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Category: Personal Home Care

  • InnovAge Appoints New CEO; Axxess Beefs Up Executive Leadership Team

    InnovAge names new president and CEO Longtime InnovAge (Nasdaq: INNV) CEO Maureen Hewitt has stepped down from the role. Patrick Blair, formerly of Bayada Home Health Care, has been named president and CEO by InnovAge’s board of directors. The appointment comes after reports that Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and the U.S. […]

  • Bayada to Lay Off Nearly 700 Employees, Close Four Locations

    Bayada Home Health Care is laying off 682 workers in Florida while closing five of its locations in the state. The Business Observer was the first to report the news. The locations hit hardest by the layoffs are Brooskville, Brandon and New Port Richey, where 306, 150 and 144 workers will lose their jobs, respectively, […]

  • LeadingAge Details COVID-19 Relief Requests in Letter to Congress, Biden

    LeadingAge on Tuesday shared a letter urging President Biden to supply relief for home-based care agencies and other aging services providers. The letter was a response to the increasing death rate from the Omicron variant. “The Omicron surge is compounding existing challenges driven by the pandemic,” Katie Smith Sloan, the president and CEO of LeadingAge, […]

  • Synergy Expands Footprint, Sees 37% Growth in New Territories

    One of the fastest-growing home care franchise companies, Synergy HomeCare, has continued to reach new growth milestones. Last year, the company sold 52 territories, a 37% increase compared to 38 territories in 2020. Synergy CEO Charlie Young credits the company’s continued momentum for its success. “If you look back over the last 24 months, we’ve […]

  • BrightStar CEO Shelly Sun: Data Will ‘Separate Us From the Pack’

    Non-medical home care providers know they provide significant value to their clients. The issue many have had in the past is proving that value to others, whether it be potential partners or even seniors’ families. To change that, companies have begun to invest considerable money and resources into extracting data from the work they do. […]

  • Help at Home, Humana Announce Key Executive Hires

    Two major home-based care companies announced key leadership hires this week that will set the stage for their near- and long-term initiatives. On Monday, Help at Home – one of the largest providers of personal care services in the country – announced that it hired Rich Tinsley as the company’s new chief development officer. It […]

  • Homecare Homebase Parent Company Hearst Strikes Deal for CellTrak

    Last April, Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), Homecare Homebase (HCHB) and CellTrak announced they were teaming up to build “the industry’s first integrated, enterprise-level solution for all types of home-based care.” The next big step in that collaboration has come for two of those organizations. Hearst, the parent company of HCHB, has struck an agreement […]

  • Armed with Bigger Balance Sheet, Care Advantage Delivering on ‘Assertive’ M&A Strategy

    The Richmond, Virginia-based home care provider Care Advantage Inc. went through a dealmaking lull during the early days of COVID-19. Unfortunately, the pandemic has not yet completely subsided. But that lull certainly has. On Dec. 29, Care Advantage announced it acquired Dover, Delaware-based Silver Lining Home Healthcare. With the deal, the company has made three […]

  • DOL Oversight Ramping Up, But Home Care Industry ‘Still a Little Behind’ on Compliance

    Home-based care providers have had to deal with an uncertain legal and regulatory environment for almost two years at this point. It’s created bottom-line challenges as well as workplace ones. Cheryl Stanton, the chief legal and government affairs officer at BrightStar Care, experienced this first hand when the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) […]

  • Right at Home, Interim CEOs Analyze Top Trends Shaping Home Care

    Throughout 2021, the home care industry saw M&A heat up while staffing shortages placed pressure on providers. As industry leaders gear up for 2022, they are focused on addressing these workforce challenges and leaning further into dealmaking. From his perspective, Right at Home President and CEO Brian Petranick is optimistic about what the labor climate […]

  • 2022 Home Care Executive Forecast: ‘Buckle Up For A Wild Ride’

    This year saw home care providers further build on the spotlight the public health emergency placed on the industry. No longer fighting for a seat at the proverbial table, the operators were able to fully lean into opportunities that have pushed the industry forward. More than anything, ongoing labor shortages and ways to circumvent workforce […]

