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.

The Top Home Health Trends of 2020

In all likelihood, 2019 will go down as one of the most important years in Medicare-certified home health care history. While many industry-shaping changes didn’t officially begin last year, 2019 did set the stage for several new regulatory and business trends in 2020. Almost all of those trends are somehow linked to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the massive home health reimbursement overhaul that went live on Jan. 1. Thriving under such a vastly different business environment will dictate how providers operate over the next 12 months, with small and large agencies each experiencing a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Consolidation will be a theme of 2020, as will adaptation.

Assisted Living Facilities Market to See Huge Growth by 2025: Brookdale Senior Living, Sunrise Senior Living, Emeritus

Global Assisted Living Facilities Market Outlook provides a thoughtful analysis of current issues facing the industry, along with current facts and statistics about the production and application in the Global Assisted Living Facilities Market. The latest research publication released with title Global Assisted Living Facilities Market by Type (, Product Type Segmentation, Continuing care retirement communities & Homes for the elderly), by Application, by Players (Brookdale Senior Living, Sunrise Senior Living, Emeritus, Atria Senior Living, Extendicare, Gentiva Health Services, Senior Care Centers of America & Kindred Healthcare) and by Regions and Country Level Break-up: Segments Trend, Size, % Share, Growth, Estimation, and Forecast. According to the report, the overall market has addressed regional growth drivers and influencing trends which allow users to base the facts and estimation at a very micro level.

Amedisys Closes Asana Hospice Acquisition

Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) has closed its purchase of Asana Hospice for an undisclosed amount. Asana Hospice, which operates eight locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas, has an average daily census of 540. Following the closure of this transaction, the Amedisys hospice portfolio will rise to 146 locations in 33 states. “Since our founding, Asana Hospice has focused on family and patient-centered care and empowering each and every team member to take part in fulfilling this mission,” David Glick, president and CEO of Asana Hospice, said. “In Amedisys, we find true alignment to our shared mission of providing the highest quality of care to the communities we serve.”

Improving Health Literacy Could Boost Access to Hospice, Palliative Care

A lack of health literacy may pose a barrier to patients receiving hospice or palliative care, including delaying their entry into hospice. Patients who lack an understanding of health care information or terminology, do not understand their own illnesses, or who misconstrue the nature of hospice or palliative care may lack the necessary tools to make an informed decision about their end-of-life wishes. Health literacy is the degree to which individuals can obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions, according to the Institute of Medicine.