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Walgreens Boots Alliance Invests $970B in Shields to ‘Further Expand Its Health Care Reach in Communities’

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) plans to invest $970 million in Shields Health Solutions, which aids both hospitals and health systems with specialty pharmacy services. It’s another major move for Walgreens, which is trying to position itself as an all-encompassing health care behemoth prepared for the sector’s near- and long-term trends. The deal, which is …

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Papa Partners with Milliman’s HealthIO to Create More Touch Points in the Home for Seniors

The senior companionship company Papa has made another partnership that will accelerate its impact on seniors aging in place across the country. Milliman Inc. — a global consulting and actuarial firm — and Papa are teaming up to provide hands-on help to Milliman’s HealthIO program members. HealthIO is a mobile platform that helps seniors with …

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

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

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Relative importance of pharmaceuticals on health outcomes: 1990-2015

Health outcomes have improved in the US over the last 25 years. Clearly public health initiatives (e.g., reduced smoking rates) is having an impact, but another key key question is, what is medical technologies are driving these gains? Is it new surgical techniques, better diagnostics, improved medical devices, or new pharmaceuticals? This answer is difficult …

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Amazon Care Reportedly Plans to Expand Its At-Home Care Services to 20 New Cities by End of 2022

Amazon’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) plan to become an at-home care player through Amazon Care came to fruition quickly. Unsurprisingly, the next steps are taking place at a similar pace. Currently limited to a few areas in the U.S. — including Washington state, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore — Amazon Care is set to expand to 20 more …

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16th Park Annual by Sahlgrenska Science Park

Nordic Health Innovation: From realisation to business A virtual life science event with thought-provoking presentations, unexpected angles, future trends and pioneering ideas. The Nordic region is scoring high on international innovation rankings year after year. But is there a Nordic way of creating innovation? And what is required to take ideas from the Eureka moment …

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

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

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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 …

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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 …

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

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

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CBO: Impact of price control legislation on new drug development

It stands to reason that policies that aim to reduce drug prices or squeeze life science companies profits are likely to decrease incentives to finance the research and development needed to bring a drug to market. Previous estimates claim that bringing a new drug to market may cost over $2 billion, and life science companies …

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The SCAN Group Invests in MedArrive, Expects ‘Explosive Growth’ in Home-Based Care

The SCAN Group, most recognizable thanks to its Medicare Advantage (MA) SCAN Health Plan, has made a strategic investment in the home-focused company MedArrive. MedArrive is a health care logistics and services platform that enables payers and providers to leverage EMTs, paramedics and other health care workers to bring more care into the home. The …

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Lessons learned from the Covid vaccine development process

As the world’s focus has turned to getting the COVID-19 vaccines out as widely and rapidly as possible, it’s easy to almost forget about the incredible global effort that developed them in record time. But it is important to take some time to reflect on the process that got us here, so that we can …

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Impromptu House Calls Turned This Company into a Venture-Funded, Nationwide In-Home Care Provider 15 Years Later

When Dr. Todd Stivland was a practicing physician, he was finding it hard to connect to his patients, whether they were in assisted living, group homes or their own homes. He felt like they weren’t getting the care they needed, so he started going to them on home visits. Eventually, those home visits became so …

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Mass General Brigham is diversifying its innovation process. Here’s how.

Called the Innovator Community Expansion Initiative, the main goal of the effort is to pinpoint and remove obstacles keeping underrepresented groups, like women, out of the innovation process. The initiative will promote networking and education about the path to commercialization.

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 …

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Signify Health CEO: Demand for In-Home Care Services ‘High as Ever’

Signify Health Inc. (NYSE: SGFY) is encouraged to know that its clients are satisfied with its evaluations. Specifically, clients are satisfied with the in-home evaluations that the company provides. Although virtual visits gained significant popularity amid the pandemic, patients see major upside to Signify’s in-person visits, CEO Kyle Armbrester said on a Q2 earnings call …

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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 …

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WCAS Commits $300M to New Value-Based Care Platform ‘Valtruis’

One of the most active private equity firms in the senior care space is launching a new portfolio company dedicated to value-based care. Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) announced the formation of Valtruis on Tuesday, along with an initial capital commitment of $300 million. Spearheaded by a founding leadership team that includes managing partners …

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ArchCare CEO: Operational Flexibility Key to PACE Model’s Long-Term Success

There are plenty of Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) operators that embody the model’s success and recent momentum, but perhaps none greater than the New York-based ArchCare. With just under $1 billion in annual revenues, ArchCare is ​​part of the Archdiocese of New York’s large health care system. Its PACE operations began …

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The Children’s Oncology Group Is Teaming Up with Signify Health to Bring Cancer Care into the Home

COVID-19 disrupted cancer care for patients across the country, which furthered the effort to bring that care into the home, a practice done far less in the U.S. compared to other developed countries around the world. Specifically, the Children’s Oncology Group — an organization devoted to childhood and adolescent cancer research — began talks with …

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Anthem CEO Breaks Down myNEXUS Acquisition, Touts At-Home Care Capabilities

Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) continues to tout its positioning when it comes to home-based care. The Indianapolis-based insurer acquired myNEXUS — a convener that manages home-based care for payers — earlier this year. Anthem’s focus on how that acquisition improves its overall network since then reflects its home-based commitments. “We closed on the acquisition of …

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Despite Formidable Challenges, PACE Leaders Keep Expansion Dreams Alive

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) concept has gained significant business and policy momentum over the past several months, with recent research also highlighting just how successful programs were at avoiding COVID-19 deaths compared to other care settings. Despite that traction and the model’s clear benefits, PACE still faces a long list …

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Signify Health’s Home-Based Hospital Transition Program Gains Steam

Signify Health (NYSE: SGFY) — a value-based care platform with a home-based focus — announced Tuesday that it has activated its “Transition to Home” program for over 50 hospitals in 12 states. The program allows Medicare patients to receive clinical and social care support as they transition from the hospital to the home, and is …

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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 …

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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 …

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Health Innovators – Jo Brewer, Adaptimmune

In this episode of Health Innovators, pharmaphorum founder Paul Tunnah interviews Jo Brewer, senior vice president of allogeneic research at UK company Adaptimmune which is transforming cancer immunotherapy with affinity enhanced T-cell receptors. Adaptimmune’s SPEAR (Specific Peptide Enhanced Affinity Receptor) T-cell platform enables the engineering of T-cells to target and destroy cancer across multiple solid tumors. …

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‘Home-Based Care Is Going to Become More Important’: VillageMD Continues Expanding U.S. Footprint

The past year has been a busy one for VillageMD. In 2020, Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) entered into a partnership with the startup and announced that it would be investing $1 billion in the value-based primary care provider over the following three years. Since then, VillageMD — through its subsidiary Village Medical — has …

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Resilient Healthcare Blazing New Trails for Hospital-at-Home Model

Similar to many other home-based care pioneers, Jaky Samuel founded her company — Resilient Healthcare — after a deeply personal experience. Samuel, a physical therapist by training, lost her father a little over three years ago. Before he passed away, recurrent strokes forced him in and out of the hospital and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), …

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Amazon Reportedly Gets Turned Down by CVS Health in Effort to Expand In-Home Care Platform’s Footprint

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) has reportedly approached CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) in order to expand the coverage of its Amazon Care services, according to a report from Business Insider. CVS Health is the parent company of the health insurer Aetna, which Amazon has reportedly reached out to, among other insurers. The move suggests that Amazon is …

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Accelerating the adoption of innovation in the NHS

Spreading innovation in the NHS is as much about fostering collaboration and building relationships as it is about designing new interventions and launching new technologies. Scaling up the adoption of new interventions and technologies in the NHS has always been something of a challenge. But a review of approaches used by the Academic Health Science …

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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 …

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How SaMD benefits pharma, patients, and clinicians, and how to get it right

Matt Norton, Vice President of Marketing & Commercial Development, S3 Connected Health Pharma companies are now developing more Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) as they present the best opportunities to expand their offering and broaden the value they can bring with digital health solutions. Yet, while pharma companies are familiar with the concept of digital …

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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 …

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Jefferson Health-backed Tendo Systems gains $50M to digitize patient journey

Tendo Systems, a company that is co-developing a digital engagement platform with provider organizations like Jefferson Health, raised $50 million in a new funding round. The funds will be used to advance the development of the platform, which aims to be the “OpenTable” of healthcare.

