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.

5 Ways Amedisys Reduces Rehospitalization Rates

Amedisys, one of the nation’s largest home health care providers, reveals 5 best practices it engages in to help reduce hospital re-admissions - one of them includes working with Homecare Homebase.

No Response Denials Included in Provider Error Rates

CMS has issued a Change Request effective this September which will include denials due to no response to additional development requests (ADR) when calculating the provider error rate. Providers should have processes in place to routinely check the system for ADR requests and to respond timely - denials for no response to ADRs are the easiest claim denials to avoid.

Amedisys Continues Personal Care Growth in Massachusetts

Amedisys has made yet another acquisition in the private pay arena acquiring a Massachusetts personal care provider. This is the latest in a series of moves Amedisys has made to develop integrated post-acute networks of personal care, home health and hospice in the communities it serves.

How More In-Home Support Could Combat ‘Pop Drop’

A new study notes that when a spouse is care-giving while fatigued, their Medicare costs are roughly $8,000 more over the course of a year, suggesting that increased funding to provide home caregiver support could actually save money.