Category Archives: Long Term Care

Guardian Pharmacy Services’ Expansion Strategy is Finding Success

Guardian Pharmacy Services’ expansion strategy is finding success by leveraging the company’s local-autonomy business model.

Hospice Care and Pharmacy Growth Attracting Large Industry Stakeholders

Hospice and palliative care both offer compassionate care to patients with life limiting illnesses. But palliative care – which is always a component of hospice care – can be used as a separate area of medical practice while the patient is receiving treatment. Hospice care includes palliative care and addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, and […]

PDPM Driving Efficient Use of Data in Skilled Nursing

In July 2018, CMS finalized a new case-mix classification model, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), that, effective beginning October 1, 2019, will be used under the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for classifying SNF patients in a covered Part A stay. This new reimbursement model is requiring coding changes and education […]

The Ensign Group Restructures

The Ensign Group, Inc. (Ensign), the parent company of the Ensign™ group of skilled nursing, rehabilitative care services, home health care, hospice care and senior living companies, recently announced a plan to separate its home health and hospice agencies and substantially all of its senior living businesses into a separate publicly-traded company. Upon consummation of […]

Wellfount Pharmacy Closure An Opportunity For Other LTC Pharmacies

Founded in 2006 Wellfount Pharmacy believed healthcare can be offered with higher quality and at lower cost, without compromise. Wellfount offeed a full range of medications and consulting services, directed toward a residents’ specific needs. Wellfount’s pharmacy team was focused on helping clients achieve improved resident outcomes, reduced re-hospitalizations, lower medication waste, and reduced overall costs, allowing […]

Amazon Alexa Capable of Transmitting HIPAA Information

Amazon Alexa announced that it now is capable of transmitting and receiving protected health information. Its new HIPAA-compliant status means that operators and residents alike may find more reasons to use the device. The company has been working with six organizations to develop “skills” to manage a variety of healthcare needs at home simply using […]

ProMedica HCR ManorCare Integration Off to a Rough Start

ProMedica finalized the transaction in 2018 that added HCR ManorCare operations to the ProMedica organization. HCR ManorCare, the nation’s second largest post-acute and long-term care provider, has enabled this partnership with ProMedica to significantly scale its system. The combined organization provides a wide breadth of services and capabilities, including: a hospital system, a physician group, […]

Does CVS Health Have the Right Strategy for Omnicare?

CVS Health executives, after poor fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial results as a result of its long-term care business, reaffirmed that the growth opportunity with Omnicare was always focused on the independent and assisted living spaces. CVS Health believes those opportunities still exist and are consistent with the company’s strategy of putting the […]