The rulings said home health aides who don't live full time with their clients should be paid for every hour of a 24-hour shift.
Amedisys, one of the nation's largest home health operators, is closing four locations in Florida and consolidating three more where it already has centers.
The doctor will serve nearly 17 years in federal prison and repay $34 million for his part in a $50 million-plus Medicare fraud scheme.
CMS' proposed home health payment model alarms providers. Would it boost access for medically complex patients?
The home health groupings model is designed to encourage providers to better serve Medicare patients with complex medical needs rather than focusing on those who need therapy services. But provider and patient groups fear it would shrink access for all types of patients.
The home health agencies billed Medicare at an "alarming rate" generally for the most comprehensive physician exam and always adding a prolonged service code, investigators said.
Bayada Home Health Care described the move to not-for-profit as the first of its kind in the industry, driven by a motivation to sustain the organization for multiple generations and bolster recruiting and retention efforts.
Northwestern Medicine may have found the one hospital market where investment in long-term care hasn't paid off: affluent north suburban Lake Forest, Ill.
Catholic-sponsored Christus Health has agreed to contribute 21 home health, hospice and long-term hospitals to a joint venture with LHC Group, joining other hospitals in offloading those businesses.
The academic centers will give newly trained providers the unique skills needed to offer home-based primary care. Only about 1,000 providers currently offer home visits even though about 2 million Medicare patients need the service.
Home health agencies are getting an additional six months to prepare for a new CMS rule aimed at improving quality and patient care. The rule was first proposed by the Obama administration.
Post-acute care is often “fragmented and siloed” from the rest of the health care system. Now, hospitals can make some smart next steps and think strategically about post-acute care.
Texas' largest hospital system has agreed to create a joint venture for its home health and hospice agencies with a national home care operator, a move that several other health systems have made in their quest to enhance care and preserve capital and management resources.