  • Help at Home, Interim, CareAcademy Execs Discuss Home Care Staffing Situation

    The COVID-19 emergency, vaccination mandates and other challenges have served as a powder keg in relation to the staffing pressures home care providers were already facing. Yet some providers – including Help at Home and Interim HealthCare – have been able to at least partially defuse the explosive situation via dedicated recruitment and retention strategies. […]

  • Home Care Jobs Are Taking Over the Long-Term Care Workforce

    While most states have seen an increase in the size of their home care workforce, the nursing home workforce has experienced a slight decrease, a new analysis shows. This growth and decline took place between 2009 and 2021. The analysis comes from a study published Monday in the policy journal Health Affairs. The study examines […]

  • Senior Care Groups Urge Senate to Pass Build Back Better ‘Without Shaving Off $1’

    A month after the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better bill, LeadingAge and other aging services organizations are urging lawmakers not to reduce the legislation’s investments into home- and community-based services. “The Senate is considering the most important legislation in a generation for older Americans,” Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge, […]

  • ‘It’s Back to Basics’: Home Health Giants Share Staffing Strategies, Growth Goals

    This article is an exclusive feature available as a part of your subscription to HHCN + Basically all of the publicly traded in-home care giants offered internal updates and expectations for the coming year this week during a series of investor presentations. In addition to company-specific plans, the group discussed key policy developments and important […]

  • What Home Care Employers Can Learn from Walmart, Amazon

    For an overwhelming majority of caregivers, access to further education is a factor when determining if they’ll accept a job offer at a home care agency. Additionally, the likelihood of caregivers staying at their current agency increases when they’re offered resources to further their education. That’s according to a new survey conducted by CareAcademy, a […]

  • Transactions: Riverside Invests in Executive Care; Charter Buys Silver Linings Hospice Care

    Home care provider Executive Care recently received an investment from global investment firm The Riverside Company. The financial terms were not disclosed. Hackensack, New Jersey-based Executive Care is a private-pay personal care company that operates a network of 13 franchise locations and offers a plethora of services, including companionship, homemaking, personal care and live-in care. […]

  • Report: Caregiver Support Can Lower the Risk of a Prolonged Nursing Home Stay

    For the majority of seniors living alone, recovering from an acute illness at home is preferable to doing so in a long-term care facility. That’s according to a recent study by researchers at UC San Francisco. The study examined data from 4,772 adults who were part of the Health and Retirement Study, which tracked health […]

  • ‘Aging in the Right Place’: Housing Becoming Key Pillar for Home-Based Care Providers

    After President Joe Biden announced Thursday a new, six-pronged approach to his administration’s COVID-19 strategy that requires most home health workers to be vaccinated against the virus, many questions and concerns remain. More clarity is likely to come to light as specific agencies deal with the next steps following the mandate’s release, like the Department […]

  • How Home Care Franchise Owners Are Navigating Industry-Wide Challenges

    The home care franchise model calls to mind the old idiom of “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” That’s because the business model relies on having a network of strong franchisees for its overall success. For the franchisees, or owners, that make up these networks, this means navigating challenges in service […]

  • Walmart Snags Ochsner Executive; Amedisys Names New Hospice Leader

    Walmart’s latest health care hire Walmart has reportedly snagged Dr. David Carmouche from Louisiana-based Ochsner Health to lead its expansion into retail health care. Walmart officially kicked off its health care strategy in 2019 when it opened its first 10,000-square-foot health center in Dallas, Georgia. That initial location even included an on-site connection to home […]

  • ModivCare Poised to Make More Personal Care Acquisitions

    ModivCare Inc. (Nasdaq: MODV) – a technology-enabled, home-focused health care services company – continues to execute on its multifaceted strategy. In recent months, it has bolstered its personal care, remote patient monitoring (RPM), non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) and meal delivery capabilities. Its ultimate goal is to be the premier company addressing social determinants of health […]

  • HouseWorks Enters the Medicaid Personal Care Sector with Connected Home Care Acquisition

    HouseWorks announced Thursday that it has signed an agreement to acquire Connected Home Care, a home care provider that operates in Eastern Massachusetts. The Connected Home Care acquisition comes just one week after HouseWorks’ announced it purchased Atlantic Homelife Senior Care, a private home care provider that operates in Seacoast New Hampshire and Southern Maine. […]

