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Category: Home Health Care

  • Financing Confusion, Safety Concerns Could Thwart Choose Home’s Chances

    The Choose Home Care Act of 2021 is the collective and proverbial baby of many home health stakeholders. And for good reason: It could allow more patients to recover in the home under Medicare – and change how the entire health care system works for older adults. Naturally, there are detractors, including skilled nursing facility […]

  • Top Home Health Predictions for 2022

    The ongoing public health emergency is sure to bring more staffing turmoil this year, along with additional regulatory and policy updates. The year ahead is also likely to bring more leadership turnover at the very top of home health organizations. Beyond the pandemic, private equity dollars will keep flowing into home-based care, leading to an […]

  • InnovAge Appoints New CEO; Axxess Beefs Up Executive Leadership Team

    InnovAge names new president and CEO Longtime InnovAge (Nasdaq: INNV) CEO Maureen Hewitt has stepped down from the role. Patrick Blair, formerly of Bayada Home Health Care, has been named president and CEO by InnovAge’s board of directors. The appointment comes after reports that Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and the U.S. […]

  • Bayada to Lay Off Nearly 700 Employees, Close Four Locations

    Bayada Home Health Care is laying off 682 workers in Florida while closing five of its locations in the state. The Business Observer was the first to report the news. The locations hit hardest by the layoffs are Brooskville, Brandon and New Port Richey, where 306, 150 and 144 workers will lose their jobs, respectively, […]

  • LeadingAge Details COVID-19 Relief Requests in Letter to Congress, Biden

    LeadingAge on Tuesday shared a letter urging President Biden to supply relief for home-based care agencies and other aging services providers. The letter was a response to the increasing death rate from the Omicron variant. “The Omicron surge is compounding existing challenges driven by the pandemic,” Katie Smith Sloan, the president and CEO of LeadingAge, […]

  • Amedisys Anticipating Bottom-Line Win Following Under-the-Radar connectRN Investment

    On Dec. 10, connectRN announced it had raised $76 million to scale its technology-enabled staffing platform for nurses. The Series F round was led by Suvretta Capital Management and Avidity Partners, with participation from several other groups. While its involvement didn’t garner immediate attention, one of the home health industry’s biggest names was also among […]

  • LHC Group’s Operations Chief: Long-Term Upside Outweighs Near-Term Challenges

    LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) executives have spent the past several months preparing for 2022, which President and COO Josh Proffitt describes as a year of “great opportunity.” “There are a lot of positive forces shaping home health care,” the industry veteran recently told Home Health Care News. For the industry as a whole, that […]

  • Encompass Health Moving Forward with Spinoff Plans, to Rebrand New Business ‘Enhabit’

    In December 2020, Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) announced that it was “exploring strategic alternatives” for its home health and hospice segment. The company doubled down on its preferred option on Wednesday. The Birmingham, Alabama-based company announced it intends to spin off the segment into a new publicly traded company under the name “Enhabit Home […]

  • CMS Solidifies Vaccination Deadlines, Releases Guidance for Home Health Agencies

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday threw its support behind the nationwide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers, while simultaneously axing a vaccine-or-test rule for large employers. Last week’s developments shouldn’t shock the in-home care operators that have been following the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Occupational Safety and Health […]

  • Help at Home, Humana Announce Key Executive Hires

    Two major home-based care companies announced key leadership hires this week that will set the stage for their near- and long-term initiatives. On Monday, Help at Home – one of the largest providers of personal care services in the country – announced that it hired Rich Tinsley as the company’s new chief development officer. It […]

  • Fulcrum Equity Partners Invests $11M in HomeFirst Home Healthcare

    A young but rapidly growing in-home care business headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, has secured millions of dollars to further fuel its expansion. The Atlanta-based Fulcrum Equity Partners announced Thursday the investment of $11 million into HomeFirst Home Healthcare, a home-based care platform company formed in September 2020 by a team of home health veterans. The […]

  • [Updated] Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Mandate, Allows CMS Rule to Take Effect

    The long-awaited decisions regarding the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates have finally arrived from the U.S. Supreme Court. In the end, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “soft” mandate was shot down by SCOTUS by a 6-3 count. The mandate would have applied to all private businesses with 100 employees or more, requiring workers to […]

  • Amedisys Gearing Up for the Rest of 2022 Following CEO Transition News

    Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) is gearing up to execute on its 2022 strategy while positioning itself for 2023, which it sees as a year of major upside. The company detailed those plans Wednesday at the 40th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, just days after its announcement that current CEO Paul Kusserow will retire from the […]

  • LHC Group Outlines Growth Goals, Expects Labor Market to Recover

    LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) is coming off a record year in terms of new acquisitions and acquired revenue. The Lafayette, Louisiana-based company will now look to complement those outside additions through strong organic growth in 2022. Considering today’s supportive policy landscape, stable reimbursement environment and the skyrocketing demand for in-home care from referral partners, […]

  • ‘We Are Making Very Bold Moves’: CVS Health Targets Home Health, Primary Care Investments

    In December, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) shared its strategy for “revolutionizing” the consumer experience through its primary care, payer, digital and omnichannel health services offerings, including home health care. President and CEO Karen Lynch doubled down on that agenda while speaking at the 40th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference Tuesday morning. “As I said in […]

  • Amedisys’ Paul Kusserow to Retire from CEO Role

    Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) announced Monday that Chairman and CEO Paul Kusserow will retire as CEO on April 15. Kusserow joined Amedisys – one of the largest home health and hospice providers in the nation – in 2014, a time when the company was faltering and its executives were calling for change. Kusserow helped turn […]

  • Spinoff or Merger: Making Sense of Encompass Health’s Options

    Activist investment firm Jana Partners is reportedly urging Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: NYSE) to reconsider plans to spin off its home health and hospice segment into a new public entity. Instead, Jana wants the Birmingham, Alabama-based company to circle back to a potential third-party merger. There are hypothetical advantages and disadvantages to both a public […]

  • Location Factors Heavily into the Quality of Home Health Services Patients Receive

    When it comes to home health, location factors heavily into the quality of care patients receive. Agencies in rural areas tend to initiate care more quickly, for example, while their urban counterparts perform better on outcomes measures, a new study suggests. The study was conducted by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Their […]

  • These 8 Deals from 2021 Will Shape the Future of Home-Based Care

    With all eyes focused on the home, it’s no exaggeration to say there were dozens of blockbuster in-home care acquisitions last year. But while all transactions directly impact the buyers and sellers, only a handful help shape the trajectory of an entire market. As I started to think about my own home health and home […]

  • Homecare Homebase Parent Company Hearst Strikes Deal for CellTrak

    Last April, Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), Homecare Homebase (HCHB) and CellTrak announced they were teaming up to build “the industry’s first integrated, enterprise-level solution for all types of home-based care.” The next big step in that collaboration has come for two of those organizations. Hearst, the parent company of HCHB, has struck an agreement […]

