Encompass Health, Healing Hands, LifeCare See Opportunity in Home Health Compare Overhaul

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last month that Home Health Compare — its consumer-facing database of home health provider quality information — will soon be incorporated with seven other Compare sites to create a larger tool named “Medicare Care Compare.” The goal is to consolidate and make the Compare tool […]

‘Disciplined Acquirer’ Encompass Health Won’t Be Afraid to Spend Big for Right Deal

Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) is drawing early positives from its deployment of predictive analytics technology. In fact, it’s so bullish on early returns that the Birmingham, Alabama-based company plans to ramp up deployment and usage across the majority of home health locations in 2020. Apart from tech tools, Encompass Health also foresees plenty of […]

Super Bowl Offers Leadership Lessons for In-Home Care Providers

On Sunday, about 100 million people will turn on their televisions to catch the last game of the football season. The sport’s popularity has turned the championship matchup into a spectacle that draws more eyeballs per year than any other television event. Believe it or not, there’s something to be learned from it — even […]

Calculating the Cost of PDGM: A Case Study with Phoenix Home Care

In the months and weeks leading up to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), many industry insiders predicted the downfall of small and mid-size home health providers due to the disruption of cash flow and therapy utilization, as well as the complicated new documentation and coding processes. It’s undeniable that small and mid-size agencies will feel […]

Encompass Health’s April Anthony: Knee-Jerk Therapy Reactions May Prove Costly

Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) — already one of the largest home health providers in the country — is likely on its way to even more growth this year, thanks partly to the expected M&A opportunities linked to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Internally, coding changes and investments in predictive analytics have helped […]

Clinical Huddles, Pre-Coding and Wound Care: Home Health Providers Share Tips for Early PDGM Success

When it comes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), it’s often the seemingly small changes that bring big results. That’s true even for some of the largest U.S. home health providers, including Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), Bayada Home Health Care, Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). While it’s still too early […]

DOJ Recoups $2.6 Billion from Home Health Fraud, Other Schemes in 2019

The 2019 fiscal year concluded with the Department of Justice (DOJ) bringing in $2.6 billion in recoveries involving health care fraud and false claims. Home health-related fraud was a large part of these efforts.  This marks the 10th consecutive year that the department’s civil health care fraud settlements and judgments have exceeded $2 billion. The […]

Home Instead Promotes Company Veteran to President; Encompass Health Names Chief HR Officer

Home Instead names company vet president Home Instead Inc. has named its global chief information officer, Jim Hood, as its new president. Home Instead Inc. is the Omaha, Nebraska-based franchise company that runs Home Instead Senior Care, a provider of in-home care services with over 1,000 independently owned and operated offices worldwide. With more than […]

Therapy Staff Layoffs Continue at Staggering Pace

Immediately following the Oct. 1 rollout of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), news broke about widespread therapy staff layoffs throughout the skilled nursing industry. The layoffs have continued — at a staggering pace — in the months since. While PDPM is inherently different than the home health industry’s upcoming Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the reimbursement […]

Home Health Executive Forecast: 2020 Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

From the monumental Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and the unexpected pre-payment phaseout to the expanding Review Choice Demonstration (RCD), 2019 was a whirlwind year for the home health industry. Those three regulatory hurdles — and other changes — likely set up an even more chaotic year in 2020. Home health industry insiders and top executives […]