OSHA’s Virus Protection Program Could Put Home Health Agencies Under the Microscope

In response to an executive order from President Joe Biden, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a national emphasis program aimed at protecting workers from COVID-19 while on the job. OSHA, part of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), is responsible for assuring “safe and healthy working conditions” for most workers in […]

Home Health Profit Margins Projected to Remain Strong in 2021

Margins for Medicare-certified home health agencies are projected to remain strong in 2021, despite ongoing challenges tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Margins are anticipated to be so robust, in fact, that Congress should reduce the 2021 Medicare base payment rate for home health agencies by 5% […]

CMS Could Target LUPAs, Functional Impairment in Future PDGM Adjustments

Despite the once-in-a-generation COVID-19 pandemic, the home health industry’s transition to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was pretty seamless. Looking into the not-too-distant future, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will now likely attempt to make modest tweaks to a handful of key areas, payment experts believe. The agency will do so […]

PE-Backed Help at Home Names New CEO

Help at Home has a new CEO. The home- and community-based services provider announced Monday that current board member Chris Hocevar has been appointed chief executive officer, effective immediately. Hocevar replaces Paul Mastrapa, who previously served as a consultant and as the leader of Option Care before taking over as Help at Home’s CEO in […]

Clinical Leaders Sound Off on Home Health Care’s Biggest Challenges

The home health industry continues to settle into 2021, buoyed by the optimism associated with the country’s vaccination progress. For the first time in months, clinical leadership teams have a chance to take stock of their operations while evaluating a number of different opportunities, challenges and trends across home-based care. One specific area where clinical […]

Amwell Joins the Ranks of Amazon, Intermountain on Home-Based Care Coalition

Moving Health Home (MHH) — the recently announced home-based care advancement coalition — has a new founding member. Telehealth company Amwell (NYSE: AMWL) has joined an array of health care industry leaders from across the continuum that also includes Amazon Care and Intermountain Healthcare. Boston-based Amwell is a telehealth platform that supports urgent care, acute […]

Mission Healthcare Plans Palliative Care Rollout, Multi-State Expansion

Mission Healthcare — one of the largest regional home health, hospice and palliative care providers in Southern California — is on the move. Earlier this month, the San Diego-based company completed its acquisition of Alliance Home Health & Hospice Care, a Medicare-certified home health and hospice organization in Pleasanton. The acquisition is Mission’s first outside […]

Why SNF Operator PruittHealth Pivoted to Home Health Care

When PruittHealth — a major nursing home operator — began to see its skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) feel the impact of the COVID-19 emergency last year, the company was able to promptly bounce back by throwing its weight behind home health care. Norcross, Georgia-based PruittHealth is a post-acute and long-term care operator that has over […]