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Our Nursing Home Industry – A National Scandal

David Chess, MD, Chief Health & Policy Officer & Chairman of the Board / Founder, Tapestry Health A society defines itself by how it cares for its most vulnerable, and especially its seniors. As a Board-Certified Internist and Geriatrician with over 35 years of providing care in nursing facilities, this sentiment has guided me throughout …

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Brave Health & MedArrive Partner to Power Virtual Mental Health

– Brave Health, a virtual-first behavioral health provider focused on serving Medicaid and Medicare populations, today announced an innovative referral partnership with MedArrive. – Through this collaboration, if MedArrive identifies an eligible health plan member in need of mental health support, MedArrive’s field providers can immediately refer that member to Brave Health’s behavioral health providers …

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Medical Solutions Acquires Healthcare Marketplace Platform Matchwell

What You Should Know: – Medical Solutions, one of the nation’s largest providers of total workforce solutions serving the healthcare industry acquires Matchwell, a tech-enabled job marketplace that empowers healthcare organizations to access and manage a flexible workforce in the most efficient model in the industry.  – Integrating Matchwell into the Medical Solutions family of …

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Analysis: How Will The Roadmap for Diagnostic Cardiology Devices Develop?

Like most healthcare markets, the diagnostic cardiology market has had a bumpy ride in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic saw global revenues for Resting ECG devices increase in 2020, whilst ECG Management Systems, Stress ECG and Traditional Holter ECG solutions saw a market decline. Country lockdowns resulted in reduced cardiology services during the peak of …

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What Hospital Success Looks Like Under Value-Based Care

Mike Ipekdjian, MBA-HM, BSN, RN, SANE, PHRN, NREMT, Head of Clinical & Solution Hospitals are increasingly turning to value-based care initiatives to transform care delivery, lower the total cost of care, and improve patient outcomes. Unlike traditional fee-for-service (FFS) models that reimburse providers based on volume (i.e., the number of patient visits), providers are reimbursed …

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Health Net, MedArrive Partner to Bring In-Home COVID-19 Vaccine to At-Risk Medicaid Members

What You Should Know: – One of California’s longest-serving and most-experienced Medi-Cal partners, Health Net (a Centene plan), and virtual care and in-home health services provider MedArrive is collaborating to bring the most vulnerable, at-risk Medicaid members in-home access to COVID-19 vaccinations.  – Eligible Health Net members in the Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Fresno regions who opt into the …

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How IoT Data Integration Helps Deliver Improved At-Home Healthcare in 2022

Patricia (Pat) Black, Director of Technical Solutions at Cardinal Peak When it comes to your health and treatment, hospitals leverage a variety of sensors and instruments to collect the necessary information to monitor and diagnose your health status. With essential health data integrated into one platform, healthcare professionals are able to quickly and easily monitor …

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St. Peter’s Health to Deploy Innovaccer Health Cloud for Optimized Care Management

What You Should Know:   St. Peter’s Health, a regional nonprofit healthcare system in Helena, Montana, is moving to the InnovaccerⓇ Health Cloud’s Data Activation Platform to support its mission of providing exceptional and compassionate care that treats the whole person and improves the health, wellness, and quality of life for the communities it serves. The …

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Is It Finally Time for Hospital-at-Home or is Time Up?

Karen Conway, VP of Healthcare Value, Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) All the signs point to a bright and expansive future for hospital-at-home programs, which have been growing steadily since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) created the Acute Hospital at Home waiver program in November 2020. As of March, nearly 100 health systems and …

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Element5 Secures $30M to Expand Automation for Post-Acute Care

What You Should Know: – Element5, the world’s first Automation-as-a-Service solution purpose-built for post-acute care, today announced that it has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round led by Insight Partners.  With the closing of the Series B funding round, Element5 has raised $48.5M in total capital to date.  – This investment will …

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CareLinx by Sharecare Forms Clinical Advisory Board for Home Health Platform

What You Should Know: – Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, today announced the formation of a clinical advisory board for its home health platform and network of caregivers, CareLinx by Sharecare. – The aim of the board is to help shape the clinical care offering …

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UHG’s Optum Acquires Home Health Business LHC Group for $5.4B

What You Should Know: – UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Optum has agreed to acquire LHC Group, a national patient-focused provider of high-quality in-home health care services for $5.4 billion ($170 per share).       – The acquisition will further strengthen their shared ability to advance value-based care, especially in the comfort of a patient’s own home. …

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4 Benefits of maximized CAHPS reporting

Frustrated with CAHPS reporting? Organizations can simplify compliance and drive quality improvement with real-time reporting on CAHPS data, leading to many positive outcomes. Read our latest blog for four ways your organization can benefit from maximized CAHPS reporting.