  • CMS Releases Vaccine Mandate Guidance for Home Health Providers

    The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance on evaluating providers’ compliance with the federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate for health care workers. Although CMS originally published the interim final rule in November, it posted the guidance for state survey agency directors on Tuesday. Broadly, the guidance applies to providers working under the […]

  • Activist Investor Asks Encompass Health to Reconsider Spinoff Plans

    An activist investor is reportedly urging Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: NYSE) to reconsider plans for its large home health and hospice segment. A little over a year ago, the Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health announced it was “exploring strategic alternatives” for its home health and hospice segment, which posted net operating revenues of about $273.9 million […]

  • The Top 10 Home Health Care News Stories of 2021

    The public health emergency continued to have an impact on home-based care providers in 2021. It didn’t define the year, however. As the top Home Health Care News stories of 2021 suggest, this year was about so much more than the COVID-19 crisis. Even more than the pandemic, the past 12 months have been about […]

  • Home Health Providers Failing to Deliver Required Services, New Survey Suggests

    Medicare-certified home health providers are falling short when it comes to the amount of care services they’re offering, a new survey released Thursday from the Center For Medicare Advocacy (CMA) suggests. “Our surveys confirmed what we, unfortunately, hear all the time at [CMA], either directly from the beneficiaries, family members or friends who’ve tried to […]

  • 2022 Executive Forecast: Time to Throw Out the Old Home Health Playbook

    It has never been more challenging to be a home health operator. At the same time, there has never been more upside. That’s the general census of home health executives as 2021 comes to a close. Looking ahead to next year, many believe unprecedented labor struggles are likely to continue, though technology and the use […]

  • Help at Home, Interim, CareAcademy Execs Discuss Home Care Staffing Situation

    The COVID-19 emergency, vaccination mandates and other challenges have served as a powder keg in relation to the staffing pressures home care providers were already facing. Yet some providers – including Help at Home and Interim HealthCare – have been able to at least partially defuse the explosive situation via dedicated recruitment and retention strategies. […]

  • MedPAC Commissioners Question Home Health Access Data, Industry Turnover Rates

    The measurements used to track the home health industry could use some updating to better align perception with reality, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). And interestingly enough, access may be one of the rare occasions where on-the-ground evidence tells a truer story than available data. “The access to home health appears to […]

  • CVS Health Looking to ‘Expand Home Health Services’

    CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) said on Thursday that it plans to take another step into the home health care space. The company laid out its strategy for the coming years at its 2021 investor day. Its at-home care strategy is no longer on the outskirts of its overall goals, leadership explained. “Now is the time […]

  • Home Care Jobs Are Taking Over the Long-Term Care Workforce

    While most states have seen an increase in the size of their home care workforce, the nursing home workforce has experienced a slight decrease, a new analysis shows. This growth and decline took place between 2009 and 2021. The analysis comes from a study published Monday in the policy journal Health Affairs. The study examines […]

  • Senior Care Groups Urge Senate to Pass Build Back Better ‘Without Shaving Off $1’

    A month after the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better bill, LeadingAge and other aging services organizations are urging lawmakers not to reduce the legislation’s investments into home- and community-based services. “The Senate is considering the most important legislation in a generation for older Americans,” Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge, […]

  • LHC Group Puts Price Tag on Labor Challenges, Announces $250M Repurchasing Program

    Home health providers have felt the full force of the U.S. nursing shortage this year. But it’s important to remember that some of those pressures are short term in nature and tied to the public health emergency, LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) President and COO Joshua Proffitt said Monday. That’s especially true in regard to […]

  • Humana Navigating Home Health ‘Tension’ Between FFS, Medicare Advantage

    Despite Humana Inc.’s (NYSE: HUM) dedication to value-based care models in its own network, it still finds a lot of value from a business perspective in the fee-for-service (FFS) model for home health care. Now that the Louisville-based company is integrating Kindred at Home, it’s putting on a balancing act between what makes it money […]

  • Aetna Medicare CMO Outlines Aging-in-Place Agenda

    America’s biggest health care companies continue to focus on home-based care and aging in place as 2022 approaches. That includes CVS Health Corporation (NYSE: CVS) subsidiary Aetna. Among its home- and community-based care initiatives, Aetna is doubling down on the use of telehealth and leaning into the CVS HealthHUB network, which offers seniors a range […]

  • ‘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 […]

  • Senior Care Advocates, Hospital Groups Voice Concerns Over Potential 6% Medicare Cut

    Both chambers of Congress passed legislation this week to keep the government funded through Feb. 18. Home health agencies and other Medicare stakeholders are worried, however, about a potential 6% cut that could be coming down the pike. The cuts come in the form of Medicare sequestration and PAYGO. Signed into law in August 2011, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Federal Judge Halts Health Care Worker Vaccine Mandate Nationwide

    The health care worker vaccine mandate is now on ice. A federal judge on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction to stop the start of the national vaccine mandate for all providers covered by the Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation (CoPs), a group that includes home health agencies. The move comes just one day after […]

  • Part B Home Health Episodes Increased Dramatically in 2020

    The demographic profile of home health users continues to skew older, with the vast majority of individuals also having three or more chronic conditions. The setting users found themselves prior to starting home health services additionally continues to skew toward the broader community. That’s according to the 2021 Home Health Chartbook, released earlier this month […]

  • ‘Be Vigilant’: What In-Home Care Providers Should Know About the Omicron Variant

    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday officially designated the COVID-19 variant Omicron as “a variant of concern.” The U.N. agency on Monday followed that up by warning the global risk from Omicron is “very high” based on early evidence, noting the variant could have “severe consequences” as far as future surges. While there’s still […]

  • 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. […]

  • ‘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 […]

  • Home Health Agencies Are Making a Mark on the US Economy

    Home health agencies continued to make a major contribution to the U.S. economy last year, despite the harsh headwinds brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, home health agencies contributed toward 1.49 million jobs in 2020, according to the most recent Home Health Chartbook, released annually by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation […]

  • Aveanna Rockets Past M&A Goals, But ‘Choppy’ Labor Market Remains Challenging

    Not so long ago, in-home care providers like Aveanna Healthcare Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: AVAH) had to basically beg their payers for rate increases or additional resources. “In the old days, we would literally be calling the payer’s rep, you know, begging for another $2 an hour to get a family home,” Aveanna COO Jeff Shaner […]

  • SCAN Group Launches Home-Based Primary Care Arm ‘Welcome Health’

    SCAN Group has entered into the in-home senior primary care space with the launch of Welcome Health. Dr. Scott Weingarten will serve as CEO of the independent primary care medical group moving forward. “Welcome Health will care for predominantly Medicare Advantage patients,” Weingarten told Home Health Care News. “It’s a SCAN initiative. We will care […]