  • Jet Health CEO Outlines In-Home Care Provider’s Aggressive Growth Strategy

    Since entering the home-based care space in 2016, Jet Health has mounted its business on an aggressive growth strategy. The company’s aim is to deliver a fully comprehensive post-acute model that eliminates gaps in care. “Jet Health was really founded based on the thesis of rolling up smaller home health and hospice companies into more […]

  • SNF-to-Home Care Gaps Still Prevalent, Likely Magnified During COVID-19

    Although awareness of care gaps in the health system has generally increased over the last decade, pain points still exist in a significant way. They also exist in areas where home-based care providers specifically can help. Notably, gaps in care are especially prevalent when patients are being discharged from a skilled nursing facility (SNF) and […]

  • Addus Prioritizing Staff Vaccinations with CMS, OSHA Mandates Looming

    In terms of financial results, Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) is coming off a record third quarter. The Frisco, Texas-based home health, hospice and personal care services provider has plenty of challenges ahead, however, including the difficult labor landscape that’s about to become even more complex thanks to federal COVID-19 vaccination rules. Somewhat diminished M&A […]

  • Aging-in-Place Marketplace Opening New Medicare Advantage Doors for Home Care Agencies

    Insurtech company The Helper Bees recently launched an aging-in-place provider marketplace. With the rollout of this new platform, the company is positioning itself as a go-between for aging-in-place services providers, such as personal care agencies, and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Broadly, Austin, Texas-based The Helper Bees works with large insurance companies to help these organizations […]

  • Intrepid USA Planning for Major Growth Push with New PE Partners

    When putting together a list of home health giants, Intrepid USA Healthcare Services sometimes gets overlooked. The Texas-based Intrepid USA has more than 60 locations spanning 17 states and a company history that goes back over five decades, but it mostly operates in rural areas. Its CEO, John Kunysz, often refers to Intrepid as a […]

  • BrightSpring Files to Go Public, Eyes $1.5 Trillion Opportunity

    Another big home-based care player is going public. BrightSpring Health Services filed the paperwork for a $100 million initial public offering on Monday, realizing the long-time speculation of industry insiders who believed an IPO was just a matter of time for the Louisville, Kentucky-based company. “We are an essential part of our nation’s health delivery […]

  • 1 in 5 Adults Needs Ongoing Support for Activities of Daily Living

    Vice President Kamala Harris and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) are the latest U.S. leaders to go to bat for home- and community-based services (HCBS), with the pair highlighting caregiving investments in the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan during a Thursday town hall. Negotiations over Build Back Better, a package which includes multiple types of […]

  • Alpine Investors-Backed TEAM Services Group Acquires 24 Hour Home Care

    TEAM Services Group – a portfolio company of the “anti-private equity firm” Alpine Investors – has acquired 24 Hour Home Care. The exact details of TEAM’s investment in the Los Angeles-based home care company have not yet been disclosed. 24 Hour Home Carewill continue operating by the same name under TEAM’s “Public Choices” division. Alpine […]

  • Millions of Workers Lost Their Jobs During the Pandemic. An ‘Immeasurably Small’ Number Turned to Caregiving.

    Most in-home care providers tried searching for silver linings during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the tragic circumstances, for example, some predicted that the economic instability caused by COVID-19 would translate into new recruitment opportunities for workforce-challenged providers. “If restaurant and hospitality workers were laid off, maybe they would find a new […]

  • More Than 30,000 Home Care Workers Fail to Meet New York Vaccination Deadline

    Roughly a month after New York state made being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 a job requirement for workers with the state’s licensed home health agencies, more than 30,000 caregivers failed to meet Thursday’s deadline. While the rate for New York home-based care workers checked in at about 86% partially vaccinated and 71% fully vaccinated, at […]

  • ‘It’s a Huge Advantage’: How Georgetown Home Care Became 100% Vaccinated

    This article is an exclusive feature available as a part of your subscription to HHCN + When Georgetown Home Care (GHC) mandated its workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in early August, it got an immediate reply from one worker. “I quit,” the worker said. While John Bradshaw, the company’s CEO, still believed it was […]

