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How VillageMD Went from Startup to One of Walgreens’ Most Important Partners

In 2020, Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) announced that it would be investing $1 billion in a relatively new primary care company: VillageMD. Since that point, the home- and community-focused VillageMD has thrived in the partnership with the behemoth retailer, so much so that Walgreens invested another $5.2 billion in the company this October. Despite …

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‘It’s Back to Basics’: Home Health Giants Share Staffing Strategies, Growth Goals

This article is an exclusive feature available as a part of your subscription to HHCN + Basically all of the publicly traded in-home care giants offered internal updates and expectations for the coming year this week during a series of investor presentations. In addition to company-specific plans, the group discussed key policy developments and important …

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The 4 Forces Shaping Home Health Care in 2022

Home health operators each year have to adapt on a number of different fronts, from relatively minor coding updates to major payment adjustments. But in addition to the more run-of-the-mill items, providers occasionally have to navigate macro-level forces that literally change the industry itself. At least four such forces will redefine home health care in …

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Transactions: Riverside Invests in Executive Care; Charter Buys Silver Linings Hospice Care

Home care provider Executive Care recently received an investment from global investment firm The Riverside Company. The financial terms were not disclosed. Hackensack, New Jersey-based Executive Care is a private-pay personal care company that operates a network of 13 franchise locations and offers a plethora of services, including companionship, homemaking, personal care and live-in care. …

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‘Aging in the Right Place’: Housing Becoming Key Pillar for Home-Based Care Providers

After President Joe Biden announced Thursday a new, six-pronged approach to his administration’s COVID-19 strategy that requires most home health workers to be vaccinated against the virus, many questions and concerns remain. More clarity is likely to come to light as specific agencies deal with the next steps following the mandate’s release, like the Department …

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Transactions: CommonSpirit Health at Home Locations Are Up For Sale; Bayada and Jefferson Form JV Agreement

CommonSpirit Health is in talks to transfer ownership of its home health operations in Minnesota and North Dakota to an undisclosed third party, according to recently released financial documents. Currently, CommonSpirit Health operates more than 1,500 care sites and 140 hospitals across 21 states. The health system has about 150,000 employees total, including 25,000 physicians …

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‘Crawl, Walk, Run’: Health Systems Are Figuring Out Hospital at Home Now, Worrying About Reimbursement Later

The one-year anniversary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “Acute Hospital Care at Home” announcement will land on Thanksgiving this year, Nov. 25. And while there’s a lot for providers to be thankful for, there’s also a lot left to be sought after. After all, the end of the public health emergency …

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Investors Shifting Their Focus to Value-Based Care Businesses

In 2021 alone, a handful of investment organizations have launched with the objective of operating within the value-based care space. The existence of these companies exemplifies how businesses in value-based care are increasingly becoming attractive commodities. Sign up for HHCN + to read this exclusive content. Individual Membership $400 per year Purchase Group 2–5 members …

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Inside the Home Health Industry’s Choose Home Lobbying Push

Home health stakeholders have been lobbying for the Choose Home Care Act of 2021 ever since it was introduced in the U.S. Senate at the end of July. That push has now reached a critical juncture. Beginning last week, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) and its provider members have been holding virtual meetings …

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Transactions: Help at Home Acquires Prime Home Care; New Day Healthcare Secures $55.5M

Chicago-based Help at Home has acquired Prime Home Care, an in-home care provider that offers both home health and home care services across nine Ohio locations, including the large markets of Columbus, Toledo and Cincinnati. Headquartered in Maineville, Ohio, Prime has been delivering home-based care to clients since 2006. The company currently serves about 900 …

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‘Nurses Are Horrified’: Hospital-at-Home Programs Taking Flak, But Model’s Long-Term Growth Is Undeniable

“Resistance to change is proportional to how much the future might be altered by any given act.” The quote, a line from American horror author Stephen King, perfectly describes the situation in which hospital-at-home programs find themselves. As of Nov. 11, 83 health systems and 187 hospitals in 34 states were participating in the Acute …

