Home Health Agencies

CMS Issues Proposed Home Health Agency Rule On Making Certain Telehealth Flexibilities Permanent, Increasing Medicare Payment Rates And Home Infusion Therapy Service Payment Rates For CY 2021 | 7/14/2020

… July 2020. According to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (“NAHC”) President William A. Dombi, there were limited changes introduced in the Rule, and this serves as a welcomed form of relief for home health agencies working through the transition to the fairly new Patient-Driven Groupings Model (“PDGM”), discussed in our previous blog post , all while grappling with the impact of the PHE on the industry. Notably, however …

The Greg Lindberg Global Growth Story: From 8 Cents an Hour to 8,000 Employees and a Fight for Freedom Against Mike Causey | 7/14/2020

… When it happened, it was the single biggest surprise of his career, Lindberg says. Lindberg started in business with the 1991 launch of Home Care Week , a health insurance compliance and reimbursement newsletter for home health agencies that he put out between college classes. By 1998, the business consisted of 12 people working out of one room full of folding tables and computers, with Lindberg struggling to meet payroll and …

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Simione Healthcare Consultants to Host Leadership Summit to Drive Results for Home Health & Hospice | PR Newswire | 7/14/2020

… clinical, financial, and strategic operations. The September 29-October 1 event will be held from 1 to 5 PM Eastern, featuring consulting expertise and provider insights focused on leadership development for the estimated 10,000 home health agencies and 4,000 hospices in the U.S. The attendance fee for the three-day virtual event is $199 per person. For the full schedule and registration information, visit https://www.simione.com/leadership-summit-2020 William …

NVNA and Hospice Earns SHPBest™ “Superior Performer” Patient Satisfaction Award from Strategic Healthcare Programs | PR Newswire | 7/14/2020

… calendar year. The award recognizes organizations that have achieved an overall patient satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20% of all eligible SHP clients. The annual SHPBest™ award program was created to acknowledge home health agencies that consistently provide high quality service to their patients. The 2019 award recipients were determined by reviewing and ranking the overall satisfaction score for more than 3,000 home health providers. NVNA and Hospice …

Fusion PPE Delivers Critical Protective Gear to All Size Healthcare Organizations, Businesses, and Individuals as Covid-19 Cases Surge; No Minimum Orders Required; NIOSH and CDC Approved N95 Respirator Mask with Headbands Available in All Quantities | PR Newswire | 7/13/2020

… the needs of national and regional healthcare facilities, privately owned businesses of all sizes, and individuals. Fusion PPE clients are renowned medical facilities and hospitals, dental offices, surgery centers, physician groups, nursing facilities, and home health agencies . They also sell to national sports leagues, school districts and universities, and large- and small-scale businesses in all industries. Unlike others in this unknown “grey” market, Fusion PPE guarantees authenticity and does …

MEDNAX Announces Leadership and Board Transitions | Business & Finance | manchestertimes.com | Business Wire | 7/13/2020

… until August 2013. Before joining HMA, Mr. Starcher served as the Chief Executive Officer of three of Mercy Health’s four divisions – overseeing more than 20 acute care hospitals, five long term care facilities, six home health agencies and dozens of affiliated clinical practices with more than $3 billion in net revenue. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region, the senior vice president …

Greg Lindberg of Global Growth, Self-Made & Dedicated To Jobs, Fights Corruption In NC | 7/13/2020

… When it happened, it was the single biggest surprise of his career, Lindberg says. Lindberg started in business with the 1991 launch of Home Care Week , a health insurance compliance and reimbursement newsletter for home health agencies that he put out between college classes. By 1998, the business consisted of 12 people working out of one room full of folding tables and computers, with Lindberg struggling to meet payroll and …

Despite COVID-19 Resurgence, Home Health Agencies Likely to Avoid Another Sudden Admissions Drop | Home Health Care News | 7/10/2020

Despite the resurgence of the coronavirus in the U.S., home health providers might not have to worry about another sudden drop in admissions. When the coronavirus first began its rapid spread across the country, jumping from a long-term care facility in Washington to the New York metropolitan area in a matter of days, many hospitals and health systems began suspending non-essential services. Citing the need to preserve key …

Encompass Health purchases land in St. Augustine, Florida and announces plans for future inpatient rehabilitation hospital | PR Newswire | 7/10/2020

… complex orthopedic conditions. About Encompass Health As a national leader in integrated healthcare services, Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC ) offers both facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that includes 136 hospitals, 245 home health locations, and 83 hospice locations in 39 states and Puerto Rico , the Company is committed to delivering high-quality …

Home Health Review Choice Demo to Resume | 7/10/2020

Print Post The demo begins Aug. 31, but overall medical review will pick up even earlier. For home health agencies (HHAs) in Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) states, their pandemic-sparked reprieve is nearly at an end. And the same goes for all provider types for Medicare medical review, overall. “Given the importance of review activities to [the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’] program integrity efforts, CMS will discontinue exercising enforcement …

COVID-19, PDGM Hit Home Health Therapy Staff with ‘Double Whammy’ | Home Health Care News | 7/7/2020

… Most of those who reported reductions said the cuts were minor, representing 20% or less of their overall therapy staff. One reason for PDGM’s better-than-expected therapy impact could be CMS’s guidance warning home health agencies against making drastic changes to therapy delivery. “The need for therapy services under PDGM remains unchanged,” CMS wrote. “Therapy provision should be determined by the individual needs of the patient without restriction or …

