Payers See Home Health Providers as ‘Commodities,’ Industry Leaders Say

Home health care is still not being recognized for its inherent value in reducing hospitalizations and curbing health care costs by payers, which often view providers more as commodities than trusted partners.  “Where are we in home health?” Bruce Greenstein, chief strategy and innovation officer at LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) said Monday during a […]

BETTER Act Calls for In-Home Telehealth Expansion, Unified PAC Payment ‘Prototype’

A relatively little-known bill in the home health care world currently being marked up in the U.S. House of Representatives could have a big impact on providers — and the post-acute care space overall. Introduced on June 21 by Reps. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Kevin Brady (R-Texas), the Beneficiary Education Tools Telehealth Extender Reauthorization (BETTER) […]

Advocate Aurora Exec: ‘There’s Almost Nothing That Won’t Eventually Move into the Home’

Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, U.S. health care spending has steadily climbed — along with the country’s population of older adults and those with chronic conditions. To help bend the cost curve and deliver care to seniors in their preferred setting, health care has, in turn, noticeably shifted into the home […]

Home Health Industry Likely Headed for M&A Rollercoaster

If there’s one thing home health care providers can agree on when it comes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), it’s that the new model is shrouded in uncertainty. Despite attempting to predict expected reimbursement changes and adapting operations accordingly, agencies won’t know exactly how PDGM will affect them until well after its Jan. 1 […]

JourneyCare Acquires Northwestern Memorial’s Home Health Line; LHC Group Finalizes AtlantiCare JV

JourneyCare adds home health JourneyCare — Illinois’ largest nonprofit community-based hospice and palliative care provider — is expanding into the home health space. To do so, the provider has purchased Northwestern Memorial HealthCare’s home health and hospice programs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Among its offerings, the Glenview, Illinois-based JourneyCare provides adult and […]

OIG: ACOs Need to Get Better at Health IT

Technology is key to helping accountable care organizations (ACOs) coordinate better patient care — yet ACOs still aren’t leveraging health IT to its full potential. That’s according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG). OIG officials interviewed providers and staff from six different ACOs […]

LHC Group CEO: CMS Shouldn’t Disrupt Home Health Care’s Momentum

When it comes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), anything that would put patient outcomes at risk should be off the table, according to Keith Myers, chairman and CEO of LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG). Myers discussed the Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group’s ongoing operations and PDGM plans Tuesday while speaking at the RBC Capital Markets […]