Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle: Home Health Workforce Is Essential to Addressing COVID-19

The strain the COVID-19 virus has placed on U.S. hospitals is shining a light on the need for home- and community-based care. That’s according to former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, who is also the founder and CEO of The Daschle Group. The former congressman discussed home-based care and other topics during a recent […]

Home Health Agencies Conquering Fear of PDGM Boogeyman

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was one of the largest concerns for the home health industry after it was finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in October 2019. But now that it has been implemented and agencies have faced their boogeyman, confidence under the new payment model is growing, industry insiders […]

Bayou Home Care Owner: It Takes More Than Quality Care to Keep Home Health Businesses Alive

In the past, home health providers could almost exclusively focus on quality of patient care, sit back and watch their businesses thrive. Today, there are far more variables to factor into the equation for operational success. That’s according to registered nurse Donald Lirette, who also happens to serve as executive director and owner of Bayou […]

Amedisys CEO: If We Don’t Produce High-Quality Care, We Shouldn’t Be in Business

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) — the second-largest home health provider in the country, according to LexisNexis — is aiming to become the industry’s leader in employee turnover rates. Just five years ago, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based home health giant sported over a 40% turnover rate. That number was lowered to under 16% by the end […]

WellSky Tries to Bridge Gap Between Payers and Providers with REACH

The shift to value-based care can sometimes be seen as a challenge for the tens of thousands of home-based care providers that operate in the U.S. But WellSky is trying to make sure it can be viewed more as an opportunity. The Overland Park, Kansas-based health care software company recently launched WellSky REACH, which it […]

LHC Group Adds Density in Texas; Highmark Health Turns to Contessa

LHC Group expands joint venture LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG), Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System have agreed to purchase and share ownership of Healthcare Resources, an Arlington, Texas-based home health provider. DFW Home Health — a separate legal entity jointly owned by LHC Group, Texas Health Resources and North Texas Health Facilities Management Inc., […]

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 […]

PDGM 101: Advice for Small-Scale Home Health Agencies

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is less than three full months away. Among its biggest changes, PDGM halves the traditional 60-day billing period to 30 days and places greater emphasis on coding with a new 432-point case-mix mechanism. If those two changes weren’t enough, the overhaul also comes with a potential 8% behavioral adjustment cut […]

WellSky Enters into Agreement to Buy ClearCare

WellSky, a health and community care technology company backed by TPG Capital, has entered into an agreement to acquire ClearCare Inc., a personal care technology platform. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal further solidifies WellSky’s dominance in the home-based care arena, especially because it comes on the heels of ClearCare’s partnership […]

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 […]