Home Health Executive Forecast: 2020 Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

From the monumental Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and the unexpected pre-payment phaseout to the expanding Review Choice Demonstration (RCD), 2019 was a whirlwind year for the home health industry. Those three regulatory hurdles — and other changes — likely set up an even more chaotic year in 2020. Home health industry insiders and top executives […]

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, […]

Strategic Home Health Visits Key to Cutting Sepsis Readmissions

When implemented strategically, home health care could play a vital role in reducing hospital readmissions for patients recovering from sepsis, a new study suggests. Specifically, sepsis survivors who received a home health visit within 48 hours of hospital discharge and at least one more visit in their first week post-discharge combined with a physician visit […]

Disrupt Podcast #18: Andria Castellanos, EVP of VNSNY

The 18th episode of our podcast, Disrupt, is now available! With a new EVP, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit home- and community-based health care organizations in the country has its eyes set on the future. In this episode of Disrupt, you’ll hear from Andria Castellanos, executive vice president and chief of provider services […]

Home Health Executive Forecast for 2019: Obamacare, Consolidation and PDGM

From the introduction of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) to fine-tuning the nine-state Value-Based Purchasing Model (VBPM), 2018 was an important year for home health care at large. Next year will bring its own set of challenges and opportunities — some new and others old. Home health industry insiders and top executives expect Texas’ recent […]

Why Population Health Holds the ‘Magic Formula’ to VNSNY’s Future

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) filled an important leadership position at the beginning of October. That’s when the large nonprofit provider named former NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital exec Andria Castellanos its new executive vice president and chief of provider services. Castellanos is replacing Marki Flannery, who stepped into the VNSNY CEO and president roles […]

Nurses’ Attitudes Can Determine Infection Control Compliance

Infection is a leading cause of hospitalization among home health care patients, yet relatively little is known about nurses’ compliance with infection control practices. That’s beginning to change, and early findings suggest attitude toward infection control compliance has an enormous impact. Researchers at The University of Manchester, Columbia University and Appalachian State University teamed up […]

VNSNY, Vitas Want to Fix the Racial Disparity in Hospice Care

Hospice has been a popular target on the mergers-and-acquisitions front, but the industry faces a demographic challenge when it comes to minority patients. The sector is plagued by very low utilization rates for minority patients, and the numbers appear only to be getting worse. About 87% of hospice patients are white, according to the most recent […]

CMS Launches Rural Health Strategy with Telehealth Aims

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a new rural health strategy, targeting Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries located in rural America. One of the strategy’s aims is to boost telehealth and telemedicine, a growing area of in-home based care. “For the first time, CMS is organizing and focusing our efforts to apply […]