Home health agencies that participated in an abandoned prior authorization model will get less scrutiny under an upcoming revamped version of the effort, according to the CMS.
Home health giant Amedisys looks to buy Compassionate Care Hospice for $340 million, which would make it the third-largest hospice provider in the country, a rapidly growing sector that continues to attract investment.
Pennsylvania's highest court ruled that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf did not exceed his authority when he set up a process to give some union rights to home-based workers who care for elderly and disabled people.
The CMS on Tuesday announced it would drop a Medicaid rule that since 2014 has allowed unions to have dues paid through checks sent to state-subsidized home healthcare workers.
The CMS wants to revive an experiment to curb improper payments to home health agencies. But critics have said the initiative prevented some patients from accessing those providers.
Intermountain Healthcare recently announced a joint venture with home healthcare company Lifesprk to provide seniors with nonclinical support services.
Humana and two private equity firms plan to create the hospice-care giant by combining Curo Health Services and Kindred at Home.
Home health agencies are treating sicker patients, yet they lack some of the basic tools needed to prevent infections.
LHC Group and Almost Family finalized their merger which will allow the combined company to partner with more hospitals, take on more risk and better attract and retain home health aides, executives said.
CVS Health is now planning to treat kidney failure patients, as the national drugstore chain continues to branch deeper into monitoring and providing care.
The investigation is fueled, at least in part, by information gathered by a union that expressed concerns that some nonunion employers are gaining an edge by not offering the full amount of wages and benefits required by law.
A Delaware court ruled in Kindred Healthcare's favor, rejecting shareholders' request to block the home healthcare provider's proposed sale to Humana and two private equity firms.