Home Health and SNFs Should Lean On, Learn From Each Other

Despite the competition that often exists between home health care agencies and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), the industries have more similarities than differences. As such, they should be leaning on and learning from each other, experts say.  “I know that home health is struggling in a lot of ways — there are a lot of […]

Large Senior Housing Provider Kendal Expands At-Home Services

Kendal Corp., one of the largest nonprofit senior housing providers in the nation, is making a push to expand its Kendal at Home offering, as part of a recently devised strategic plan. Founded in 2003, Kendal at Home was an early example of a “CCRC Without Walls” program, in which members put down an entrance […]

Business Briefs: GreatCall Acquires Healthsense

GreatCall Acquires Healthsense Connected health company GreatCall Inc. has announced the acquisition of Healthsense, which provides remote monitoring services for seniors. The acquisition will help GreatCall seniors find connected health services in senior living and health care. “As GreatCall continues to expand in these key markets, Healthsense is a natural fit—with our mission of increasing […]

Editor’s Picks: Prior Authorization Is Here

This week, Home Health Care News readers were among the first to know that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially plans to launch the home health prior authorization requirement in five U.S. states. Readers also learned why some experts believe an overtime wage rule will not impact the home care industry too […]

Experts See Potential in Hospice M&A Market

Regulatory cutbacks might have cooled M&A activity for traditional Medicare home care businesses, but things might just be heating up on the hospice side. Given the federal sequestration earlier this year and reimbursement cuts playing critical roles in the market’s recent lull, industry experts agree that the home health M&A market will experience smaller scale […]

Senior Living Providers see Home Health as “Sensible” Business Opportunity

For senior living providers, the home health industry could be the next frontier in providing home based-services to a growing senior population, said panel members on Thursday during Senior Housing News’s webinar, Time for Senior Housing Operators to Get Into Home Health Care? A massive aging population offers an incentive for senior living providers to expand their […]

Home Health Care Providers “Unfairly Impacted” By Sequestration Cuts

The upcoming sequestration, which cuts Medicare reimbursements to health care providers by 2%, could be the straw that breaks home health care agencies’ backs in an industry that has been experiencing rate cuts for years. The impact of sequestration is expected to be particularly acute in the healthcare industry, according to public accounting and consulting […]