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‘Layer Upon Layer of Regulation’: Breaking Down the CMS Vaccination Mandate

Since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its interim emergency regulation relating to the federal government’s vaccine mandate last Thursday, more clarity has come to the surface. Specifically, CMS has made clear what health care providers are included, what individuals can be exempt and how the mandate will be enforced. Sign up …

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Innovive Health Building In-Home Care Model Around the ‘Most Underserved Population in the Country’

Joe McDonough began his health care career in the hospital setting, mostly working with individuals with complex and chronic mental health conditions. After seeing so many of his patients return, he became determined to build a better care delivery model. That’s exactly what he’s doing at Innovive Health, a Massachusetts-based home health provider with a …

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Why Walgreens, VillageMD See the Home as an ‘Increasingly Relevant’ Health Care Vertical

Everyone wants to know what Walgreens Boots Alliance’s (Nasdaq: WBA) health care strategy is. Over the past month, it has become increasingly clear. On Oct. 14, the company made another investment in the primary care company VillageMD. The price tag was $5.2 billion for Walgreens, following a $1 billion investment in VillageMD last year as …

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PE Investment Strategies in Home-Based Care Becoming More Long-Term

It’s no secret that private equity is shaping the present and future of home-based care in the United States. It appears to me that in-home care is also rubbing off on PE, however, with multiple examples of the idea coming this week. Sign up for HHCN + to read this exclusive content. Individual Membership $400 …

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Beyond the Bottom Line: Why M&A Isn’t Just About EBITDA for The Pennant Group

Over two years after spinning off from The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG), Eagle, Idaho-based The Pennant Group (Nasdaq: PNTG) stands at 87 home health and hospice agencies, plus 54 senior living communities. The company has locations throughout 14 states overall. The Pennant Group is, no doubt, a large-scale provider with plenty of resources at its …

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HouseWorks Lands Atlantic Homelife Senior Care; Help at Home Completes Multiple Acquisitions

The independent home care company HouseWorks has acquired Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Boston, HouseWorks offers mainly private-pay in-home care services to older adults in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, plus Philadelphia and parts of Maine. In addition to traditional home care services, HouseWorks — founded more …

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Why Kaiser Permanente Wants to Be Known for Home Care

Kaiser Permanente is one of the largest health systems and health plans in the entire U.S. And while home-based care has always been a part of the system’s integrated model, it now has its own division, “Care at Home,” underneath the massive brand’s umbrella. Angel Vargas has been enlisted to lead the budding enterprise. He …

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LHC Group CEO Keith Myers: Choose Home Winning Capitol Hill Support, But SNF Stakeholders Still Need Convincing

Since its introduction in the U.S. Senate in July, the Choose Home Care Act of 2021 has been a hot topic among home health leaders. Most have overwhelmingly embraced the legislation as a major step forward for home-based care. One of these leaders is none other than Keith Myers, chairman and CEO of LHC Group …

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‘There Was Always Going to Be Tech Disruption’: Honor, Home Instead CEOs Break Down Recent Transaction

In August, home care technology company Honor announced it acquired Home Instead Senior Care, one of the largest in-home aging services providers in the world. As a result of the deal, the combined Honor-Home Instead enterprise now represents more than $2.1 billion in home care services revenue. That size and scale will help the pair …

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Health Care Executives Share Provocative Takes on the Future of Home-Based Care

Two weeks ago, Home Health Care News hosted our flagship FUTURE Conference in downtown Chicago. Since then, I’ve been reflecting on the event’s panels as well as my on-background conversations to get a better feel for where the health care world — and home-based care, in particular — is headed. Value-based care and the shift …

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Infection Control, Cultural Competency and Dementia Education: Top Home Care Training Trends in 2021

Home care agencies are often tasked with helping seniors keep up with their activities of daily living (ADLs). But in recent years, a number of specialized training topics have become the key focus of providers looking to strengthen the type of care they’re delivering. One of these topics is Alzheimer’s disease and dementia training for …