GeBBS Announces RCM Partnership with INTEGRIS Health | PRWeb | 7/7/2020

… Healthcare Providers and Payers, announced a RCM partnership with INTEGRIS Health. INTEGRIS Health is Oklahoma’s largest not-for-profit health system with hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physician clinics, mental health facilities, independent living centers and home health agencies located throughout the state. The system owns or operates 24 health care campuses which include eight acute care hospitals, 12 specialty hospitals or facilities and four community hospitals. GeBBS will provide strategic outsourcing …

Washington Healthcare Update - July 2020 #1 | 7/7/2020

… Expects 10 Million Point-Of-Care Tests Will Be Available this Month Proposed Regulations/Guidance FDA Announces Public Meeting for Stakeholder Input on GDUFA Reauthorization CMS: Calendar Year 2021 Payment and Policy Changes for Home Health Agencies and Calendar Year 2021 Home Infusion Therapy Benefit Final Regulations/Guidance FDA: COVID-19 Vaccine Should Show 50% Efficacy, Trials Should Include Minorities Reports GAO: Science and Tech Spotlight – E-Cigarettes Upcoming Hearings …

With the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ new rule change, more Americans will be able to access telemedicine | 7/7/2020

… The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a new rule this week that would make permanent some of the agency’s previous reforms to the practice of telemedicine. Specifically, the rule change would allow home health agencies to continue using remote patient monitoring, phone calls, two-way audio-video, and similar technologies to connect Medicare patients and clinicians. These reforms would allow more Americans to access telemedicine services. What does …

Time for Policymakers, Hospitals to Bet Big on Home-Based Care | Home Health Care News | 7/7/2020

Learn More Advertisement From March through April, CMS distributed more than $100 billion in advanced and accelerated payments to all Medicare providers. Home health providers received just $1.7 billion of that before CMS shut down the programs — and many home health agencies in emerging hotspots never even had the opportunity to apply for payments, as they’re just now feeling the impact of the coronavirus. On top of reopening its advanced …

CMS Issues Proposed Rule That Would Update Home Health Payments and Allow Home Health Agencies to Continue Telemedicine Beyond Pandemic | 7/6/2020

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Saturday News, July 4th | 7/4/2020

… is the fourth consecutive year that Floyd Valley Community Health has received this honor and was one of just four programs to receive recognition this year. The annual SHPBest™ program was created to acknowledge home health agencies that consistently provide high quality service to their patients. With the largest Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS®) benchmark in the nation, SHP is in a unique position to …

Floyd Valley Community Health Scores High On National Survey | 7/4/2020

… is the fourth consecutive year that Floyd Valley Community Health has received this honor and was one of just four programs to receive recognition this year. The annual SHPBest™ program was created to acknowledge home health agencies that consistently provide high quality service to their patients. With the largest Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS®) benchmark in the nation, SHP is in a unique position to …

The Pennant Group Acquires Two Home Health Agencies from Signature Healthcare at Home | Home Health Care News | 7/3/2020

The Pennant Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG) announced Wednesday that it has purchased two home health agencies with multiple locations throughout southeastern Idaho and northern Utah. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Pennant Group came to fruition last year, a spinoff of the Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) . Before the newly announced deal, Pennant’s portfolio included 65 home health and hospice agencies, plus 53 senior living communities across …

InteliChart Partnership with PointClickCare Brings Family Portal to Senior Care Industry | Financial Buzz | 7/3/2020

… providers can now offer residents’ families and caregivers access to InteliChart’s Family Portal. “InteliChart is pleased to bring the benefits of our Family Portal to PointClickCare’s 21,000 skilled nursing facilities, senior living communities, and home health agencies ,” said InteliChart CEO, Gary Hamilton . “With Family Portal, family members and caregivers are empowered to stay informed about the health and well-being of their loved ones in long-term care facilities. Knowing …

The Pennant Group Acquires Home Health and Hospice Agencies in Two States | BioSpace | 7/2/2020

… GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Pennant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNTG), the parent company of the Pennant group of affiliated home health, hospice and senior living companies, today announced that it has acquired the assets of two home health agencies and two hospice agencies with multiple locations across Southeastern Idaho and Northern Utah. The acquisition was effective July 1, 2020. “We are pleased to be entrusted with these agencies to further the excellent …

About In Home Care Houston | 7/2/2020

… companies compete a number of months or longer before the centers are actually evaluated by the government. A minority of states do not have industry-specific licenses. At last examine the list consisted of: Home health agencies in the above states can legally operate with the same licensing required of any typical organisation or employment service.For instance, if you live in a state without licensing for home treatment firms, after …

Not known Details About Home Care Agency In Houston | 7/2/2020

… agencies run for numerous months or longer prior to the facilities are in fact inspected by the federal government. A minority of states do not have industry-specific licenses. Finally inspect the list included: Home health agencies in the above states can legally operate with the exact same licensing called for of any type of conventional organisation or employment recruiter.For instance, if you reside in a state without licensing for …

InteliChart Partnership with PointClickCare Brings Family Portal to Senior Care Industry | Business & Finance | heraldchronicle.com | Business Wire | 7/2/2020

… providers can now offer residents’ families and caregivers access to InteliChart’s Family Portal. “InteliChart is pleased to bring the benefits of our Family Portal to PointClickCare’s 21,000 skilled nursing facilities, senior living communities, and home health agencies ,” said InteliChart CEO, Gary Hamilton . “With Family Portal, family members and caregivers are empowered to stay informed about the health and well-being of their loved ones in long-term care facilities. Knowing …

