Death-Positive Movement Fueling Hospice Growth

With more than 1.4 million Americans receiving hospice care every year, the demand for high-quality end-of-life care is only projected to rise in years to come. In Minnesota, a “death-positive” movement is to thank, experts say. The number of hospice patients in Minnesota has tripled since 2000 and currently accounts for more than half of […]

The Top Trends in Home Care for 2019

In many ways, 2018 was a coming of age for the home care industry, as it steadily became recognized as a key part of the overall continuum of care due to its ability to keep older adults safely at home and out of the hospital. Among the biggest changes to home care in 2018: the […]

These States Are Most Concerned About End-of-Life Issues

While roughly 90% of Americans agree that discussing end-of-life care with their loved ones is important, only 27% actually follow through with conversations focused on planning, according to research from public engagement initiative The Conversation Project. Although many have ramped up community outreach efforts, that aversion to thinking about death has been a roadblock for […]

Home Health and Hospice Admissions, Utilization Continue To Rise

Home health and hospice admissions in the U.S. continued to rise in the second quarter of 2018. Meanwhile, utilization remained steady in home health care and continued to increase in hospice. That’s according to the latest quarterly trends report from analytics and metrics firm Atlanta-based Excel Health, which offers on-demand, cloud-based data solutions for some […]

Homecare Homebase, Excel Health to Help Providers Forge Referral Partner Ties

Two popular resources for some of the biggest home health and hospice providers in the industry are joining forces to share their respective strengths. Dallas-based Homecare Homebase (HCHB) and Atlanta-based Excel Health announced Tuesday that they’re teaming up through a new strategic alliance meant to “revolutionize” business development for HCHB’s customers. By working together, the […]

Home Health, Hospice Admissions Rise as Americans Age into Medicare at Historic Pace

Americans are aging into the Medicare system faster than ever, contributing to the continued rise of home health and hospice admissions in 2018. Increased admissions come despite the fact hospitals are still discharging more of their patients to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) or home without any post-acute care services. That’s according to Excel Health’s latest […]

Home Health, Hospice Admissions Trending Upward

Home health admissions have continued to rebound after experiencing a period of decline prior to the start of 2017. Hospice admissions have also continued a several-months-long run of growth. Insights into home health and hospice admissions come from analytics and metrics firm Excel Health, which released new data on Tuesday. Compared to the same period in 2017, […]

M&A and Finance News: Amedisys Expands Borrowing Capacity

Amedisys Announces New Senior Secured Credit Facility  Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), one of the largest independent home health, hospice care and personal care companies in the country, has entered into a new secured revolving credit facility. The new credit facility more than doubles the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys’ borrowing capacity, increasing it from $250 million […]

2017 Hospice and Home Health Medicare Utilization Trends

From 2016 to 2017, the home health and hospice markets both experienced growth, with millions of more Medicare beneficiaries utilizing these services, according to year-end data from Excel Health. The data, which is based on the most recent Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B claims data, show there were 57.7 million Medicare beneficiaries residing in […]

Home Health and Hospice Admissions, Utilization Trending Up

Home health care and hospice admissions and utilization are both on the rise, according to the latest data report from Excel Health. Hospice admissions grew 4.6% from the third quarter of 2016 to the third quarter of 2017, rising to 313,500, according to the report, which is based on 100% of the most recent Medicare […]