CareSouth Launches Massive Rebranding Efforts

CareSouth Health System, Inc., a national senior care services provider based in Augusta, Ga., has announced the launch of a comprehensive rebrand that will emphasize its client-centric approach. The company will begin the national rebranding of its CareSouth agencies across all CareSouth-branded business lines, including CareSouth Home Health, CareSouth Hospice, CareSouth Private Duty and CS […]

Addus HomeCare Expands Ohio Presence Through Latest Acquisition

Addus HomeCare Corporation (NASDAQ: ADUS), a provider of home and community-based services, announced this week it has acquired Priority Home Health Care, Inc., effective Jan. 1.  Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Priority Home Health Care operates six offices in the Cleveland, Akron and Columbus areas, which are expected to produce revenues of approximately $11 million for […]

Federal Court Gives Go-Ahead for Face-to-Face Lawsuit

A federal court has ruled in favor of a lawsuit moving forward that works for retroactive effect and pay around a face-to-face the home health industry has long been fighting. The face-to-face rule, which was scheduled to take effect January 1 and would require specific physician participation for qualifying home health Medicare claims, was reversed in […]

Fraudsters Plead Guilty in $56 Million Medicare Home Health Scheme

The “mastermind” behind a Medicare fraud scheme and an accomplice pleaded guilty this week to their participation in the fraud, which involved the use of health agencies to bilk the government out of $56 million.  Under the scheme, Mark Morad of Slidell, Louisana and Dr. Divini Lucciono of Kenner, Louisiana, allegedly worked together through multiple […]

Home Health Leaders Back Congress’ New Budget Deal

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, a coalition of home health providers, has commended Congress for passing a budget package that calls for further analysis of face-to-face regulations and broad funding cuts to the Medicare home health benefit.  Included in the legislation is language that requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to […]

Retirement Challenge at Forefront as 52% of Americans Lack Enough Savings

Retirement shortfalls are a major problem in the U.S., as new data shows that more than half of today’s households lack enough retirement income to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living, according to a December report by the Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College.  Recently, other reports have detailed the lack of sufficient retirement savings in 49 […]

Senate Proposes Bipartisan Competitive Bidding Bill

Following proposed legislation by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate has introduced a similar bill that would correct what some believe to be flaws in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment (DME).  Late last week, Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the […]

Home Health and Hospital Referrals: How to Get Your Agency on the Magic List

Home health agencies are increasingly becoming a bigger part of the overall health care equation, leading to more interest not only from investors, but also from other organizations looking to partner across the care continuum. This rings true especially for hospitals, which are more closely scrutinized federally based on lengths of stay, readmissions and total […]

HealthSouth Agrees to Acquire Encompass Home Health for $750 Million

HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE: HLS) has agreed to acquire privately held EHHI Holdings, Inc., the owner of Encompass Home Health and Hospice, for approximately $750 million. The transaction has been approved by both companies’  boards and is expected to close before the end of the year, HealthSouth announced Monday.  Previously, rumors suggested Cressey & Company, the […]

Tenn. Home Health Company Agrees to $25 Million Settlement

CareAll Management LLC and its affiliated entities have agreed to pay $25 million, plus interest, to the United States and the state of Tennessee to settle False Claims Act allegations, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced recently. The settlement resolves allegations that CareAll — based in Nashville, Tenn., and one of the state’s largest home […]