UPDATED Coronavirus tracker: Society of Actuaries tool allows payers to model COVID-19 costs | FierceHealthcare | 7/2/2020

… as we approach the extension date,” said Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir, who coordinates testing for the federal government. UPDATED: Friday, June 26, at 12:45 p.m. CMS proposes permanent telehealth changes for home health agencies The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants to make telehealth expansion a permanent part of home health under a proposed rule released by the agency Thursday. The rule will allow home health …

Home Care

‘I’m Not Sure Their Timing Could Be Any Worse’: CMS to Resume Review Choice Demonstration | Home Health Care News | 7/10/2020

… RCD — in 2017. As of now, it’s unclear how likely congressional action is this time around, however. National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) President William A. Dombi also found the resumption of RCD misguided … elsewhere. “It’s going to create some really challenging decisions for home health agencies that are already struggling to keep their doors open,” Wolfe said. “The experience in Illinois, [for instance], is that in order to …

Revenue Cycle Management

GeBBS Announces RCM Partnership with INTEGRIS Health | PRWeb | 7/7/2020

GeBBS Announces RCM Partnership with INTEGRIS Health Share Article GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) Solutions for Healthcare Providers and Payers, announced a RCM partnership with INTEGRIS Health. The … centers, physician clinics, mental health facilities, independent living centers and home health agencies located throughout the state. The system owns or operates 24 health care campuses which include eight acute care hospitals, 12 specialty hospitals …

Home Healthcare

CMS Shoots for Home Health Industry Stability in Proposed Payment Rule for 2021 | Home Health Care News | 6/30/2020

… to the OASIS requirements under Medicare’s Conditions of Participation (CoPs). The proposed rule would eliminate a provision that requires new home health agencies to transmit test data to the Quality Improvement & Evaluation System (QIES) or … the middle of a pandemic.” Similarly, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare applauded CMS’s decision to prioritize stability. “The Partnership is appreciative of many of the stabilizing provisions of this year’s Home Health Payment Proposed …

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Mayo Clinic announces advanced care at home model with Medically Home | Healthcare Finance | 6/29/2020

… Mayo Clinic resources to respond to other needs – specifically the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. THE LARGER TREND This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule to make permanent regulatory changes … to the COVID–19 public health emergency. This means that home health agencies can continue to use telehealth in providing care to beneficiaries as a home health benefit, as long as the telecommunications technology is …

Telehealth

260+ Telehealth Companies to Know | 2020 | Becker’s Hospital Review | 6/22/2020

Print Email Hospitals and health systems across the U.S. have developed telehealth strategies to connect with patients in remote locations. This has become especially important during the pandemic. Frost & Sullivan anticipates that telehealth will be … variety of healthcare organizations, including health plans, ACOs, MCOs, hospitals, home health agencies and private care physicians with remote patient monitoring and mobile personal emergency response systems programs. MobilDrTech (Sugar Land, Texas). MobilDrTech is a …

Home Health Care

Velazquez Introduces the Improving Home Health Services Act | US House of Representatives | 6/16/2020

Velazquez Introduces the Improving Home Health Services Act Velázquez Introduces the Improving Home Health Services Act June 15, 2020 Press Release Washington, DC - Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) introduced H.R. 7006, new legislation that would enable Home Health Care Agencies to attend to their patients, rather than paperwork during the coronavirus pandemic. In order to commence care with new patients and be reimbursed by Medicare, home health agencies generally …

Clinical Data

KeyHIE Taps Longstanding Partnership with Orion Health to Rapidly Enable Public Health Reporting Amid COVID-19 Crisis | Business & Finance | heraldchronicle.com | Business Wire | 6/16/2020

… Now, Allegheny’s COVID-19 reportable lab results are instantly shared with other providers in the HIE, stored in the KeyHIE Clinical Data Repository powered by Orion Health, and routed to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s electronic … hospitals, 251 physician practices, 95 long-term care facilities, 30 home health agencies and other healthcare organizations. It serves over 4 million patients over a 53-county presence in Pennsylvania to ensure health information follows …

American Hospital Association

Predicting COVID-19’s Long-Term Impact on the Home Health Care Market | Home Health Care News | 6/11/2020

Advertisement Most of those calls stopped with the coronavirus, however. Although the vast majority of home health agencies have experienced a decline in overall revenues during the current public health emergency, many have been able … billions of dollars. Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA), estimated that hospitals are losing as much as $50 billion a month during the coronavirus. “I think it’s fair to say …

Medicaid

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Announces 8 New Contracts in Texas, New iUGO Care Module | 4/30/2020

home health agencies and an oncology specialist practice. The oncology practice will be using Reliq’s new iUGO Care PCM (Principle Care Management) module. New billing codes for PCM were introduced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2020. These codes allow specialists to provide care management services to patients with one high risk disease or complex chronic condition, unlike Chronic Care Management (CCM) codes which are designed …

Medicare

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Announces 8 New Contracts in Texas, New iUGO Care Module | Globe Newswire | 4/30/2020

home health agencies and an oncology specialist practice. The oncology practice will be using Reliq’s new iUGO Care PCM (Principle Care Management) module. New billing codes for PCM were introduced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2020. These codes allow specialists to provide care management services to patients with one high risk disease or complex chronic condition, unlike Chronic Care Management (CCM) codes which are designed …