  • Home Health Improper Payments Increased to $1.84 Billion in 2021

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday it continues to see a major decrease in improper payments to providers, though not necessarily in the home health setting. Specifically, the agency said that there has been a $20.72 billion reduction in Medicare fee-for-service improper payments since 2014. “CMS is undertaking a concerted effort […]

  • Resilient Healthcare, Medical City Healthcare Partner for Hospital-at-Home Venture

    Resilient Healthcare, a high-acuity home-based care provider, recently partnered with Medical City Healthcare in order to offer hospital-at-home services. Through the partnership, eligible patients are connected to a live remote patient monitoring (RPM) device that continuously tracks blood pressure, before they leave the hospital and transition to their home. “They’re identified at the hospital as […]

  • Why Finding a Home Health Provider to Acquire Has Become Tougher

    When Coltala Holdings acquired a stake in Choice Health at Home in June, its co-founders – Ralph Manning and Edward Crawford – were ecstatic. After all, the Dallas-based private equity firm was looking to enter into the home health industry, but wasn’t sure it would be able to. Its confidence in finding the right provider […]

  • 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 […]

  • NAHC’s Dombi: ‘Bumpy Road’ Ahead for OSHA, CMS Vaccine Mandates

    The vaccine mandates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have received mixed reactions from in-home care providers. But the bottom line is that each will cause at least some employee movement, whether it’s forcing workers out of the health care sector completely or to […]

  • ‘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 […]

  • ‘This Helps Us’: LHC Group Discusses Vaccine Mandates, Staffing Trends

    LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) had to overcome challenges linked to Hurricane Ida and the COVID-19 pandemic during the third quarter, both of which somewhat depressed its financial performance. But the in-home care provider isn’t pushing the panic button just yet, as its leadership firmly believes in the long-term outlook for home-based care and pending […]

  • Amedisys Adjusts to Home Health Labor Pressures, Expresses Confidence in Contessa

    Since Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) announced its $250 million acquisition of the hospital-at-home enabler Contessa Health in late June, it has had to answer several questions about the deal’s merit. On Wednesday, Amedisys leaders again expressed unabashed enthusiasm over the deal, further explaining why Contessa makes sense for the company’s strategy moving forward. “Our goal […]

  • Humana Wants Half of Its MA Members in Value-Based Home Health Model by 2027

    Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has made “substantial progress” toward scaling its value-based home health model, executives say. The advancements have come as the Louisville, Kentucky-based health and wellness company adds to its rapidly growing senior-focused primary care network. Bruce Broussard, Humana’s president and CEO, provided updates on both strategic priorities Wednesday. “Our year-to-date results reflect […]

  • Jet Health CEO Outlines In-Home Care Provider’s Aggressive Growth Strategy

    Since entering the home-based care space in 2016, Jet Health has mounted its business on an aggressive growth strategy. The company’s aim is to deliver a fully comprehensive post-acute model that eliminates gaps in care. “Jet Health was really founded based on the thesis of rolling up smaller home health and hospice companies into more […]

  • CMS Finalizes Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Expansion, 3.2% Rate Increase

    It’s official: Providers everywhere will soon be subject to the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model. The first performance year of the expanded initiative — recognized as one of the most successful alternative payment models ever — will be calendar year 2023. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2022 home […]

  • Addus Prioritizing Staff Vaccinations with CMS, OSHA Mandates Looming

    In terms of financial results, Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) is coming off a record third quarter. The Frisco, Texas-based home health, hospice and personal care services provider has plenty of challenges ahead, however, including the difficult labor landscape that’s about to become even more complex thanks to federal COVID-19 vaccination rules. Somewhat diminished M&A […]

  • Humana, WellSky Leaders Offer Perspective on Latest Home-Based Care Trends

    Humana (NYSE: HUM) continues to bet on the home as a main site of care. In addition to its multi-billion dollar purchase of Kindred at Home, the insurer has also formed partnerships with home-focused companies such as Heal, DispatchHealth and Papa, among others. Dr. Amal Agarwal, the VP of home solutions for the Louisville, Kentucky-based […]

  • 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 […]

  • Intrepid USA Planning for Major Growth Push with New PE Partners

    When putting together a list of home health giants, Intrepid USA Healthcare Services sometimes gets overlooked. The Texas-based Intrepid USA has more than 60 locations spanning 17 states and a company history that goes back over five decades, but it mostly operates in rural areas. Its CEO, John Kunysz, often refers to Intrepid as a […]

  • Encompass Health Seeks Injunction Against Former Home Health, Hospice CEO April Anthony

    Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction against April Anthony, the former CEO of the Birmingham, Alabama-based company’s home health and hospice segment. The injunction was filed in Dallas County state district court in Texas. Encompass Health claims that Anthony is in violation of her employment agreement, including breach […]

  • PopHealthCare Leans into Home-Based Care with Emcara Health

    GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation subsidiary PopHealthCare recently launched value-based national medical group Emcara Health. The new company will focus heavily on home-based advanced primary care for seniors. “PopHealthCare will continue to exist and provide risk adjustment services while Emcara Health does the home-based care,” Kirk Stanley, president of PopHealthCare, told Home Health Care News. “If […]

  • 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 […]

  • BrightSpring Files to Go Public, Eyes $1.5 Trillion Opportunity

    Another big home-based care player is going public. BrightSpring Health Services filed the paperwork for a $100 million initial public offering on Monday, realizing the long-time speculation of industry insiders who believed an IPO was just a matter of time for the Louisville, Kentucky-based company. “We are an essential part of our nation’s health delivery […]

  • 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 […]

  • KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Politics of Vaccine Mandates

    Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on Acast. You can also listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts or wherever you listen to podcasts. Should covid vaccines be mandated? The answer to that question has become predictably partisan, as with almost everything else associated with the pandemic. Even as the federal […]

  • Millions of Workers Lost Their Jobs During the Pandemic. An ‘Immeasurably Small’ Number Turned to Caregiving.

    Most in-home care providers tried searching for silver linings during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the tragic circumstances, for example, some predicted that the economic instability caused by COVID-19 would translate into new recruitment opportunities for workforce-challenged providers. “If restaurant and hospitality workers were laid off, maybe they would find a new […]

  • Why Minnesota’s Largest Medicare Advantage Provider Is Investing in Lifespark

    With enrollment up and more plans launching each year, Medicare Advantage (MA) organizations have had to figure out how to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive field. For many, MA differentiation has meant embracing in-home care and actually acquiring, or investing in, provider partners. The latest example of this trend took place Tuesday, with Minneapolis, […]

  • More Than 30,000 Home Care Workers Fail to Meet New York Vaccination Deadline

    Roughly a month after New York state made being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 a job requirement for workers with the state’s licensed home health agencies, more than 30,000 caregivers failed to meet Thursday’s deadline. While the rate for New York home-based care workers checked in at about 86% partially vaccinated and 71% fully vaccinated, at […]

  • How Strategic Partnerships Helped Fuel HealthFlex Home Health & Hospice’s Growth

