Home Health, Hospice Gains Help Drive Encompass Health’s Q4 Revenue

Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) posted solid revenue growth in the fourth quarter of 2018, despite an ongoing Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation, continued hurricane recovery efforts and uncertainty about future home health payment changes. Volume growth within the Birmingham, Alabama-based company’s home health and hospice segment was a driving factor in its success. Encompass […]

Ensign CEO: Home Health, Hospice Segment Growth Likely to Outpace Skilled Nursing

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) achieved its highest-ever adjusted earnings per share during the fourth quarter of 2018, the company announced Wednesday. That’s thanks in part to growth and success in the California-based provider’s home health and hospice services segment. Growth within the space will likely outpace that of Ensign’s skilled nursing subset, President and […]

Amedisys Closes $340M Compassionate Care Hospice Deal, Begins Integration

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) — already one of the country’s largest independent home health providers — has closed on its $340 million acquisition of Compassionate Care Hospice. In doing so, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company in one fell swoop dramatically expands its end-of-life care presence and becomes the third-largest hospice provider in the U.S. as […]

Humana Updates Management Team, LHC Group Fills Out Board

Humana updates management team with internal hires Health insurance giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has filled two leadership roles with internal candidates. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company has promoted Joseph Ventura to General Counsel and named Douglas Stoss interim lead for Humana’s Office of Corporate Affairs. Both will serve as members of the company’s management team. […]

NAHC’s Dombi: Threat of Payment Cuts Can’t Be Ignored

It’s been a hectic time since Bill Dombi officially took over as president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) about 11 months ago. Perhaps more than anything, though, it’s been a period punctuated by the introduction of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the biggest payment overhaul the home health industry has […]

Virtual Reality Helps In-Home Caregivers Experience Dementia, Dying

Using a virtual reality headset and the story of a veteran with lung cancer, a Los Angeles-based company is showing caregivers what it’s like to die in hospice care. The goal of the simulation, created by Embodied Labs, is to bring new dimensions to employee training. “People will say, ‘Oh, so you’re teaching empathy, right?’ […]

Hospice Leaders Applaud MA Carve-In Approach — But Also Voice Concerns

Hospice leaders are, for the most part, encouraged by the move to explore a Medicare Advantage (MA) carve-in for hospice through an expanded demonstration. But several questions remain, they caution, with the bulk of them focusing on whether the hospice benefit could somehow be diluted or lessened. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) […]

Home Health, Hospice Deals to Reach Record Numbers in 2019

The home health and hospice industries are expected to see significantly more mergers and acquisitions in 2019 than in years past. The growing popularity of lower-cost, value-based care and other factors are largely to thank. That’s according to Norwalk, Connecticut-based market intelligence firm Irving Levin & Associates, which collects and studies M&A data. The boom […]

Overcoming Barriers to Growth in Home-Based Palliative Care

Now is a better time than ever for home health agencies, hospice providers and other organizations to invest in and grow their home-based palliative care offerings. Yet certain barriers may still be holding them back. Although need for palliative care is skyrocketing, common barriers to entry include sustainable financing and quality standards. While restrictive, those […]