COVID-19

Trella Health Releases COVID-19 Heatmap for Vulnerable Counties | 4/28/2020

Trella Health Releases COVID-19 Heatmap for Vulnerable Counties Share Article Trella brings awareness of potential emerging hotspots by focusing on the number of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure (CHF) patients … it imperative that the map also highlight the number of home health agencies in each county. As acute care facilities, such as hospitals, focus on freeing up capacity for the most serious COVID-19 cases …

ACO

NavCare Launches Expanded Technology Platform to Support CCM, RPM, TCM, and In-Person Care | PRWeb | 4/2/2020

… the safety and comfort of their home. That’s never been more needed than it is today. The Care Center offers ACO’s, health systems, and independent practices turnkey remote patient management teams to care for patients … and loved ones. “For more than 30 years, through our home health agencies, NavCare has provided care management services to seniors,” said Debora Fisher, chief operating officer for NavCare. “Checking in with patients on a …

ACA

States Seek CMS Approval For Medicaid, ACA Exchange Flexibility | HealthPayer Intelligence | 3/17/2020

Public Payers News States Seek CMS Approval For Medicaid, ACA Exchange Flexibility Florida receives CMS approval for a Medicaid 1135 waiver and New Jersey requests flexibility for its ACA exchange enrollment. Source: Thinkstock By March … facilities, acute care units, long-term care acute hospitals, and home health agencies. Others relax the requirements on durable medical equipment orders, provider sites, provider enrollment, and Medicare appeals. Illinois governor JB Pritzker has also …

Remote Monitoring

Home health agencies expanding, rolling out more telehealth services | Healthcare Dive | 12/3/2019

… Nearly 21% already offer them, according to the report released Tuesday. Chronic care is another prominent area for the 159 home health agencies in the study. Nearly 70% now offer specialized services geared toward people … service in the next two years. The majority (66.7%) offer remote monitoring with consumer devices, while nearly 35% plan to launch or expand this service in the next two years. Half of the home health …

Virtual Care

Home health to pare down therapy services, up telehealth offerings | Modern Healthcare | 12/3/2019

The number of home health agencies that use telehealth services like remote patient monitoring, virtual consultations and medication management technology will double over the next two years, according to Definitive Healthcare’s home health study that … the entire healthcare industry will help meet this need.” But virtual care will require better care coordination and communication between providers as the industry adapts to the burgeoning technology, Gattis added. The home health sector …

Behavioral Health

The Center for Youth Wellness Launches Childhood Adversity Screening Program with Leading North Carolina Health Systems | PR Newswire | 12/3/2019

… As pediatricians and clinicians, we see first-hand how adverse childhood experiences in these environments affect brain development, psychosocial and behavioral health, as well as physical health,” said Shivani Mehta , MD, MPH of Atrium Health … hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Atrium Health works to enhance the overall health …

Medicare Advantage

Home health agencies expanding, rolling out more telehealth services | Healthcare Dive | 12/3/2019

… Nearly 21% already offer them, according to the report released Tuesday. Chronic care is another prominent area for the 159 home health agencies in the study. Nearly 70% now offer specialized services geared toward people … diversity of service offerings. For example, the agency began allowing Medicare Advantage plans to offer non-skilled, in-home support to their chronically ill beneficiaries this year. As baby boomers become seniors, they “fall within …

Patient Monitoring

Home health agencies expanding, rolling out more telehealth services | Healthcare Dive | 12/3/2019

… Nearly 21% already offer them, according to the report released Tuesday. Chronic care is another prominent area for the 159 home health agencies in the study. Nearly 70% now offer specialized services geared toward people … of telehealth services, the study found. Nearly 73% offer remote patient monitoring with clinical grade devices and nearly 42% plan to add or expand this service in the next two years. The majority (66.7%) offer …

Palliative Care

The Center for Youth Wellness Launches Childhood Adversity Screening Program with Leading North Carolina Health Systems | PR Newswire | 12/3/2019

… home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Atrium Health works to enhance the overall health and well-being of its communities through high-quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives. About Novant Health Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience …

Infusion Therapy

Home health to pare down therapy services, up telehealth offerings | Modern Healthcare | 12/3/2019

The number of home health agencies that use telehealth services like remote patient monitoring, virtual consultations and medication management technology will double over the next two years, according to Definitive Healthcare’s home health study that … in-home coverage of patients with chronic conditions. A home infusion therapy benefit , which will cover professional services, patient education and monitoring for in-home medication delivery, will kick in in 2021. “This could open …

Population Health

Home health agencies expanding, rolling out more telehealth services | Healthcare Dive | 12/3/2019

… Nearly 21% already offer them, according to the report released Tuesday. Chronic care is another prominent area for the 159 home health agencies in the study. Nearly 70% now offer specialized services geared toward people … apps for e-visits (33.3%), group video conferencing (33.3%) and population health tools such as texting (27.3%). They’re planning to add or expand in a variety of areas including palliative care, veteran-specific care and …

Electronic Health Records

The Center for Youth Wellness Launches Childhood Adversity Screening Program with Leading North Carolina Health Systems | PR Newswire | 12/3/2019

… Project comes on the heels of a newly integrated social determinants of health screening that Atrium Health embedded into its electronic health records. These screenings will enable clinicians and providers to understand the effects of … hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Atrium Health works to enhance the overall health …

Mental Health Services

Home health agencies expanding, rolling out more telehealth services | Healthcare Dive | 12/3/2019

… Nearly 21% already offer them, according to the report released Tuesday. Chronic care is another prominent area for the 159 home health agencies in the study. Nearly 70% now offer specialized services geared toward people … variety of areas including palliative care, veteran-specific care and mental health services. When asked about the top challenges they face, hiring qualified staff ranked the highest among the survey respondents at home health agencies

