Kindred Health CEO Staying Focused on Growth Strategy

With more than 1,700 locations in 46 states, Kindred Healthcare has a unique perspective on caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its network spans long-term care, rehabilitation and behavioral health. And despite the financial pinch the pandemic has put on the industry, Kindred President and CEO Ben Breier says the organization is well-positioned to stick with an ambitious growth strategy. He recently talked with Modern Healthcare Managing Editor Matthew Weinstock. The following is an edited transcript.

Select Medical and RUSH Enter Joint Venture to Operate Critical Illness Recovery Hospital, Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital and Outpatient Rehabilitation Centers in Illinois

Select Medical Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Select Medical Holdings Corporation (NYSE: SEM), announced Thursday a joint venture agreement with Rush University System for Health (RUSH) to manage operations of a critical illness recovery hospital, inpatient rehabilitation hospital and 63 physical therapy centers throughout the greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana region. Select Medical will serve as both the majority owner and managing partner across the three post-acute care lines. Under the agreement, the combined outpatient rehabilitation centers contributed to the joint venture include 62 NovaCare Rehabilitation, Select Physical Therapy and Michiana Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy locations from Select Medical, as well as the Rush Rehabilitation center. All 63 outpatient centers will be rebranded as RUSH Physical Therapy.

Post Acute Medical to Build 42-Bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin

Post Acute Medical, LLC (PAM) announced today that it plans to construct a state-of-the-art, 42-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin, that will serve the greater Wausau region. The 50,000-square-foot, two-story hospital represents a more than $25 million capital investment in Wausau and the surrounding communities. Building the hospital will create approximately 160 construction jobs. When fully operational, it will support more than 125 permanent jobs.

Post Acute Medical to Acquire 42-Bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota

Post Acute Medical, LLC (PAM) announced today that it will acquire Cobalt Rehabilitation Fargo, 4671 38th Street South, Fargo, North Dakota, from Curahealth Hospitals and Cobalt Rehabilitation and expects to complete the acquisition on October 1. PAM will rename the 42-private-bed hospital PAM Rehabilitation Hospital of Fargo. It will be PAM’s first inpatient rehabilitation hospital in North Dakota. PAM, based in Enola, Pennsylvania, provides post-acute health care services through more than 40 long-term acute care hospitals and medical rehabilitation hospitals, as well as 18 outpatient physical therapy locations, in 12 states.

Post Acute Medical to Build 42-Bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital in Denver Suburb

Post Acute Medical, LLC (PAM) announced today that it has placed land under contract and plans to construct a state-of-the-art, 42-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital west of Denver near the suburbs of Golden and Lakewood, Colorado. When it opens, the hospital will be PAM’s third hospital in Colorado, joining PAM Specialty Hospital of Denver and a newly announced hospital in the Ft. Collins and Greeley area.

Post Acute Medical to Build 42-Bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital in Northern Colorado

Post Acute Medical, LLC (PAM) announced today that it has placed land under contract and plans to construct a state-of-the-art, 42-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in northern Colorado near the communities of Fort Collins and Greeley. When it opens, the hospital will be PAM’s second hospital in Colorado, joining PAM Specialty Hospital of Denver.

Post Acute Medical to Build 42-Bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital in Jupiter, Florida

Post Acute Medical, LLC (PAM) announced today that it plans to construct a state-of-the-art, 42-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital (IRF) in Jupiter, Florida that will serve the greater Palm Beach and Martin County areas. The 50,000-square-foot, two-story hospital, which represents more than $25 million in capital investment in Jupiter and the surrounding communities, will not be the first in Florida for PAM. The company operates PAM Specialty Hospital of Sarasota, a long-term acute care hospital, which serves critically-ill patients with complex medical conditions. [GHA Editor’s Note: this is PAM’s 4th IRF construction announcement in the past 2 weeks.]

Encompass Health and Covenant Health Announce Joint Venture to Own and Operate Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals in Knoxville, Tennessee

Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) and Covenant Health today announced they will enter into a joint venture to own and operate Covenant Health’s Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center. Serving the area since 1978, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center is located inside the Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Encompass Health and Covenant Health plan to jointly file two certificate of need applications. The first application will be to build a new 51-bed, freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital on Covenant Health’s Fort Sanders West campus in Knoxville. A second application will be filed to renovate and convert the existing Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center to a 22-bed hospital-in-hospital structure, where the hospital’s semi-private rooms will be converted to all private rooms with private bathrooms.

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Dayton Moves into New Hospital Location under a New Name and Partnership with Premier Health

The Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio, a joint venture between Premier Health and Encompass Health, formerly known as the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Dayton, has started serving patients in its new home located at 835 South Main Street in Dayton, across from the Miami Valley Hospital campus. The freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital is now a joint venture of Premier Health, the largest comprehensive health system in southwest Ohio known for its award-winning medical care, and Encompass Health, the nation’s leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation services. The freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital includes 60 private patient rooms, a spacious therapy gym, an in-house pharmacy, courtyard, dialysis suite, three bariatric rooms, an isolation room, dining room and dayroom areas.

CMS Wants to Boost Inpatient Rehab Payments by 2.9% in 2021

The CMS Thursday proposed to increase Medicare payments to inpatient rehabilitation facilities by 2.9%, or $270 million, in 2021. That figure is based on an estimated 2.5% increase factor plus a 0.4% boost in aggregate payments to peg outlier payments at 3.0% of total payments. The agency also suggested applying a 5% cap on wage index decreases from fiscal year 2020 to 2021, as per the Office of Management and Budget’s statistical area delineations. Under the proposed rule, non-physician clinicians would be allowed to perform service and documentation tasks currently limited to rehabilitation physicians so long as they are within the practitioners’ scope of practice. There aren’t any proposed changes to the IRF quality reporting program for next year.