Upcoming Webinar: 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 […]

Business Briefs: GreatCall Acquires Healthsense

GreatCall Acquires Healthsense Connected health company GreatCall Inc. has announced the acquisition of Healthsense, which provides remote monitoring services for seniors. The acquisition will help GreatCall seniors find connected health services in senior living and health care. “As GreatCall continues to expand in these key markets, Healthsense is a natural fit—with our mission of increasing […]

Surviving Pre-Claim: Where We Are Today, What Tomorrow May Bring

Pre-Claim Review (PCR) has cast a shadow across the home health landscape. CMS has given no indication that it will put an end to PCR. Agencies therefore need to stay well informed about the program’s status, learn about best practices being developed to address it, and start putting in place the right people and processes […]

Business Briefs: 24Hr HomeCare Pens JV With SNF

24Hr HomeCare Starts JV With SNF Provider of in-home caregiving services to seniors and the disabled, 24Hr HomeCare has entered into a joint venture with a Los Angeles-based skilled nursing facility (SNF), Guardian Rehabilitation Hospital, to form Continuum Homecare. Continuum Homecare is a non-medical in-home care division to extend care to patients in their homes. […]

Amedisys Warns That Floods, Tech Transition Will Hurt Earnings

Following a strong earnings report for the second quarter of 2016, Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has released preliminary financial results from the third quarter to warn its investors that earnings are going to miss the mark due to high costs in the quarter ended September 30. Amedisys, the nation’s second largest home health care provider, achieved planned operating […]

Webinar: Surviving Pre-Claim: Where We Are Today & What Tomorrow May Bring

Home health agencies have been dealt a blow by the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration. Providers are reeling in areas where the program is underway, and they are gripped with uncertainty in areas where it still is set to be implemented. Since the program began in August, agencies in Illinois have been required to submit Medicare claims […]

Surviving Pre-Claim: Where We Are Today & What Tomorrow May Bring

Home health agencies have been dealt a blow by the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration. Providers are reeling in areas where the program is underway, and they are gripped with uncertainty in areas where it still is set to be implemented. Since the program began in August, agencies in Illinois have been required to submit Medicare claims […]

Editor’s Picks: Pre-Claim Delays and Woes

It’s been a big week for the home health Pre-Claim Review Demonstration. The poorly-received program made several Home Health Care News headlines, first with its delayed start in Florida, and then due to home health providers still calling for the program’s total suspension everywhere. Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General […]

How to Seize the Value-Based Purchasing Opportunity

Value-based purchasing (VBP) has made 2016 a watershed year for home health. Agencies in nine states are mandated to take part in the new payment system that officially took effect on January 1. Providers that excel in VBP will increase their revenue and have the potential to grow the overall value of their business; those […]