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‘It’s a Huge Advantage’: How Georgetown Home Care Became 100% Vaccinated

This article is an exclusive feature available as a part of your subscription to HHCN + When Georgetown Home Care (GHC) mandated its workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in early August, it got an immediate reply from one worker. “I quit,” the worker said. While John Bradshaw, the company’s CEO, still believed it was …

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Transactions: Aveanna to Acquire Comfort Care in $345M Deal; Henry Ford Health System Partners with Contessa

Aveanna Healthcare (Nasdaq: AVAH) has agreed to acquire Comfort Care Home Health for $345 million, according to financial filings. The Atlanta-based Aveanna went public through a $100 million IPO earlier this year. While it filed an 8-K on Oct. 1 for the deal, a press release has not yet been issued. Sign up for HHCN …

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Home-Based Care Providers Face Major Losses Ahead of Vaccine Mandates

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What Home Care Operators Can Expect from MA Plans in 2022

October is normally a pretty eventful time for home health and home care operators. This year will certainly be no different, particularly when it comes to emerging Medicare Advantage (MA) opportunities. As Medicare-certified home health agencies await the final payment rule that comes out at the end of October, home care companies will be closely …

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‘There’s a Lot of Unmet Need’: Addressing Long HCBS Waitlists

Home- and community-based services (HCBS) are a way to fill gaps in care for seniors with complex medical conditions, with Medicaid being the main source of coverage for long-term services and supports (LTSS). As of 2020, over 2.5 million individuals received HCBS services, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). Still, there are hundreds of …

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‘We’re Never Going Back to an Institution-First Model’: Home Care Veteran Ready to Lead New Aging-in-Place SPAC

A new blank-check company is hunting for aging-in-place businesses to take public. And unlike other senior care-related special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) launched in the past year, this one — DTRT Health — is led by a well-known home care veteran with ample public experience. “There’s quite a number of fascinating public-ready companies of scale, …

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Transactions: LHC Group Expands Footprint; Senior Helpers Acquires New Corporate Store

The LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) M&A run continues. The Lafayette, Louisiana-based company recently announced agreements to acquire Generations Home Health along with Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care, both in Virginia Beach, Virginia. LHC Group expects $7 million in annual revenue from the deals. Sign up for HHCN + to read this exclusive …

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How Seniors Helpers, ComForCare and 24 Hour Home Care Are Building Great Places to Work

At a time when the home care industry is plagued with workforce shortages, Senior Helpers, 24 Hour Home Care and ComForCare have made a name for themselves as best-in-class employers. Among common retention tactics, all three organizations actively elicit feedback by surveying staff on a regular basis. Senior Helpers, 24 Hour Home Care and ComForCare …

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Right at Home CEO Brian Petranick: Strategic Buyers Will Drive Future Home Care M&A Activity

Since last spring, home care companies have had to battle through an ongoing pandemic and a worsening labor crisis. They’ve had to face those challenges, too, while trying to meet the needs of a rapidly growing U.S. senior population. In many ways, it has felt like trying to stay afloat in an endless wave pool, …

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Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Could Mean a Bigger Role for Palliative Care

Earlier this year, palliative care advocates were hopeful that a formal benefit for community-based services would be coming soon. While that hasn’t happened yet, the clear momentum around a reimbursement pathway for community-based palliative care has prompted more home health agencies and other providers to launch programs of their own. That’s a trend likely to …

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Why Senior-Focused Primary Care Centers Are Reaching into the Home

More and more primary care centers have chosen to specialize in serving seniors. In particular, companies such as CareMax Inc. (Nasdaq: CMAX), VillageMD and Humana Inc., mainly through its CenterWell Senior Primary Care arm, have all solidified their spots in the senior care sector by becoming a one-stop-shop for geriatric services. Sign up for HHCN …