CMS Taking ‘Laissez-Faire’ Approach to Direct Contracting

Signify Health’s (NYSE: SGFY) leaders are as cautiously optimistic and encouraged by the prospects of direct-contracting models as almost anyone. For now, Signify works with the government to give the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) insight on how the models could work in the future. The company also works with adjacent organizations that …

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Recognizing Future Threats to the In-Patient Model, California Health System Launches ‘Hoag at Home’

Another large health system is making a concerted effort to provide home-based care services to its patients. Newport Beach, California-based Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian announced Wednesday that it has launched Hoag at Home, which will provide a slew of at-home care services. “I think hospitals kind of are seeing the future and some of the …

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Q&A: Cleveland Clinic Innovations’ new head has his eyes trained on the future

In a wide-ranging interview, Dr. Geoff Vince, the new executive director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations, discussed his plans for how the commercialization arm will operate, the technologies he thinks will drive interest and whether the pandemic has changed approaches to innovation.

MedPAC: CMMI Should Consider a ‘Smaller, More Harmonized’ Portfolio of Alternative Payment Models

To reduce redundancies and confusion in the Medicare system, health care policymakers should consider implementing “a smaller, more harmonized” portfolio of alternative payment models (APMs). That’s according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which released its regular June report to Congress on Tuesday. “In many cases, providers participate in multiple [alternative payment models] simultaneously, …

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A roadmap for adopting New Science 

The pandemic’s disruption galvanised the biopharma industry into unprecedented action, demonstrating what’s possible when the global scientific community collaborates in exceptional ways and public-private partnerships drive innovation to address a common need. Can the biopharma industry step up again to shatter industry orthodoxy and create new pathways for innovation, access, and affordability? The adoption of …

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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 …

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Clover Health Announces In-Home Primary Care Expansion, Becomes New Target for Reddit Traders

Clover Health (Nasdaq: CLOV) announced Wednesday that it plans to scale its in-home primary care program, “Clover Home Care,” through the new direct-contracting model from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The announcement came as Reddit’s investor community also targeted the health care company as its most recent cause. Headquartered in Nashville, …

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UMass Memorial Health Hopes to Grow Hospital-at-Home Program Tenfold in the Next Year

A couple years back, UMass Memorial Health outlined new strategies and ideas for the future, with a hospital-at-home program being one of them. At the end of the exercise, that idea ranked 17th on its internal priority list. Fast forward to the end of 2020, and the installation of a hospital-at-home program had shot up …

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Humana Crafts Direct-Contracting Plans Around Senior Care Centers, Home-Based Care

In March, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced a new brand that would combine its “Partners in Primary Care” and “Family Physicians Group” into one. Those two payer-agnostic, senior-focused sects of Humana became “CenterWell Senior Primary Care.” The newly named senior care organization is now venturing into original Medicare through direct contracting with the federal government. …

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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 …

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Prospero’s Chief Clinical Officer: Lots of ‘Low-Value’ Health Care Is Used to Treat Seniors

Home-based care veterans finally see a viable way for seniors to be cared for properly after COVID-19 proved a lot of their long-standing hypotheses. Their hope now is that the rest of the health care world notices the power and effectiveness that comes with at-home care. The same holds true for seniors themselves. “I think …

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BIO-Europe Spring Digital: Nerida Scott, J&J’s EMEA Innovation Head

At this year’s BIO-Europe Spring Digital, pharmaphorum founder Dr. Paul Tunnah participated in an ‘In conversation’ chat with Nerida Scott, head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, EMEA. Nerida discussed the latest trends in healthcare and how they’ve influenced Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s (JJI’s) approach to collaboration. She highlighted the importance of digital solutions and data …

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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 …

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Hospital-at-Home Model Yields Lower Costs, Fewer Hospitalizations for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients who receive hospital-at-home care are less likely to experience unplanned hospitalizations, new research suggests. Those individuals likewise account for lower health care costs. The new findings — focused on Huntsman at Home, a cancer hospital-at-home model operated by the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah — were published earlier this month …

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‘They Face What We All Face’: Amazon’s Entrance into Home-Based Care Doesn’t Faze Providers

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) takes another step toward health care almost monthly. Lately, one of its biggest focuses has been the shift of health care into the home. The Seattle-based company announced in March that it was expanding its on-demand health service, Amazon Care, from just its employees in Washington to the entire country. It also …

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Amedisys Turns to Predictive Analytics to Lower Voluntary Turnover

In the home health business, providers rise and fall with their people. Recruitment and retention difficulties have been the bane of home health operators for years. Even during a once-in-a-generation pandemic filled with health hazards, cash-flow challenges and personal protective equipment (PPE) problems, it was staffing shortages that kept the bulk of organizations up at …

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Zing Health Announces Expansion, Sets Sights on Larger Home-Based Care Partnerships

Zing Health Enterprises, a Chicago-based Medicare Advantage provider, has announced plans to expand to over 30 additional states through its pending acquisition of Lasso Healthcare. The two entities ultimately aligned on a deal because of their like-minded approach, according to Dr. Eric Whitaker, the CEO and founder of Zing Health. Lasso Healthcare and Zing Health …

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Adult Day Centers Revamp Operating Models After COVID Shutdowns, Census Struggles

In light of the COVID-19 emergency, adult day centers across the country were forced to temporarily shut down or operate at limited capacity. Now, adult day providers are navigating how to safely open back up again. Broadly, adult day centers give seniors access to community-based social and health services. This can include recreational activities, meals, …

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Where 5 CIOs see IT innovation heading as pandemic winds down  

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended the healthcare industry in a myriad of ways — including the focus of IT innovation. Healthcare CIOs are seeing IT innovation priorities shift to arenas like at-home care, data science and supply chain.

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 …

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Medalogix Merges with Muse Healthcare, Gets Backing from Vistria and LHC Group

Medalogix was already one of the market leaders in home health predictive analytics. It has now gotten what appears to be another boost. That boost comes in the form of three new developments: a merger, a private equity investment and an investment from yet another publicly traded home health care giant. On Wednesday, the Chicago-based …

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Hoping to Create an In-Home Care Convener Powerhouse, The Helper Bees Acquires healthAlign

The Helper Bees (THB), an “insurtech” company that works with payers and home-based care providers, has acquired healthAlign, a similarly positioned convener also focused on the home. It’s a move that reflects the larger shift of health care services into the home, a trend that provides an opportunity for organizations like THB and healthAlign to …

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AdventHealth Boosts Access to In-Home Care, Partners with DispatchHealth

AdventHealth is working to increase patients’ access to in-home care. As part of that mission, it’s teaming up with in-home medical care provider DispatchHealth.  The two organizations formally announced their new partnership on Tuesday. “There are several things that we’re looking at,” Lisa Musgrave, vice president of home care administration and post-acute services for AdventHealth, …

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An ‘Unprecedented Collaboration’: Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente Invest $100M in Medically Home

In another move reflecting the rapid rise of the hospital-at-home model, the Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente announced a major joint investment in Medically Home on Thursday. The two health systems will inject a combined $100 million into the company, which had already raised more than $64 million since launching in 2016. “Bringing Mayo Clinic …

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Home Health Providers to Watch in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the ambitious plans of most home health providers. Now nearly halfway into 2021, many are picking up right where they left off, with a few key players doubling down on innovation and betting big on the future of home-based care. There are plenty “home health providers to watch” as the rest …

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Atrium HaH Program an ‘Attractive Innovation That May Extend Critical Hospital Resources’

Most COVID-19 patients that received care through a hospital-at-home program did not require care escalation to a brick-and-mortar hospital setting, new research suggests. The new findings on care escalation risk factors were published on Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. To explore the topic, Atrium Health researchers examined 391 patients receiving treatment for COVID-19 …

