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

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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,… Read More »PACE Providers Shift Services Toward the Home Amid Nation’s Long-Term Care Overhaul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“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… Read More »‘Par for the Course’: Why Hospital-at-Home Models Took So Long to Catch On

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

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

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

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

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

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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… Read More »New ‘Nurse OnDemand’ Business Line Driving Network Growth for Generali-Backed CareLinx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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… Read More »Allegheny Health Network Expands Hospital-at-Home Program as CMS Waiver Total Hits 80

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

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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,… Read More »National Expansion of Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Estimated to Create $6.3B in Savings

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

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

Big Pharma and the Covid Vaccines

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Readers discuss an Op-Ed that argued that pharmaceutical companies don’t deserve the public relations lift from the rapid vaccine development.

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

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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… Read More »New Direct-Contracting Options Raise Concerns with Some Value-Based Care Veterans

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

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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 —… Read More »Blank-Check Company Deerfield to Combine CareMax, IMC Medical Group in $614M Play

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frontiers Health 2020 day one

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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… Read More »Frontiers Health 2020 day one

Tampa General Hospital to launch venture capital fund

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The Florida-based hospital plans to launch the fund next year, under the leadership of a newly named vice president of innovation. It will be used to support startups and invest directly in healthcare companies.

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

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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… Read More »UnitedHealthcare Advances Home Strategy, Expects to Make 1.7M House Calls in 2020

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

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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… Read More »How Excelin Home Health Used Telehealth to Automate Its COVID-19 Return-to-Work System

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

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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… Read More »Seeking Sustainable Reimbursement Model, Aging-in-Place Program CAPABLE Lands Partnership with VillageMD

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

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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… Read More »Comcast NBCUniversal, Independence Health Group Offshoot Quil Launches Aging In Place Platform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 —… Read More »Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Set for Nationwide Expansion in ‘Next Year or So’

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

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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)… Read More »Humana Reports an Estimated $4 Billion In Savings From Value-Based Care Models in 2019

How the value of innovation will be redefined in 2021

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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

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

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

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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… Read More »Signify Health, Independence Blue Cross Partner on CommunityLink to Address Social Gaps in Care

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

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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… Read More »In-Home Primary Care Investments Likely to Trickle Down to Home-Based Care Agencies

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

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

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

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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… Read More »Sun Health At Home, Springpoint Choice Report Increased Interest in CCRC-at-Home Models

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

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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… Read More »Highmark Health, Contessa Expand Joint Venture Delivering Hospital-Level Care in the Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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,… Read More »Lionel Richie-Backed In-Home Primary Care Company Heal Launches New ‘Health Assurance’ Offering

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

Introducing The Hive 2020!

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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… Read More »Introducing The Hive 2020!