Home Health Care’s ‘Pandemic Pioneer’ Grows Patient Census to All-Time High

EvergreenHealth Home Care — one of the largest home health and hospice providers in the Pacific Northwest — is the home health industry’s “pandemic pioneer.” Affiliated with a local hospital based just outside of Seattle, EvergreenHealth Home Care began caring for its first COVID-19 patients toward the end of February, several weeks before many of […]

Assisted Living Facilities Still Restricting Home Health Providers

Home health providers have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis since its outset, yet a primary concern remains being left behind by legislators, whether that’s on a state or federal level. Reimbursement for telehealth services is still on the forefront of everyone’s minds. But there are less-covered issues that haunt providers as […]

Coronavirus Pushed Home Health Employment Down 7%, Spending Down 12%

The coronavirus is expected to drive demand for home health care in the long term. But in the short term, it has yielded industry-wide declines in employment and spending.  That’s according to a new data analysis released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) in partnership with the Peterson Center on Healthcare. Specifically, KFF and […]

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, […]

First Home Health Provider to Face COVID-19 Sees Sharp Increase in LUPAs, Decrease in Therapy

EvergreenHealth Home Care has been dealing with the coronavirus longer than just about any other home health care agency in the country. Back in February, its affiliated hospital treated the first positive COVID-19 patient to die in the U.S. Since then, Brent Korte — the not-for-profit’s chief home care officer — has been firefighting the […]