Wall Street analysts speaking at a panel discussion in Nashville Thursday said the future looks bright—and lucrative—for payers and medical-device makers, but not necessarily hospitals.
A glitch in the 21st Century Cures act essentially halted Medicare reimbursements for home infusion therapy for years. Time is running out to implement a fix that would take effect in 2019.
Humana and the two private equity companies together will operate Kindred's home health, hospice and community care businesses as a stand-alone company. Humana will own 40% of that company, and the private equity firms will own the rest.
Health insurer Humana is reportedly in talks to buy acute-care provider Kindred Healthcare, in what's another in a recent string of deals pairing insurers with healthcare providers.
Centrus Premier Home Care Inc. allegedly billed Massachusetts' Medicaid program for services that were not eligible for reimbursement. It will pay $14 million to settle the allegations.
The LHC Group and Almost Family merger highlights the growing importance providers are putting on post-acute care in a value-driven payment model.
The CMS has canceled a planned home health groupings model designed to encourage providers to better serve Medicare patients with complex medical needs rather than focusing on those who need therapy services. Providers and patient groups worried it would shrink access for all types of patients.
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.