The Top 10 Home Health Care News Stories Of 2023

In the first year that truly felt “post-COVID,” home-based care providers did not see a shortage of challenges. Instead, in 2023, home health providers saw another year defined by payment struggles, with both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Home care providers, meanwhile, were still grappling with high […]

The Home-Based Care Executive Quotes That Struck A Chord In 2023

To find the most memorable home-based care executive quotes in 2023, Home Health Care News employed a strategy that is part art, part science. Ultimately, the quotes chosen resonated the most with HHCN’s staff and readers. They were prescient, controversial, telling and highly relevant to provider struggles and opportunities. They touched on the Centers for […]

Home-Based Care Remains Key Part Of UnitedHealth Group’s Value-Based Care Strategy

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is making value-based care the centerpiece of its long-term strategy, and home-based care is a key piece of that puzzle. “[Value-based care] delivers on the promise of high-quality clinical outcomes and experiences at lower cost than traditional models,” UnitedHealth Group CEO Andrew Witty said during the company’s third-quarter earnings call Friday. […]

Lawmakers Elizabeth Warren, Pramila Jayapal Urge DOJ To Further Scrutinize Optum-Amedisys Deal

Lawmakers are hoping to direct further scrutiny toward UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) pending deal of the home health giant Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED). Specifically, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) have asked antitrust regulators to take a closer look. “We urge DOJ and FTC to closely scrutinize UnitedHealth’s proposed acquisition of […]

After Amedisys Shareholders Approve Optum Deal, Focus Turns Toward DOJ Inquiry

The Optum-Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) deal continues to inch forward after the latter’s shareholders voted to approve the merger agreement on Friday. Amedisys stockholders voted to make the move in a 25,069,466 to 30,082 vote, while 67,374 shares voted to abstain, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing. The outcome of the […]

‘Exacerbating Decline In Access’: LHC Group, Enhabit, Bayada Sound Off On CMS’ Proposed Rate Cuts

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) home health proposed payment rule – which would slash rates by 2.2%, or an estimated $375 million less compared to 2023 levels – drew the ire of the industry’s heaviest hitters during the public comment period. The comments were critical of the proposed rule itself. They […]

4 New Insights On The Amedisys, Optum, Option Care Health Saga

On May 3, Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) and Option Care Health (Nasdaq: OPCH) issued a joint press release announcing their intent to merge. By June 5, those plans were complicated, with Amedisys revealing it had received a competing bid from UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) Optum. They were then scrapped entirely when, on the morning of […]

The Most Intriguing Home-Based Care Deals of 2023

Home-based care dealmaking trends generally give a good idea of what’s going on in the space at large. They show you where the money is headed, and where it’s not. They show you where the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) stroke of the pen has impacted investment or transaction activity. The trends show […]