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Signify Hopes to Expand Network Through Direct Contracting, Bundled Payments

Signify Health’s (NYSE: SGFY) home- and community-services segment continues to drive growth for the company, which went public with an over $7 billion valuation in February. Signify is not a home-based care entity in a traditional sense, but its success in the home is a reflection of the larger trends sweeping the health care sector. …

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How Home-Focused Conveners Bridge the Gap Between Payers, Providers

The home is increasingly becoming the No. 1 site of care for seniors, partly thanks to the services of both home health and home care providers. But as the post-acute care world transitions away from fee for services toward value-based care, in-home care operators often find themselves in need of support. And that’s where the …

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Home Care Innovator Lifesprk to Acquire Senior Living Operator Tealwood

Lifesprk — the whole-person senior services company based in Minnesota — has added a new page to its innovative playbook. On top of being a fully integrated provider of home health, hospice, primary care and other senior-focused services, Lifesprk is also now a bona fide senior living operator. It holds that distinction after announcing the …

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Tabula Rasa HealthCare: PACE Positioned to Grow ‘Exponentially’

Another publicly traded company involved in home-based care is bullish on the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model and its ability to expand across the U.S. That company is San Francisco-based Tabula Rasa HealthCare (Nasdaq: TRHC), a provider of data-driven technology solutions and an active stakeholder in the PACE market. Specifically, Tabula …

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Senior Care Innovator Bill Thomas: America Needs to Change How It Talks About ‘Home Care’

Like a shock to the system, the COVID-19 emergency has been a catalyst for major change across the health care continuum. Home-based care providers, in particular, have been forced to evolve in a multitude of ways. As an industry thought leader and expert in aging, Dr. Bill Thomas has always been at the forefront of …

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Why Humana Believes It Can Do Home Health Care Better

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) believes it can deliver home health services better than traditional providers do today. More than any other reason, that’s fundamentally why it’s accelerating its in-home care strategy by acquiring 100% of home health giant Kindred at Home for a “bargain” purchase price of $5.7 billion — the company’s largest acquisition ever. …

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How PACE Helped Amedisys Create a Personal Care Innovation Hub in Massachusetts

As one of the largest aging-in-place companies in the nation, Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED) has a footprint that stretches across nearly 40 states. It has turned one of those states into its chief innovation hub, partly thanks to its small but creative personal care services division. At the end of 2020, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys …

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Rubicon’s Adam Boehler: Home Health, Hospice Are ‘Underappreciated’ Tools for Slashing Health Care Spending

One of the nation’s former CMS Innovation Center leaders is getting back to his entrepreneurial roots to reimagine how health care is delivered in the U.S. Former Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Director Adam Boehler announced earlier this month the launch of Rubicon Founders, a Nashville, Tennessee-based investment firm focused on “building and …

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New CMMI Director Liz Fowler: US at ‘Really Critical Juncture’ on Path to Value-Based Care

The U.S. health care system has hit a defining moment in its shift toward value-based care, with the major decision in 2021 being an aggressive acceleration or cautious slowdown of the nation’s portfolio of alternative payment models. Liz Fowler, the new head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), has been thinking about …

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AccentCare Uses AI to Track Social Determinants of Health, Reduce Readmissions

Home health providers typically have to learn about their patients’ social determinants of health on the fly, quickly picking up on risk factors like access to transportation and proximity to healthy food following a hospital discharge. One in-home care giant is turning to artificial intelligence for a head start. Earlier this month, AccentCare Inc. revealed …

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CMS Hospital-at-Home Program Closing in on 200 Participants

The hospital-at-home concept was developed long ago, but did not gain popularity until the COVID-19 crisis. And while its stalling was due to logistical and reimbursement problems, experts believe it’s finally here to stay. For home health and home care providers, that means another area to deliver their expertise and increase their bottom lines. As …

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‘Let’s Find Solutions That Work’: Care Advantage, Anthem Pioneer Pay-for-Performance Agreement for LTSS

In the post-acute care world, value-based contracting can be fairly straightforward. Sick patients are discharged from the hospital, home health agencies are brought in to help them recover, and then they’re paid appropriately based on how well those people recover. But value-based care is frequently much more complicated and murkier in long-term care, particularly when …

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Why COVID-19 Has Made Universal Design More Important for Seniors, Home-Based Care Providers

Seniors overwhelmingly prefer to age in place. That preference has only grown following the COVID-19 pandemic and a general shift toward home-based care, making home safety more important than ever. But for a home to be safe for seniors and caregivers alike, it must adhere to building best practices, including universal design. Broadly, universal design …

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Andreessen Horowitz-Backed Tomorrow Health Raises $25M, Adds Former Humana CMO to Advisory Board

Tomorrow Health — a startup that can deliver roughly 40,000 different types of medical supplies into patients’ homes — has raised $25 million in a Series A funding round. The company began operations officially in April of 2020, which was earlier than expected due to the COVID-19 crisis. Venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz led the …

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Provider-Convener Hybrid onehome Teams Up with MA Disruptor Devoted Health

onehome — a home-focused post-acute care company that operates under a full-risk model — is gearing up for a major expansion push. And it’s doing so with the support of one of the most innovative Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in the country. The Miramar, Florida-based onehome announced Monday that it’s partnering with next-generation MA plan …

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Former CMMI Director Boehler Launches Investment Firm — With a Major Home Health Endorsement

A former leader of the CMS Innovation Center is launching his own health care investment firm. He’s doing so armed with a pretty solid endorsement from one of the home health industry’s biggest names. Adam Boehler — the initial head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) under the Trump administration — announced …

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PACE Providers Shift Services Toward the Home Amid Nation’s Long-Term Care Overhaul

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a dire need to rethink how and where Americans age, most long-term care experts agree. Investing in small-home senior living and “nursing homes without walls” are among the several innovative ideas that have been floated over the past year. Alternatively, some aging services stakeholders have simply called for a sweeping …

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Transformational therapies demand a new mindset

Pharma is moving to a new era of radically new therapies, presenting unexpected and difficult challenges. Such interventions take the need for robust value claims to a completely different level, with important implications for the evidence companies need to collect, and how they collect and communicate it. Chris Gray leads Innovation and Ventures for Adelphi’s …

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Hospital-at-Home Holdouts: Why In-Home Acute Care Isn’t for the Faint of Heart

After making gradual inroads over the past few years, the hospital-at-home model has seemingly had its breakthrough moment. That came in November, when the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced its “Acute Hospital Care At Home” wavier program. The creation of CMS’s wavier — a COVID-19 relief measure — has created a …

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Focus on In-Home Care Helps Signify Health Hit $610.6M in 2020 Revenue

Signify Health (NYSE: SGFY) — a value-based platform that leverages analytics and technology to divert care into the home — recently went public, impressing in its stock market debut by posting a market capitalization of $7.12 billion. With a few months underneath its belt as a publicly traded company, Dallas-based Signify, a New Mountain Capital …

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Home Business President Susan Diamond to Serve as Humana’s Interim CFO

Susan Diamond — the Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) executive who has been in charge of building the health insurer’s vast home-based care infrastructure — is taking on an additional role. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company announced Monday that Diamond will be moving into the interim CFO role, effective June 1. Current CFO Brian Kane is stepping …

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VillageMD CEO: Life-Changing Primary Care Needs a Home-Centric Approach

VillageMD has effectively taken a home-based approach to primary care since its inception. That, plus its risk-based model, has made its services especially relevant over the last year. Founded in 2013, the Chicago-based VillageMD, through its subsidiary Village Medical, provides value-based primary care services. It has grown from a primary care practice of 13 physicians …

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The meaning of digital innovation: the pharmaphorum podcast

This instalment of the podcast considers the meaning of digital innovation, both in pharma and outside the industry, and features digital transformation leader Edwin Erckens. Even though he is currently working in the HR services sector, Edwin started his career at P&G, moved to Heineken, then held regional and global executive IT and digital roles …