HIPAA

#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | How HIPAA-Compliant Communication Tools Can Prepare Home Healthcare for PDGM | 11/28/2019

cybersecurity hackerspace How HIPAA-Compliant Communication Tools Can Prepare Home Healthcare for PDGM By November 27, 2019 Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans The new home healthcare Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) released … streamlines patient referral processing and keeps agencies compliant. Under PDGM, home health agencies are expected to be value-driven providers that deliver quality care. This requires making sure that everyone that is part of the …

Community Health

Home health agencies struggle with Medicaid paperwork issue | 11/27/2019

home health agencies recently teamed up with Colorado Community Health Alliance (CCHA), the Medicaid administrator for Region 7 (which includes El Paso, Park and Teller counties), in hopes of solving a persistent problem that costs agencies tens of thousands of dollars each year in uncompensated care for Medicaid patients. The problem has less to do with state policy than with paperwork. Medicaid patients who need skilled, long-term care at …

Encompass Health

Encompass Health purchases land in St. Augustine, Florida and announces plans for future inpatient rehabilitation hospital | PR Newswire | 7/10/2020

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. , July 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC ) today announced it has purchased land located at the northwest corner of Silver Lane and Highway 207 in St. Augustine, Florida for the future … based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that includes 136 hospitals, 245 home health locations, and 83 hospice locations in 39 states …

Homecare Homebase

Despite COVID-19 Resurgence, Home Health Agencies Likely to Avoid Another Sudden Admissions Drop | Home Health Care News | 7/10/2020

… elective procedures, home health admissions plummeted. Compared to relative highs in February and March, home health admissions dropped by about 17% following the initial national COVID-19 surge, according to data shared by Homecare Homebase at last month’s Medicare Advantage for Home Care Virtual Summit . Hospice admissions also saw a roughly 17% dip. “We’ve seen some fairly interesting data come in over the last couple of months regarding COVID-19 …

PointClickCare

InteliChart Partnership with PointClickCare Brings Family Portal to Senior Care Industry | Business & Finance | heraldchronicle.com | Business Wire | 7/2/2020

… PointClickCare, the leading cloud-based software vendor for the senior care industry. As a result, senior care providers can now offer residents’ families and caregivers access to InteliChart’s Family Portal. “InteliChart is pleased to bring the benefits of our Family Portal to PointClickCare’s 21,000 skilled nursing facilities, senior living communities, and home health agencies,” said InteliChart CEO, Gary Hamilton . “With Family Portal, family members and caregivers are empowered to stay …

CipherHealth

Homecare Homebase and CipherHealth partner to offer enhanced patient outreach | PRWeb | 7/1/2020

Homecare Homebase and CipherHealth partner to offer enhanced patient outreach Share Article Homecare Homebase℠ (HCHB) the nation’s 1 software for home-based care, has announced a new partnership with CipherHealth, industry leader in healthcare engagement … dealing with a new set of challenges never seen before. Home health agencies are recognizing the need for integrated technology that automates the myriad communications, scheduling and monitoring tasks so that clinicians have more quality …

Netsmart

Home Health Agencies ‘Starting to Really Figure Things Out’ with PDGM | Home Health Care News | 6/21/2020

… the information gathered at referral was much better and more complete.” The PDGM positive In some ways, PDGM actually helped home health agencies respond to the coronavirus once it began to spread. When the U.S … in the hospital, where they can get infections and whatnot.” Netsmart announced it acquired QIRT on June 2. QIRT is now part of the McBee strategic consulting business unit, a move allowing McBee to expand …

Reliq Health

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Announces 8 New Contracts in Texas, New iUGO Care Module | Globe Newswire | 4/30/2020

HAMILTON, Ontario, April 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Reliq Health Technologies Inc. (TSXV:RHT or OTCQB:RQHTF) (“ Reliq ” or the “ Company ”), a technology company focused on developing innovative mobile health (mHealth) and telemedicine solutions for Community … these clients in May. The new clients include physician practices, home health agencies and an oncology specialist practice. The oncology practice will be using Reliq’s new iUGO Care PCM (Principle Care Management) module. New billing …

UnitedHealth Group

Health insurer CEOs saw pay bumps in 2019 | Modern Healthcare | 4/21/2020

… as nearly all of their companies grew profits and revenue. David Wichmann, the CEO of the most profitable health insurer UnitedHealth Group , made $18.9 million in total pay last year, a 4.3% increase over the … branched into healthcare delivery, buying up primary care clinics and home health agencies. Beyond CVS’ merger with Aetna, in recent years Cigna bought pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, while Centene acquired rival insurer WellCare Health …

CVS Health

Aiming to Ease Burden on Hospitals, CVS Health Enhances Its In-Home Capabilities | Home Health Care News | 4/19/2020

CVS Health is partnering with UCLA Health to provide more care in the home, in turn easing the burden of the COVID-19 crisis on hospitals. While the initiative underlines the importance of home-based care, especially in times of crisis, it also creates potential partnership opportunities for home health agencies down the line. Coram — a specialty CVS branch that delivers infusion therapy services — is enhancing its existing capacity and …

AccentCare

Home healthcare looks to step in to care for COVID-19 patients | Modern Healthcare | 3/18/2020

… the amount medical professionals would need for a full-blown pandemic. Stephan Rodgers, CEO of Dallas-based supportive healthcare provider AccentCare, said the challenge in procuring protective equipment has been mitigated in the short term … expand their telehealth services. While Medicare covers the cost of home health agencies providing remote patient monitoring if it is used to, “augment the care planning process”, the program does not reimburse home health providers …