  • 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 […]

  • Honor Closes $370M in Financing, Plans to Triple Home Care R&D Investment

    Honor is back in the spotlight in a big way, just two months after it announced its industry-shaping acquisition of Home Instead. The San Francisco-based company announced Tuesday it has raised $70 million in Series E funding, in addition to securing $300 million in debt financing. Honor has earmarked the funds to further invest in […]

  • Home-Based Care Providers Face Major Losses Ahead of Vaccine Mandates

    Sign up for HHCN + to read this exclusive content. Individual Membership $400 per year Purchase Group 2–5 members$380 per year* Purchase Need more than 5 members? Contact us for more information. * per member Already a member? Login The post Home-Based Care Providers Face Major Losses Ahead of Vaccine Mandates appeared first on Home […]

  • Future Leader: Ryan Iwamoto, 24 Hour Home Care President and Co-Founder

    The Future Leaders Awards program is brought to you in partnership with PointClickCare. The program is designed to recognize up-and-coming industry members who are shaping the next decade of senior housing, skilled nursing, home health and hospice care. To see this year’s future leaders, visit https://futureleaders.agingmedia.com/. Ryan Iwamoto, president and co-founder of Los Angeles-based 24 […]

  • ‘There’s a Lot of Unmet Need’: Addressing Long HCBS Waitlists

    Home- and community-based services (HCBS) are a way to fill gaps in care for seniors with complex medical conditions, with Medicaid being the main source of coverage for long-term services and supports (LTSS). As of 2020, over 2.5 million individuals received HCBS services, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). Still, there are hundreds of […]

  • Synergy HomeCare to Develop Original Content with Streaming Service Saltbox TV

    Over the last few years, Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), Disney (NYSE: DIS), Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) and a seemingly endless list of other platforms have battled it out for access to viewers’ wallets in what can only be described as “the streaming wars.” While senior care providers aren’t directly butting heads with the likes of those businesses, […]

  • Seniors’ Desire to Age in Place Remains Overwhelmingly Popular

    The COVID-19 emergency has only strengthened the desire seniors have to age in place — an already favorable position among older adults. In fact, over 90% of seniors prefer to remain in their homes as opposed to moving into an assisted living facility, a new survey from American Advisors Group (AAG) found. “For seniors, the […]

  • States Take Emergency Measures to Combat Staffing Shortages, as Providers Ponder Boosters

    Efforts to improve vaccination rates against COVID-19 continue to be a major story for home-based care providers. They’ve also become a major pain point for providers operationally, depending on where they are located. On Monday, New York’s vaccine mandate for home-based care workers – and all other health care workers – took effect. Meanwhile, booster […]

  • Transactions: LHC Group Expands Footprint; Senior Helpers Acquires New Corporate Store

    The LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) M&A run continues. The Lafayette, Louisiana-based company recently announced agreements to acquire Generations Home Health along with Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care, both in Virginia Beach, Virginia. LHC Group expects $7 million in annual revenue from the deals. Sign up for HHCN + to read this exclusive […]

  • InnovAge CEO Maureen Hewitt: PACE Tailwinds Stronger Than Ever

    InnovAge (Nasdaq: INNV) went public earlier this year with a $350 million IPO. It has since set its sights on expansion. The largest Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) organization in the country, InnovAge is bullish on its ability to do just that, thanks to both internal confidence and also external, regulatory tailwinds. […]

  • How Seniors Helpers, ComForCare and 24 Hour Home Care Are Building Great Places to Work

    At a time when the home care industry is plagued with workforce shortages, Senior Helpers, 24 Hour Home Care and ComForCare have made a name for themselves as best-in-class employers. Among common retention tactics, all three organizations actively elicit feedback by surveying staff on a regular basis. Senior Helpers, 24 Hour Home Care and ComForCare […]

  • Future Leader: Lakelyn Hogan, Home Instead Gerontologist and Caregiver Advocate

    The Future Leaders Awards program is brought to you in partnership with PointClickCare. The program is designed to recognize up-and-coming industry members who are shaping the next decade of senior housing, skilled nursing, home health and hospice care. To see this year’s future leaders, visit https://futureleaders.agingmedia.com/. Lakelyn Hogan, a gerontologist and caregiver advocate at Omaha, […]

