FDA Signs Off on First At-Home Coronavirus Test

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued an emergency use authorization for the first COVID-19 diagnostic at-home test. The move will not have an immediate impact on in-home care providers, but it could give them one more tool in their pandemic toolbox in weeks to come. The FDA specifically signed off on the […]

Home Health Agencies Still Waiting for Details After Feds Float Plans to Distribute Point-of-Care COVID-19 Tests

Although the concrete details are unknown, the federal government appears to be taking steps toward distributing point-of-care COVID-19 diagnostic tests to home health agencies, which have largely been prioritized behind skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other congregate aging services providers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Aug. 27 that it […]

OIG: CMS Could Have Saved $192M with Stronger LUPA Oversight

Federal watchdogs are once again setting their sights on perceived improper billing practices by home health agencies. In an audit report published last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that stronger oversight of Low Utilization Payment Adjustments (LUPAs) in home health care could have saved […]

M&A Experts: COVID-19 Has ‘Camouflaged the Initial Impact of PDGM’

Home health care is beginning to manage the COVID-19 crisis at a more sustainable pace, and early signs have suggested that the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) may not have been the boogeyman that some providers suspected it was. But the rosy outlook of the first six months of PDGM may be premature. Federal relief funding […]

Predicting COVID-19’s Long-Term Impact on the Home Health Care Market

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and its unintended ripple effects were supposed to be the dominant story this year for the nation’s 12,000 or so Medicare-certified home health care providers. But the coronavirus has rewritten the script for 2020, throwing most of the industry’s previous projections out the window. While PDGM — implemented on Jan. […]

[Updated] HHS Sending $25 Billion to Medicaid Providers, Safety Net Hospitals

After nearly two months of waiting, Medicaid-reimbursed in-home care providers appear to finally be getting some financial assistance to help cover coronavirus costs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Tuesday it is distributing an estimated $15 billion to providers that participate in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). HHS […]

Coronavirus Daily Update: Home Care Providers Target PPP Funding; White House Reacts to Internal Outbreak

During this critical time, Home Health Care News remains committed to bringing you all the essential news related to home-based care operations. At the same time, we also recognize the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to our regular content, we’ll continue to highlight industry-related developments and mitigation strategies in this rolling bulletin. What […]

Encompass Health CFO: PDGM Has Been ‘Greatly Exacerbated’ by COVID-19

Like most in the health care sector, Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) took a hit to its business in March as the COVID-19 outbreak intensified. Usually bullish on its near-term home health and hospice projections, the Birmingham, Alabama-based company is now more focused on getting back to a sense of normalcy. Encompass Health leadership detailed […]