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 […]

Home Health, Hospice Gains Help Drive Encompass Health’s Q4 Revenue

Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) posted solid revenue growth in the fourth quarter of 2018, despite an ongoing Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation, continued hurricane recovery efforts and uncertainty about future home health payment changes. Volume growth within the Birmingham, Alabama-based company’s home health and hospice segment was a driving factor in its success. Encompass […]

Young Adults Make Up 16% Of Direct Care Workforce

At some home health care companies, millennials are becoming the majority of the workforce—but younger workers make up just 16% of the direct care workforce overall. That’s according to data from PHI, a worker advocacy organization focused on the direct care workforce. The organization analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data to produce the fact sheet “Younger […]

New Year, New Name for HealthSouth Corporation

HealthSouth Corporation is ushering in the new year by officially completing the change to its new moniker: Encompass Health Corporation. The planned name change took effect at stock market open Tuesday morning. In addition, the Birmingham, Alabama-based provider of home-based care and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals has officially changed its New York Stock Exchange […]

HealthSouth to Rebrand as Encompass Health

HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE: HLS) announced today that it will change its name to Encompass Health Corporation, after acquiring Encompass Home Health and Hospice for $750 Million in November 2014. In addition to the name change, effective January 2, 2018, the company will also change its NYSE ticker symbol from “HLS” to “EHC.” “This name change and […]