Beaumont Health plans to sell as much as 90% of its seven-county home health and hospice business and has created a joint venture called Beaumont Home Health and Hospice LLC with Ohio-based Alternate Solutions Health Network.
Almost 60% of healthcare executives responding to a survey said healthcare M&A activity will either stay the same or decline next year, according to Capital One Healthcare.
Hospitals added 13,000 new jobs in October, 1,000 more than the prior month, when they made the most new hires of any healthcare sector. Meanwhile, ambulatory healthcare services regained the top spot, just inching out hospitals.
Home healthcare programs are proliferating as health plans and at-risk providers look for ways to keep patients out of the hospital or from returning after being discharged.
A Medicare model aimed at patients who wanted hospice as well as curative care did not do well in its first year because hospice providers fled the program and doctors were not interested in participating.
The CMS has finalized plans to give hospices nearly double the raise they received in 2018. The agency will also make it easier to check data on the troubled Hospice Compare website.
Although the initial results from the family experience surveys on Hospice Compare show overall strong performance, experts say a low-response rate could be tilting results higher.
The U.S. Justice Department will not intervene in a recently unsealed group of False Claims Act lawsuits alleging that HCR ManorCare admitted patients to hospice who were not eligible for the service.
Surveyors that assess hospitals for compliance with federal and state laws are implementing a new policy that could lead to the closure of some so-called micro-hospitals.
Officials at the CMS say they are taking multiple steps to address accuracy issues on Hospice Compare and believe the site will be largely free of errors by early next year.
The Hospice Compare site has been providing inaccurate information to patients since its launch in August, and it's unclear when the issues will be addressed.
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