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The recent 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Annual Conference & Exhibition predictably showed a strong focus on EHR, and furthermore included Long-term Post-Acute Care specific programming and demonstrated use cases on information exchange by home health agencies.
Two years after acquiring and integrating Encompass Home Health and Hospice, HealthSouth will invest between $50 million and $100 million in home health and hospice acquisitions in 2017.
A recent executive order freezing new regulations has halted implementation of new and expanded bundled payment models by CMS for 60 days, delaying the final rule from December that would create certain mandatory bundled payment programs for Medicare beneficiaries.
Home health is expected to grow an average of 6.7 percent, the highest of any sector in personal health care. The increase in home health spending will be driven, it is believed, by a 7.8 percent average increase in Medicare spending from 2020-2025, as millions of Baby Boomers hit their mid-70 and require home health care more often.
Smart senior housing providers and investors already should start looking at Medicare-certified home care companies as valuable allies, according to research findings made available last month.