Encompass Health CEO: CMS Shouldn’t Risk Home Health Industry Destabilization

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shouldn’t risk home health industry destabilization while pushing through its proposed version of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), especially when it comes to the overhaul’s looming 8.01% behavioral adjustment. That’s according to Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) President and CEO Mark Tarr, who discussed PDGM and his […]

Private Equity Buyers Press Pause on Home Health Plans

In a change of pace compared to recent trends, private equity buyers appear to be shying away from home health purchases. There were at least 13 transactions for Medicare-certified home health assets in 2019’s third quarter, with many of those purchases coming from the industry’s big publicly traded companies, according to the latest quarterly M&A […]

Physician Education Likely to Pose Major Challenge Under PDGM

When it comes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and common concerns, most home health providers are quick to cite the overhaul’s widely opposed behavioral adjustments or controversial changes to therapy reimbursement. Although those two points are certainly important, PDGM also brings several lesser talked about, hidden challenges to the table as well. At the […]

Encompass Health’s April Anthony: Unified PAC Payment Model ‘Could Happen Before PDGM Even Settles’

For home health providers and their policy advocates on Capitol Hill, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is priority No. 1, 2 and 3. Lurking in the background, though, is possibly an even bigger, more drastic reimbursement overhaul — a unified payment system for the entire post-acute care landscape. Currently, post-acute care (PAC) providers include skilled […]

A Perfect Storm: Amedisys, Encompass Health and LHC Group CEOs Brace for PDGM

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is a perfect storm of regulatory and reimbursement changes, according to top executives from Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) and LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG). For agencies, managing cash flow and making sure staff are operating at the top of their licenses will be keys to […]

State Home Health Leaders Go on the PDGM Offensive 

On a federal level, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), LeadingAge and the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) have all ramped up their home health advocacy efforts this summer and in early fall. Increasingly, state home health leaders have joined in on those efforts as well. Over the past three months, […]

Encompass Health Looks to Improve Clinical Collaboration Rate, Expects $45M PDGM Headwind

For most home health providers in the U.S., adapting to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) remains priority No. 1 for the rest of 2019. That’s certainly true for Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC), though the national operator of both in-patient rehabilitation hospitals (IRFs) and home health agencies is also actively looking to improve […]

Encompass Health’s April Anthony: PDGM Isn’t a ‘Free Pass’ for Breaking Coding Rules

Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) has lowered internal estimates on how the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) will impact its home health operations, though the company remains firmly against assumption-based behavioral adjustments included in the payment overhaul. CEO Mark Tarr — along with home health and hospice segment leader April Anthony as well as other execs […]

Encompass Health to Pay $48M to Settle False Claims Allegations

Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) — the largest operator of in-patient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) in the country, with a network of hundreds of home health and hospice locations to boot — has agreed to pay $48 million to resolve false claims allegations. The Birmingham, Alabama-based company had previously disclosed the matter in its public filings […]