Targeting ‘Super-Utilizers’ with In-Home Care May Not Curb Health Care Spending

One method using in-home care that inspired hope in reducing health care spending may not be effective after all. Tending more to “super-utilizers” did not reduce hospital readmissions, according to a new study from The New England Journal of Medicine. Super-utilizers are the 5% of the patient population that make up half of the nation’s […]

Lifesprk Partnership Helps North Memorial Lower Its Re-Hospitalization Rate by 47%

Minneapolis-based North Memorial Health has partnered with Lifesprk, a holistic home care provider also based in Minneapolis, to help serve the health system’s rapidly aging patient population. And the partnership is already seeing some impressive results in terms of lowering re-hospitalization rates and ER utilization The goal of the partnership — announced in December — […]

‘Master Plan on Aging’ Bills Take Effect

For California’s older adult population, the aging-in-place floodgates are about to burst, as a series of aging-related bills take effect in January. In June, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that called for the creation of a “master plan on aging.” The plan was meant to serve as a blueprint for state and local […]

LHC Group Marketing Total Cost of Care to ACOs, Payers

U.S. health care spending soared past $3.6 trillion in 2018, nearly one-fifth of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). To curb that spending, stakeholders throughout the continuum of care are beginning to think more about “total cost of care” and less about isolated episodes. Some of the largest in-home care providers are among those stakeholders, […]

The Top Home Health Trends of 2020

In all likelihood, 2019 will go down as one of the most important years in Medicare-certified home health care history. While many industry-shaping changes didn’t officially begin last year, 2019 did set the stage for several new regulatory and business trends in 2020. Almost all of those trends are somehow linked to the Patient-Driven Groupings […]

Early Errors and Therapy Turmoil: Home Health Insiders Weigh In on PDGM’s Arrival

The long-awaited Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is finally here, marking the biggest home health reimbursement overhaul in two decades. PDGM officially launched on Jan. 1 after originally being proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in July 2018. With changes to billing periods, therapy reimbursement and LUPAs, it’s the most significant shift […]

Amedisys Closes Hospice Acquisition; Right at Home to Move Headquarters

Amedisys finalizes Asana Hospice deal Shortly after acquiring Compassionate Care Hospice in 2018 for $340 million, Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based home health giant Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) hinted at its desire to wade deeper and deeper into the hospice pool. The company has lived up to those plans ever since. On Thursday, Amedisys announced it closed […]

Advocate Aurora Puts Wound Care First with New PDGM Strategy

For home health providers trying to survive the fundamental shift that is the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), leveraging resources as efficiently as possible will be especially important. For Advocate Aurora Health’s post-acute care division, that means improving outcomes around wound care through enhanced training and education. It’s a clinical pathway several industry experts and consultants […]

Home Instead Promotes Company Veteran to President; Encompass Health Names Chief HR Officer

Home Instead names company vet president Home Instead Inc. has named its global chief information officer, Jim Hood, as its new president. Home Instead Inc. is the Omaha, Nebraska-based franchise company that runs Home Instead Senior Care, a provider of in-home care services with over 1,000 independently owned and operated offices worldwide. With more than […]