Home Health & Hospice Weekly News Roundup

Our weekly list of news, reports, and information about home health and hospice care. Learn about new studies, trends, CMS regulations and more.

Making Sense of New CURES Act Regulations for Home Health

The 21st Century CURES Act will impact the home health industry, containing a few key provisions that will require home health care providers to update or invest in new technology. In addition, home health agencies with certain services will see reimbursement changes over the next few years.

Primary care using NPs and PAs to reach patients with virtual visits

There’s a new way that some primary care practices are using nurse practitioners and physician assistants—having them reach out to patients with virtual visits. With a broader focus on expanding telehealth services to more patients, the majority of state medical boards around the country view regulations about providing remote care as a top priority in the coming year.

Home Health Deals Commanded Impressive Valuations in 2016

Out of all health care sectors, home health posted the highest trading multiples for mergers and acquisitions in 2016, according to data in a newly released PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report.

Home Health Groups Decry MedPAC Proposed Cuts As Too High

MedPAC voted on a 5% cut in reimbursement rates for home health agencies in 2018, pointing to high operating margins on average as the justification, but home care groups now argue these margins don’t tell the whole story by not including the averages of all types of home health care agencies.