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‘Everybody Is Facing This Problem’: Staffing Struggles Force In-Home Care Providers to Turn Away Business

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‘We Can Be the Largest Provider in the Country’: Fastest-Growing Home Care Companies in the US

Elder Care Homecare, HomeWell Care Services, 24 Hour Home Care and Georgetown Home Care (GHC) are four of the fastest-growing aging-in-place providers in the nation. Revenue diversification, cross-continuum partnerships and niche service offerings have allowed each home care business to maintain strong growth over the past 18 months, even during a pandemic that has triggered …

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Transactions: The Pennant Group Buys Texas Hospice Provider; DispatchHealth Partners with Lee Health

The Pennant Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG) has purchased the assets of Amarillo, Texas-based Open Heart Hospice. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the agreement, Open Heart Hospice will operate under the name Kinder Hearts Hospice of Amarillo. Sign up for HHCN + to read this exclusive content. Individual Membership …

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‘For Many Providers, It’s Welcome News’: Breaking Down the White House Vaccine Mandate

After President Joe Biden announced Thursday a new, six-pronged approach to his administration’s COVID-19 strategy that requires most home health workers to be vaccinated against the virus, many questions and concerns remain. More clarity is likely to come to light as specific agencies deal with the next steps following the mandate’s release, like the Department …

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‘The Fittest Survive’: HHVBP Expansion Could Drive Home Health Consolidation

In the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed payment rule for 2022, the attention-grabber was the expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, the details of which excited some providers and left others concerned. While the specifics of the expansion plan were being discussed during the public comment period, however, …

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How Home-Based Care Companies Are Carving Out a Space in Hospital-at-Home Programs

When it comes to running a successful hospital-at-home model, many have stressed the importance of having a home care component to complement clinical service offerings and provide assistance with patients’ everyday activities. For some home care providers, this fact — and the launch of several new hospital-at-home programs since the start of the pandemic — …

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Transactions: Trive Capital Invests in Choice Health at Home; LHC Group Completes Heart of Hospice Deal

Trive Capital, a Dallas-based private equity firm, has formed a partnership with Choice Health at Home. Tyler, Texas-based Choice is a home health, hospice and rehabilitation services provider. The company operates in 40 total locations across Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, with over 800 licensed health care employees. Sign up for HHCN + to read this …

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How Geriatric Care Management Businesses Can Accelerate Growth for Home Care Operators

Geriatric care managers. Care coordinators. Aging life care professionals. Care navigators. Whatever you want to call them, the experts trained and experienced at handling the care needs of aging adults are playing an increasingly important role in the home care industry. To some extent, that’s simply true because older Americans are turning to home care …

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Home Health Industry Must Plan for Future PDGM Fight

With a 1.7% bump to Medicare rates and seemingly few modifications to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the home health proposed payment rule for calendar year 2022 felt relatively benign at first glance. In reality, though, the June 28 proposal from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) likely sets up a policy …

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‘We Want to Support People Being in Their Home’: Walmart, Amazon Outline Health Care Strategies

If home-based care is not a very real part of both Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Walmart’s (NYSE: WMT) future health care plans, each has done a bad job of hiding it lately. During MATTER’s recent “Healthcare 2040: Changing Care Delivery Models” virtual event, each behemoth company had a representative touting home-based care and the outsized …

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Downsides to the CMS Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Expansion Plan

For the most part, home health operators are saying “bring it on” to the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model expansion plan from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). There are plenty of very real concerns buried under that enthusiasm, however. Sign up for HHCN + to read this exclusive content. Individual …

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‘Bring It On’: Home Health Executives Embrace HHVBP Expansion

When the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first released its home health proposed payment rule for 2022, its nationwide expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model was recognized as a potential game-changer for the home health industry. While HHVBP has been heralded for its ability to improve quality of care …

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HHCN+ Report: Breaking Down the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model

The home health industry is once again in line for a major regulatory change. This time, it’s the looming expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, which has been active in nine demonstration states since 2016. As part of its most recent home health proposed payment rule, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & …

