palliative care

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

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

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

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

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4 Best Practices to Deliver Virtual Palliative Care for Providers

Michael Fratkin, MD, FAAHPM, Chief Medical Officer at Vynca More and more people are living with serious illnesses such as cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and liver disease. The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) reports that 60 percent of U.S. adults have a chronic disease, which is the …

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Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Could Mean a Bigger Role for Palliative Care

Earlier this year, palliative care advocates were hopeful that a formal benefit for community-based services would be coming soon. While that hasn’t happened yet, the clear momentum around a reimbursement pathway for community-based palliative care has prompted more home health agencies and other providers to launch programs of their own. That’s a trend likely to …

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Does Our Healthcare System Work for the Most Vulnerable Americans?

By DEBORAH AFEZOLLI, CARL-PHILIPPE ROUSSEAU, HELEN FERNANDEZ, ELIZABETH LINDENBERGER “Why did you choose this field?” Most physicians are asked this question at some point in their early careers. We are geriatrics and palliative medicine physicians, so when that question is posed to us, it is invariably followed by another: “Isn’t your job depressing?” No, our …

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‘My Time to Live’: Through Novel Program, Kidney Patients Get Palliative Care, Dialysis ’Til the End

After a decade of living with chronic kidney disease, Vonita McGee knows her body is wearing out. At 63, McGee undergoes dialysis sessions three times each week at a Northwest Kidney Centers site near her Burien, Washington, home to rid her blood of waste and water. She has endured the placement of more than a …

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

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

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

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

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‘Choose Home’ Legislation Gaining Significant Support in Congress, Nearing Formal Introduction

“Choose Home,” major legislation designed to help more people age in place, is gaining momentum on Capitol Hill. There’s even a chance a Choose Home bill is introduced before Congress’s July 4 recess. That’s according to National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) President Bill Dombi. If introduced and eventually enacted, Choose Home would …

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Vynca Acquires Virtual Palliative Care Provider ResolutionCare – M&A

What You Should Know: –  Vynca, a national leader in advance care planning, today announced the acquisition of  ResolutionCare, a California-based innovator and provider of home-based palliative care and telemedicine. – With the acquisition of ResolutionCare’s comprehensive board-certified, physician-led palliative care model, Vynca is well-positioned to expand its support services to the seriously ill, which aligns well with its …

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Votive Health Raises $2.5M to Help Home-Based Care Providers Make Value-Based Arrangements

Votive Health — a technology startup that facilitates payer-provider integration — formally announced its launch and first funding round on Wednesday. The company raked in $2.5 million in a round led by Flare Capital Partners, with Chrysalis Ventures and OCA Ventures as co-investors. San Luis Obispo, California-based Votive Health is a technology-enabled network manager that …

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Mission Healthcare Purchases Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Home Health Segment

Mission Healthcare has acquired Loma Linda University Medical Center Home Health in Southern California. Loma Linda University Medical Center Home Health is a part of Loma Linda University Health, which includes eight professional schools, six hospitals and a network of more than 900 faculty physicians. Meanwhile, San Diego, California-based Mission Healthcare is one of the …

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Community-Based Palliative Care Benefit Could Shake Up the Home Health Market

Today, in-home care providers that offer palliative care services typically do so as a way to win referrals and bridge gaps between home health and hospice. Launching palliative care service lines is a strategic decision focused more on patient care than reimbursement opportunities, considering there’s still no fully baked community-based benefit in fee-for-service Medicare. But …

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Mission Healthcare Plans Palliative Care Rollout, Multi-State Expansion

Mission Healthcare — one of the largest regional home health, hospice and palliative care providers in Southern California — is on the move. Earlier this month, the San Diego-based company completed its acquisition of Alliance Home Health & Hospice Care, a Medicare-certified home health and hospice organization in Pleasanton. The acquisition is Mission’s first outside …

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Making Senior Care More Human

Bent Philipson, Founder of Philosophy Care When it comes to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in particular and long-term care in general, a human-centered and empathetic approach is not only necessary, it’s obligatory. Putting the needs, constraints, and perspectives of patients first enhances the level of care we’re able to provide.  Perhaps ironically, it is the …

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‘The Final Frontier’: Mount Sinai Partners with Contessa for Home-Based Palliative Care Initiative

Mount Sinai Health System is doubling down on its partnership with Contessa. Specifically, the New York-based health system announced Monday that it’s working with Contessa to expand its community-based palliative care service. Mount Sinai’s network includes eight hospital campuses, in addition to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. On its end, the Nashville, …

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How TRU Community Care Used Telehealth to Revamp Its Palliative Care Program

Despite a vital need for palliative care in community settings, home-based care providers have been slow to invest in such services. Providers have often cited financial concerns as a roadblock. Yet those providers that have turned their attention to palliative care frequently see positive returns. TRU Community Care, for example, saw its palliative care segment …

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‘Our Work Begins with Getting COVID Under Control’: What a Biden Administration Means for Home-Based Care

After one of the closest and most hotly contested campaigns in modern history, President-Elect Joe Biden addressed the nation on Saturday from an outdoor platform in Wilmington, Delaware. While it’s far too early to say what the first 100 days of a Biden administration will look like from a detailed policy perspective, the president-elect has …

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Why Complex Care Management Is Charter Healthcare’s ‘Crown Jewel’

In the midst of the in-home care M&A resurgence, Charter Healthcare Group has made a few moves of its own. Its recent acquisitions of Heartwood Home Health & Hospice and Vitality Home Healthcare reflect its two-pronged acquisition growth strategy. Founded in 2006, Charter is a rapidly growing PE-backed post-acute care platform company. Lately, when it …

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Home-Based Palliative Care Programs Were Among the Hardest Hit by COVID-19

In spring, the U.S. recording more than 100,000 new COVID-19 infections per day seemed impossible. Yet surges in nearly every state pushed Wednesday’s daily total to more than 107,000 new infections — a global record. Armed with months of experience, in-home care providers are now preparing for another round of coronavirus-induced disruption in the form …

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Home Health Providers Find Telehealth Reimbursement in Palliative Care

Telehealth adoption has dramatically increased across health care during the COVID-19 crisis, including in the home-based care space. On their end, home health providers have built out their telehealth programs to make more comprehensive and safer care plans for their patients. Unlike other health care practitioners, however, it is much more difficult for a home …

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NAHC Pushing for Palliative Care, SNF-at-Home Medicare Benefits

As home health and home care operators move toward the ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to take stock of what has been accomplished from a policy perspective. Many of 2020’s regulatory changes will be fleeting, but others will shape the future of post-acute care for years to come. That was the message …

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As Malpractice Claims Against Home-Based Care Nurses Rise, Providers Must Focus on Risk Management

When it comes to malpractice claims, home-based care nurses are often more susceptible compared to their counterparts in other nursing specialties. That’s a fact that has held true for a while, too. Home-based care nurses — including home health, hospice and palliative care professionals — have seen a steady rise in professional liability claims since …

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Humana, Fresenius Medical Care Expand Partnership to Improve Care Coordination for Medicare Advantage Members

What You Should Know: – Humana Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) today announced an agreement to broaden their collaboration toward improving the health of eligible Humana Medicare Advantage members – The agreement between Humana and Fresenius Medical Care North America goes into effect Jan. 1, 2021. Humana Inc. and leading renal care …

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