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.

Provider, IT groups push CMS to incorporate technology into new payment models

Months after federal health officials said they want to push the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation in a “new direction,” provider and health IT associations are advocating for the inclusion of health technology and data in new payment models.

Humana’s Value-Based Efforts Show Home Health Opportunity

Home health providers’ involvement in Medicare Advantage plans is growing, and a focus on value-based care could help in that process, a study from Humana suggests. Seniors enrolled in MA plans can see lower costs of care and better care when they’re part of value-based programs, according to the study.

LHC Group and Almost Family Announce Merger of Equals to Create Leading National Provider of In-Home Healthcare Services

LHC Group and Almost Family will combine in an all-stock merger of equals transaction. The merger will create a nationwide provider of in-home healthcare services with a long track record of successfully partnering with hospitals and health systems led by the most experienced management team steeped in home health. The combined company will have 781 locations in 36 states with more than 31,000 employees and revenue of $1.8 billion and Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $145 million for the trailing 12-month period ended September 30, 2017.

AFAM, LHC Group CEOs Talk Growth, Industry Influence

In the wake of the planned LHC Group and Almost Family merger, executives are bullish on growth and expansion. While leadership of both companies are calling their combination better, faster, stronger, the biggest opportunities for the merger may lie in continuing more deals between health systems and hospitals and post-acute care providers. The companies have few overlapping markets but strong synergies - and both companies are already converted to the same Homecare Homebase technology system.