‘A Very Different Type of Patient’: SNF Stakeholders Predict Recalibration of Home Health Diversions

A growing number of stakeholders in the skilled nursing facility (SNF) world believe the recent spike in hospital discharges to home health care services will not become permanent. Executives from real estate investment trust (REIT) Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) made that argument during a fourth quarter earnings call earlier in February. Executives from CareTrust […]

The Cost of Incomplete Home Health Referrals After Hospitalization

Millions of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries are referred to home health services each year, with roughly one-third of those individuals sent to in-home care to recover after an institutional stay. Yet a significant portion of those referrals never follow through on their home health orders, which often ends up being a costly problem for hospitals and […]

[Updated] Home Health Adherence Rates Above 70% in Early 2020

It’s not uncommon for patients referred to home health care following a hospital discharge to never start services. In fact, a recent study based on 2016 claims data found that just 54% of patients referred to home health actually utilized it. But a new report from analytics and metrics firm Trella Health suggests that figure […]

Where PDGM’s Therapy Changes Will Hit Hardest

By eliminating visit-volume thresholds and tying reimbursement more closely to need, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) will likely steer the home health care industry away from therapy and toward nursing. Although PDGM officially starts on Jan. 1, home health providers have already begun to shift their therapy utilization strategies to better line up with the […]

Home Health Care Tops Skilled Nursing as Most Likely Referral Destination

Throughout 2019, multiple post-acute care leaders have argued that the great SNF-to-home diversion wave has hit its peak. New data suggests they’re right. Home health care has officially surpassed skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) as the most likely post-acute referral destination, according to the latest quarterly trends report from Atlanta-based analytics and metrics firm Trella Health, […]

Voices: Ian Juliano, CEO, Trella Health

This article is sponsored by Trella Health. In this Voices interview, Home Health Care News sits down with Trella Health CEO Ian Juliano to get his take on today’s market challenges for home health and hospice providers, why coordinated care is well within reach, and how providers can use data to prove their value and […]