The ballot measure would have hiked taxes to cover no-cost, at-home healthcare services for seniors and disabled people regardless of income level.
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.
The CMS finalized its plans to pay for remote patient monitoring. It also will increase Medicare payment for home health agencies by 2.2% for 2019, or $420 million.
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.
Home health agencies that participated in an abandoned prior authorization model will get less scrutiny under an upcoming revamped version of the effort, according to the CMS.
Home health giant Amedisys looks to buy Compassionate Care Hospice for $340 million, which would make it the third-largest hospice provider in the country, a rapidly growing sector that continues to attract investment.
Pennsylvania's highest court ruled that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf did not exceed his authority when he set up a process to give some union rights to home-based workers who care for elderly and disabled people.
The CMS on Tuesday announced it would drop a Medicaid rule that since 2014 has allowed unions to have dues paid through checks sent to state-subsidized home healthcare workers.
The CMS wants to revive an experiment to curb improper payments to home health agencies. But critics have said the initiative prevented some patients from accessing those providers.
Intermountain Healthcare recently announced a joint venture with home healthcare company Lifesprk to provide seniors with nonclinical support services.
Humana and two private equity firms plan to create the hospice-care giant by combining Curo Health Services and Kindred at Home.
Home health agencies are treating sicker patients, yet they lack some of the basic tools needed to prevent infections.