    Since its inception in 2012, HealthFlex Home Health & Hospice has seen its business transform from a small Bay-area company to the fifth-largest privately-owned provider in California. As the company continues to grow, it has its sights set on becoming a fully comprehensive senior care provider. As a business, HealthFlex Home Health & Hospice delivers […]

  • SCAN Health Plan Launches ‘Embrace’ I-SNP, Hopes to Set New Standard of Care

    SCAN Health Plan is launching a new care delivery model that it hopes will set a new standard within the Medicare Advantage (MA) space. A subsidiary of SCAN Group, the Long Beach, California-based SCAN Health Plan announced its new model of care on Wednesday. Moving forward, the model will be made available to all SCAN […]

  • California Vaccine Mandate Extends to Aides for People With Disabilities

    Workers in adult and senior care facilities and in-home aides have been added to the list of California health workers who must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Those who work directly with people with disabilities — such as employees paid through the state’s regional center network, aides contracted by agencies, and in-home support service […]

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

    Sign up for HHCN + to read this exclusive content. Individual Membership $400 per year Purchase Group 2–5 members$380 per year* Purchase Need more than 5 members? Contact us for more information. * per member Already a member? Login The post Home-Based Care Providers Face Major Losses Ahead of Vaccine Mandates appeared first on Home […]

  • Pharos Capital Adds to Growing Home-Based Care Portfolio with THEMA Acquisition

    Private equity firm Pharos Capital Group has acquired THEMA Health Services, a home health and palliative care provider that operates across Arizona. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Prescott, Arizona-based THEMA provides care services including home health, palliative care, and hospice in patients’ homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities. The […]

  • LHC Group, Visiting Nurse Health System CEOs Open Up About HHVBP

    The proposed expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model has been a hot topic in the home health industry over the last few months. But while a nationwide mandatory value-based reimbursement system would certainly cause disruption, some operators believe the best path forward is to simply stay focused on high-quality care in the […]

  • Seniors’ Desire to Age in Place Remains Overwhelmingly Popular

    The COVID-19 emergency has only strengthened the desire seniors have to age in place — an already favorable position among older adults. In fact, over 90% of seniors prefer to remain in their homes as opposed to moving into an assisted living facility, a new survey from American Advisors Group (AAG) found. “For seniors, the […]

  • States Take Emergency Measures to Combat Staffing Shortages, as Providers Ponder Boosters

    Efforts to improve vaccination rates against COVID-19 continue to be a major story for home-based care providers. They’ve also become a major pain point for providers operationally, depending on where they are located. On Monday, New York’s vaccine mandate for home-based care workers – and all other health care workers – took effect. Meanwhile, booster […]

  • Future Leader: Kris Novak, Amedisys Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions

    The Future Leaders Awards program is brought to you in partnership with PointClickCare. The program is designed to recognize up-and-coming industry members who are shaping the next decade of senior housing, skilled nursing, home health and hospice care. To see this year’s future leaders, visit https://futureleaders.agingmedia.com/. Kris Novak, vice president of mergers and acquisitions at […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Biggest Regulatory, Policy ‘Wins’ for Home-Based Care in Recent Memory

    Trade groups, providers and individuals have always advocated on behalf of the home health and home care sectors. In doing so, stakeholders have confronted both wins and losses along the way. Some of those milestones are old. Some of them — especially with the onset of the ground-shaking COVID-19 pandemic last year — are fresh […]

  • Future Leader: Sofia Koshevatsky, HealthFlex Home Health & Hospice CEO and Founder

    The Future Leaders Awards program is brought to you in partnership with PointClickCare. The program is designed to recognize up-and-coming industry members who are shaping the next decade of senior housing, skilled nursing, home health and hospice care. To see this year’s future leaders, visit https://futureleaders.agingmedia.com/. Sofia Koshevatsky, CEO and founder of Oakland, California-based HealthFlex […]

  • Future Leader: Nick Muscato, Amedisys Senior Vice President of Finance

    The Future Leaders Awards program is brought to you in partnership with PointClickCare. The program is designed to recognize up-and-coming industry members who are shaping the next decade of senior housing, skilled nursing, home health and hospice care. To see this year’s future leaders, visit https://futureleaders.agingmedia.com/. Nick Muscato, senior vice president of finance at Baton […]

  • Home Health Providers Seek Clarity on CMS Plan to Resume TPE Program

    As a response to the COVID-19 emergency, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) pressed pause on the targeted probe and educate (TPE) program in March 2020. A year later, CMS has plans to resume the program, according to an August 2021 MLNConnects newsletter. Broadly, TPE is a medical review program that began […]

  • Older Americans Overwhelmingly Support Choose Home Care Act

    The vast majority of older Americans want to age in place, several past surveys have found. Unsurprisingly, that desire has translated into overwhelming support for the Choose Home Care Act. Introduced in July by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), Choose Home is legislation designed to give nursing home-eligible Medicare beneficiaries more options […]

  • ‘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 […]

  • HCBS Funding Is Now in the Congressional Crosshairs

    The $400 billion that the Biden administration wanted for strengthening the nation’s home- and community-based services (HCBS) infrastructure is likely in the crosshairs of Congress. Currently, President Joe Biden and senior Democrats are working to figure out what’s included in the large spending legislation they hope to pass through the budget reconciliation process. Early estimates […]

  • ‘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, […]

  • CMS to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Workers in ‘Most Health Care Settings’ — Including Home Health Care

    President Joe Biden unveiled a new six-pronged national COVID-19 strategy on Thursday, including stronger requirements around vaccinations for U.S. workers. Home health agencies were among the health care organizations explicitly mentioned in the plan. Along with either requiring or pushing American workers to get vaccinated, the Biden administration’s strategy calls for increased testing and masking […]

  • Bayada Agrees to Pay $17M to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

    The Moorestown, New Jersey-based Bayada Home Health Care has agreed to pay $17 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday. The settlement resolves DOJ’s allegations that Bayada violated the Anti-Kickback Statute by paying a kickback to a retirement home operator by purchasing two of its home health agencies […]

  • LHC Group to Acquire Home Health Assets in 22 States from HCA-Brookdale Venture

    LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has already hit a record year for M&A activity. It added to its streak in a major way on Wednesday, announcing an agreement to purchase Brookdale Health Care Services agencies in 22 states from the recently formed venture between Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) and HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA). […]

  • Humana Executive: Data, Analytics Key to a Home-Focused Health Care System

    Home health operators have been advocating for more care to be delivered in the home for years. Those calls have now come to fruition. In actuality, other health care stakeholders have sought to shift more care into the home as well, but operational hurdles and unavoidable gaps in care made that mission seemingly impossible. But […]

  • PDGM’s Base Rates Set 5.76% Below Budget-Neutral Levels, Analysis Finds

    The public comment period for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) home health proposed payment rule closed last week. Since then, the industry has voiced more substantive concerns with the rule than initially expected. The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH), for instance, recently released its own perspective, which was driven by […]

