Data Analytics Arms Race Continues Ahead of PDGM

With the implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) less than four months away, agencies continue to prepare for the biggest reimbursement change the industry has seen in about 20 years. Technology and data providers are rolling out tools to help agencies rise to the challenge. Most recently, WellSky launched a new data analytics solution […]

Encompass Health Latest Home Health Giant to Invest in Medalogix

Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) has made a minority investment in predictive analytics firm Medalogix. Regulatory changes and staffing shortages driving the need for increased efficiency in home health and hospice motivated the investment, according to Encompass Health Chief Strategy Officer Luke James. “As we look out into the future, [we’re excited about] having a direct […]

Amedisys CEO Paul Kusserow: ‘I Don’t Believe PDGM Has Settled Yet’

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has long been a home health powerhouse. Under the leadership of CEO Paul Kusserow, however, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based provider is steadily building expansive hospice and personal care footprints as well. For proof, look no further than the industry-shaping Compassionate Care Hospice deal for $340 million. Part of Amedisys’s hospice-centric strategy […]

Predictive Analytics-Driven Telehealth Program Lowers ED Visits by 20%

In recent years, the U.S. health care system’s shift toward value-based reimbursement has given home health providers cause to test all sorts of approaches aimed at reducing hospital readmission rates or preventing unnecessary trips to the emergency department. Predictive analytics-driven telehealth outreach programs that risk-stratify patients based on medical vulnerability and other factors can be […]

Volume, Pricing Gains Help Encompass Health Hit $1.12B in Q1 Revenues

Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) saw its home health-related revenue jump in the first quarter of 2019, driven primarily by volume and pricing gains. The Birmingham, Alabama-based company expects more of the same moving forward — even as the home health industry marches toward the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Overall, net operating revenues for Encompass […]

Amedisys Fine Tuning Predictive Analytics Tool to Curb Re-Hospitalization Rates

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) took its first major step into the world of predictive analytics in August when it announced a minority investment in home health-focused data science firm Medalogix. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company has now started to reap the rewards of that investment. During the past few months, Amedisys has been fine-tuning its […]

The Top Trends in Home Health Care for 2019

2018 was a banner year for the Medicare-certified home health care industry. Big providers got even larger through creative mergers and acquisitions. Admissions and utilization numbers held strong. New telehealth opportunities started to emerge. And, in general, revenues remained high. The upcoming year brings much uncertainty, however, with the main culprit being the Patient-Driven Groupings […]

Amedisys Invests in Predictive Analytics Firm Medalogix to Drive Value-Based Strategy

Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has landed a minority stake in predictive analytics firm Medalogix. As one of the largest independent home health, hospice and personal care companies in the country, Amedisys has been actively striving to establish arrangements and partnerships with managed care organizations. Its Medalogix investment, announced on Wednesday, will advance that goal by […]