Lenders See Positives in Proposed RAP Phase Out

Industry experts predict that a potential phase out of home health Requests for Anticipated Payments (RAPs) will likely put several small to mid-size providers out of business. But not everybody is lamenting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposal. Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) and other large home health providers, for example, have spun […]

Amedisys, Other Large Home Health Providers Ready to Capitalize on PDGM Chaos

Small and mid-sized home health providers likely face an uphill battle in 2020, thanks largely to the cuts included in the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and policymakers’ plans phase out pre-payments. So far, multiple industry prognosticators are predicting that 30% or more of home health providers will close up shop next year, with rural agencies […]

Payers See Home Health Providers as ‘Commodities,’ Industry Leaders Say

Home health care is still not being recognized for its inherent value in reducing hospitalizations and curbing health care costs by payers, which often view providers more as commodities than trusted partners.  “Where are we in home health?” Bruce Greenstein, chief strategy and innovation officer at LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) said Monday during a […]

Amedisys Exec: Payers’ Interest In Home-Based Care ‘Higher Than Ever’ — But Misconceptions Remain

For years, many in the health care industry considered non-medical home care the black sheep of the family, if part of the bloodline at all. The important intervention proven to help keep seniors out of the hospital and cut health care costs was often written off as a luxury service — and even labeled “non-skilled,” […]

At Least 2.5 Million Home Health Patients Using Medical Equipment Vulnerable to Natural Disasters

With Hurricane Barry making landfall in Louisiana earlier this week, severe weather season is officially upon us. While no deaths have yet been reported yet as a result of the storm as of Tuesday, natural disasters such as hurricanes, fires and tornadoes present life-threatening risks for home-based care recipients nationwide, especially those who depend on […]

CMS’s Proposal to Eliminate RAPs, Increase PDGM’s Behavioral Adjustment ‘Death by 1,000 Cuts’

Home health operators and industry advocates are voicing their concerns following a proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to eliminate home health pre-payments and move forward with behavioral assumptions under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Specifically, many worry the proposed changes will create cash flow problems for home health agencies, which […]

Encompass Health Latest Home Health Giant to Invest in Medalogix

Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) has made a minority investment in predictive analytics firm Medalogix. Regulatory changes and staffing shortages driving the need for increased efficiency in home health and hospice motivated the investment, according to Encompass Health Chief Strategy Officer Luke James. “As we look out into the future, [we’re excited about] having a direct […]

Home Health Industry Likely Headed for M&A Rollercoaster

If there’s one thing home health care providers can agree on when it comes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), it’s that the new model is shrouded in uncertainty. Despite attempting to predict expected reimbursement changes and adapting operations accordingly, agencies won’t know exactly how PDGM will affect them until well after its Jan. 1 […]