  • Value-Based Care, PDGM Sparks Home Health Dealmaking Activity

    The home health market has been a hotbed of M&A activity as of late, and there are a number of key factors sparking the dealmaking interest. Since its implementation in 2020, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) has loomed large in the home health space. Now, PDGM is a driving force behind much of the transaction […]

  • 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 […]

  • Provider-Vendor Hybrid PathWell Acquires Caring Angels Home Health

    The home health company PathWell began as a technology company aiming to help other operators with back-end issues. But when COVID-19 hit, it changed direction to become a provider itself, equipped with the capabilities it once exclusively sought to give to others. PathWell has now grown into a multi-state provider through expansion and acquisitions. And […]

  • How CommonSpirit Reduced Medicare Spending by $136M

    CommonSpirit Health carved out $136 million in savings to Medicare for 2020, while also improving overall outcomes for hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries, the company recently announced. CommonSpirit Health is a participant in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), which began back in 2012 after being designed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]

  • Elara Caring Names COO; Prospero Health Appoints C-Suite Executives

    Elara Caring hires chief operating officer Elara Caring has named Ananth Mohan its chief operating officer. “Ananth is joining Elara Caring at a time when his expertise is needed most,” Scott Powers, CEO of Elara Caring, said in a statement. “The addition of his strong health care operations background to our leadership team comes as […]

  • 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 […]

  • ‘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 […]

  • Vaccine Mandate Might Be Right Around the Corner for Home-Based Care Providers

    New York home-based care workers wondering if a COVID-19 vaccine mandate is around the corner will soon have an answer. On Thursday, the New York Department of Health, Codes Committee of the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) will meet to consider implementing an emergency regulation regarding “Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission by Covered Entities.” […]

  • 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 & […]

  • Readers and Tweeters Ponder Vaccines and Points of Fairness

    Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Higher Insurance Rates for the Unvaccinated? Snuff Out That Idea This is about Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal’s comments on “All In With Chris Hayes” (“Analysis: Don’t Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to […]

  • ComForCare, 24 Hour Home Care Among 2021’s ‘Best Workplaces in Aging Services’

    Several of home care’s biggest names made it on to Fortune’s “Best Workplaces in Aging Services” list for 2021, including several that have earned the recognition in the past. Released Friday, the Best Workplaces in Aging Services list is put together each year by Activated Insights, a subsidiary of Great Place to Work. The ranking […]

  • How Home-Based Care Providers Can Prove Their Worth to Payers

    Home-based care is going to be a larger part of health care’s future. As a result, it’s beginning to attract considerable attention from entrepreneurs and other innovators. But as new trends arise with the shift toward the home, including new technology, partnership opportunities and payment models, it’ll be up to each provider to decide whether […]

  • How to Avoid Home Health Dealmaking Landmines

    Interest in acquisitions, mergers and joint venture arrangements continues to heat up in the home health space. But for every successful deal that’s closed, there’s another that ultimately ends up falling apart. While dealmaking landmines will always be present, smart home health providers can often work around trouble if they know where to step. Overall, […]

  • CMS Officials Reflect on the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model’s Success

    Officials from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are again touting the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model as one of the agency’s most successful programs ever. In a Health Affairs article published Thursday, top CMS officials at CMS — including Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure — looked back at a decade of alternative […]

  • Best Life Brands Launches New Home Health Offering ‘Boost Home Healthcare’

    Best Life Brands, a holding company that has a portfolio of companies across the care continuum, announced Thursday the launch of its newest franchise brand: Boost Home Healthcare. Backed by the private enquiry firm The Riverside Company, the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan-based company’s arsenal already includes the personal home care provider ComForCare — known in the […]

  • Aveanna Applauds 2022 Proposed Payment Rule, Sets Sights on Home Health Growth

    In the wake of going public in the spring, the leadership team at Aveanna Healthcare Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: AVAH) has been especially vocal about its appetite for major growth. The company’s leaders echoed this sentiment, highlighting a focus on home health in particular, during its Q2 2021 earnings call on Thursday. “Home health and hospice […]

  • The Pennant Group Holds Firm on Home Health Growth Strategy Amid Labor, COVID-19 Challenges

    The Pennant Group Inc.’s (Nasdaq: PNTG) position is different from other, larger home health companies in the country, mainly in that a substantial portion of its overall revenue comes from senior living. COVID-19 is once again threatening senior care industries, making providers like Pennant more at risk for negative disruption. After all, lower occupancy in […]

  • Back-End Problems Continue to Haunt Home Health Agencies

    Managing back-end operations is arguably as paramount to a home health agency’s success as the patient-facing, clinical aspects of the business. Even so, that task has often been put on the back-burner in the past. But with the onset of no-pay RAPs, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) in select states […]

  • Honor to Aquire Home Instead, Creating $2 Billion Home Care Services Company

    Honor Technology, Inc. has acquired Home Instead, Inc., creating a $2 billion home care services company, the two announced Friday. The deal brings together the largest, highest-touch home care network and the leading home care technology and operations platform, according to the press release. “This is an incredibly exciting moment as we bring together the […]

  • With Contessa Deal Finalized, Amedisys Ready to Explore ‘New Frontier’ of Home-Based Care

    Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) executives are still coming down from the excitement around closing the company’s market-moving acquisition of Contessa Health, a home-based care innovator dedicated to shifting higher-acuity care into the home. But along with big future plans for Contessa and its legacy segments, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based aging-in-place giant also continues to face […]

  • LHC Group Touts ‘Record Year’ for Acquired Revenue in 2021

    Excluding 2018 — when it merged with Almost Family — LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has had its best year in terms of acquired revenue in its 27-year history during 2021, according to the company. Thanks to a string of home health and hospice deals, LHC Group has doubled its previous goal for acquired revenue […]

  • EvergreenHealth Home Care, Alivia Ready to Support Choose Home Legislation

    Home-based care leaders are encouraged by the Choose Home Care Act of 2021’s introduction into the U.S. Senate — and what it could mean for the home health industry if it’s ultimately enacted. Brent Korte, Keith Myers and Susan Ponder-Stansel are among them. The trio spoke about the recently introduced legislation Monday at the National […]

  • Addus Doubles Credit Facility to $600M, Maintains Focus on Home Health Expansion

    Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has remained laser focused on one goal for some time now: building out all three of its home-based service lines in markets where it is already present. That requires a strategic and aggressive M&A strategy, which Addus has executed in the past year. It plans to continue making moves in […]

  • Community-Based Palliative Care, Choose Home Top List of Current Home Health Policy Priorities

    National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) President Bill Dombi touched on the importance of recent community-based palliative care legislation during a Sunday night policy update at the Washington, D.C.-based industry group’s 2021 Financial Management Conference. The bulk of his update, however, was spent urging industry insiders to band together and throw their support […]