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‘We’re Rebuilding the Whole Delivery System’: Why Amazon Is Betting Big on Home-Based Care

Earlier this month, tech giant Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) unveiled major plans to expand its budding home-based care offering, “Amazon Care,” across the U.S. Since then, home-based care stakeholders have been trying to make sense of the news and figure out what it means for them — and the in-home care patients they serve. Their early …

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Contessa Exploring New Service Lines, Solidifying Position at the Center of Hospital-at-Home Shift

After once occupying a niche space in the health care sector, the hospital-at-home model has gained significant traction. In November, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) even announced its “Acute Hospital Care At Home” wavier program. Under the initiative, eligible hospitals can receive newfound flexibilities around providing hospital-level care for patients in …

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Amazon Reveals National Expansion Plans for In-Home Care Platform ‘Amazon Care’

For years, health care experts have watched Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) steadily wade deeper and deeper into home-based care waters. It appears the Seattle-based technology powerhouse is finally diving in — and making a big splash. On Wednesday, Amazon announced it is expanding Amazon Care — its on-demand health care service — across the U.S. Plans …

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SNF-at-Home Concept Earning ‘Very Positive Feedback’ in Congress, Among Special Interest Groups

An innovative care concept designed to keep patients at home and out of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) is reportedly gaining ground in Congress and among special interest groups. The concept — known as “Choose Home” — is a type of SNF-at-home model that leverages both medical and non-medical home care services for certain patients. LHC …

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Why Luna Wants to Be the ‘DoorDash for Physical Therapy’

Luna — an on-demand physical therapy company — recently secured partnerships with two separate health systems. Under the agreements, patients at Emory Healthcare and Scripps Health will have access to Luna’s physical therapist network. Founded in 2018, Rocklin, California-based Luna provides outpatient physical therapy in the home setting. Through the company’s platform, patients are matched …

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After Building In-Home Primary Care Powerhouse, Heal CEO Steps Down

Less than a decade ago, Heal co-founder Nick Desai would regularly drive around Los Angeles with his wife and business partner, Dr. Renee Dua, carrying out their very first house calls. Since then, Desai has helped grow Heal into an in-home primary care powerhouse that has raised roughly $164.1 million since launching, including $100 million …

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‘This Is What Patients Want’: Home-Based Care Model Lowers Total Cost of Care by 44%

A new report from Washington, D.C.-based health care consulting firm Avalere Health is shining a brighter light on home-based care and its ability to drastically lower total cost of care. Released Tuesday, the report takes a comprehensive look at Hartford, Connecticut-based CareCentrix, a health-at-home solutions company that manages care for 17.5 million members through its …

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‘Par for the Course’: Why Hospital-at-Home Models Took So Long to Catch On

“This really isn’t a new model.” That’s what many home-based care operators and health systems think after they’re asked about the recent hospital-at-home boom in the U.S. In actuality, hospital-at-home models surfaced in the 1990s. Early adopters included Johns Hopkins University, which pioneered its own concept — and proved that it worked — decades before …

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Health Innovators: Owlstone Medical’s Billy Boyle on breath biopsy technology

In the latest episode of our Health Innovators series, Paul Tunnah speaks to Billy Boyle, co-founder and CEO of Owlstone Medical, one of the UK’s most promising diagnostic startups. The Cambridge, UK-based company is on a mission to save 100,000 lives and $1.5bn in healthcare costs with its breath biopsy platform for early detection of …

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‘We’re a Strong Alternative to Nursing Homes’: PACE Giant InnovAge Executes $350M IPO

InnovAge (Nasdaq: INNV), a Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elderly (PACE) provider, officially went public Thursday. Denver-based InnovAge offers one of the largest PACE programs in the U.S. The company has about 1,900 employees and serves 6,600 seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, California, Pennsylvania and Virginia. In addition to its PACE offerings, InnovAge owns two …

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Telehealth Unicorn Ro Working to Vaccinate Homebound Seniors

Several states have made progress vaccinating residents who are 65 and older against the COVID-19 virus, but reaching homebound seniors remains a challenge. That challenge is partly because many home health and home care agencies — the traditional eyes and ears of the home — do not have access to vaccines themselves. Additionally, vaccinating homebound …

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Amazon Joins Home-Based Care Providers to Advocate for Better Health Care Policy

An eclectic group of health care providers has formed a new organization dedicated to advancing home-based care. The long-term vision of the new entity, branded “Moving Health Home,” is to fundamentally change the way policymakers think about how, when and where patients are treated. The coalition, unveiled Wednesday, is made up by eight diverse founding …

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DispatchHealth Raises $200M to Expand In-Home Medical Care Model

With a new round of financing secured, in-home medical care company DispatchHealth is gearing up for another major expansion push. The Denver, Colorado-based company announced Wednesday that it has raised an additional $200 million in Series D, bringing its overall fundraising total to more than $417 million since launching in 2013. DispatchHealth’s latest funding comes …

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Encompass Health, Right at Home Collaborating on Value-Based Delivery Models

One of the biggest home health providers in the country is teaming up with one of the nation’s largest home care organizations. Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) and Omaha, Nebraska-based Right at Home jointly announced a new preferred provider relationship on Tuesday. Broadly, the relationship is focused on “a strong mutual commitment to ongoing …

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Tomorrow Health, Geisinger Health Plan Team Up to Improve Home-Based Care

Tomorrow Health — a relatively new startup seeking to become an Amazon-like service for home health providers — has partnered with Geisinger Health Plan (GHP). The goal of the partnership: to give patients better access to home durable medical equipment (DME) and supplies. Back by venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz, Tomorrow Health and its digital …

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Payers Increasingly Turning to Home-Based Care to Shoulder COVID-19 Costs

Back in 2018, it felt like the health care sector was on the verge of a massive shift, driven by a desire from payers to better manage their members’ total cost of care with enhanced in-home capabilities. Much of that feeling came from watching Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). The Louisville, Kentucky-based health insurer teamed up …

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Expediting innovation in the rare disease domain

Rare diseases affect a fraction of the population – 450 million+ people globally. However, its effects can be equally severe and life-threatening as other prevalent diseases. For Rare Disease Day, Tarun Kumar Bansal discusses why we need to expedite innovation in the rare disease domain. Every time a patient with a rare condition walks into …

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CVS Health Building ‘Home Health Hub’ to Better Care for Seniors

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) has allotted ample resources toward home- and community-based care over the past year. It has done so for several reasons, CVS Health leaders point out. For one, investing in home-based care makes it easier for patients to access necessary services during the public health emergency. But CVS Health’s focus on the …

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Why starting an innovation journey isn’t sexy

Chugai Pharmaceutical’s UK innovation lead, Martin Ellgood explores the challenges pharma companies face when devising innovation strategies. On a hot July morning, our managing director called me aside for a “quick word”. Five minutes later I emerged smugly with a new job title: UK innovation lead. I got ready to update my LinkedIn profile. I …

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At-Home Focus Helps Baystate Health Save $1,729 Per Visit in Risk-Based Population

A partnership between a five-hospital health system and at-home care company DispatchHealth considerably reduced emergency-room admissions and cost while improving patient satisfaction. Denver, Colorado-based DispatchHealth offers a variety of health care services in the home through its mobile, emergency medicine-trained teams. It contracts with health systems and health plans to ease the burden on patients, …

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Home-Focused Payment Innovator Signify Health Valued at $7.12B in Market Debut

It’s fair to say that Signify Health (NYSE: SGFY) — a value-based care platform that strives to shift care into the home — has had a successful stock market debut. The momentum reflects the increasingly prominent role that in-home care is playing, particularly within value-based care conversations. Dallas-based Signify Health, a New Mountain Capital portfolio …

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New ‘Nurse OnDemand’ Business Line Driving Network Growth for Generali-Backed CareLinx

Today, the Burlingame, California-based CareLinx Inc. has about 500,000 in-home care professionals in its nationwide network. The tech-enabled home-based care company plans to grow that total to at least 1 million by 2022. Much of that growth will be driven by a new clinical business line for CareLinx, CEO Sherwin Sheik told Home Health Care …

