The Most Game-Changing Home-Based Care Blockbusters Of The Last Decade

Thanks to impactful, large-scale transactions over the last decade, the collective face of home-based care has changed forever. Traditional providers in both home health care and personal home care have merged. Payers became involved in the home-based care space like never before. Of late, retailers have too. But it’s often easy to forget how the […]

What CMS Gets Wrong About Referral Rejection Rates In Home Health Care

In light of the increasing need for post-acute care, hospitals are grappling with challenges tied to ensuring patients are directed to the most suitable post-discharge care setting. While referral volume to home health agencies continues to be higher than pre-pandemic levels, rejection rates continue to be a major pain point for providers. Home health agencies […]

‘Exacerbating Decline In Access’: LHC Group, Enhabit, Bayada Sound Off On CMS’ Proposed Rate Cuts

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) home health proposed payment rule – which would slash rates by 2.2%, or an estimated $375 million less compared to 2023 levels – drew the ire of the industry’s heaviest hitters during the public comment period. The comments were critical of the proposed rule itself. They […]

The 3 Strategic Considerations Enhabit Has As It Grows Its Home Health Business

After completing its spinoff from Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) in July, Enhabit Inc. (NYSE: EHAB) is full speed ahead on expanding its home health operations. To do that, Enhabit has three guiding principles for its strategy moving forward — those are “scale, market density, and then overlap strategy,” Jay Duty told Home Health Care […]

Amedisys, Enhabit, VNS Health All Seeing Shifting Workforce Dynamics

Recruiting and retention woes are the obvious, above-the-surface topics when it comes to home-based care providers’ staffing. But the below-surface trends could be just as important, and those are becoming apparent. For instance, home health providers are having to manage increased PTO usage and decreased productivity from workers. In general, the profile of a worker […]

Why M&A Activity Will Redefine The Home Health Industry In 2023

One of the most fascinating questions surrounding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) home health proposed payment rule is what effect it will have on M&A. I’ve heard that it will stymie acquisitions. I’ve heard it will drive them. Both make sense, too. Some companies may not be allocating more resources and money […]

Enhabit CEO Barb Jacobsmeyer: Company Gearing Up For Increased Consolidation, Payer-Innovation Opportunities

Enhabit Inc. (NYSE: EHAB) CEO Barb Jacobsmeyer has been waiting to helm her own entity for a while now. After a long period of Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) exploring strategic alternatives for its home health and hospice segment – which became Enhabit – Jacobsmeyer and her co-leaders are finally on their own. Jacobsmeyer was formerly […]