Home Health Benefit Will Become A ‘Skeleton’ If Medicare Payment Adjustments Continue, Industry Leader Cautions

As the breadth and depth of home health care continues to grow, providers are exposed to an abundance of opportunities. To get a crack at that upside, however, providers will need to overcome and adapt to a litany of challenges. Those that don’t could contribute to the consolidation that the home health industry is already […]

HHCN FUTURE: Workforce Enablement – Emerging Technologies to Improve Staff Experience and Efficiency

This article is sponsored by Netsmart. This article is based on a Home Health Care News discussion with Ashley Puchalski, senior director of Care Coordination at Ohio’s Hospice, Hannah Patterson, vice president and general manager of Workforce Management at Netsmart, and Divesh Aidasani, vice president of Strategy at BAYADA. This discussion took place on August […]

Transactions: LHC Group Expands Home Health Footprint In Georgia; Pennant Bolsters Footprint In Southern California

LHC Group acquires Three Rivers Home Health LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has expanded its reach in Georgia by purchasing the Eastman, Georgia-based Three Rivers Home Health. Following the purchase of Three Rivers’ nine locations, LHC Group’s footprint spans 36 Georgia counties. The acquisition is expected to create a $12 million revenue boost for the […]

Transactions: HCA Healthcare Completes $400M Deal with Brookdale; LHC Group Announces New Acquisitions

HCA Healthcare Inc. (NYSE:HCA) has completed its purchase of a majority stake in the home health and hospice business of Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD). Originally announced in February, the deal instantly turns HCA into one of the largest home health and hospice players in the country. “We view partnerships as foundational to our […]

Home Health Agencies ‘Starting to Really Figure Things Out’ with PDGM

In recent months, the unexpected and rapid spread of the coronavirus has overshadowed home health agencies’ transition to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). That’s still true throughout much of the country, especially with new COVID-19 hotspots emerging and the federal government’s top infectious-disease expert voicing frustration that Americans aren’t taking the virus seriously. But as […]

VNSNY Partners with Netsmart; CareAcademy and AlayaCare Team Up

Visiting Nurse Service of New York partners with Netsmart Health information technology company Netsmart has partnered with the population health division of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY). VNSNY is one of the largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organizations in the U.S., serving more than 44,000 patients a day. Overland Park, […]

PDPM Speed Bumps Hint at Unexpected PDGM Challenges to Come

With less than two months left on the clock before home health agencies take their shot at the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), questions regarding industry preparedness and education continue to swirl. Some, however, say those questions are better aimed at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Similar to home health providers, CMS regulators […]

Humana, Microsoft Forge Partnership; Aveanna Teams Up with Netsmart

Humana, Microsoft announce partnership Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and Microsoft Corp. (NYSE: MSFT) have partnered to develop predictive solutions and intelligent automation for the care teams of the insurer’s members. One of the specific goals of the partnership is to address health for aging populations and their care teams. The news marks the first step […]

WellSky Partners with Forcura; HealthStream Teams Up with Medline

WellSky partners with Forcura WellSky, a health and community care technology company backed by TPG Capital, has partnered with Forcura. Under the partnership, WellSky clients will have access to Forcura’s intake and referrals management tools, care team coordination and orders tracking. “This integration automatically tracks orders and eliminates the need to manually fax orders. Forcura […]