Encompass Health CFO: Second Coronavirus Wave Would Be ‘Significantly Less Disruptive’

Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) was flying high at the beginning of the year. Like most other health care organizations, though, COVID-19 threw it off its intended path. But the Birmingham, Alabama-based company is geared up to return to expanding its business in the near-term. It’s also bullish on new opportunities that have popped up […]

‘Public Shaming,’ Audit Concerns Prompt Encompass Health to Return $237M in CARES Act Funding

Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) has returned the $237 million in emergency provider relief it received from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the CARES Act. Encompass Health’s move is one many home health providers are considering, as confusion around terms and conditions of the funding has operators fearful of […]

Coronavirus Pouring Gasoline on Interoperability Fire for Home Health Providers

Historically, home health providers and their partners throughout the continuum of care have struggled with interoperability. But during the COVID-19 public health emergency, it’s more crucial than ever to have timely and accurate information, industry insiders say. Broadly, interoperability is the capability of different information systems to connect across organizations in order to exchange individual […]

Coronavirus Consequence: Home Health Agencies See Spike in LUPAs

Coming into 2020, home health care providers were preparing for drastic changes to the way that low-utilization payment adjustments (LUPAs) were calculated, a nuance of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), which took effect Jan. 1. However, what no one predicted is how the coronavirus would even further rock the LUPA landscape. Amid the COVID-19 emergency, […]

Physical Therapy Proven to Pay Off for Home Health Dementia Patients

Physical therapy (PT) has the ability to improve activities of daily living (ADLs) and functional ability for Medicare home health beneficiaries with dementia, a recent study published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has found. The findings stand as a reminder of the value of PT services, despite ongoing changes under the Patient-Driven […]

Home Health M&A Activity Steady in 2019, as Hospice Deals Spike

At 79 deals and counting through November, home health and hospice mergers-and-acquisitions activity for 2019 is poised to exceed the previous year. That’s according to newly released data from Norwalk, Connecticut-based Irving Levin Associates. Founded in 1948, the firm provides market intelligence to health care professionals and senior care providers. Overall, 2018 saw 85 total […]

Top PDGM Therapy Myths Busted

With the implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) just months away, therapy-heavy providers are still trying to determine what the payment overhaul will mean for them. With the uncertainty comes misconceptions, which can end up hurting a provider’s bottom line if taken to heart. One of the biggest myths associated with PDGM is that […]

Therapy Survival Tips for PDGM

With the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) set to move home health payment away from existing therapy thresholds and toward patient characteristics in 2020, providers will need to break down silos within their own operations if they want to be successful. Generally, many providers have often relied on a therapy-driven model, which has been a big […]

Encompass Health to Acquire Alacare Home Health & Hospice for $217.5 Million

Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) announced Monday that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire “substantially all of the assets” of Birmingham, Alabama-based Alacare Home Health & Hospice. Under terms of the deal, Encompass Health will pay $217.5 million for the privately-owned company, SEC filings show. The more than $200 million price tag for […]

BrightSpring Adds to Executive Team, Encompass HR Chief Retiring

BrightSpring adds new clinical, compliance execs BrightSpring Health Services, one of the country’s largest home and community-based health services providers for high-need populations, has hired a new chief clinical officer and a new chief compliance officer. Susan Sender will take the reigns as the company’s chief clinical officer, while Rachael Kurzer Givens has been named […]