  • Future Leader: Chelsey Ammons, Care Advantage’s Vice President of Nursing

    The Future Leaders Awards program is brought to you in partnership with PointClickCare. The program is designed to recognize up-and-coming industry members who are shaping the next decade of senior housing, skilled nursing, home health and hospice care. To see this year’s future leaders, visit https://futureleaders.agingmedia.com/. Chelsey Ammons, vice president of nursing at Richmond, Virginia-based […]

  • Care Advantage CEO on Caring for Anthem’s ‘Sickest and Frailest’ Members

    Care Advantage has worked to solidify its place in the home-based care space over the past three decades. Now, its latest mission puts value-based care square in its crosshairs. Care Advantage offers a variety of services to patients across Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. The Richmond, Virginia-based company cared for roughly 12,000 patients last […]

  • ‘For Many Providers, It’s Welcome News’: Breaking Down the White House Vaccine Mandate

    After President Joe Biden announced Thursday a new, six-pronged approach to his administration’s COVID-19 strategy that requires most home health workers to be vaccinated against the virus, many questions and concerns remain. More clarity is likely to come to light as specific agencies deal with the next steps following the mandate’s release, like the Department […]

  • How Geriatric Care Management Businesses Can Accelerate Growth for Home Care Operators

    Geriatric care managers. Care coordinators. Aging life care professionals. Care navigators. Whatever you want to call them, the experts trained and experienced at handling the care needs of aging adults are playing an increasingly important role in the home care industry. To some extent, that’s simply true because older Americans are turning to home care […]

  • Elara Caring Names COO; Prospero Health Appoints C-Suite Executives

    Elara Caring hires chief operating officer Elara Caring has named Ananth Mohan its chief operating officer. “Ananth is joining Elara Caring at a time when his expertise is needed most,” Scott Powers, CEO of Elara Caring, said in a statement. “The addition of his strong health care operations background to our leadership team comes as […]

  • Vaccine Mandate Might Be Right Around the Corner for Home-Based Care Providers

    New York home-based care workers wondering if a COVID-19 vaccine mandate is around the corner will soon have an answer. On Thursday, the New York Department of Health, Codes Committee of the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) will meet to consider implementing an emergency regulation regarding “Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission by Covered Entities.” […]

  • ComForCare, 24 Hour Home Care Among 2021’s ‘Best Workplaces in Aging Services’

    Several of home care’s biggest names made it on to Fortune’s “Best Workplaces in Aging Services” list for 2021, including several that have earned the recognition in the past. Released Friday, the Best Workplaces in Aging Services list is put together each year by Activated Insights, a subsidiary of Great Place to Work. The ranking […]

  • How Home-Based Care Providers Can Prove Their Worth to Payers

    Home-based care is going to be a larger part of health care’s future. As a result, it’s beginning to attract considerable attention from entrepreneurs and other innovators. But as new trends arise with the shift toward the home, including new technology, partnership opportunities and payment models, it’ll be up to each provider to decide whether […]

  • Best Life Brands Launches New Home Health Offering ‘Boost Home Healthcare’

    Best Life Brands, a holding company that has a portfolio of companies across the care continuum, announced Thursday the launch of its newest franchise brand: Boost Home Healthcare. Backed by the private enquiry firm The Riverside Company, the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan-based company’s arsenal already includes the personal home care provider ComForCare — known in the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Home Care Companies to Watch in the Final Months of 2021

    Non-medical home care was on the rise prior to 2020, as Medicare Advantage plans and health systems began investing more heavily around social determinants of health and activities of daily living. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has arguably made home care the hottest corner of the senior care world. There are dozens of home care companies […]

  • Cressey & Company Makes ‘Significant Investment’ in Home Care Pulse

    One of the home care industry’s top research and education firms is looking to take its game to the next level. Private investment firm Cressey & Company announced Wednesday that it’s making “a significant investment” into the Rexburg, Idaho-based Home Care Pulse. Exact terms of the investment were not disclosed. Founded in 2008, Home Care […]

  • Addus Doubles Credit Facility to $600M, Maintains Focus on Home Health Expansion

    Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has remained laser focused on one goal for some time now: building out all three of its home-based service lines in markets where it is already present. That requires a strategic and aggressive M&A strategy, which Addus has executed in the past year. It plans to continue making moves in […]

  • 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 […]

  • Alliance, Royal Care Slash Caregiver Turnover by Investing in Creative Benefits

    Home care hasn’t always had a reputation for great employee perks or benefits packages, but a handful of providers are beginning to change that. In other sectors, including the technology and startup worlds, perks like free daily meals, access to wellness programs and 401(k) matching, with stock options, are relatively common. Some home care operators […]

  • ModivCare CEO on $340M CareFinders Deal: Our Goal Is to Build Out a National Platform

    ModivCare Inc. (NYSE: MODV), the non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) company that’s quickly becoming a major player in the home-based care space as well, announced Monday plans to buy CareFinders Total Care for $340 million. Once the deal is finalized, ModivCare will initially combine the CareFinders business with its existing personal care capabilities from Simplura Health […]

  • ModivCare to Acquire CareFinders Total Care in $340M Deal

    Last September, ModivCare Inc. (NYSE: MODV) acquired the large personal care services provider Simplura Health Group for $575 million. Less than nine months later, ModivCare President and CEO ​​Daniel Greenleaf shared a vision for growing his company to a $1 billion home-based care player with a true national footprint. ModivCare has now taken a giant […]

  • Help at Home Continues Executing on Growth Strategy, Acquires Community Care Systems

    Help at Home — a private equity-backed provider of home- and community-based care — has acquired Community Care Systems (CCS). Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in the 1908s, the Illinois-based CCS will become part of the Help at Home network, adding 13 additional locations and nearly 6,000 new clients. With nearly […]

  • ‘Friendly Home Care Competitors’ Family Tree and Evergreen Announce Merger

    Two of the largest concierge-level caregiving, private nursing and care management firms in Houston, Texas, have merged. On Tuesday, Family Tree In-Home Care and Evergreen Private Care of Houston announced that the two companies have formally joined forces. The announcement echoes the increasing amount of consolidation happening in the home-based care space, as operators try […]

  • Aging-in-Place Market Valued at $151B, But Still Overshadowed by Other Care Settings

    Aging in place — which includes daily essential activities, health and safety awareness, care coordination, transition support and home-based care — is a $151 billion market. That’s according to a new report from The Holding Co. and Pivotal Ventures. “The [market growth] is driven from older adults themselves,” Jocelyn Ling Malan, business design partner at […]

  • Jet Health Lands Signal Home Health & Hospice in Ongoing Expansion Push

    With its latest purchase of San Antonio, Texas-based Signal Home Health & Hospice, Jet Health continues its strategy of co-locating hospice operations with its home health offerings. That has become a calling card for the company, similar to several other home-based care providers. Jet Health announced the Signal deal on Monday without disclosing any financial […]

  • Transactions: Regence BlueShield Teams Up with DispatchHealth; Amedisys Enters New Market

    Health insurer Regence BlueShield has partnered with DispatchHealth to give its members access to hospital-at-home and mobile high-acuity services. “Hospitalizations in the home is a groundbreaking and exciting shift in care delivery,” Dr. Drew Oliveira, senior executive medical director at Regence, said in a press release. “Our partnership with DispatchHealth enables Regence members to receive […]

  • Help at Home Rounds Out Leadership Team

    Help at Home — the private equity-backed home-based care company rumored to be exploring a public offering — has solidified its leadership team. The Chicago-based Help at Home named board member Chris Hocevar as its CEO in March, with Hocevar replacing former CEO Paul Mastrapa. The company on Thursday announced eight other key C-suite hires, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Crisis in Direct Care ‘Will Explode’ Without Immediate Government Support, PHI Warns

    From low wages to a lack of career advancement opportunities, there are a number of issues that plague the caregiver workforce. Under the current presidential administration, however, there’s a chance to reexamine the state of the caregiver workforce and implement several changes that could improve the profession, thus ensuring care for seniors. PHI, a New […]

  • Addus to Acquire Home Health, Hospice Provider Armada for $29M

    Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Armada Skilled Home Health and Hospice, further building out its already sizable footprint in the state of New Mexico. It’s yet another step for Addus in its quest to build out home health, hospice and personal care lines in specific markets and states, […]

