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.

Kindred Inks Deal to Sell Skilled Nursing Business for $700 Million

Kindred Healthcare has struck a deal to sell its Skilled Nursing Facility business, furthering its goal of providing "integrated post-acute care” as the largest home health provider in the nation.

NAHC Advocacy Boosts Support for Nurse Practitioner Bill in Congress

The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act is picking up co-sponsors in the Senate and House of Representatives, thanks to advocacy from NAHC. The Act benefits the home care community by allowing skilled nurse and non-physician practitioners to certify face-to-face encounters and order home health services for Medicare beneficiaries.

Digital health funding is on pace for its biggest year yet

Digital health companies saw a massive round of funding in the second quarter of 2017, putting the industry on track for a record-setting year.

Surescripts’ Interoperable Network Connects 1.3 Million Healthcare Professionals to Deliver Nearly 11 Billion Secure Transactions In 2016

Surescripts released its 2016 National Progress Report, revealing that actionable patient intelligence is taking hold across American healthcare, with more than 10.9 billion secure transactions, up 12 percent from 2015.

Medicare-Medicaid Home Health Rule Delayed Six Months

CMS in a final rule released July 7 pushed back the effective date of home health providers’ conditions of participation by six months, to Jan. 13, 2018. The first rewrite of the standards for home health providers since 1989, the requirements will affect thousands of home health agencies serving millions of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.