LHC Group CEO Calls for Medicare Payment Transparency as Company Hits Major Milestone

LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) — one of the two largest, independent home health, hospice and personal care companies in the U.S. — has hit a major milestone in its 25-year history. The Lafayette, Louisiana-based company officially crossed the 100,000-patient mark. In addition to being a personal achievement for Chairman and CEO Keith Myers — whose […]

Home Health Agencies Face Added Hardships in Rural Markets

For many of its clients, Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care provides their only access to home health care services. The company has cemented its position within the industry by engaging underserved rural and frontier communities. Founded in 1985, nonprofit Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care is based in Pueblo, Colorado. The company […]

Home Health Industry Gains Ground After Final Rule — But PDGM Behavioral Adjustment Battle Isn’t Over

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 home health final payment rule on Oct. 31, reaffirming many aspects of next year’s payment overhaul while also updating certain quality reporting metrics and solidifying changes to policymakers’ maintenance therapy proposal. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and Axxess were among […]

Why CMS’s New Home Infusion Benefit Falls Short — And How to Fix It

The recently finalized home infusion benefit from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created moderate excitement within the home health community, with some providers seeing newfound opportunities to expand their business offerings. Those who currently provide home infusion services, however, have called CMS’s new benefit “deeply flawed.” CMS finalized a permanent home […]

CEO Baier: Brookdale ‘Disappointed’ with Home Health Business

Home health care has not been a bright spot for Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD), one of the country’s largest owners and operators of private-pay senior living communities. Instead of helping to drive growth for the Brentwood, Tennessee-based company, home health services have actually been a major letdown, according to President and CEO Lucinda […]

With RAP Phaseout Finalized, Writing Is on the Wall for Small Home Health Agencies

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final payment rule last week, the agency all but guaranteed a wave of home health industry consolidation in 2020. That guarantee comes despite CMS’s move to nearly halve the 8.01% behavioral adjustment included in the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). But in addition to reducing […]

Post-Acute Care ‘Food Fight’ Brewing in Washington

There’s a political food fight brewing in the nation’s capital, health care policy insiders told Home Health Care News. And a possible overhaul to the entire post-acute care (PAC) sector is to blame. “One of the things I’m hearing out of Washington is that there are some stakeholders in the post-acute care space interested in […]

Humana, Microsoft Forge Partnership; Aveanna Teams Up with Netsmart

Humana, Microsoft announce partnership Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and Microsoft Corp. (NYSE: MSFT) have partnered to develop predictive solutions and intelligent automation for the care teams of the insurer’s members. One of the specific goals of the partnership is to address health for aging populations and their care teams. The news marks the first step […]

Third Time Could Be the Charm for Telehealth Medicare Legislation

Is the third time the charm for a bill that would expand Medicare coverage for telehealth services? A bipartisan group of lawmakers took another swing at introducing the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2019 in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.  The bill was reintroduced by members […]