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‘Every Hospital Is Prioritizing It’: Mount Sinai, Others Continue to Move Care into the Home

Home-based hospital care has been a hot topic ever since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled its “Acute Hospital Care at Home” initiative in November. Seemingly every time the concept is mentioned, Mount Sinai Health System’s name comes up. The New York-city based health system launched Mount Sinai at Home in 2014 …

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An Unexpected Savior: How PDGM Prep Helped Home Health Agencies Ease COVID-19’s Impact

Home health agencies spent 2019 prepping for the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) — and it may have saved some of them from more dire outcomes tied to COVID-19. As providers transformed to become more efficient and technologically driven, they inadvertently readied themselves for a public health emergency that no one saw coming. “One of the …

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Biden Administration Inks $230M Deal for At-Home COVID-19 Tests

The U.S. government has reached a $230 million deal to produce rapid at-home COVID-19 tests that can be purchased for $15 to $30 over the counter, the Biden administration announced Monday. The deal is with Ellume USA LLC, an Australia-based diagnostics company. For home-based care providers, testing is still paramount as the vaccine rollout continues. …

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In-Home Primary Care Pioneer Heal Expands Services to 134M Americans

At one point last year, nearly 90% of surveyed primary care providers reported limiting regular check-ups due to coronavirus concerns, according to the Primary Care Collaborative. In light of those limitations, Americans had to rethink how they accessed their go-to doctors, with many turning to telemedicine and house calls for the very first time. That’s …

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CareCentrix CEO: Don’t Bet Against ‘the Empire’ of Institutional Health Care Providers

The U.S. health care system has rapidly accelerated away from hospitals, nursing homes and brick-and-mortar facilities over the past year. As a result, more attention and resources have been given to home-based care organizations, a trend that will likely continue in 2021. But that isn’t entirely guaranteed, according to CareCentrix CEO John Driscoll. Hospitals and …

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Humana Teams Up with DispatchHealth to Deliver Hospital-Level Care in the Home

To better care for its members with multiple chronic conditions, health insurance giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is teaming up with DispatchHealth to offer advanced hospital-level care in the home. While the news comes roughly two months after federal health care policymakers paved the way for hospital-at-home Medicare reimbursement, the Humana-DispatchHealth agreement is something the …

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‘It’s a Different Ballgame’: Why Home Health Partnerships Are Key to Successful HaH Programs

Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston was among the very first to secure an “Acute Hospital Care at Home” waiver from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in November. That shouldn’t be too surprising, considering Dr. David Levine, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, is one of the biggest …

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Humana Doubles Down on Payer-Agnostic Primary Care to Better Serve Seniors

Partners in Primary Care (PiPC), a subsidiary of Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and a senior-focused primary care provider, announced Tuesday that it plans to accelerate expansion in 2021. Specifically, it plans to open 20 more primary care centers, five more than it did last year. Those centers will be located in Texas, Louisiana, Nevada and …

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Why Science-Driven Hospital Discharges Are a Boon for Home Health Providers

COVID-19 woke up the home health industry — and the health care sector at large — to a lot of problems that were lying beneath the surface. Providers spent last year attempting to adapt to an evolving landscape, but also saw new opportunities arise after health care systems in the U.S. were caught with their …

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Home-Based Care Ally Signify Health Files for $100M IPO

It appears some health care companies are still opting to go public the old-fashioned way. Signify Health — a value-based care platform that uses advanced analytics and other technology to shift health services toward the home — filed an S-1 on Tuesday, indicating its intention of going public. The move comes roughly a year and …

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Allegheny Health Network Expands Hospital-at-Home Program as CMS Waiver Total Hits 80

The Acute Hospital Care At Home initiative from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now has at least 80 participants, Administrator Seema Verma announced Wednesday. Unveiled in November, the initiative has been growing rapidly, especially of late. On its end, CMS hopes the emerging hospital-at-home models can increase acute care capacity and …

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National Expansion of Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Estimated to Create $6.3B in Savings

In somewhat of a surprise move, U.S. health care policymakers unveiled plans last week to expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, a nine-state Medicare demonstration designed to better align reimbursement to quality of care. Despite backing from most of the home health industry, the HHVBP Model — first implemented in 2016 — had …

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CVS Health Partners with National Oncology Network to Offer In-Home Chemotherapy

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is partnering with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) to offer in-home chemotherapy to cancer patients. The partnership is a significant next step for at-home cancer care in the U.S., which has lagged behind other countries in the area. Initially, the two entities will provide chemotherapy to clinically eligible and …

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Right at Home Sets Sights on ‘Boomer Consumers’ with Custom Aging-in-Place Approach

For reasons beyond the coronavirus alone, 2020 was an unprecedented, action-packed year for home care operators. This year is guaranteed to bring more disruption as well, particularly as U.S. demographics continue to skew older and as the overall health care system looks to decentralize traditional models. Omaha, Nebraska-based Right at Home — an international home …

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Pleio and Medisafe Showcase Human-to-Digital Patient Engagement Future

New program combines human hello to digital embrace for long-term medication support Boston, MA – Medisafe, a leading digital drug companion company, is teaming up with Pleio to launch a new integrated digital health model with a unique combination of human and digital resources. Known as the GoodStart program, Pleio’s concierge service uses mentors to acclimate patients on …

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Quincy Medical Group Goes All In on Hospital-at-Home Program

When Quincy Medical Group (QMG) began developing a hospital-at-home program over a year ago, it recognized the concept as a way to reduce costs and risk, while simultaneously increasing hospital capacity and supporting a seamless transition of care. But in a broader sense, QMG wanted to stick to its commitment to “transform health care” — …

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Papa Expands to All 50 States in Just 4 Years

Last month, the increasingly popular “family-on-demand” startup Papa said its goal was to be available in all 50 states by January 2021. The company has officially checked that new year’s resolution off of its list Founded in 2017, Miami-based Papa is a membership-based platform that mostly connects college students — or “Papa Pals” — and …

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New Direct-Contracting Options Raise Concerns with Some Value-Based Care Veterans

For the most part, in-home health care providers have responded to new federal direct-contracting models with enthusiasm. Landmark Health, for example, is one of 51 direct-contracting entities (DCEs) already participating in the upcoming “global” and “professional” options, both of which were first introduced by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in early 2019. …

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UNC Health Rolls out Hospital-at-Home Program with Medically Home

UNC Health is throwing its hat in the hospital-at-home ring. The North Carolina-based health system announced Monday that it has plans to launch an acute hospital care at home program in partnership with Medically Home. UNC Health is a state-owned integrated health care system based in Chapel Hill. The organization is made up of 12 …

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Blank-Check Company Deerfield to Combine CareMax, IMC Medical Group in $614M Play

The health care SPAC boom continues. On Friday, Deerfield Healthcare Technology Acquisitions Corp. (Nasdaq: DFHT) announced it is acquiring CareMax Medical Group and IMC Medical Group Holdings for $364 million and $250 million, respectively. The New York-based Deerfield — a special purpose acquisition company — says it plans on merging the two senior care organizations …

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Moderna and BioNTech – who are they?