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‘It’s Just Wrong on Every Level’: Home Health Insiders Object to Review Choice Demonstration Details

The rollout of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) has been anything but smooth.  The initiative implemented to reduce improper billing and fraud in select states has been plagued by issues like COVID-19-related delays and missteps by CMS and its contractors, among others.  Despite the flaws, the demo …

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Higher-Acuity Care, Rate Stability and New M&A Priorities: Key Takeaways from the Q2 Earnings Season

The home health industry is at a pivotal moment, with operators weighing exciting new opportunities while simultaneously working through emerging challenges related to the COVID-19 virus. Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG), Aveanna Healthcare Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: AVAH) and other publicly traded providers discussed many of the industry’s biggest developments during their …

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‘We Bring Unique Capabilities to the Space’: What UnitedHealth Group Is Doing in the Home

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is one of the largest and most pioneering health care organizations in the country. As such, one of its main strategic priorities is bringing more care into the home. Sign up for HHCN + to read this exclusive content. Individual Membership $400 per year Purchase Group 2–5 members $380 per year* …

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Aging-In-Place Alternatives: How UpsideHōM, CarePods Are Disrupting Traditional Senior Care Models

Seniors’ overwhelming preference to receive care and remain in their homes has opened the door for companies looking to disrupt the aging-in-place sector. One startup, UpsideHōM, is doing this with its tech-enabled co-living space for older adults. As part of its business model, the company creates co-living environments by partnering with existing apartment complexes and …

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Transactions: Alivia Care Acquires Better Life Home Health; Charter Health Care Group Buys Generations Hospice Care

Alivia’s new home health transaction Alivia Care Inc. has acquired Summerfield, Florida-based home health provider Better Life Home Health. Financial terms were not disclosed. Alivia Care is the parent company of Jacksonville, Florida-based Community Hospice & Palliative Care, which provides services for more than 1,200 patients across Florida. Sign up for HHCN + to read …

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White House Takes on Non-Compete Agreements, Potentially Hurting Home-Based Care Employers

President Joe Biden’s recent executive order on “Promoting Competition in the American Economy” has, overall, 72 separate initiatives that it is looking to push forward. But one of the main ones takes on something that is very prevalent in home-based care, often from the executive level on down: non-compete agreements. Specifically, the executive order requests …

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Home Instead Deal Creates Huge Upside for Honor, But Franchisee Buy-In Could Be Hard to Obtain

Honor captured most of the headlines last week when the San Francisco-based company announced it had acquired Home Instead Inc., the international home care franchiser founded by Paul and Lori Hogan more than 25 years ago. Even as somebody who follows both Honor and the home care franchising world closely, this deal caught me off …

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VNSNY CEO Dan Savitt: HHVBP Should Include Shared-Savings Opportunities, ‘Stabilization’ Measures

In June, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model to all 50 states starting next year. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is among the home health organizations excited about the move’s potential to better align care and reimbursement, CEO Dan …

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More Aggressive Delta Variant Causing Home Health Providers to Navigate New Phase of the Pandemic

Since the onset of the COVID-19 emergency in early 2020, home-based care providers have had to navigate seemingly countless challenges around keeping both patients and staff safe. Providers are now gearing up to face a new and more aggressive strain of the coronavirus: the Delta variant. Among its major distinctions, the Delta variant is more …

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Home Care Companies to Watch in the Final Months of 2021

Non-medical home care was on the rise prior to 2020, as Medicare Advantage plans and health systems began investing more heavily around social determinants of health and activities of daily living. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has arguably made home care the hottest corner of the senior care world. There are dozens of home care companies …

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Home Health Industry Must Prepare for Costs of Consolidation

At Home Health Care News, it seems like we’ve been writing about “the rapidly consolidating home health market” for years. Just check out this story from 2015, for example. There are also these more recent pieces from 2018 and 2019, respectively. In many ways, consolidation — either through agency closures or through M&A activity — …

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