Skilled Nursing Facilities, Long-Term Care Hospitals May Look to Cash In on PDGM Turmoil

At Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), phones are ringing off the hook, with smaller home health providers calling the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company to talk about dealmaking opportunities. LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) is experiencing much of the same, so much so that its top executives anticipate “historic” consolidation over the next several months. Elsewhere in […]

Dombi: Time to Make Senior Care a National Priority

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is sponsoring a resolution to once again amplify aging-related issues through the Permanent Select Committee on Aging. The committee would aim to better address various issues that affect seniors, such as housing, long-term care and poverty, among others. A lot of the panel’s focus on its first near 20-year run […]

How CMS Could Prevent Home Health Deserts Caused by PDGM

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may have to get creative if it wants to avoid the formation of home health deserts in 2020 and beyond. One possible solution: revisiting the current six-year overpayment lookback rule. As part of its efforts to curb fraud, waste and abuse, CMS finalized a rule in […]

52% of Surveyed Home Health Agencies Say PDGM Is Forcing a Therapy Decrease

Over the past few months, there have been dozens of anecdotal examples of home health agencies cutting back on therapy, whether that’s in the form of layoffs, visit reductions or converting full-time therapists to PRN status. In these examples, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and Medicare reimbursement changes are often cited as the trigger. Home […]

Health System Partnerships, Clinical Expertise Driving CHI Health at Home’s PDGM Strategy

Similar to all Medicare-certified home health providers, CHI Health at Home has spent the past several months developing and executing on its Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) Strategy. The Milford, Ohio-based integrated care provider has at least one unique advantage over its peers, however. CHI Health at Home is part of CommonSpirit, the $29 billion health […]

CMS Watching Home Health Providers Closely Amid Shifting Therapy Strategies

Home health providers aggressively changing how they’re delivering physical, occupational and speech therapy services need to remember one thing: The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is watching. Since Jan. 1, several industry-leading providers that Home Health Care News has connected with in the aftermath of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) have reaffirmed […]

‘Disciplined Acquirer’ Encompass Health Won’t Be Afraid to Spend Big for Right Deal

Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) is drawing early positives from its deployment of predictive analytics technology. In fact, it’s so bullish on early returns that the Birmingham, Alabama-based company plans to ramp up deployment and usage across the majority of home health locations in 2020. Apart from tech tools, Encompass Health also foresees plenty of […]

Staffing Challenges, PDGM Still Top of Mind for In-Home Care Providers in 2020

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) continues to dominate the conversation among in-home care providers, though some still see staffing as the industry’s top challenge. In terms of growth avenues, the majority of providers view private-duty home care as the best upcoming opportunity to scale their business in 2020. Even with PDGM, many remain bullish on […]