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

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

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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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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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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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Direct-Contracting Entities Figuring Out How to Capitalize on Competitive Advantage

A delay in the Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model by the Biden administration has put the already-accepted direct-contracting entities (DCEs) in a coveted position. New entrants are no longer being accepted for participation in the model while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its innovation arm review the details. That gives …

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Pause to Alternative Payment Models Gives Some Providers a ‘Golden Ticket,’ Leaves Others Behind

The Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model — a Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) creation — has been put on pause. The holdup is just another example of CMMI pumping the brakes on an alternative payment model in the days since the new Biden administration took over the executive branch. Broadly, the Global …

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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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Mission Healthcare Hires Two New Executives; Lifesprk Names New President

Mission Healthcare adds to executive team Mission Healthcare has made new additions to its executive leadership team. The company named JoAnn Mack its chief operating officer and Damien Weston its chief growth officer. Mission Healthcare — which has more than 600 employees — is a San Diego-based home health and hospice services provider with 10 …

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Changemakers: Joel Theisen, Founder and CEO, Lifesprk

Minnesota-based whole person senior services provider Lifesprk is working to change the experiences people have as they age. Led by founder and CEO Joel Theisen, Lifesprk is doing so by leveraging people, processes and technology. The company’s overall goal: to create a meaningful experience that allows older adults to maintain their passions and social well-being …

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