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Kindred Healthcare has launched a hostile takeover to acquire home health company Gentiva, announcing a $533 million bid Thursday. The total deal would be valued at $1.6 billion, including assumed debt.
Reimbursement is shifting to home health, hurting the finances of skilled nursing facilities, a newly released market analysis states.
Seniors are more likely to be rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge if they have dementia, and the risk increases if they are taking an antipsychotic medication, according to recently published research findings. The study also found that discharge to a skilled nursing facility reduced hospital readmission risk when compared to discharge with home health services.
TriStar Home Health and Hospice, an Indiana division of Trilogy Health Services LLC, has been sold to ViaQuest Inc. The terms were not disclosed.
Home health providers should be subject to Medicare reimbursement penalties based on hospital readmission rates, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
Kindred Healthcare, one of the nation's largest long-term care operators, has completed the first phase of a repositioning plan and is entering a period of growth, company leaders recently announced.
Care Innovations™ Connect RCM (Remote Clinical Management) is now FDA-cleared for use in a home care setting, the company said.
The Department of Labor has announced it will extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home health workers providing direct care, earning cheers from long-time advocates of this policy.
By negotiating now, a nursing home can have a strong voice in an Accountable Care Organization. Otherwise, ACOs will come to nursing homes in two or three years with a "take it or leave it" proposition, according to John Durso, a partner at the law firm of Ungaretti & Harris LLP and a McKnight's Expert columnist.
Medicare expenditures for beneficiaries who are readmitted to the hospital within 60 days are twice as high as expenditures for beneficiaries who aren't readmitted, a new analysis sponsored by the home health industry finds.
Iowa lawmakers are considering legislation that would require direct care workers in nursing homes to be licensed and meet training standards.
Federal officials have brought down what they said is the largest home health fraud scheme ever concocted. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said around $375 million was billed incorrectly to Medicare and Medicaid, and announced the suspension of 78 home health agencies associated with physician Jacques Roy, M.D., of Rockwall, TX.
As it recovers from a bruising fourth quarter, Kindred Healthcare said it would not renew seven Ventas lease bundles containing 64 facilities in 2013.
Recently, claims for hospital patients discharged to skilled nursing homes have come under increased review, particularly by various recovery audit contractors. If you know some background and better understand the situation, it can only help.
Officials from Colorado's state health department have proposed mandatory flu vaccinations for all nursing home employees, regardless of religious or personal exceptions.
We are at a critical point in long-term care. The perfect storm is upon us: baby boomers hitting 65, the decline of the U.S. economy and housing market, increasing healthcare costs that demand we rethink our business. Long-term care providers who don't evolve will be passed by.
Maryland healthcare professionals will soon be required to complete a form outlining a patient's end-of-life wishes upon admission to a long-term care facility, according to a new regulation.
Certified nursing assistants and home health aides will continue to be in huge demand, but a lack of training and low pay could mean a labor crisis for nursing facilities, home health agencies and even hospitals, according to a joint report from Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post.
Medicare beneficiaries with chronic health problems are far less likely to be readmitted to the hospital when discharged to their homes than if they receive other post-acute care services, a new analysis finds.
Long-term care facilities are increasing their room charges, although less than other goods and services, according to a new survey.
The wages and benefits for the direct-care workforce in long-term care "continue to be woefully inadequate," according to a new Fact Sheet analysis from home-health worker advocacy group PHI.
There will be a three-month delay before the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services enforces a face-to-face meeting requirement for individuals who want hospice services or home health care, the Bureau of National Affairs reported.
Federal courts in Pennsylvania and Vermont have ruled that the Obama administration's Medicare standards are too stringent when it comes to deciding if a patient is eligible for skilled nursing home care or home health.
Some healthcare providers would be subject to criminal background checks and fingerprinting under a new fraud-prevention plan from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Home health giant Gentiva Health Services Inc. has completed its acquisition of hospice provider Odyssey HealthCare Inc., the company announced Tuesday.
Developments in the hospice and home care markets may not generally catch the eyes of folks in the long-term care sphere. But that could change as a result of a recent transaction.
Home health company Gentiva Health Services' planned purchase of Odyssey Healthcare, a hospice provider, will send ripples through the aging services industry, analysts told Investor's Business Daily.