  • Physician Offices Rarely See Differences Between Home Health Agencies

    Home health, hospice and palliative care providers all have to play the same game, as far as getting in front of physicians to secure new referrals. On their end, however, referring physicians often fail to see the differences between home health agencies and other in-home care providers, new research from senior care consulting firm Transcend […]

  • SNF-Diversion Bill ‘Choose Home’ Introduced, Projected to Save Up to $247M Annually

    The home health industry reached a major legislative milestone on Thursday, with U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) teaming up to introduce a new bill to support in-home care alternatives to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Endorsed by the AARP and supported by a long list of home-based care advocates, the Choose Home […]

  • Humana Sets Stage for Kindred Takeover, Remains Hopeful About a 2022 Return to Normalcy

    Despite still reeling from COVID-19-related headwinds, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) experienced better-than-expected results in its home and provider businesses during the second quarter of 2021. “Our strong operating performance this year is, in part, attributed to our strong partnerships with providers who are delivering high-quality care to our members,” Bruce Broussard, president and CEO of […]

  • PE-Backed Choice Completes 4th Acquisition of 2021, Buys Alpha Home Health and Hospice

    Choice Health at Home has acquired Alpha Home Health and Hospice, further increasing the company’s Oklahoma footprint. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Alpha provides home health and hospice services through five locations in Ada, Ardmore, Oklahoma City, Norman and Pauls Valley. Meanwhile, Tyler, Texas-based Choice is home health, hospice and rehabilitation services […]

  • For Complex Behavioral Health Patients, Home Health Is a Vehicle to Better Care

    Innovive Health had been known to clients and payers as Nizhoni Health for nearly two decades. As it heads into a new brand stage, it wants the transformation to reflect the unique type of home-based care it offers. The Medford, Massachusetts-based provider serves complex behavioral health patients, who often have comorbidities, in their homes. Its […]

  • Aging-in-Place Market Valued at $151B, But Still Overshadowed by Other Care Settings

    Aging in place — which includes daily essential activities, health and safety awareness, care coordination, transition support and home-based care — is a $151 billion market. That’s according to a new report from The Holding Co. and Pivotal Ventures. “The [market growth] is driven from older adults themselves,” Jocelyn Ling Malan, business design partner at […]

  • Home Health Veterans Windley, Strange Hoping to Take Aveanna Above and Beyond $2 Billion

    Rod Windley and Tony Strange have been in business with each other for decades. They continue to be partners today as the chairman and CEO, respectively, of Aveanna Healthcare (Nasdaq: AVAH). From The Healthfield Group Inc. and Gentiva Health Services, Kindred at Home’s predecessor, to Aveanna, Windley and Strange have helped build a handful of […]

  • After Closing Brookdale Deal, HCA Healthcare Continues to Show Home Health Potential

    The day before it officially closed on its deal to acquire 80% of Brookdale Health Care Services (NYSE: BKD), HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA) finished a financial quarter that showed significant recovery for the behemoth hospital chain — and then some. As COVID-19 concerns waned for patients, admissions and revenue soared for HCA, which is set […]

  • Hospice Provider Compassus Sees a Future Delivering High-Acuity Care in the Home

    Compassus has long solidified its spot in the increasingly crowded hospice field. But as the company continues to move forward, it’s positioning itself as an all-around post-acute care provider, with the core of its model being home-based care. “Historically, we’ve been primarily a hospice company, but I think what we’ve learned in hospice care is […]

  • Jet Health Lands Signal Home Health & Hospice in Ongoing Expansion Push

    With its latest purchase of San Antonio, Texas-based Signal Home Health & Hospice, Jet Health continues its strategy of co-locating hospice operations with its home health offerings. That has become a calling card for the company, similar to several other home-based care providers. Jet Health announced the Signal deal on Monday without disclosing any financial […]

  • Transactions: Regence BlueShield Teams Up with DispatchHealth; Amedisys Enters New Market

    Health insurer Regence BlueShield has partnered with DispatchHealth to give its members access to hospital-at-home and mobile high-acuity services. “Hospitalizations in the home is a groundbreaking and exciting shift in care delivery,” Dr. Drew Oliveira, senior executive medical director at Regence, said in a press release. “Our partnership with DispatchHealth enables Regence members to receive […]

  • 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 — […]

  • UnitedHealth Group CEO: Future Growth Will Come from Home-Based Care Investments

    UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) leaders highlighted key growth drivers for the company during a Thursday morning conference call on Q2 2021 financial results. Execs honed in on three main investment areas, with one being a continued bet on Optum, its in-home care provider. UnitedHealth Group has been one of the more active payers as far […]

  • Senate Democrats’ Plan Boosts Spending on Medicare, ACA Subsidies, Long-Term Care

    The budget package Democrats are assembling in Congress would likely provide the biggest jolt to the American health care system since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, according to sources familiar with work on the plan. Democrats in the Senate announced Tuesday night that they had reached a framework for a $3.5 […]

  • Despite Early Struggles, Home Health Providers Adjusting to the ‘No-Pay RAP’

    Home health providers have over half a year of “no-pay RAPs” under their belts now. Just like COVID-19 and the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), their adaptation to that change has been based on their size, capabilities and location, among other factors. But for the most part, the fear of having a significant amount of cash […]

  • Crisis in Direct Care ‘Will Explode’ Without Immediate Government Support, PHI Warns

    From low wages to a lack of career advancement opportunities, there are a number of issues that plague the caregiver workforce. Under the current presidential administration, however, there’s a chance to reexamine the state of the caregiver workforce and implement several changes that could improve the profession, thus ensuring care for seniors. PHI, a New […]

  • Mission Buys Healthy Living Network, Effectively Doubling Its Overall Business

    Mission Healthcare announced Wednesday that it has acquired Healthy Living Network, a multi-state home health provider founded over a decade ago. The deal is the largest acquisition in the San Diego-based Mission’s history, CEO Paul VerHoeve told Home Health Care news. Additionally, by joining forces with Healthy Living Network, Mission effectively doubles its overall business […]

  • Aegis, Fox Rehabilitation See Increased Demand for In-Home Therapy Services

    In-home therapy services was a big topic going into 2020, the first year of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). It remained an important issue in 2021, with some therapy providers seeing more demand for their services during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s in this environment that therapy contractor Aegis Therapies saw an opportunity. In fact, Aegis […]

  • Addus to Acquire Home Health, Hospice Provider Armada for $29M

    Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Armada Skilled Home Health and Hospice, further building out its already sizable footprint in the state of New Mexico. It’s yet another step for Addus in its quest to build out home health, hospice and personal care lines in specific markets and states, […]

  • Home Health Providers Have Paid $422M to Settle False Claims Act Cases Since 2012

    Home health providers in the U.S. have paid at least $422.6 million to settle False Claims Act (FCA) allegations since 2012, according to a recently unveiled database from Nashville, Tennessee-based legal firm Bass, Berry & Sims. The total number of annual settlements have varied greatly, from a high of 14 in 2015 to a low […]