Moderna and BioNTech, two rising stars in biotech, were in the limelight this year with their pioneering mRNA vaccines against COVID-19. Just who are these companies and who is behind them, asks Richard Staines. A year ago, the names Moderna and BioNTech were known mainly to those who followed biotech and pharma dealings. But the …

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Turnover, Tiny Homes and New Technology: 2021 Predictions from 14 Home Care Executives

The U.S. home care industry is at an inflection point. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of payers and health care providers began to recognize the value of non-medical home care, particularly when it comes to chronic disease management and preventative care. That recognition has grown even stronger in 2020, with home care …

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Landmark Health Gearing Up for Direct-Contracting Participation

In April 2019, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rolled out a new suite of direct-contracting payment models, with the goal of accelerating the shift to value-based care. Since then, exactly 51 direct-contracting entities (DCEs) have signed up for either the ”global” or “professional” options. Among them is Huntington Beach, California-based Landmark …

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VC Insider Chris Booker: There’s Definitely More Capital Moving Toward Home-Based Care

The degree to which venture capitalists were interested in at-home care may have been overplayed at one point. But that’s becoming less and less the case. That’s according to Chris Booker, a partner at the Nashville, Tennessee-based venture capital firm Frist Cressey Ventures, which has itself frequently invested in the at-home care space. “From a …

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Papa Steps into the Virtual Care Arena with Launch of ‘Papa Health’

Papa Inc. — the rapidly growing company that originally launched as a “grandkids-on-demand” platform to help curb senior isolation and loneliness — announced Tuesday it is rolling out a new virtual care platform known as “Papa Health.” The news marks the latest development for the Comcast Ventures-backed startup. Currently, Miami-based Papa is a membership-based platform …

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Aging Expert Bob Kramer: Hospitals ‘Forced to Face the Fact People Don’t Want to Go There’

Bob Kramer was exposed to the aging industry in the 80s when he was serving as a Maryland state legislator. Kramer realized that the aging space was going to become more important — and that seniors would need more resources to be properly cared for in the future. Some of the same problems that existed …

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Tomorrow Health, Papa Expand Offerings to Address Growing Cracks in Health Care

In-home care startups looking to address cracks in the health care system have seen those cracks — as well as their businesses — grow larger during the COVID-19 pandemic. Papa, an on-demand companionship service company, set out to address a loneliness epidemic when it launched in 2018. Today, quarantines and infection fears have created an …

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DispatchHealth Launches New Hospital-at-Home, Telehealth Programs with MultiCare

DispatchHealth announced Tuesday that it has teamed up with MultiCare — a Tacoma, Washington-based health system — to offer care through a new hospital-at-home program. The news comes roughly two weeks after the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made a major announcement about allowing “unprecedented” flexibilities when it comes to offering hospital-level …

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Led by Uber Health Veteran Dan Trigub, MedArrive Launches with $4.5M in Funding

Dan Trigub — the recent head of Uber Health and a former member of Lyft’s health care arm — has always been passionate about home care.  Before joining Uber (NYSE: UBER), Trigub owned his own startup focused on the aging population. For the past 15 or so years, his family has even operated one of …

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What is the impact of FDA review time on pharmaceutical R&D investments?

This is the question that a recent paper by Chorniy et al. (2020) attempt to answer. This issue is clearly very relevant as the UK recently has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 before the US. Unlike most studies that attempt to examine the relationship between FDA review time and R&D investment dollars, the authors …

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New Hospital-at-Home Waiver Program Is ‘Another Step Forward’ for Home-Based Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week took extraordinary steps toward increasing the U.S. health care system’s capacity by shifting more acute care into the home. In a Wednesday announcement, CMS unveiled new, comprehensive flexibilities that allow hospitals to provide their services “in locations beyond their existing walls.” To secure those flexibilities, …

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UnitedHealth Group Founder to Raise $300M for Senior Care SPAC with Home Care Focus

The founder of UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) is launching a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that has its eyes set on a $300 million public offering. Senior care — and home-based care, in particular — will be among the new entity’s priorities. Richard Burke became the longest-serving director of UnitedHealth Group after he founded the …

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With Hospital Beds in Short Supply, Avera Health Turns to Versatile Home-Based Care Program

The idea that the home setting could serve as an alternative care site — taking the pressure off of hospitals facing over-capacity challenges — really took flight in the midst of the COVID-19 emergency. In some ways, large health systems with home-based care arms were able to navigate this shift more seamlessly. As another COVID-19 …

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LHC Group CEO Keith Myers: Change in Washington Won’t Derail ‘Incredible’ Home Health Opportunity

Keith Myers has seen his fair share of change in Washington, D.C. Since co-founding the business with his wife, Ginger, in 1994, Myers has helped lead LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) through parts of five presidencies as chairman and CEO. A new administration with Joe Biden in the White House would make that six. Although …

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‘They’re Calling Us Up, Asking for Help’: How Health System Struggles Factored into the AccentCare-Seasons Merger

The coronavirus didn’t directly lead to the recently announced merger between AccentCare Inc. and Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, but it played a pretty prominent role. On Monday, Dallas-based AccentCare and Rosemont, Illinois-based Seasons revealed they’ll soon join forces to create a new post-acute care powerhouse. While the decision to merge made sense due to …

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Atrium Health Boosts Capacity with Virtual Hospital-at-Home Model

A major health system was able to expand its hospital capacity in the early days of the COVID-19 emergency, thanks to a largely virtual hospital-at-home program. Its story — highlighted in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine — reflects broader trends in the home-based care field. Starting in the spring, Charlotte, North Carolina-based Atrium Health, …

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‘We’re Looking for the Best of the Best’: Why Dementia-Focused Home Health Provider Tender Rose Cherry-Picks Top Caregivers

As the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia rises, more in-home care providers are rolling out specialized services lines focused on memory care and disease-specific needs. Some providers are even building their entire businesses around dementia. One such in-home care company is Tender Rose Dementia Care Specialists, which has been …

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Amazon Unveils ‘Care Hub,’ a New Alexa Tool Designed for Aging in Place

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) has taken another step toward taking over the aging-in-place space. Earlier this week, the online retail and technology giant announced it is rolling out a new health care feature through its Alexa device aimed at helping informal caregivers monitor seniors inside the home. The new feature — dubbed “Care Hub” — allows …

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CareCentrix CEO: Care at Home Should Be the Main Course, Not Just a Dessert Option

The vast majority of U.S. health care consumers would prefer to receive care in the comfort of their own homes instead of a medical facility. Most payers, too, see the home as the safest and most cost-effective site of care. That’s according to a new report unveiled Wednesday by CareCentrix, a national at-home care organization …

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Frontiers Health 2020 day one

Digital health innovation conference Frontiers Health kicks off its 2020 edition this week, although the majority of the conference will be held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, Frontiers will be a global Hybrid conference. In line with the “new normal” situation, the format of the 2020 edition will be hybrid, combining online global streaming together …

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In-Home Cancer Care Could Save Lives and Cut Costs, But Barriers Prevent Broader Adoption

The health care sector is rushing toward the home to improve outcomes and lower costs. At-home cancer care lags behind other areas, but COVID-19 could be a major push to a new future for treatment and screenings. In 2020, the virus has disrupted traditional cancer care in several ways, including by delaying procedures originally scheduled …

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New cancer drugs saved 1.3 million lives

That is the finding from a recent paper by myself and co-authors Joanna MacEwan, Syvart Dennen, Rebecca Kee, Farzad Ali, and Katharine Batt. An excerpt from the paper is below: Between 2000 and 2016, deaths per 100,000 population across the 15 most common tumor types declined by 24%. Additionally, 10.2 new indications were approved per …

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BayCare Leverages Health System Resources to Launch New Hospital-at-Home Program

BayCare — a large, Florida-based nonprofit health system — is the latest organization to join the ranks of those offering hospital-level care in the home setting. The health system recently announced it will provide access to acute-level care in the home to help care for patients battling COVID-19, heart failure and COPD, among other possible …

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After Landing $54M, At-Home Care Startup Ready Turns Focus to Vaccine Deployment

In September, on-demand health care startup Ready announced it had raised $54 million in Series C funding. The announcement coincided with the four-year-old company’s rapid and ambitious expansion in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. The New Orleans-based company now has a new goal in mind: vaccine deployment. Ready plans on distributing thousands of flu …

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UnitedHealthcare Advances Home Strategy, Expects to Make 1.7M House Calls in 2020

A number of major Medicare Advantage (MA) carriers are expanding their supplemental benefit offerings shaped around in-home care next year. UnitedHealthcare, the insurance arm of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), is among them. Overall, UnitedHealthcare partners with more than 1.3 million physicians and care professionals across the U.S., plus another 6,500 or so hospitals and other …

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How Excelin Home Health Used Telehealth to Automate Its COVID-19 Return-to-Work System