  • VNSNY and SEIU Show Employer-Worker Unity for Better Care Better Jobs Act

    On Tuesday, individuals will gather in New York’s City Hall Park for a rally spearheaded by the 1199SEIU Homecare Workers union in support of the Better Care Better Jobs Act — which would inject funds into home-based care. These individuals will include home health workers from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) Partners […]

  • 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 […]

  • As Pandemic Eases, Home Care Providers Discover Some Costs Stick

    While the COVID-19 crisis’ primary effect on the home care industry may have been temporary, its secondary effects could be more long-lasting. The same idea holds true for other aging services providers as well. A recent report from the American Health Care Association (AHCA) highlighted the economic headwinds that providers are facing even as the […]

  • Report Sheds New Light on Looming Caregiving Crisis

    As the U.S. population ages, there has been a struggle to keep up with the demand for caregivers. Building the caregiver workforce will take a number of strategies that each address the various challenges that these workers face. Several recommendations were highlighted in a new report by the Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA) and Home […]

  • FirstLight Announces New President; Humana Home Care Leader Named CFO

    McAnanly takes over at FirstLight FirstLight Home Care announced Wednesday that it has picked its new president. The appointment comes roughly seven months after FirstLight’s board of directors sought a change in leadership from former CEO Jeff Bevis, who founded the home care company with his son in 2009. Moving forward, the Cincinnati-based FirstLight will […]

  • LifeSpire of Virginia, Pinnacle Living Form Home-Based Care Joint Venture

    Two senior living providers — LifeSpire of Virginia and Pinnacle Living — have teamed up to provide home-based care services through a new joint venture agreement. The partnership comes at a time when more senior living providers are incorporating home-based care into their service lines, a trend that hasn’t played out too well in the […]

  • Tabula Rasa Co-Founder: More Home-Based Care Agencies Should Get Involved in PACE

    Tabula Rasa HealthCare (Nasdaq: TRHC) — a provider of data-driven technology solutions — continues to tout the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model as an avenue for itself and home-based care to grow. With at-home care and medication usage focuses, Tabula Rasa sees PACE as a major part of senior care’s future. […]

  • Home Care Franchise Growth Isn’t Slowing Down Any Time Soon

    It has been over a year since industry insiders predicted that home care franchise systems could experience accelerated growth brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following rising unemployment and widespread business closures, many believed prospective entrepreneurs would turn to more mission-oriented careers, with home care and aging-in-place models presenting lots of upside. While it’s difficult […]

  • ModivCare CEO Shares Playbook for ‘Claiming the Supportive Care Space’

    ModivCare Inc. (Nasdaq: MODV), previously known as The Providence Service Corporation, wants to claim the vast but highly fragmented U.S. supportive care space. To do so, it’s in the process of becoming a one-stop shop for its payer partners, with home-based care at the core of its evolving business model, President and CEO Daniel Greenleaf […]

  • PPP Forgiveness Continues to Slow Down the Home Health M&A Process

    The COVID-19 crisis came in a hurry. The government, therefore, had to create programs and grants in a hurry to offset some of the financial woes that health care providers were facing. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Provider Relief Fund and other funding was much needed to keep many home-based care operations afloat. But as […]

  • Why Home Care Providers Should Stand Strong in Negotiations with MA Plans

    Home care companies looking to lean into Medicare Advantage (MA) opportunities in their markets will have to plan prudently. That planning must be pretty comprehensive, too, as there’s no silver bullet to winning MA business. That’s according to ATI Advisory founder and CEO Anne Tumlinson, who spoke at the Home Health Care News Medicare Advantage […]

  • How the Medicare Advantage Landscape Has Evolved for Home Care Providers

    The Medicare Advantage (MA) opportunity isn’t one that has happened overnight for home care providers, with some industry insiders even describing it as a “slow burn.” In more recent years, a shift has begun to take place, however. Although MA has become a bigger piece of the overall Medicare program puzzle, home care only stepped […]

