By Greg Shulas

Amedisys, a home health care company, is reporting strong progress in a core area that’s been a frequent Achilles heel: staff retention.

The Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based provider has cut its turnover rate from about 40 percent in late 2015 to nearly 18 percent today. It’s an achievement that has dovetailed with Amedisys’s effort to strengthen its overall recruitment strategy by consistently emphasizing its commitment to providing superior clinical care.

With Medicare spend for hospice care growing substantially in recent years and palliative care becoming an increasingly attractive precursor to hospice in the emerging value-based ecosystem, the hospice market is changing.

Recent developments of note include the October 10, 2018, announcement from Amedisys that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Compassionate Care Hospice, a national hospice care provider headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey.