Home Health Heavyweight Encompass Sees Potential to Replace Skilled Nursing with IRFs Post-COVID

Widespread outbreaks of COVID-19 at skilled nursing facilities have increased calls to accelerate the shift to in-home care whenever possible, but one major home health provider took things a step further by floating the potential for replacing SNF care with stays at inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs). Speaking on the company’s second-quarter earnings call this week, […]

Home Health Giants Look to Accelerate Diversions, Capitalize on ‘Long Haul Back for the SNFs’ Post-COVID

Operators of post-acute care facilities have seen the steady diversion of patients to the home setting in recent years, and multiple home health heavyweights believe the COVID-19 pandemic will only accelerate that trend into the 2020s. The flow of hospital patients bypassing the institutional skilled nursing facility “is picking up more steam right now,” LHC […]

PDPM Layoffs Could Send Some Therapists to Home Health, But Former SNF Workers Not Targets

Both the skilled nursing and home health spaces are in the midst of shifts to new Medicare payment models, and despite widespread reports of therapy layoffs at nursing homes, a leading player in the home care space says it isn’t necessarily targeting the cohort of available therapists. Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) has been monitoring […]