  • VNSNY and SEIU Show Employer-Worker Unity for Better Care Better Jobs Act

    On Tuesday, individuals will gather in New York’s City Hall Park for a rally spearheaded by the 1199SEIU Homecare Workers union in support of the Better Care Better Jobs Act — which would inject funds into home-based care. These individuals will include home health workers from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) Partners […]

  • Transactions: Amedisys acquires VNA’s Home Health Assets; AccordCare Expands Medicaid Business

    Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has completed its purchase of Visiting Nurse Association’s (VNA) assets. Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys has a number of in-home care capabilities, including home health, hospice and personal care services. Amedisys also recently acquired Contessa Health for $250 million. The deal gives the company a range of acute-level care services. Meanwhile, VNA […]

  • ConcertoCare Adds Chief People Officer; CMS Appoints Medicaid Director

    ConcertoCare appoints chief people officer ConcertoCare has hired Rachel Grace as its chief people officer. Backed by Deerfield Management Company, the Aliso Viejo, California-based ConcertoCare offers in-home primary care, virtual care and PACE services to dual-eligible seniors and those enrolled under Medicare Advantage. In her new role, Grace will be responsible for developing hiring and […]

  • Recent Deals Signal Start of a New Home Health Arms Race, Market Shift

    If you dig into the home health market, you’ll find that a lot of providers look very much alike. Overall, the home health market is made up of several thousand different players, from smaller mom-and-pop shops led by mission-driven nurses to multi-million-dollar behemoths led by savvy health care veterans. Yet for the most part, many […]

  • LHC Group, SCP Health Form New Partnership to Provide Higher-Acuity Care in the Home

    LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) and SCP Health on Wednesday announced a new strategic partnership aimed at providing higher-acuity care in the home. By joining forces, LHC Group and SCP Health — two very familiar companies with deep Louisiana roots — hope to build the framework for a range of plug-and-play home-based care solutions that […]

  • VNSNY Launches Care Delivery Model Tailored to LGBTQ Community

    In an effort to ensure health equity, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) has launched a new care delivery model geared toward self-identified members of the LGBTQ community. “We listened to the community. They really wanted us to develop an LGBTQ+ program,” Arthur Fitting, LGBTQ+ program manager at VNSNY, told Home Health Care […]

  • Amedisys Looks to Pull Away from the Home Health Pack with ‘No Brainer’ Contessa Deal

    Aging-in-place company Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) on Wednesday announced plans to acquire hospital-at-home pioneer Contessa Health for $250 million. From a nuts-and-bolts perspective, the deal — expected to close later this summer — makes a ton of sense for Amedisys. Among the strategic benefits, for example, it gives the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company an unprecedented […]

  • FirstLight Announces New President; Humana Home Care Leader Named CFO

    McAnanly takes over at FirstLight FirstLight Home Care announced Wednesday that it has picked its new president. The appointment comes roughly seven months after FirstLight’s board of directors sought a change in leadership from former CEO Jeff Bevis, who founded the home care company with his son in 2009. Moving forward, the Cincinnati-based FirstLight will […]

  • Desperate for Home Care, Seniors Often Wait Months With Workers in Short Supply

    CASTINE, Maine — For years, Louise Shackett has had trouble walking or standing for long periods, making it difficult for her to clean her house in southeastern Maine or do laundry. Shackett, 80, no longer drives, which makes it hard to get to the grocery store or doctor. Her low income, though, qualifies her for […]

  • Encompass Health May Be Nearing Home Health, Hospice Spinoff

    Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) may be nearing a spinoff — not a sale — of its home health and hospice segment. That avenue looks increasingly likely in light of the company’s recent leadership announcements, industry insiders believe. Last week, Barb Jacobsmeyer was named the new CEO of Encompass Health’s home health and hospice segment, […]

  • CMS Proposes $310M Home Health Payment Boost, National Expansion of HHVBP

    The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday proposed plans to expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model nationwide by the start of next year. The agency did so in its proposed payment rule for 2022. In addition to the HHVBP expansion, CMS proposed to increase Medicare payments to home health […]

  • AccentCare Enters Two New Markets with Purchase of Southeastern Health Care at Home

    AccentCare announced Monday that it has purchased Southeastern Health Care at Home from private equity firm Geneva Glen Capital. Southeastern Health Care at Home is the largest privately-owned home health services provider in Pennsylvania. In addition to home health care, the company delivers hospice and mobile primary care services, plus palliative and wound care services. […]

  • LifeSpire of Virginia, Pinnacle Living Form Home-Based Care Joint Venture

    Two senior living providers — LifeSpire of Virginia and Pinnacle Living — have teamed up to provide home-based care services through a new joint venture agreement. The partnership comes at a time when more senior living providers are incorporating home-based care into their service lines, a trend that hasn’t played out too well in the […]

  • Tabula Rasa Co-Founder: More Home-Based Care Agencies Should Get Involved in PACE

    Tabula Rasa HealthCare (Nasdaq: TRHC) — a provider of data-driven technology solutions — continues to tout the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model as an avenue for itself and home-based care to grow. With at-home care and medication usage focuses, Tabula Rasa sees PACE as a major part of senior care’s future. […]

  • GuideWell Announces Strategic Investment in Home-Based Primary Care Provider PopHealthCare

    Health plans — and the entities that own them — continue to invest heavily around in-home care. The latest example is GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, which announced a new “multi-year strategic investment” in subsidiary PopHealthCare on Wednesday. The company is not disclosing the exact size of the investment. “At GuideWell, we are committed to transforming […]

  • Unvaccinated, Homebound and Now Hospitalized With Covid in New York City

    Dr. Leora Horwitz treats fewer and fewer covid patients at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Still, she thinks there are too many. And they almost all have something in common. “I’ve only had one patient who was vaccinated, and he was being treated for cancer with chemotherapy,” she said, reflecting recent research […]

  • Current Health Joins Moving Health Home Coalition; FirstLight Partners with Dina

    Current Health joins Moving Health Home Boston-based Current Health, a company that offers a remote care management platform to help health care providers conduct home-based care, has joined the Moving Health Home (MHH) coalition. MHH was created in March to influence lawmakers and advocate for legislation favorable to all sorts of home-based care. Its member […]

  • PPP Forgiveness Continues to Slow Down the Home Health M&A Process

    The COVID-19 crisis came in a hurry. The government, therefore, had to create programs and grants in a hurry to offset some of the financial woes that health care providers were facing. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Provider Relief Fund and other funding was much needed to keep many home-based care operations afloat. But as […]

  • Attracted by Risk-Bearing Capabilities, Humana Acquiring Provider-Convener onehome

    Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire onehome, a home-focused, post-acute care company. The acquisition brings the Louisville, Kentucky-based Humana closer to its goal of being one of the premier home-based care providers in the country, its executives believe. Officially dubbed “One HomeCare Solutions,” the Miramar, Florida-based […]

