Contessa Wins Another Health System Partner; $1.5M Acquisition to Round Out New Post-Acute Care Company

Ascension Saint Thomas, Contessa partner to offer home recovery care Ascension Saint Thomas is partnering with Contessa to bring hospital-level care into the home starting this fall.  The pair will do so through Nashville-based Contessa’s home recovery care program, which is built to provide in-home acute care for a fraction of the cost of a […]

Encompass Health to Pay $48M to Settle False Claims Allegations

Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) — the largest operator of in-patient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) in the country, with a network of hundreds of home health and hospice locations to boot — has agreed to pay $48 million to resolve false claims allegations. The Birmingham, Alabama-based company had previously disclosed the matter in its public filings […]

Why Home Health Therapy Contractor Aegis Isn’t Stressing About PDGM

Among its many changes, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) aims to completely refocus how home health providers are paid for the therapy services they deliver, mainly by moving away from visit volume as the determining factor in calculating reimbursement. When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first proposed PDGM in July 2018, some […]

Share Your Thoughts — HHCN Reader Survey

HHCN is asking you to share your thoughts and opinions about our coverage — and where it goes from here. Do you want to see more Medicaid coverage in the year ahead? More stories about home-based palliative care or hospital-at-home models? Continued evaluation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM)? Now is the time to let […]

VNA Health Group, Cleveland Clinic Launch Home Health Care JV in Florida

Visiting Nurse Association Health Group and Cleveland Clinic Florida announced Tuesday that the two organizations are teaming up for a new joint venture. The New JV — yet another example of health care’s ongoing shift away from institutions — will offer expanded home health care services for residents in Broward County, Florida.  The new affiliation […]

Encompass Health Latest Home Health Giant to Invest in Medalogix

Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) has made a minority investment in predictive analytics firm Medalogix.  Regulatory changes and staffing shortages driving the need for increased efficiency in home health and hospice motivated the investment, according to Encompass Health Chief Strategy Officer Luke James. “As we look out into the future, [we’re excited about] having a direct […]