‘An Absolute Travesty’: Home Health Advocates Make Last-Ditch Effort to Delay Review Choice Demonstration

When the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) would resume for participating states in August, home-based care providers and advocates were up in arms over the decision.  But as the resumption date approaches, industry advocates are making a last-ditch effort to get CMS’s attention and persuade […]

Another Hurricane Forces Home Health Providers to Snap into Action

Within a fortnight of the category four Hurricane Harvey that hit the Texas coastline, Hurricane Irma blasted home health care providers in Florida over the weekend. Health care providers began preparing for the worst several days ahead of the storm, as Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency and many coastal zones evacuated. Health […]

Movers & Shakers: VITAS, AngMar Holdings

VITAS Healthcare Appoints New COO VITAS Healthcare, an end-of-life care provider based in Miami, has named Joel Wherley as chief operating officer. In this role, Wherley reports to VITAS CEO Nick Westfall and oversees the operations of the company’s 44 hospice programs in 14 states, which reach more than 16,300 patients daily. Wherley has 30 years […]

Ready or Not: Home Health Industry Braces for Pre-Claim Expansion

In what has been described as a cruel April Fool’s Day joke, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will be expanding the Pre-claim Review Demonstration (PCRD) to Florida beginning April 1, 2017. As the controversial program charges ahead to the Sunshine State, providers and industry advocates have prepared, but are still hoping […]

Movers & Shakers: ResCare Hires Kindred Exec. as President, CEO

ResCare Hires Kindred Executive as President, CEO ResCare, a home health care provider based in Louisville and the nation’s largest private provider of services to people with disabilities, has named Jon Rousseau as its new president and CEO, replacing CEO Ralph Gronefiled, Jr., who is retiring. Rousseau is moving from Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND), one […]

Florida Projects Steep Margin Decline for Medicare Home Health

Provisions within the proposed payment rule looks to negatively impact margins for Florida’s home health sector, according to analysis by the Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF) and the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare.   Using the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) methodology to calculate margins, Florida’s medicare home health margin will fall to 5.2% […]