WSJ: House Calls Make Comeback as Hospitals Face Readmission Pressure

Health care providers are bringing back the house call as a way to keep patients out of the hospital, while also avoiding Medicare reimbursement penalties. The latest in the ongoing efforts to reduce re-hospitalizations, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that providers are sending teams of doctors, nurses, physician assistants and pharmacists to treat frail […]

LHC Group Acquires Home Health Business from Addus for $20 Million

Post-acute care provider LHC Group Inc. (NASDAQ:LHCG) has entered into an agreement to acquire the home health service line of Addus HomeCare Corp. (NASDAQ:ADUS) in a $20 million transaction expected to close on or around Feb. 28, 2013. The deal encompasses 19 home health agencies and two hospice agencies in five states and will expand […]

At End of Life, Seniors Still Accepting Aggressive Care

Hospice and palliative care services enable a growing majority of seniors the comfort of living out their last days at home, but many have not yet turned away from receiving more aggressive forms of care before death. There’s no doubt that hospice care has been gaining popularity over the years. The percentage of patients ages […]

Home Care Providers Question Survival Following DME Medicare Cuts

New durable medical equipment Medicare pricing announced last week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services left the home health industry “shocked” and “stunned,” according to reports and statements from those who provide home care services. The Round 2 pricing under the current bidding system for DME equipment is unsustainable, industry advocates said, calling […]

CMS Announces New Medicare DME Pricing, Aims For Expansion

New prices for durable medical equipment looks to save billions for both Medicare and its beneficiaries over the next decade, announced the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday. Between 2013 and 2022, the CMS Office of the Actuary estimates Medicare will save $25.7 billion for its Part B Trust Fund, and $17.1 […]

Medicare Cracking Down on Hospice Industry: Kaiser

Medicare is beginning to crack down on one industry with a strong emphasis on home care: hospice. The level of scrutiny on the industry is increasing, according to J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in a Kaiser Health News article. The Office of the Inspector General’s 2013 […]

NAIMES Acquires Independent HME Advocacy Group to Join Against Bidding Process

Medical device advocacy group the National Association of Independent Medical Equipment Suppliers (NAIMES) today announced it has acquired the Committee to Save Independent HME suppliers and has merged it into the trade organization. The new, larger advocacy group will continue to work toward replacing the national DME bidding process as one of its main initiatives. […]

Vermont Court Settlement Means More Home Care Covered Under Medicare

A Vermont court today settled a case that stands to make in-home care more available to patients who need it. The Medicare Improvement Standard case Jimmo v. Sebelius was approved today during a fairness hearing, marking a “critical” step for thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, according to the Center for Medicare Advocacy. The Centers for Medicare & […]