4 Benefits of maximized CAHPS reporting

Frustrated with CAHPS reporting? Organizations can simplify compliance and drive quality improvement with real-time reporting on CAHPS data, leading to many positive outcomes. Read our latest blog for four ways your organization can benefit from maximized CAHPS reporting.

Casana Raises $30M for Effortless Home Health Monitoring

What You Should Know: – Casana, a healthcare technology firm that is reinventing in-home health monitoring announced it has raised $30M in Series B funding, bringing the total capital raised to $46 million led by Morningside with participation from Matrix Partners, as well as Series A investors General Catalyst and Outsiders Fund. – The Series …

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NOA: 6 Actions to take now to improve your RCM process

As the final phase of PDGM inches closer, home health agencies are preparing for RAPs to phase out and the Notice of Admission (NOA) to begin. This transition will be a welcome change, allowing agencies to revert to the one-claim-per-patient-per-month concept and to improve their RCM processes.

Best Buy Acquires Care-At-Home Platform Current Health – M&A

What You Should Know: – Best Buy, today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Boston-based Current Health, an enterprise care-at-home technology platform that brings together remote patient monitoring, telehealth, and patient engagement into a single solution for healthcare organizations. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.  Founded in 2015, Current Health’s enterprise …

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Why Family Caregivers Need Help from the Healthcare Establishment

Claudia Fine, LCSW, MPH, Chief Professional Officer at eFamilyCare I recently spoke with a woman whose husband contracted a serious, chronic illness that requires long-term use of a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line.  As her husband’s primary caregiver, this woman is responsible for cleaning and flushing the PICC line three times a day. And …

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Who won the INVEST Digital Health Pitch Perfect contest?

Judges proclaimed winners across three tracks of the digital health startup pitch contest including: Home health, chronic disease management and value-based care, and technology to support payer and provider efficiency.

Hoy Health Acquires Mobile Med Units Company HomeFront Health

What You Should Know: – Hoy Health, a bilingual digital primary care platform today announced the acquisition of HomeFront Health, a San Antonio, TX-based service-driven mobile healthcare organization that delivers frontline medical services to patients in their homes as an extension of hospital- and provider-centric care models. By harnessing the untapped resource of military-trained and …

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INVEST Digital Health Pitch Perfect Preview: Home Health

Read more to find out which finalists will present in the Home Health track of the startup pitch contest during the virtual conference, scheduled for September 20-23.

Impact of star ratings on provider demand

For years, Medicare and other payers have used quality measures to evaluate the quality of care patients receive at various types of providers settings (e.g., hospital, home health agencies, skilled nursing homes). For some payers, higher quality scores/higher star ratings lead to direct increases in reimbursement through a value-based purchasing arrangement. Typically, value-based payment systems …

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Sharecare Acquires On-Demand Home Health Platform CareLinx for $65M

What You Should Know: – Sharecare today announced its official entry into the home health market with the acquisition of CareLinx , an on-demand home health platform of tech-enabled care providers from Europ Assistance, one of the largest global assistance companies. Under the terms of the agreement, the acquisition is valued at approximately $65M, consisting of $54.6M …

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6 NOA submission requirements to consider before 2022

Home health agencies are coming up on the final phase of PDGM. And while it may seem like one more administrative burden, this final update will likely be a welcome change for your agency. RAPs will be phased out, and home health agencies will revert to the one-claim-per-patient-per-month concept—known as the Notice of Admission (NOA).

Elimination of the Medicaid asset test?

