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 […]

Home Health Providers Reel as Margins Plummet

Profit margins for U.S. home health agencies have been in free-fall over the past four years, compromising large, publicly traded companies and putting smaller providers in even more serious jeopardy. In 2010, the full-year margin for four of the largest home health companies averaged 7.1%, according to an Avalere Health analysis released Thursday by the Partnership for […]

Home Health Study Highlights Who Medicare Cuts Will Impact

New analyses on home health beneficiaries highlights suggests older women and minorities will be disproportionately impacted from cuts to Medicare reimbursements stemming from the Affordable Care Act. A majority of home health beneficiaries and caregivers are women, and Medicare home health beneficiaries are among the most vulnerable of all Medicare beneficiaries, finds analysis completed by […]

Home Health Leaders: $100 Billion in Medicare Cuts Would be “Cataclysmic”

Home health industry leaders gathered today for a teleconference to discuss the alarming impacts of a rule that would bring Medicare payment cuts to tally nearly $100 billion in the coming years. The proposed rebasing rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) looks to cut Medicare reimbursement payments 3.5% annually from 2014 […]

Co-payments Give Beneficiaries “Skin in the Game,” Drive Medicare Costs

Though allowing Medicare beneficiaries to pay part of the costs of their home healthcare would give them “skin in the game” and alleviate program costs, co-payments could ultimately end up doing just the opposite, according to analysis by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare with Avalere Health.  Having “skin in the game” is defined in […]