AdventHealth

Paragonix Technologies, Inc., Announces AdventHealth’s Adoption of Paragonix SherpaPak™ Cardiac Transport System | Business Wire | 3/16/2020

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Paragonix Technologies, Inc. today announced AdventHealth (Orlando, Florida) has adopted its Paragonix SherpaPak™ Cardiac Transport System (CTS) for the preservation of donor hearts for transplantation. A recent application of this innovative technology permitted … caregivers in physician practices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. A shared vision, common values, focus on whole-person health and commitment to making communities …

ABILITY Network

Acton Nursing Services earns national recognition | 11/26/2019

Acton Town Manager John S. Mangiaratti announced Acton Nursing Services has been named a Top Agency of the 2019 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 14 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. The ranking is developed by ABILITY Network, an information technology …

Amedisys

Amedisys Building ‘Industrial-Strength Chop Shop’ for Exiting Home Health Agencies | 11/18/2019

Facebook Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) — already the second-largest home health provider in the country — is trying to build “an industrial-strength chop shop” to help drive growth, according to CEO and President Paul Kusserow … PDGM presents, some industry insiders predict that roughly 30% of home health agencies could exit the market next year. That figure may ultimately end up even higher, however, because the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services …

Deloitte Healthcare

Manager, Healthcare Payer Core Admin, Govt Program, PBM - New York, NY, , USA #jobs #New York pls RT | 10/21/2019

Job Detail for Manager, Healthcare Payer Core Admin, Govt Program, PBM Job Location: Deloitte, New York, NY, , USA Job Detail for Manager, Healthcare Payer Core Admin, Govt Program, PBM Job Location: Deloitte, New York, NY … related services. Clients include hospitals, academic medical centers, health systems, home health agencies, long term care, outpatient facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, practitioners and physician groups as well as health plans, other health insurance companies, and …

RBC Capital Markets

Encompass Health prices offering of its additional 4.50% senior notes due 2028 and its 4.75% senior notes due 2030 | PR Newswire | 5/13/2020

… purposes, which may include repayment of outstanding indebtedness. BofA Securities; Barclays; Citigroup; Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC; J.P. Morgan; Morgan Stanley; RBC Capital Markets; Regions Securities LLC; SunTrust Robinson Humphrey; and Wells Fargo Securities will act … based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that includes 134 hospitals, 245 home health locations, and 83 hospice locations in 37 states …

Encompass Health announces launch of senior notes offering | PR Newswire | 5/12/2020

… revolving credit facility and for other corporate purposes. BofA Securities; Barclays; Citigroup; Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC; J.P. Morgan; Morgan Stanley; RBC Capital Markets; Regions Securities LLC; SunTrust Robinson Humphrey; and Wells Fargo Securities will act … based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that includes 134 hospitals, 245 home health locations, and 83 hospice locations in 37 states …

Encompass Health Corporation

Encompass Health prices offering of its additional 4.50% senior notes due 2028 and its 4.75% senior notes due 2030 | PR Newswire | 5/13/2020

… prices offering of its additional 4.50% senior notes due 2028 and its 4.75% senior notes due 2030 48 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC ) today announced the pricing of its underwritten public offering of … based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that includes 134 hospitals, 245 home health locations, and 83 hospice locations in 37 states …

Encompass Health announces launch of senior notes offering | PR Newswire | 5/12/2020

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC ) today announced it has commenced a public offering of $500 million in aggregate principal amount of senior notes through a re-opening of its 4.50% senior notes due … based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that includes 134 hospitals, 245 home health locations, and 83 hospice locations in 37 states …

LHC Group

$2 Trillion Stimulus Bill Would Relax Home Health Certification Requirements, Encourage Telehealth Use | Home Health Care News | 3/25/2020

Learn More Advertisement “The ability for patients to gain access to home health services would be much more efficient,” LHC Group CEO Keith Myers previously told HHCN, describing non-physician certification as a “massive win … As for the homebound requirement, the emergency rule would allow home health agencies to conduct initial assessments of patients either remotely or by record review. That way, LeadingAge argued in the letter, beneficiaries could be …

LHC Group, Inc. (LHCG) CEO Keith Myers on Q3 2019 Results - Earnings Call Transcript | Seeking Alpha | 11/11/2019

LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LHCG ) Q3 2019 Earnings Conference Call November 7, 2019 9:00 AM ET CompanyParticipants Eric Elliott - SVP, Finance Keith Myers - Chairman & CEO Josh Proffitt - CFO Don Stelly - President & COO Conference Call Participants … their post-acute care options, including data on quality measures. Home health agencies are also required to provide relevant data on quality measures. As the industry’s leader in quality and patient satisfaction, LHC Group can …

Atrium Health

The Center for Youth Wellness Launches Childhood Adversity Screening Program with Leading North Carolina Health Systems | PR Newswire | 12/3/2019

… The Center for Youth Wellness Launches Childhood Adversity Screening Program with Leading North Carolina Health Systems Charlotte pilot program with Atrium Health and Novant Health supports state’s goal to address social, economic and environmental health … hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Atrium Health works to enhance the overall health …

Florence Completes Series B Financing to Advance Clinical Trials With Technology | PR Newswire | 10/11/2019

… to announce it has completed a $7.1 million Series B financing round led by Fulcrum Equity Partners with participation from Atrium Health and Bee Partners. The investment comes as Florence begins building digital connectivity between … hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Atrium Health works to enhance the overall health …