No, this is not coming nation-wide, but it may be on its way in California. Kaiser Health News reports: A provision in California’s newly approved state budget will eliminate the asset test for the 2 million Californians enrolled in both Medi-Cal and Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older and people …

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Humana Acquires Integrated Post-Acute Care Provider onehome – M&A

What You Should Know: – Humana Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire integrated post-acute care provider One Homecare Solutions (“onehome”) from WayPoint Capital Partners (WayPoint), the private equity affiliate of a New York-based family investment office. – The acquisition will further advance Humana’s strategy to build a value-based home health …

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Staffing firm AMN Healthcare buys telehealth provider for $42.5M

AMN Healthcare bought Synzi, a virtual care provider, to offer customers greater staffing flexibility. The acquisition is a part of the company’s strategy to keep pace with the evolving market, where a greater emphasis is being placed on virtual care delivery and remote patient monitoring.

4 vital workflow steps for effective revenue cycle management

It’s been a challenging year for home health agencies. From some of the biggest regulation changes in decades to a looming pandemic, the financial consequences of these challenges are proving to be significant. In our latest blog, we discuss the importance of workflow and why it must be effectively structured. Read our blog for four …

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Reperio Health Raises $6M to Expand At-Home Wellness Kits to Employer Market

What You Should Know: – Portland, Oregon-based Reperio Health announced it has raised $6M in seed funding co-led by Caduceus Capital Partners in Nashville, Tenn., and Rogue Venture Partnersin Portland, Ore., with additional investment from Liquid 2 Ventures and G Ventures, both out of the San Francisco Bay Area. – Reperio’s patent-pending at-home health assessment brings a …

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3 Ways to Boost Patient Confidence with Real-Time Contactless Communication

Ford Blakely, SVP & GM, Medallia Zingle Although the vaccine’s rollout is slowly underway, Covid cases worldwide are continuing to reach all-time highs as new mutations make the virus even more contagious than ever before. Not surprisingly, patients’ concerns about visiting their healthcare providers in the midst of this global pandemic persist, pushing demand for …

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Casana Raises $14M to Expand IoT Heart Health Toilet Seat

What You Should Know: – Casana raises $14M in Series A funding to pursue FDA clearance for its an IoT heart health toilet seat that captures clinically relevant measurements, including heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygenation, and cardiac output. Casana, previously known as Heart Health Intelligence, Inc., a healthcare technology firm that is re-inventing in-home …

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Epic, Galen Healthcare, Chartis Group Named 2020 Overall Best in KLAS Awards

What You Should Know: – Epic was named the top Overall Software Suite for the eleventh consecutive year in the Best in KLAS 2021 Software & Services report, released today, which reports on the top vendors for 2020. Epic was also named the top Overall Physician Practice Vendor. Galen Healthcare Solutions was named the top Overall IT Services Firm. …

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MetroHealth System, Care Simple, Epic Launch Remote Patient Monitoring Program

What You Should Know: – Care Simple, Epic, and MetroHealth System announced that they have entered into a strategic remote patient monitoring integration partnership. – Under the terms of the agreement, CareSimple will empower the Cleveland, Ohio public health system with simple, patient-friendly RPM solutions to improve health outcomes for their high-risk senior and chronically …

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2020’s Top 20 Digital Health M&A Deals Totaled $50B

Teladoc Health and Livongo Merge The combination of Teladoc Health and Livongo creates a global leader in consumer-centered virtual care. The combined company is positioned to execute quantified opportunities to drive revenue synergies of $100 million by the end of the second year following the close, reaching $500 million on a run-rate basis by 2025. …

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30 Executives Share Top Healthcare Predictions & Trends to Watch in 2021

As we close out the year, we asked several healthcare executives to share their predictions and trends for 2021. Kimberly Powell, Vice President & General Manager, NVIDIA Healthcare Federated Learning: The clinical community will increase their use of federated learning approaches to build robust AI models across various institutions, geographies, patient demographics, and medical scanners. The sensitivity and …

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5 Post-Acute Care Industry Trends to Watch in 2021

What You Should Know: – Healthcare technology company Forcura names the five most significant trends for the post-acute care industry in 2021. The post-acute care (PAC) sector saw some of its most profound challenges this year, from deadly COVID-19 outbreaks in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to a suddenly accelerated need for the services provided by …

