Shifting ACO Rules Create Uncertainty for Home Health Agencies

Home health agencies are still unsure what a recent overhaul of Medicare’s accountable care organization (ACO) program means for them. They will be affected, experts say, but how and to what extent remains unclear. Called “Pathways to Success,” the new policies for ACOs were announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about […]

WellSky Taps Fazzi Head as CCO; Collective Medical Hires New Leadership

WellSky Creates, Fills New Position WellSky, a health and community care technology company backed by TPG Capital, has named a new chief clinical officer. Fazzi Associates President Tim Ashe will hold the newly created position, in which Ashe will guide meaningful patient outcomes, combining technology and clinical care. Ashe will continue to serve as president […]

WellSky Targets Hospice, Palliative Care With Fifth Acquisition of 2018

WellSky, a health and community care technology company backed by TPG Capital, has acquired Consolo Services Group, formerly a portfolio company of Bluff Point Associates that provides healthcare IT services with a focus on hospice. Financial terms are not being disclosed. The deal expands WellSky’s investment in hospice and offers an entry point into other […]

CMS Makes Latest Update to Home Health Compare

The latest update to Home Health Compare is in — with nearly all measures seeing improvement. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially updated its Home Health Compare results Wednesday. Home Health Compare is an online tool where consumers can look up quality of care and other information about home health providers. CMS typically […]

PDGM Likely to Shake Up Patient Populations for Home Health Agencies

The latest proposed payment model from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) could shake up how the home health industry treats referrals that come from institutional settings versus community-based ones. As a result of changes under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), agencies may start trying to form closer relationships with hospitals or skilled nursing […]

CMS Reports Widespread Quality Improvement in Latest Hospice Compare Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated data on its Hospice Compare website earlier this month—and all quality measures showed overall improvement. Launched in August 2017, the Hospice Compare tool reports information on hospices across the nation and is designed to give patients, family members and health care providers a snapshot of the […]

As Home Health Providers Integrate Services, Vendors and Consultants Follow Suit

TPG Capital portfolio company Mediware Information Systems, Inc. announced last week that it’s acquiring the long-standing home health and hospice consulting group Fazzi Associates. To some degree, the transaction—which marks one of the few instances where a software business buys up a consulting firm—is reflective of the broader home health, personal care and hospice landscape. […]

Fazzi Associates Acquired by TPG-Owned Software Company Mediware

Software company Mediware has acquired Fazzi Associates, a firm that provides consulting and other services to the home care and hospice industry. Mediware is a portfolio company of TPG Capital, a private equity giant that also owns a stake in the nation’s largest home health and hospice provider. Northampton, Massachusetts-based Fazzi serves more than 1,400 […]