NYU-Affiliated Aliviado Lands $6.1M for Hospice Dementia Care

Aliviado Health, an initiative run out of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing, has landed $6.1 million to study how hospice patients can benefit from effective dementia care. Announced Monday, the funding news is yet another example of both the demand for hospice and specialized dementia […]

Nearly Half of Hospice Providers Uncertain They Would Survive an Audit

As demand for end-of-life services has grown, governmental watchdogs sniffing out fraud, waste and abuse have turned their attention to U.S. hospice providers of all shapes and sizes. But the industry may not be ready to face that heightened scrutiny. Optima Healthcare Solutions — an Alpharetta, Georgia-based company that provides cloud-based billing, clinical and operational software […]

Secrets for Striking Successful Relationships Between Hospice Providers, SNFs

For hospice providers, a skilled nursing facility (SNF) can be a reservoir of possible patients and a potential boost to business. Managing those working relationships, though, can often be complicated, messy and filled with challenges. Hospice legal experts, association officials and executives discussed the secrets to maintaining successful relationships between SNFs and hospices during an […]

[Updated] Inside Amedisys’ Industry-Shaping Play for Compassionate Care Hospice

Any anxieties investors had over external growth activity for Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) were likely alleviated last week when the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based home health giant announced its $340 million agreement to acquire Compassionate Care Hospice. Indeed, after acquiring the Parsipanny, New Jersey-based company, Amedisys is expected to become the hospice industry’s third-largest provider, operating […]

Amedisys Buys Compassionate Care for $340M, Will Become Third-Largest US Hospice Provider

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) is executing an industry-shaping deal with one of the country’s largest hospice providers, adding further fuel to a white-hot M&A market. Home health, hospice and personal care powerhouse Amedisys announced Wednesday that is has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Parsippany, New Jersey-based Compassionate Care Hospice for a fixed price of […]

Home Health, Hospice Admissions Rise as Americans Age into Medicare at Historic Pace

Americans are aging into the Medicare system faster than ever, contributing to the continued rise of home health and hospice admissions in 2018. Increased admissions come despite the fact hospitals are still discharging more of their patients to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) or home without any post-acute care services. That’s according to Excel Health’s latest […]

Home Health, Hospice Experiencing Unprecedented M&A Action

Thanks to heightened interest from private equity buyers and companies’ efforts to diversify business operations, 2018 has seen an acceleration in the number and size of home health, hospice and personal care transactions. The hot market should continue going forward, although the new home health payment model and sky-high valuations raise some questions about what […]

Aliviado Teams with Home Health Providers to Slash Dementia-Related Readmissions

Roughly one out of every three patients receiving home health care services has some form of dementia. The numbers are similar, though slightly smaller, for hospice. Despite this prevalence, many home-based caregivers lack the training and educational expertise to provide care that’s truly effective. Aliviado Health, a new initiative run out of the Hartford Institute […]

New CMS Proposal Would Save Home Health, Hospice $137M Annually

Federal policymakers are again taking aim at costly administrative and paperwork burdens for the home health and hospice industries in order to help providers save tens of millions of dollars annually. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday announced its latest proposed rule focused on minimizing burdens on home health agencies, hospice […]