Virtual Care Centers, Visit Cancellations and PPE Challenges: Inside Amedisys’s COVID-19 Response

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took multiple actions on Monday to further support home health providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most notably, CMS loosened Medicare’s homebound requirement, suspended its pre-claim review demonstration and announced new telehealth flexibilities. While the “unprecedented” measures are undoubtedly beneficial, the situation on the ground suggests […]

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 […]

Amedisys CEO: We’ve Already Seen Early Signs of PDGM Disruption

Phones are apparently ringing off the hook at Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED). Although the home health industry has yet to complete month No. 2 under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), Amedisys has already fielded plenty of inquires from peers looking to exit the market or absorb into the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based home health, hospice and […]

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 […]