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 […]

Tech Beat: PointClickCare Partners with Bridge Connector, Bowes In Home Care Joins enTouch Network

PointClickCare Enters into Strategic Partnership, Opens New Office Location PointClickCare Technologies and Bridge Connector have formed a strategic partnership aimed at strengthening the transferring of patient data across different systems. Mississauga, Ontario-based PointClickCare is a cloud-based software vendor for the long-term and post-acute care sectors. As a company, PointClickCare’s solutions help providers optimize financial performance, […]

Disrupt — AccentCare CEO Stephan Rodgers Says Home Health Must Grow Up

AccentCare CEO Stephan Rodgers sat down with Home Health Care News for the latest episode of Disrupt, brought to you by Homecare Homebase. Rodgers spoke about his military service, being a personal care attendant while in college, and his years in leadership at insurance giant UnitedHealthcare. That deep insurance background has informed his strategy for […]

Almost Family Sees Major Home Health Revenue Growth

Almost Family, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFAM) continues to reap the benefits of a joint venture acquisition first announced over a year ago as it prepares to merge with home health heavyweight LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG). Specifically, the Louisville, Kentucky-based company’s fourth-quarter 2017 home health segment net revenue increased 35.5% from the fourth quarter of 2016, to $145.1 million. Episodic admissions, meanwhile, rose […]

Almost Family Expects $3 Million Income Loss from Hurricanes

Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM) expects recent hurricanes will negatively impact its financial results, with up to $3.5 million in lost income expected for the third quarter. The Louisville, Kentucky-based home health provider currently has 332 branch locations in 26 states, and 66 of those operating locations are in Florida. The Florida locations—which included home health, hospice, personal […]

Dos and Don’ts of Template Use in Home Health Documentation

Electronic medical record (EMR) templates can be a useful tool for clinicians to create truly defensible documentation—as long as they don’t rely on them too much. “Templates should be customizable for each patient, not just placed in the record as a canned product,” Sheila Sizemore, director of advisory and consulting services at Corridor Group, said […]

New Medicare Payment Model Looms Over Home Health Providers

Home health agencies should be prepared for a major unwelcome surprise that could hit in the near future—a comprehensive, complex overhaul of the Medicare payment system. When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes its 2018 payment rates, likely within the next several weeks, the agency could also seek to establish a new payment […]

Almost Family’s Big Joint Venture Starts Strong, Shares Soar

A recently-closed joint venture with a major hospital system has paid off for Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM), according to first-quarter earnings results. The Louisville, Kentucky-based home health care provider saw a strong increase in revenues and admissions thanks, in part, to its joint venture acquisition of Community Health Systems’s (NYSE: CYH) home health operations. Almost […]

Webinar Last Chance: Winning with Medicare Alternative Payment Models

Upcoming Webinar: Winning with Medicare Alternative Payment Models: Lessons from Encompass  Date: Wednesday, May 10 Time: 1:00pm Central Time Across the country, home health agencies are finding that Medicare fee-for-service reimbursements are no longer a steady and largely predictable revenue stream. To thrive today and in the future, agencies must navigate the uncharted waters of […]