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Ensuring Telehealth Providers’ Virtual Care Dollars Make Sense

Don Godbee Don Godbee, Mobile Solutions Architect at Stratix Don Godbee Telehealth and virtual care are not brand-new phenomena suddenly cobbled together as a rapid response to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the average US patient could be forgiven for thinking that it is. Indeed, virtual visits to care providers and remote patient …

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PointClickCare Acquires Collective Medical for $650M to Create to Largest Combined Acute and Post-Acute Care Network

What You Should Know: – PointClickCare announces its intent to acquire Collective Medical to create the largest combined acute and post-acute care network in North America for $650M. – Collective Medical’s platform connects more than 1,300 hospitals, thousands of ambulatory practices and long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) providers, as well as accountable care organizations (ACOs) and …

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M&A: CarepathRx Acquires Pharmacy Operations of Chartwell from UPMC for $400M

What You Should Know: – CarepathRx will acquire the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s pharmacy operations in a $400M deal. – The company fully integrates pharmacy operations, expands healthcare services, improves ambulatory access, minimizes clinical variation and creates new health system revenue streams. – CarepathRx serves more than 15 health systems and 600 hospitals, with …

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Independence Blue Cross, Signify Launches Social Determinants of Health Network in Philly

What You Should Know: – Independence Blue Cross and Signify Health launches social determinants of health network, CommunityLink to connect data from multiple CBOs to integrate social directly into medical care in the Philadelphia area. – CommunityLink represents one of the first examples nationwide of combining in-home health with social care. Independence Blue Cross (Independence) …

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And the winners of INVEST Digital Health Virtual Pitch Perfect contest are…..

The INVEST Digital Health Virtual conference Pitch Perfect competition, from September 21-25, had some intense competition between the healthcare startup participants. Thanks to all the entrepreneurs, judges and sponsors who took part.

Validic Launches New Remote Patient Monitoring Solution, Requires No EHR Integration

What You Should Know: – Validic launches the newest version of its remote patient monitoring (RPM) offerings, Validic Impact: Rapid Deployment. – This new standalone version of Validic Impact requires no EHR integration and can be used as a fully standalone solution. Validic, a Durham, NC-based provider of health data platforms and solutions for scaling …

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How ADT-Based E-Notifications Can Enable Better Safety for COVID-19 Patients

Jay Desai, CEO & Co-Founder, PatientPing As COVID-19 continues to impact the country, providers across the continuum face new challenges delivering care and ensuring safety for their patients and themselves.  During this period, sharing real-time information about patients’ care encounters across provider types and care settings matter more than ever. In particular, hospitals sharing admission, …

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Telehealth’s Time Has Come. And It’s Here to Stay.

Ernie Ianace, EVP Sales and Marketing at VitalTech “The numbers don’t lie,” is a famous old adage and quite appropriate with regard to the rapid rise and deployment of telehealth solutions in the medical community. It may have taken a global pandemic for society to recognize and investigate the rewards of its adoption, but statistics …

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CCAHPS Home Health Top 5 Report: the newest feature in our complete survey program (ebook)

Turn CAHPS data into better performance and optimized patient care. Download the ebook. The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Home Health Care Survey (also known as HHCAHPS) was created to measure the patient experience within Medicare-certified home health agencies—but it’s more than just another CMS requirement. With the trend toward value-based purchasing, …

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Home Health CY 2020 Proposed and Final Rule Crosswalk

Download the Home Health CY 2020 Proposed and Final Rule Crosswalk. CMS proposes to rebase the FY2020 per diem payment rates for Continuous Home Care (CHC), Inpatient Respite Care (IRC), and General Inpatient (GIP) levels of care based on their analysis of claims and cost report data, which shows the Hospice average cost per day …

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From Clinical to Coding (ebook)

HEALTHCAREfirst has the answer to managing cost and spending under PDGM Download the ebook As managing your agency becomes more challenging, you may be looking for ways to realize cost efficiencies and reduce spending. Accurate clinical assessment and effective coding practices will be more important than ever under PDGM.