Home Health Quality on the Upswing, Readmission Rates Hold Steady

The quality of home health care improved across most major domains between 2016 and 2017, although the rate of hospital admissions remained static for the fifth straight year. That’s according to data in the Home Health Chartbook 2018, prepared by Avalere Health for the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. The document compiles data […]

California to Pay for Healthy Food Delivery for Ill Residents

To keep their chronically ill residents at home and out of hospitals or nursing homes, states are beginning to look at food-as-medicine models that deliver healthy, nutritious meals under doctors’ orders. But there’s now a state that’s doing a lot more than looking. California has launched a new, three-year, $6 million pilot program spearheaded by […]

Home Care Providers Plan to Seize New Medicare Advantage Opportunity

Investors were bullish on home care on Tuesday, following news that Medicare Advantage (MA) plans would officially be allowed to cover non-skilled home care services starting in 2019. Care providers were excited as well, making the case that they are well-positioned to seize this opportunity, even as they are trying to determine its scope. The […]

Hospitals Slow to Shift Medicare Referrals from SNFs to Home Health

Fewer Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries have been going to skilled nursing facilities over the last nine years, in part because hospitals are referring to home health more frequently. However, it is only in certain areas across the country where hospital referral patterns have changed to favor home health, according to a newly released analysis from […]

Top 3 Home Health Care Changes Ahead

After a turbulent year in regulatory proposals for the home health care industry, providers need to be looking to 2018 with fresh eyes on what changes still lie ahead. “2017 was arguably dominated by efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare,” said Fred Bentley, vice president of Avalere Health, a policy and financial consulting firm based […]

Great Lakes Caring Targets Population Health With Fuller in C-Suite

Creating partnerships with local health care organizations and driving the value and benefits to home health is a top priority for industry veteran Brian Fuller, as he settles into his new role as chief strategy officer for Jackson, Michigan-based Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice. His appointment was announced October 13 by the company. […]

New Data Measures Recent Economic Impact of Home Health

Home health agencies contribute significantly to the U.S. economy—but their impact varies drastically by state, according to new data. Nationwide, home health agencies paid out a combined $35.81 billion in wages in 2014, according to the recently published Home Health Chartbook 2017. The updated report was prepared by Avalere Health for the Alliance for Home […]

Bundled Payment Program Gets Underway, Presents Home Health Opportunity

More than half of the hospitals that will be taking part in a mandatory new payment system for joint replacements are at risk of losing money—and forging better connections with home health agencies could be a crucial factor in avoiding this outcome in the program that starts April 1. Specifically, 60% of hospitals in the […]

Amedisys Forges Partnership to Cultivate Real-Time Data

Another of the largest home health providers is going big on data in a partnership unveiled Wednesday. Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) has partnered with Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP), a provider of health care analytics to aid in performance improvement for post-acute care providers, the companies announced. The partnership seeks to establish real-time data and benchmarking […]

Kindred Goes Big on Data with Inovalon, Avalere

In a health care environment riddled with newly introduced value-based payment models, Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND), the nation’s largest home health provider, is setting out to improve clinical outcomes and ensure more coordinated care through better data use and analytics. Louisville-based Kindred has entered a multi-year agreement with Inovalon (Nasdaq: INOV), a technology company […]