Carolinas HealthCare System

The Center for Youth Wellness Launches Childhood Adversity Screening Program with Leading North Carolina Health Systems | PR Newswire | 12/3/2019

… Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the nation’s leading and most innovative health care organizations, provides a full spectrum of health care and wellness programs throughout the Southeast region. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Atrium Health works to enhance …

Florence Completes Series B Financing to Advance Clinical Trials With Technology | PR Newswire | 10/11/2019

… Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout the Southeast region. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Atrium Health works to enhance the overall …

LifePoint Health

LifePoint, LHC Group expand joint venture | Becker’s Hospital Review | 11/5/2019

A joint venture between Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health and LHC Group, a home healthcare provider in Lafayette, La., is expanding to three more states, the two organizations announced Nov. 5. LifePoint and LHC Group … and LifePoint partnered in 2017 to share ownership of LifePoint’s home health agencies. The partnership has grown to include 46 home health and hospice locations in eight states. “As our partnership with LHC Group continues …

LHC Group and LifePoint Health expand joint venture partnership in three states Nasdaq:LHCG | Globe Newswire | 11/5/2019

LAFAYETTE, La., Nov. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LHCG) and LifePoint Health have announced an agreement to further expand their existing joint venture (JV) partnership with the purchase of one home health … partnership in 2017 to share ownership and governance of LifePoint’s home health agencies and hospices as well as select LHC Group agencies located near LifePoint facilities. The partnership combines the experience and expertise of both …

HealthSouth

Encompass Health (AMEX:EHC) Rating Increased to Hold at Zacks Investment Research | 10/30/2019

home health agencies and hospice agencies. Encompass Health Corporation, formerly known as HealthSouth Corporation, is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. “ Get Encompass Health alerts: Other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports about the stock. Raymond James cut their price objective on shares of Encompass Health from $80.00 to $75.00 and set an outperform rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 31st. Stephens began coverage on …

Encompass Health (AMEX:EHC) Upgraded by Zacks Investment Research to “Hold” - Ticker Report | 10/30/2019

home health agencies and hospice agencies. Encompass Health Corporation, formerly known as HealthSouth Corporation, is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. “ Get Encompass Health alerts: Several other analysts also recently issued reports on EHC. Stephens initiated coverage on shares of Encompass Health in a research report on Monday, October 21st. They issued an overweight rating and a $77.00 price objective for the company. Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on shares of Encompass Health …

Mercy

Carolinas Medical Center deploys smartphone-based communications tech for caregivers | Healthcare IT News | 8/20/2019

… Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center, Halo also has recently implemented the platform at Levine Children’s Hospital and Carolinas Medical Center Mercy, bringing the total number of Halo users at Atrium Health to more than 28,000 … hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services …

Luisa Beltran wrote a new post, Golden Gate to buy majority of Ensemble Health Partners, on the site PE Hub | 5/30/2019

Golden Gate to buy majority of Ensemble Health Partners May 30, 2019 Bon Secours Mercy Health is selling 51 percent of Ensemble Health Partners to Golden Gate Capital . Financial terms weren’t announced. Ensemble, of Mason … care sites, including more than 40 hospitals, more than 50 home health agencies, hospice agencies, and skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Consistent with its commitment to serve each patient with dignity, Bon Secours Mercy

Alex Azar

UPDATED Coronavirus tracker: Society of Actuaries tool allows payers to model COVID-19 costs | FierceHealthcare | 7/2/2020

… counselors. UPDATED: Thursday, July 9, at 3:20 p.m. Azar pledges to support the permanent expansion of telehealth services HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the Trump administration will take regulatory steps to support the permanent expansion … 26, at 12:45 p.m. CMS proposes permanent telehealth changes for home health agencies The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants to make telehealth expansion a permanent part of home health under a proposed rule …

John Banks

Homecare Homebase and CipherHealth partner to offer enhanced patient outreach | PRWeb | 7/1/2020

… Home health agencies are recognizing the need for integrated technology that automates the myriad communications, scheduling and monitoring tasks so that clinicians have more quality time with their patients to drive better outcomes” said CipherHealth Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, John Banks Powell. “CipherHealth is excited to partner with Homecare Homebase to power these digital touchpoints and interactions for a more seamless patient and clinician experience.” Homecare Homebase Chief Strategy …

Nancy Pelosi

Risk To Health Care Workers ‘Goes Far Beyond This Pandemic,’ Experts Say As Deaths, Catastrophes Mount | Kaiser Health News | 6/22/2020

… according to a Modern Healthcare analysis. More than 130 of the 202 OSHA investigations at hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, home health agencies and rehabilitation centers in April were related to fatalities and catastrophes, up … 30 billion for hospitals and other healthcare providers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she expects the proposal will pass the House before July 4. The White House has expressed interest in securing a …

Hillary Carnel

Encompass Health announces opening of its first inpatient rehabilitation hospital in South Dakota | PR Newswire | 6/15/2020

… Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC ) offers both facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that includes 136 hospitals, 245 … follow us on our newsroom , Twitter and Facebook . Media Contact: Hillary Carnel 205 970-5912 [email protected] SOURCE Encompass Health Corp. Related Links http://www.encompasshealth.com …

Crissy Carlisle

Encompass Health to participate in the BMO 2020 Prescriptions for Success Healthcare Conference | PR Newswire | 6/9/2020

… Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC ) offers both facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that includes 135 hospitals, 245 … Media Contact: Hillary Carnel 205-970-5912 [email protected] Investor Relations Contact: Crissy Carlisle 205-970-5860 [email protected] SOURCE Encompass Health Corp. Related Links http://www.encompasshealth.com …

Doug Coltharp

Encompass Health to participate in the BMO 2020 Prescriptions for Success Healthcare Conference | PR Newswire | 6/9/2020

Doug Coltharp will participate in a fireside chat on Tuesday, June 23 at 8:30 a.m. CST / 9:30 a.m. EST . The presentation will be webcast live and will be available at http://investor.encompasshealth.com by clicking on an available link. About Encompass Health As a national leader in integrated healthcare services, Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC ) offers both facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home …

Mark Tarr

Encompass Health to present at UBS Virtual Global Healthcare Conference | PR Newswire | 4/30/2020

… participate in the UBS Virtual Global Healthcare Conference being held May 18‑20, 2020. Encompass Health President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Tarr and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Doug Coltharp will participate in … based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that includes 134 hospitals, 245 home health locations, and 83 hospice locations in 37 states …

Lisa Crossley

Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Announces 8 New Contracts in Texas, New iUGO Care Module | Globe Newswire | 4/30/2020

… Lisa Crossley, CEO of Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. “We will begin onboarding patients for these clients in May. The new clients include physician practices, home health agencies and an oncology specialist practice. The oncology practice will be using Reliq’s new iUGO Care PCM (Principle Care Management) module. New billing codes for PCM were introduced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2020. These codes allow specialists to …

Seema Verma

Hospitals Get Guidance On Restarting Elective Procedures: Think A Gradual Sunrise Over Flipping A Light Switch | Kaiser Health News | 4/20/2020

CMS Administrator Seema Verma released a plan that will help hospitals start to reopen, just like the rest of the country. Among other things, before a hospital can reopen for non-emergent, non-coronavirus care … uses. It plans to scale the approach nationwide, working alongside home health agencies that will help treat and manage the sickest patients. (Kacik, 4/17) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of …

Christine Lang

Oak Crest Home Health Team Named as a Top Agency | Parkville, MD Patch | 11/25/2019

… The views expressed here Neighbor News Oak Crest Home Health Team Named as a Top Agency 2019 HomeCare Elite® ranks home health agencies across the nation By Jeff Getek, Patch Contributor Nov 25, 2019 10:48 … Oak Crest for exemplifying best practice in patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “Oak Crest’s home health professionals have demonstrated exceptional commitment to care quality and the patient experience.” Celeste Saunders …

Doug Brown

90% of SNFs Predict No Shift in Value-Based Payments in 2020 | RevCycle Intelligence | 11/21/2019

… Doug Brown, managing partner of Black Book Research, stated in the press release. “That answer will require the expansion of technology capabilities to connect physician practices, home health agencies, hospices, outpatient settings, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, DME firms, and hospitals.” Specifically, value-based payment implementation will require more robust use of EHR technology and data analytics software to support care coordination, the survey found. READ MORE: Finding a Revenue …

Keith Myers

LHC Group, Inc. (LHCG) CEO Keith Myers on Q3 2019 Results - Earnings Call Transcript | Seeking Alpha | 11/11/2019

… Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LHCG ) Q3 2019 Earnings Conference Call November 7, 2019 9:00 AM ET CompanyParticipants Eric Elliott - SVP, Finance Keith Myers - Chairman & CEO Josh Proffitt - CFO Don Stelly - President & COO Conference Call Participants Brian … their post-acute care options, including data on quality measures. Home health agencies are also required to provide relevant data on quality measures. As the industry’s leader in quality and patient satisfaction, LHC Group can …

David Dill

LifePoint, LHC Group expand joint venture | Becker’s Hospital Review | 11/5/2019

… home health agencies. The partnership has grown to include 46 home health and hospice locations in eight states. “As our partnership with LHC Group continues to grow, it is energizing to know that we are helping strengthen home health and hospice services in even more communities and further enhancing the support we offer patients and their families,” said David Dill, president and CEO of LifePoint. “We look forward to continuing …

Lisa Brown

Capital Health Home Care Ashtabula Named 2019 Top 500 HomeCare Elite Agency | 10/25/2019

… that it has been named to the Top 500 of the 2019 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 14 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified … demonstrated exceptional commitment to care quality and the patient experience.” Lisa Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Capital Health Care Network, credits the success to strong clinical oversight and a team of highly skilled and caring individuals …

Chris A. Otto

Clear Arch Health RPM Solution Well Poised to Support Home Health and Home Care in 2020 and Beyond | PR Newswire | 10/13/2019

home health agencies facing PDGM. “We know RPM improves patient outcomes and satisfaction rates and lowers the costs of care,” said Chris A. Otto , Senior Vice President of Clear Arch Health. “Historically, home health has always seen the value in RPM, but it has been difficult to find funding for the programs. However, we are seeing increasingly more home health agencies implement RPM programs in anticipation of Patient-Driven Groupings …

Christopher Christensen

Addus Closes on Hospice Partners of America; Ensign Group Completes Pennant Spinoff | Home Health Care News | 10/6/2019

… BKD). Before the spinoff, The Ensign Group was the parent company of 258 health care facilities, 28 hospice agencies, 26 home health agencies and nine home care businesses nationwide. Its home health and hospice assets … continue acquiring and transforming underperforming healthcare operations,” Ensign’s Executive Chairman Christopher Christensen said in the press release. While Ensign and Pennant became separate companies as of Oct. 1, the duo will continue to work together …