Senior Executives Predict Strong Home Health, Behavioral Health Growth in 2020

Top health care executives foresee strong home health growth in 2020, despite the upcoming Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and other regulatory headwinds. Behavioral health and hospice are likewise poised for a bullish year.  That’s according to Capital One’s annual health care services executive survey, released Wednesday. More than 123 senior health care executives from across […]

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 […]

Hospice Providers Tout Bottom-Line Impact from Home-Based Primary Care Programs

Home health providers aren’t the only ones trying to push complex care further into the home. As hospices seek new ways to engage patients further upstream, a rising number are diversifying their services to include home-based primary care, along with palliative care and other models. Evidence indicates that these primary care programs carry substantial benefits […]

CMS Pumps Brakes on Primary Care First Launch

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled its new voluntary risk-based in-home primary care initiative in April, home health providers and advocates responded with cautious optimism. For some, that optimism will now have to be put on hold. Although CMS is now accepting applications to participate in its Primary Care First payment […]

CMS Wants to Use Artifical Intelligence to Sniff Out Home Health Fraud

Federal watchdogs and health care policymakers are signaling plans to ramp up oversight of fraud, waste and abuse in 2020, especially when it comes to home health and hospice agencies. While the efforts are, in part, linked to the misuse of Medicare dollars by bad actors, they’re also simply a result of the U.S. health […]

Inside Ensign’s New Home Health Spinoff, The Pennant Group

More than 10 years after the concept for The Pennant Group (Nasdaq: PNTG) came to be, The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) spinoff has finally made its way to fruition. The deal was completed on Oct. 1, meaning Ensign’s former home health, hospice and senior living businesses are now part of the new publicly traded company. […]

NAHC’s Dombi: We’re Not Going To Be Bullied By Congress, CMS

There’s a flood of changes surging toward the U.S. home health care industry. But thanks to widespread recognition, improved quality and staunch advocacy efforts, providers have never been standing on higher ground. That was the key message delivered by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) leadership Sunday during the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit […]

Addus Closes on Hospice Partners of America; Ensign Group Completes Pennant Spinoff

Addus completes Hospice Partners of America deal Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has completed its purchase of Hospice Partners of America. The Frisco, Texas-based at-home care company bought the multi-state hospice provider for $130 million cash — $118.4 million of which was in value and $11.6 million was in estimated tax benefits, according to a […]

Alpine Portfolio Company Buys AmeriBest Home Care; Towerbrook, Ascension to Acquire Compassus

TEAM Services Group acquires AmeriBest Home Care TEAM Services Group, a portfolio company of Alpine Investors, has purchased AmeriBest Home Care from Boyne Capital, a Miami-based private equity firm. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Philadelphia-based AmeriBest is a home agency that provides services that include long-term care, skilled nursing, medical social […]

Bill That Could Increase Home Health Labor Costs Signed into Law

A labor bill that widens the scope of who is considered an employee in one state has been signed into law. California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed the legislation Wednesday — potentially creating problems for some home health and hospice providers there going forward. “It will definitely have implications for [home-based] care,” National Association […]