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 […]

New Law Could Increase Home Health, Hospice Labor Costs 30%

Lawmakers in one state recently passed a labor bill that could be damaging to the bottom lines of many home health and hospice agencies there. California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) passed in the Senate Wednesday and is headed to the desk of Governor Gavin Newsom, who is expected to sign the proposed legislation into […]

Well Care Health CEO: We’re Pushing the Envelope of Care Innovation

To remain competitive in today’s post-acute care landscape, a number of previously one-dimensional companies have evolved into “one-stop shops,” or integrated businesses that offer an array of complementary services. Wilmington, North Carolina-based Well Care Health is the perfect example of that trend. Founded in 1987 by Tanya and Wayne Long, Well Care Health started out […]

Overture Home Care Adds to Leadership Team; Iredell Home Health Names New Director

Overture Home Care hires former school administrator Fort Worth, Texas-based Overture Home Care has hired a new executive director. Zachary Tarrant comes to the role with a background in education, previously having served as a principal, administrator and teacher. He will lead the company’s business operations and management of Overture’s headquarters, allowing CEO Denise Helms […]

M&A Advisor Predicts Spike in Creative Home Care Partnerships, Home Health Financial Struggles

Regulatory changes and industry-wide consolidation are keeping home-based care providers on their toes, especially when it comes to merger and acquisition (M&A) activity. Many predict the M&A landscape in the year ahead will be filled with high highs and low lows, thanks largely in part to the pending implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). […]