LHC Group to Deepen ACO Ties — With Caution

Five years after the Affordable Care Act ushered in large-scale health system changes, one of the nation’s largest home health providers is achieving success through a relatively conservative approach to new models of payment and care delivery. For the first quarter of 2015, home health and hospice provider LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) reported $193.1 million […]

Most Read: Inside the Newest Home Health Star Ratings

In case you missed it, here are the most popular stories grabbing Home Health Care News readers’ attention this week: Massive New iPad for Seniors Program to Support Aging at Home — Apple and IBM are launching a program to put iPads with health care applications in the hands of millions of seniors, as part of a […]

Home Health, Senior Living Providers Join Forces for Competitive Edge

With home health becoming an increasingly important and integrated part of the U.S. health care system, innovative providers are seeking to position themselves for long-term success by building relationships with other types of care organizations, including senior living operators. A new joint venture in Michigan provides one example of how to move forward, through an equal senior […]

Home Health Business Briefs: Extendicare Acquires Revera

As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Tim Bateman Joins ChartaCloud Healthcare Services Advisory Board ChartaCloud Technologies LLC recently announced the addition of Timothy Bateman to […]

Health System Cuts Hospitalizations 45% with Tech-Driven Home Care

A health system that is a national leader in coordinating care across different settings has achieved significant cost savings and reduced hospitalizations by improving home care for people with chronic conditions. Arizona-based Banner Health undertook the Intensive Ambulatory Care (IAC) pilot program in partnership with technology company Royal Philips. Since its 2013 launch, the telehealth program […]

CMS Announces Patient Survey Star Ratings for Home Health

Starting in January 2016, the government will post a new type of star rating for Medicare-certified home health agencies, reflecting how well they have performed in the eyes of their patients. The “Patient Survey Star Ratings” will be based on data from the Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) Survey, […]

Amedisys Pushes Forward with Big Changes, Mulls New Name

Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) has started to right the ship in recent months, and it will continue to take dramatic steps to improve its margins and grow the business, leaders said Wednesday in announcing first quarter 2015 earnings. Executives at the major home health and hospice provider highlighted a significant shift: The company is abandoning […]

AARP Launches Tool to Create Age-Friendly Communities

The preference to age in place continues to grows, but doing so in certain communities may be more challenging than in others.  With the help of a new tool launched by AARP, consumers and city planners can identify these areas and take steps to make them more livable for Americans across the age spectrum. The […]

3 Easy Ways to Boost Home Care Profits

In this age of aging, the demand for home care has risen — but in order to maximize profits, agencies in the sector must make a few simple, but key, changes.  While experts have previously noted the importance of getting creative with service offerings and pursuing various payment streams, others say finding success has more […]