm has learned that Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys is part of the retail giant’s new health care initiative, dubbed “Walmart […]

Data Analytics Arms Race Continues Ahead of PDGM

With the implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) less than four months away, agencies continue to prepare for the biggest reimbursement change the industry has seen in about 20 years. Technology and data providers are rolling out tools to help agencies rise to the challenge. Most recently, WellSky launched a new data analytics solution […]

Amedisys Going After 2,000 Home Health Targets in Mom-and-Pop Land Rush

Similar to its peers, Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) is biding its time until it ramps up on M&A activity and goes after the droves of mom-and-pop agencies likely to struggle with the perfect storm of industry-shaping regulatory changes looming in the not-so-distant future.  And in some ways, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based home health, personal care […]

New Law Could Increase Home Health, Hospice Labor Costs 30%

Lawmakers in one state recently passed a labor bill that could be damaging to the bottom lines of many home health and hospice agencies there. California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) passed in the Senate Wednesday and is headed to the desk of Governor Gavin Newsom, who is expected to sign the proposed legislation into […]

Well Care Health CEO: We’re Pushing the Envelope of Care Innovation

To remain competitive in today’s post-acute care landscape, a number of previously one-dimensional companies have evolved into “one-stop shops,” or integrated businesses that offer an array of complementary services. Wilmington, North Carolina-based Well Care Health is the perfect example of that trend. Founded in 1987 by Tanya and Wayne Long, Well Care Health started out […]

Overture Home Care Adds to Leadership Team; Iredell Home Health Names New Director

Overture Home Care hires former school administrator Fort Worth, Texas-based Overture Home Care has hired a new executive director. Zachary Tarrant comes to the role with a background in education, previously having served as a principal, administrator and teacher. He will lead the company’s business operations and management of Overture’s headquarters, allowing CEO Denise Helms […]