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 […]

Amedisys Execs Share Action Plan for ‘Worst Form’ of PDGM

Despite being one of the largest and most powerful home health companies in the game, Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) isn’t immune to the uncertainty that comes with the looming Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). The Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based provider has a plan of action, even if the model goes into effect on Jan. 1 as is […]

Amedisys CEO Paul Kusserow: ‘I Don’t Believe PDGM Has Settled Yet’

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has long been a home health powerhouse. Under the leadership of CEO Paul Kusserow, however, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based provider is steadily building expansive hospice and personal care footprints as well. For proof, look no further than the industry-shaping Compassionate Care Hospice deal for $340 million. Part of Amedisys’s hospice-centric strategy […]

Amedisys Planning Massive Expansion of Personal Care Services

While personal care is the smallest segment in Amedisys Inc.’s (Nasdaq: AMED) portfolio of service offerings, the home-based care powerhouse has lofty goals to expand its personal care services into as many as 47 additional states in the years to come. Medicare Advantage is serving as a catalyst for the growth. That’s according to comments […]

September Conference: C-Suite Speaker Preview

Join the ConversationSeptember 18 Home Health Care News is hosting its third annual HHCN Summit on Wednesday, September 18 in downtown Chicago at Convene. Buy your ticket for the conference that will bring together over 300 professionals in home health, private duty, hospice and palliative care for a full day of exclusive, dynamic content and […]

Amedisys Stock Dips After ‘Blowout Quarter’

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) posted strong Q1 2019 financial results on Tuesday, with home health revenues buoyed by a 6% rise in same-store total volume. Despite a solid quarter, the company’s stock values were down 6.21% nearing end-of-day Wednesday, trading at $119.88 per share. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Amedisys held a conference call with […]

Predictive Analytics-Driven Telehealth Program Lowers ED Visits by 20%

In recent years, the U.S. health care system’s shift toward value-based reimbursement has given home health providers cause to test all sorts of approaches aimed at reducing hospital readmission rates or preventing unnecessary trips to the emergency department. Predictive analytics-driven telehealth outreach programs that risk-stratify patients based on medical vulnerability and other factors can be […]

Letter to the Editor: Amedisys CEO Paul Kusserow Pushes Back on Improper Payment Reports

Your article, “CMS Made $3.2 Billion in Improper Home Health Payments in 2018,” deserves a headline that draws readers’ attention to the real story here. Only in the next-to-last sentence does the piece mention the most telling data point — namely, that improper home health payments “plummeted dramatically” between 2015 and 2018 from 59% of […]

Amedisys Names Innovations Exec to Advance Aging in Place Strategy

Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED) has a new point person to help drive its innovation efforts and advance its aging-in-place strategy. After most recently serving in various capacities at the Advisory Board Company, health care veteran Sandra Schrauf joined Amedisys at the beginning of March as its senior vice president of innovations. The position is a new […]