Between mid-March and mid-August, more than 12.1 million Medicare beneficiaries received some sort of telemedicine service for their health and wellness. The numbers don’t lie: The COVID-19 emergency has officially ushered in a new age of telehealth in the U.S. But while in-home care providers and other organizations have embraced telehealth to deliver virtual visits …

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Seeking Sustainable Reimbursement Model, Aging-in-Place Program CAPABLE Lands Partnership with VillageMD

As COVID-19 numbers rise heading into winter, U.S. policymakers and senior care advocates continue to explore new, innovative models that support aging in place. One such model is CAPABLE, an interdisciplinary program out of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing that combines nursing care, occupational therapy and handyman services. While CAPABLE, which stands for “Community …

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Deep Dive: Digital Health Innovation 2020

Most of the digital health experts we spoke to for this issue of Deep Dive made one thing clear – no one can really say what the future holds for digital tech in the pharma and healthcare industries. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – our interviewees also stressed that if companies can remain …

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Comcast NBCUniversal, Independence Health Group Offshoot Quil Launches Aging In Place Platform

The brainchild of Comcast NBCUniversal and Independence Health Group — Quil — has set its sights on solidifying its place in the home. The company recently unveiled plans to launch Quil Assure, a sensor-based technology platform that aims to keep seniors and their informal caregivers connected. Quil Assure, which is slated to launch in 2021, …

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Homethrive Raises $18M to Fuel its Expansion into Health Plans and the Self-Insured Employer Market

Homethrive, a tech-enabled provider of non-medical care management and personal assistance services, raised an $18 million funding round. The funding round was led by venture capital firm 7wireVentures, and investment firm Pitango HealthTech. Homethrive has earmarked the new funds to be used in a number of areas, Dave Jacobs, co-founder and co-CEO of Homethrive, told …

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Home-Based Care Remains Popular Among Senior Living Operators, But Adult Day Could Be in Trouble

Over half of the U.S.’s largest nonprofit senior living organizations now offer some sort of home- and community-based services. That’s according to the LZ 200, an annual report conducted by the aging-focused advocacy organization LeadingAge and Ziegler Healthcare Investment Banking. Chicago-based Ziegler is a privately held investment bank specializing in home health care and senior …

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Honor Raises $140M to Fuel National Expansion

Honor — the technology-enabled home care startup that partners with independent agencies through the Honor Care Network — is gearing up for a major expansion. Those expansion plans are built around a substantial infusion of new capital, too. The San Francisco-based Honor announced Tuesday it has raised $140 million in Series D funding, led by …

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CareLinx, Doctor On Demand Team Up to Provide Virtual Care at Home

CareLinx is teaming up with virtual primary care provider Doctor On Demand to give high-risk seniors access to services in their homes.  Burlingame, California-based CareLinx is a tech-enabled home care platform that connects seniors and their families to its nationwide network of 400,000 caregivers. The company was acquired by Generali Global Assistance in 2017. Under …

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‘There’s No Undoing This Revolution’: HHS Secretary Alex Azar Touts In-Home Care, Virtual Visits

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar believes that COVID-19 has led to a health care revolution, one that will include a larger focus on care in the home. Specifically, Azar thinks the increase in telehealth usage and a stronger focus on social determinants of health will be major influences in …

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After Saving $6,200 Per Patient, DispatchHealth Looks to Scale Hospital-at-Home Model

Last November, in-home care provider DispatchHealth partnered with a payer and launched Advanced Care, its own hospital-at-home model. The initial results of that model are in, after the provider “hospitalized” 27 patients within their own homes. Of the patients treated at home by DispatchHealth’s team, none were readmitted to the hospital within a 30-day period, …

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WellSky to Acquire CarePort from Allscripts in $1.35B Deal

WellSky announced Tuesday it has entered into an agreement to acquire CarePort Health from Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (Nasdaq: MDRX), a health care information technology provider. The deal is for $1.35 billion, according to Allscripts. WellSky is an international software and professional services company with clients that include home health providers, hospital systems, blood banks, labs, …

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Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Set for Nationwide Expansion in ‘Next Year or So’

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is in need of a “course correction,” top U.S. health care officials believe. And part of that may include a national expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model. Created under the Affordable Care Act, CMMI — also known as the CMS Innovation Center — supports the …

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Breaking through the Digital Noise: Creating HCP Content that Stands Out

Relationships are built over time. However, with the inability to meet face-to-face, many life sciences commercial teams are left wondering what to do next. Unfortunately, we have been truly disrupted – not only in our work environment, but in what our customers, healthcare providers (HCPs) want. A recent research report by Accenture revealed that 65% …

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Humana Reports an Estimated $4 Billion In Savings From Value-Based Care Models in 2019

Over the years, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has dedicated itself to value-based care models as a way to drive better outcomes for its members. Released Wednesday, its most recent annual “Value-based Care Report” again reflected more positive outcomes for the 2.41 million Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries receiving care from primary care physicians in value-based payment …

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How the value of innovation will be redefined in 2021

While payers and policymakers took a more narrow-minded perspective on innovation value in 2020, the year 2021 will bring an increased focus on a treatment’s societal value, how innovation interacts with digital technologies, and whether new innovations are able to reduce existing health outcome inequalities.

‘Talent Acquisition Is Critical’: Inside PopHealthCare’s Home-Based Primary Care Model

After steadily gaining steam over the last decade, in-home primary care models have reached a critical turning point in 2020. A handful of in-home primary care businesses have received multimillion-dollar investments to expand across the U.S., for example. At the same time, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is testing out new …

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BrightSpring CEO: COVID-19 Has Reinforced the Importance of Patient Access

There has been no such thing as conventional wisdom during the COVID-19 crisis. Theories on best practices and safety measures have evolved endlessly since March. For Louisville, Kentucky-based BrightSpring Health Services, a company that has been transparent about its road bumps and triumphs on its COVID-19 journey, one of its key takeaways has been how …

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Signify Health, Independence Blue Cross Partner on CommunityLink to Address Social Gaps in Care

Signify Health, a tech-enabled provider of at-home care solutions, has teamed up with health insurer Independence Blue Cross to launch CommunityLink. CommunityLink is a network of community-based organizations that aim to help improve the social determinants of health (SDoH) in Independence’s Philadelphia member population. The goal of the partnership with Signify: to address the “traditional …

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In-Home Primary Care Investments Likely to Trickle Down to Home-Based Care Agencies

Medicare Advantage plan Aetna and primary care provider WellBe Senior Medical are teaming up in the Chicagoland area to serve about 2,000 patients in their homes. The partnership further highlights the growing momentum behind in-home primary care models, which often enlist the services of home health and home care providers to care for vulnerable populations.  …

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The Secret to Setting Up Shop in the SNF-at-Home Space

For years, diversion between home health providers and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) has been a big part of the industry narrative. On their end, home health providers have reworked their operations to handle more acute patients and individuals traditionally served in SNFs. Now, home-based care providers are being even more intentional in their efforts by …

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DispatchHealth Partnership Helps MultiCare Lower Its Total Cost of Care by $1,509 Per Patient

In 2018, home-based care provider DispatchHealth was enlisted by the health system MultiCare to reduce the overall cost of care in its network. The move immediately paid dividends. In the first full calendar year of collaboration, DispatchHealth was able to work with Tacoma, Washington-based MultiCare to divert 65% of patients away from the ER, according …

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In-Home Care Agencies May Look to Cut Costs by Scrapping Brick-and-Mortar Offices

The COVID-19 crisis has raised a complicated question for home-based care executives as they plan for the year ahead: Is the cost of having a brick-and-mortar office location still worth it? Traditionally, home health and home care operators have maintained a corporate headquarters or local office as a place where administrative staff can come into …

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Sun Health At Home, Springpoint Choice Report Increased Interest in CCRC-at-Home Models

As COVID-19 cases rise across some parts of the country, a Southwest company’s innovative care model is garnering its own attention. Phoenix-based Sun Health At Home has reached 100 members in its home-based continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), a unique aging-in-place concept that has been gaining traction in recent years. The CCRC-at-home model now seems …

