WellSky Taps Fazzi Head as CCO; Collective Medical Hires New Leadership

WellSky Creates, Fills New Position WellSky, a health and community care technology company backed by TPG Capital, has named a new chief clinical officer. Fazzi Associates President Tim Ashe will hold the newly created position, in which Ashe will guide meaningful patient outcomes, combining technology and clinical care. Ashe will continue to serve as president […]

Why the Department of Veterans Affairs is the Tesla of At-Home Care

As the senior population booms, agencies and health care systems continue to look for cost effective ways to provide quality in-home care. But even before industry giants were targeting innovation, an unlikely pioneer — the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — was leading the charge. With reports of system-wide negligence and arbitrary caregiver dismissals making […]

CMS Announces ACO Overhaul, Enhances Telehealth Options

CMS has released new rules overhauling Medicare’s accountable care organizations (ACO) program. Called “Pathways to Success,” the new policies shorten risk-free periods and offer more regulatory flexibility, including for providing telehealth to people in their homes, among other changes. In recent years, home health companies have become more involved in ACOs, seeing it as an […]

Home Health Executive Forecast for 2019: Obamacare, Consolidation and PDGM

From the introduction of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) to fine-tuning the nine-state Value-Based Purchasing Model (VBPM), 2018 was an important year for home health care at large. Next year will bring its own set of challenges and opportunities — some new and others old. Home health industry insiders and top executives expect Texas’ recent […]

CMS Finalizes OASIS-D Guidance Manual

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a final OASIS-D guidance manual. The updates are scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2019. In general, OASIS-D changes include the removal of more than two dozen items, as well as the addition or revision of several others. Specifically, the manual provides guidance […]

PlayMaker Releases Data on Home Health Length-of-Stay, Partners with WellSky

Home health and hospice providers in the South have longer average lengths of stay (ALOS) than any other region in the country. That’s according to the latest quarterly data from PlayMaker Health, a post-acute growth platform serving hundreds of organizations. In home health, Playmaker’s data shows southern states have an ALOS of 80.4 days, while […]

Home Health and Hospice Admissions, Utilization Continue To Rise

Home health and hospice admissions in the U.S. continued to rise in the second quarter of 2018. Meanwhile, utilization remained steady in home health care and continued to increase in hospice. That’s according to the latest quarterly trends report from analytics and metrics firm Atlanta-based Excel Health, which offers on-demand, cloud-based data solutions for some […]

What Is The Capital + Strategy Forum & Why You Need To Be Here

HHCN’s Capital + Strategy Forum is NOT your typical industry conference — it is a catalyst for innovation in the changing home health care space. It brings together the brightest minds to share forward-looking ideas, inspirations and innovations in every aspect of home health, hospice, private duty and more. This is a first-class opportunity to network with thought leaders […]

Home Care Agencies Mobilize for Post-Holiday Referral Rush

The holidays and weeks that follow are one of the busiest times of year for home care providers, as referrals surge. Whether the rush brings in business or results in missed opportunities depends on how agencies prepare. ”The first thing is to simply understand that this trend is there,” Peter Droubay, director of recruiting at […]