Against All Odds, Home Health Care Helped Bend 2020’s Cost Curve

For the first time in decades, U.S. health care spending may have actually decreased in 2020, new data suggests. Several factors likely contributed to the potential decrease, according to nonprofit research and consulting firm Altarum, which released a preliminary analysis of last year’s national health spending on Tuesday. Such factors include year-over-year declines in hospital […]

What Nursing Home Operators, Home Health Providers Are Saying About SNF-to-Home Diversion

Back-and-forth shifts in patient volume between skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and in-home care providers have been happening for years. Yet health care policymakers and executives are now examining such shifts — and the potential advantages of delivering care inside an individual’s home instead of a facility — more closely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Top Home Health Trends for 2021

“Nobody knows what the future holds” has been one of the biggest lessons learned during the COVID-19 emergency. But even as the home health industry plays its part in responding to new infection spikes across parts of the country, it has never been more important to stay ahead of the curve. To remain competitive in […]

Traditions Health Acquires 4 Agencies; Help at Home Buys Adaptive

Traditions adds to post-acute care platform Traditions Health is adding to its growing post-acute care business. The College Station, Texas-based home health and hospice provider announced a handful of new acquisitions at the start of January. Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed. In Oklahoma, Traditions acquired two home health agencies: Traditions Home Care […]

National Expansion of Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Estimated to Create $6.3B in Savings

In somewhat of a surprise move, U.S. health care policymakers unveiled plans last week to expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, a nine-state Medicare demonstration designed to better align reimbursement to quality of care. Despite backing from most of the home health industry, the HHVBP Model — first implemented in 2016 — had […]

Beyond the Pandemic: 9 Overlooked Stories from 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic dominated headlines in 2020 — and rightfully so. But there were plenty of other storylines that defined the year, including the launch of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the conclusion of a hotly contested presidential election and the execution of multiple industry-shaping transactions. These are nine of the most overlooked stories […]

Home Health Executive Forecast for 2021: Reserving a Seat at the Big Kids’ Table

Going into 2020, many home health executives predicted that the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) would kick off a wave of consolidation and agency closures. Others believed the phase out of Requests for Anticipated Payment (RAPs) would have a similar effect. For the most part, that didn’t happen. The COVID-19 pandemic — and all the policy […]

Home Health Industry Headed for Post-COVID ‘Hangover’ Phase

Among its many impacts, the COVID-19 emergency signaled the decentralization of health care and the disruption of M&A activity. When it comes to post-acute care, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other institutional care settings additionally saw patients migrate into the home in order to avoid the spread of the virus. Amedisys CEO and President Paul […]

Amedisys Floats Future Innovation Plans, Details COVID-19 Costs

About five months into the COVID-19 crisis, Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) believes that it’s better positioned for the future than it was before COVID-19 landed on U.S. soil. The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and COVID-19 have presented challenges to the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company’s home health business, just like almost everyone else’s. But Amedisys bested […]