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Highmark Health, Contessa Expand Joint Venture Delivering Hospital-Level Care in the Home

Highmark Health has announced it is expanding its joint venture relationship with Contessa, a company that helps organizations provide hospital-level care in the home through its Home Recovery Care model. The expansion comes at a time when more health systems and hospitals are looking to redirect acute care into the home setting to maintain capacity …

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Mission Healthcare Keeps Patients Out of ‘No Man’s Land’ with New Palliative Care Program

Today, just a fraction of community-based palliative care programs are operated by home health providers. But the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and a shift away from fee-for-service Medicare will likely change that moving forward. Throughout the health care world, the term “palliative care” often carries a different meaning from one organization to the next. In …

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‘We’ve Always Done Care in the Home’: Value-Based Care Company Oak Street Goes Public with $328M Offering

Oak Street Health (NYSE: OSH) — a rapidly growing, multi-setting primary care company that specializes in caring for seniors, especially those in underserved communities — officially went public last Thursday with an initial offering of $328 million. The Chicago-based company sold 15.6 million shares at $21, which was slightly above its anticipated offering of $15 …

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New York’s Largest Private Employer Launches Home-Based Care Program

One of the largest health care providers in New York — and the state’s largest private employer — is leaning on a home-based care initiative to help get itself and its patients through the COVID-19 crisis. Northwell Health is a nonprofit, integrated health care network that employs roughly 72,000 people. Headquartered in New Hyde Park, …

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Home Care Companies Create New Revenue Streams by Helping Businesses Safely Reopen

After weeks — in some cases, months — of closures due to the coronavirus, businesses across the U.S. began reopening in early June. But by July, many of those same businesses were forced to go in the opposite direction, thanks to a national resurgence of COVID-19 cases. As shops, manufacturing plants and warehouses again attempt …

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CMS: True Telehealth Change Will Require Congressional Action

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a new rule that would make certain COVID-19-related telehealth flexibilities introduced over the past few months permanent for Medicare beneficiaries. The move comes in conjunction with an executive order from President Trump to improve rural and telehealth access.  While CMS’s proposed rule potentially paves the …

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Budgeting for the Future: Kindred at Home, Johns Hopkins Home Care and Always Best Care Look Ahead to 2022

As home health leaders look to the future, the lessons learned from the COVID-19 emergency will likely continue to shape their efforts for years to come. In terms of business planning, it will likely be a long while before there’s a return to a world where the coronavirus isn’t the central driver of health care …

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Home Health to Play Increasingly Important Role in Clinical Research

While the coronavirus has ravaged the nation’s aging population and stretched the U.S. health care system to its limits, every cloud has its silver lining.  For home health care providers, one silver lining comes in the form of increased recognition and expanded opportunities. Agencies are seeing higher levels of service demand, fewer recruitment and workforce …

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Humana Helps Fast-Track In-Home Primary Care Company Heal’s Growth with $100M Investment

Health and well-being company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has spent the past few years adding to its health care services portfolio while aggressively investing around a home-based care strategy. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company has now revealed its latest step in that direction. On Wednesday, Humana announced a wide-ranging strategic partnership with Heal, the in-home primary …

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MaineHealth Care at Home CEO: When It Comes to Embracing Telehealth, ‘We Don’t Have a Choice Anymore’

Telehealth usage has flooded into home-based care in an exponential fashion. Across all of health care, telehealth claim lines increased 8,336% from April 2019 to April 2020, according to data from FAIR Health’s Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker. Generally, the concern with telehealth has often been centered around the patient and how seniors will react to …

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Commercialising innovative new medicines

As pharmaceutical ingenuity hits new heights, ensuring that patients gain access to innovative medicines requires a unique combination of evidence generation and communication Working with all stakeholders to generate evidence that communicates value, from early phase development to launch and reimbursement, is essential in therapy areas including oncology. These are challenging times for the pharmaceutical …

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Insights+ Interview: Paige’s CEO, Leo Grady Shares Insights on its Series B Funding and the FDA’s 510(k) Clearance for FullFocus Viewer

Paige is a global digital pathology founded in 2017 by Thomas Fuchs, Dr. Sc., and colleagues from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The company involves computational pathology products that are targeted for patients and their care teams for effective, more informed treatment decisions. Paige has developed a platform to deliver novel technology to pathologists to …

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Leaning on Virtual Care Models, Prospero Health Charts Course Toward Future Growth

Home-based care provider Prospero Health has spent years operating with a care model based on in-person care and supervision. But its current model doesn’t look like it did before COVID-19 — and it probably won’t ever look that way again. Today, Prospero Health is learning to evolve with the virus, while moving into as many …

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UnityPoint Health Seeks Home Care Partner for New SNF-at-Home Model

Long-term care centers such as skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have taken the biggest hit as a result of COVID-19. More than 40% of all virus-related deaths have been tied to nursing homes, a statistic that is scaring away a large number of potential and former residents.  Instead of facility-based care, more seniors are now opting …

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Lionel Richie-Backed In-Home Primary Care Company Heal Launches New ‘Health Assurance’ Offering

Heal — the rapidly growing Los Angles-based health care startup that’s trying to make doctor house calls mainstream — has launched a new offering for one of America’s most vulnerable populations. Founded in 2014 by Nephrologist Dr. Renee Dua and her husband, entrepreneur Nick Desai, Heal is an in-home primary care provider that operates throughout …

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Aging-in-place Ally Oak Street Health Files to Go Public

Oak Street Health — a network of value-based primary care offices for Medicare beneficiaries  — has filed the initial paperwork to go public. The Chicago-based organization announced the news Friday.  While Oak Street Health doesn’t provide home health care itself, its interdisciplinary care teams are equipped to provide telehealth visits and in-home care in addition …

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‘Back to the Future’: Walgreens Invests $1B in VillageMD to Expand Community-Based Care Services

Two major retail chains — Walgreens and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) — are expanding their health care reach while increasing their footprints in the home- and community-based care space. Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) — Walgreens’ holding company — and VillageMD announced a five-year plan Wednesday to expand the retailer’s full-service physician services at its stores. …

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Time for Policymakers, Hospitals to Bet Big on Home-Based Care

It’s time for policymakers, hospitals and everyone else at the health care roulette table to bet all their chips on proactive, pre-acute home-based care. During the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. health care system has undergone a massive change marked by the skyrocketing use of telehealth technology and the shift away from brick-and-mortar medical appointments. In …

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Digital Approaches in the Era of COVID-19: Interviews with Science 37 and Medable

Recently Mariah Baltezegar, MBA, Executive Director and Head of Peri- and Post-Approval Virtual Trials with Evidera, and Niklas Morton, MSc, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Digital Services with PPD, spoke with leaders of Science 37 and Medable, two companies Evidera and PPD partner with for design and implementation of digitally-enabled studies and are …

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TEDMED 2020 Hive Innovator Happenings

There are plenty of ways to engage with our TEDMED 2020 class of Hive Innovators. Whether in a Hive Innovator Meetup, the Community Lunch, where we will have the opportunity to explore the Innovator’s “What If” questions, or through TEDMED Scout: Your AR Guide to Innovation. This year, the Hive Innovator experience is powered by our partner TBWAWorldHealth. …

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Introducing The Hive 2020!

We are happy to announce the TEDMED 2020 Hive Program, which will feature inspiring entrepreneurs and their organizations. As always, this year’s Hive class is made of Innovators representing early- to mid-stage organizations across 6 categories: 1) Life Sciences & Therapeutics 2) Med-Tech & Med-Device 3) Mobile & Digital Health 4) Health Systems, Care Delivery, …

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The United States Pharmacopeia: 200 Years of Building Trust in Medicine

The TEDMED 2020 theme is Make Way For Wonder, and we are looking forward to convening our Community and embracing the wonders of our times, the astonishing accomplishments, incredible possibilities, and extraordinary potential for the future. So, we were thrilled when the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) decided to celebrate its 200th Anniversary with TEDMED. After …

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