Home Health Providers Near Turning Point in ACO Relationships

Home-based care providers are finally getting the attention they deserve for doing what they do best: safely caring for seniors in their homes while cutting health care costs in the process.   COVID-19 has elevated home-based care’s impact to the national stage, with skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and hospitals leaning on providers to care for more […]

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. […]

LHC Group Doubles Down on SLCC Partnership, Invests $2.5 Million in Home Health Lab

LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has teamed up with South Louisiana Community College (SLCC) to form a home health education program — an extension of a previous partnership with the institution. SLCC is a community college that serves more than 15,000 students annually and operates campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Houma, Lafayette, Morgan City, New […]

Fearing CMS ‘Day of Reckoning,’ Home Health Providers Shy Away from Coronavirus Relief Funds

Home health providers were thrilled when they first heard they would be receiving “no strings attached” payments from the Provider Relief Fund, which was mandated by the CARES Act. However, agencies quickly learned that there was more to the story. The grant funding comes with conditions, and confusion around those conditions has some home health […]

LHC Group Bouncing Back from COVID-19 Lows, Eying Post-Coronavirus Growth Opportunities

Devastating events have a way of changing everything, dividing time periods into the “before” and the “after.” In light of the coronavirus, that’s very much how LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) approached its first-quarter 2020 earnings call, with the national emergency turning the country and the company upside down in mid-March. Before March 15, the […]

[Updated] $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill Would Relax Home Health Certification Requirements, Encourage Telehealth Use

Political leaders agreed to one of the most expensive legislative packages in the history of Congress on Wednesday, finalizing the details of a roughly $2 trillion stimulus bill. While the record-breaking package has far-reaching implications for the overall economy, it also reportedly includes specific language that could trigger significant change throughout the home-based care landscape […]

HHCN Poll: 31% of Home-Based Care Providers Have Been Affected by COVID-19

Over the past few weeks, nursing home operators have been working in overdrive, trying to avoid a fate similar to the Kirkland, Washington-based long-term care facility devastated by COVID-19. While home health providers are also gearing up for increased patient capacity and challenges associated with the coronavirus, their operations remain mostly stable — for now. […]