Clinical Huddles, Pre-Coding and Wound Care: Home Health Providers Share Tips for Early PDGM Success

When it comes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), it’s often the seemingly small changes that bring big results. That’s true even for some of the largest U.S. home health providers, including Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), Bayada Home Health Care, Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). While it’s still too early […]

The Top Home Health Trends of 2020

In all likelihood, 2019 will go down as one of the most important years in Medicare-certified home health care history. While many industry-shaping changes didn’t officially begin last year, 2019 did set the stage for several new regulatory and business trends in 2020. Almost all of those trends are somehow linked to the Patient-Driven Groupings […]

Amedisys Closes Hospice Acquisition; Right at Home to Move Headquarters

Amedisys finalizes Asana Hospice deal Shortly after acquiring Compassionate Care Hospice in 2018 for $340 million, Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based home health giant Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) hinted at its desire to wade deeper and deeper into the hospice pool. The company has lived up to those plans ever since. On Thursday, Amedisys announced it closed […]

The Big New Sheriffs in Town: 2019 in Home Care Leaders’ Own Words

While the home care industry wasn’t encumbered by a major regulatory overhaul, such as the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), several themes and key topics emerged in a way that defined 2019. Federal policymakers expanding home care coverage under Medicare Advantage (MA), for example, made waves throughout the year. Additionally, the ongoing caregiver shortage remained top […]

Home Health M&A Activity Steady in 2019, as Hospice Deals Spike

At 79 deals and counting through November, home health and hospice mergers-and-acquisitions activity for 2019 is poised to exceed the previous year. That’s according to newly released data from Norwalk, Connecticut-based Irving Levin Associates. Founded in 1948, the firm provides market intelligence to health care professionals and senior care providers. Overall, 2018 saw 85 total […]

Amedisys Acquires Asana in Third Hospice Deal This Year

Home health, hospice and personal care giant Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Asana Hospice. The financial terms of the deal — slated to close Jan. 1, 2020 — were not disclosed. Asana is a hospice care provider with locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas and Texas. As a part […]

1% of Private Health Insurance Spending Growth Tied to Home Health Care

Private health insurance spending grew by $101.3 billion between 2016 and 2018. Virtually none of that growth was tied to home health care services, however. The insights into private health insurance spending over the past few years come from a recent economic analysis put together by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), a Washington, […]