  • HHS Issues New Reporting Requirements, Deadlines for Provider Relief Fund Recipients

    Home health providers may have some additional financial aid in the not-too-distant future, as the federal government reportedly inches closer toward disbursing another round of CARES Act funds. As they wait for details, home health providers and other Medicare-reimbursed organizations on Friday received new reporting requirements and deadlines for the COVID-19 relief dollars they received […]

  • Outdated Communication Methods Are Holding Home-Based Care Providers Back

    Home-based care providers are hampered by their use of outdated communications tools, a new report from Citus Health and Porter Research claims. New York-based Citus Health is a digital care coordination platform that serves the home-based care industry. The company’s platform facilitates communication between family members, care providers and the patient. Released Wednesday, the report […]

  • The Home-Based Care Companies That Could Go Public Next

    In-home care tailwinds have only grown stronger during the COVID-19 crisis. That, in turn, is prompting the home health industry itself to change. Initially, much of that change has come in the form of more M&A action and investment, especially from private equity interests. Eventually, though, it will also likely manifest in more activity in […]

  • InHome Healthcare Services Sets Sights on Growth Following Home Health Turnaround

    Jump-starting a struggling company is no easy feat. For InHome Healthcare Services, this meant having a strong grasp on its local market and filling care gaps in the community. Before InHome Healthcare Services was a single company, it was two individual agencies: Good Life Homecare in Monterey, California, and Wilshire Healthcare in Fresno, California. In […]

  • Kendal at Home Unveils Expansion Plans as ‘CCRC Without Walls’ Gains Momentum

    Launched in 2004, Kendal at Home is one of the oldest, largest and most well-known “CCRC without walls” in the U.S. The aging-in-place pioneer is now getting even bigger, thanks to a statewide expansion in Ohio and a new push into Massachusetts. Kendal at Home is an affiliate of the Cleveland-based Kendal Corporation, a nonprofit […]

  • Caregiver Churn Remains Key Challenge for Home-Based Care Providers

    Home-based care providers had plenty of COVID-19-related challenges to overcome, including personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages and cash-flow difficulties. Yet caregiver churn remains the top concern for many in-home care operators. It’s one of the greatest roadblocks to growth as well. The public health emergency has only compounded the staffing challenges that have plagued providers […]

  • Home Health Providers Likely to Play ‘Very Important Role’ in Direct Contracting

    Direct contracting is quickly becoming one of the most prominent examples of the overall shift to value-based care. And home health providers will likely play a critical role in the payment model’s success. Although the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) paused certain direct-contracting options when the new administration took over, it remains an […]

  • Addus Focused on Sourcing New Home Health Acquisitions, Improving Applicant-Conversion Rates

    The COVID-19 public health emergency has solidified the home as a viable and effective care setting. That, in turn, has led to meaningful opportunities for home-based care providers, especially those with diversified service lines. Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) is a prime example. The company’s leadership team discussed the pandemic and its lasting impacts during […]

  • ConcertoCare Prepares for PACE Expansion, Direct-Contracting Participation

    In-home care providers ConcertoHealth and Perfect Health merged under the “ConcertoCare” name in February. Since then, ConcertoCare leaders have been preparing for what’s likely to be an action-packed 2021. The New York-based organization’s plans include an expansion into the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) space, plus an entry into the world of […]

  • Alternate Solutions, OSU Wexner Medical Center Form New Home Health JV

    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Alternate Solutions Health Network have partnered to form a new home health joint venture. The mission of the OSU-affiliated JV is to increase access to home-based care. Kettering, Ohio-based Alternate Solutions Health Network is a national provider of post-acute solutions, including home health and hospice services. Meanwhile, […]

  • Caring for an Aging Nation

    USE OUR CONTENT This story can republished for free. Please contact [email protected] for embed codes. Table of Contents A Variety of Services Booming Number of Seniors The Cost of Long-Term Care Services The Physical – and Financial – Burden The $61 Billion Price Tag Health care for the nation’s seniors looms large as the baby-boom […]

  • Aveanna Details Big Plans for Home Health M&A in First Official Earnings Call

    Fresh off of its market debut last month, Aveanna Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVAH) is throwing its weight behind home health. Since going public, the company has made moves to position itself as a major player within the home health space. Aveanna plans to aggressively pursue home health M&A opportunities, Rod Windley, executive chairman of […]

  • Signify Adds New VPs; Complia Health Builds Out C-Suite

    Signify Health appoints two VPs Signify Health (NYSE: SGFY) has appointed Tracey Scraba as senior vice president and deputy general counsel. Additionally, it has hired Lisa Wagamon as senior vice president of network development. Dallas-based Signify is a New Mountain Capital portfolio company. It recently went public,posting a market capitalization of $7.12 billion in its […]

  • Encompass Health CEO Shares Multi-Pronged Approach to Recruiting, Retaining Nurses

    The huge demand for nursing talent has left home health providers feeling the pressure of recruitment challenges. Home health giant Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) is no exception. Encompass Health CEO Mark Tarr recently discussed the company’s recruitment and retention strategies for nursing staff during a presentation at the UBS Global Healthcare Virtual Conference on […]

  • How American Advantage Home Care Grew Its Client Base by 1000% in 2 Years

    Cleamon Moorer Jr. is not a home health lifer, nor is he what you’d call a health care veteran. But he’s thriving in the space nonetheless. After taking over the relatively small American Advantage Home Care in 2019, he strategized to differentiate the agency from its peers. The Dearborn, Michigan-based provider has expanded its client […]

  • Is Your Living Room the Future of Hospital Care?

    Major hospital systems are betting big money that the future of hospital care looks a lot like the inside of patients’ homes. This story also ran on Fortune. It can be republished for free. Hospital-level care at home — some of it provided over the internet — is poised to grow after more than a […]

  • Why Rush, HCCI Are Bringing Back the Doctor House Call

    The idea of a doctor entering the home to treat a patient, a type of medical visit otherwise known as a “house call,” may bring to mind television sitcoms of yesteryear rather than the current health care landscape. But as the COVID-19 emergency continues and more people start to embrace home-based care, there’s a case […]

  • LeadingAge, Bayada Urge Congress to Invest in Aging Services Infrastructure

    Leaders across the senior care sector have banded together and are urging Congress to back legislation that will increase access to care services. And help is long overdue, they argue. For decades, aging services have been underfunded in the U.S., according to Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit LeadingAge. Sloan […]

  • How SNF Operator Masonicare Leveraged Its Home-Based Care Services to Adapt to COVID-19

    In the age of COVID-19, companies operating in the senior care space have been forced to be adaptable. It’s in this environment where Masonicare — a skilled nursing facility (SNF) operator — began amplifying its home-based care services while downsizing its facilities. Wallingford, Connecticut-based Masonicare is a not-for-profit senior care provider that operates independent living, […]