  • Help at Home Reportedly Planning to Go Public by Year’s End

    Help at Home — a provider of home- and community-based services (HCBS) — is considering going public. The Chicago-based company has even selected banks to help it prepare for an IPO later this year, Bloomberg News reported. More providers are considering public exits thanks to an increasing demand for home-based care, promising outlooks for public […]

  • Outdated Communication Methods Are Holding Home-Based Care Providers Back

    Home-based care providers are hampered by their use of outdated communications tools, a new report from Citus Health and Porter Research claims. New York-based Citus Health is a digital care coordination platform that serves the home-based care industry. The company’s platform facilitates communication between family members, care providers and the patient. Released Wednesday, the report […]

  • InHome Healthcare Services Sets Sights on Growth Following Home Health Turnaround

    Jump-starting a struggling company is no easy feat. For InHome Healthcare Services, this meant having a strong grasp on its local market and filling care gaps in the community. Before InHome Healthcare Services was a single company, it was two individual agencies: Good Life Homecare in Monterey, California, and Wilshire Healthcare in Fresno, California. In […]

  • Caregiver Churn Remains Key Challenge for Home-Based Care Providers

    Home-based care providers had plenty of COVID-19-related challenges to overcome, including personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages and cash-flow difficulties. Yet caregiver churn remains the top concern for many in-home care operators. It’s one of the greatest roadblocks to growth as well. The public health emergency has only compounded the staffing challenges that have plagued providers […]

  • Addus Focused on Sourcing New Home Health Acquisitions, Improving Applicant-Conversion Rates

    The COVID-19 public health emergency has solidified the home as a viable and effective care setting. That, in turn, has led to meaningful opportunities for home-based care providers, especially those with diversified service lines. Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) is a prime example. The company’s leadership team discussed the pandemic and its lasting impacts during […]

  • Strength in Numbers: Home Care Executives Reveal 2021’s Most Important Partnerships

    The old adage “there is strength in numbers” has stood the test of time because it’s largely true. To remain competitive and gain an edge over competitors, home care operators must form strategic partnerships with a wide variety of organizations. Common examples include collaborations with transportation companies like Uber (NYSE: UBER) and Lyft (Nasdaq: LYFT), […]

  • Home Care Leaning Less on Private Pay, More on Government-Funded Programs

    The home care industry is rapidly changing. Perhaps nowhere is that change more evident than in the payer mix of home care operators. Historically, “home care” has often been thought of as a private-pay offering, something separate from other senior care services that are covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. But agencies have clearly […]

  • HomeWell Increases System-Wide Revenue 45% Following Rebrand, Leadership Shakeup

    In the wake of a rebrand and leadership reorganization, HomeWell Care Services has hit its stride. The home care franchiser is seeing significant growth, despite all the change and other industry challenges. HomeWell is a Burkburnett, Texas-based home care franchise company that provides personal care, companionship and homemaker services. The company serves more than 3,000 […]

  • LeadingAge, Bayada Urge Congress to Invest in Aging Services Infrastructure

    Leaders across the senior care sector have banded together and are urging Congress to back legislation that will increase access to care services. And help is long overdue, they argue. For decades, aging services have been underfunded in the U.S., according to Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit LeadingAge. Sloan […]

  • Home-Based Care Providers with PPP Loans Can’t Bank on Forgiveness

    Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) were a godsend for a lot of home care agencies in 2020, allowing them to keep their heads above water during financial downturns and reward employees for conducting hazardous work. But now agencies must prepare for the aftermath of PPP in the form of […]

  • How SNF Operator Masonicare Leveraged Its Home-Based Care Services to Adapt to COVID-19

    In the age of COVID-19, companies operating in the senior care space have been forced to be adaptable. It’s in this environment where Masonicare — a skilled nursing facility (SNF) operator — began amplifying its home-based care services while downsizing its facilities. Wallingford, Connecticut-based Masonicare is a not-for-profit senior care provider that operates independent living, […]

  • Long-Term Clients, Referral Sources Give Home Care Sellers an M&A Edge

    In April, home care provider Family Tree In-Home Care acquired HomeCare of the Rockies. And while it seems like just another transaction, from the buyer’s perspective, it was anything but. The acquisition was Family Tree’s first since the pandemic began. Its growth strategy plans were severely delayed by the COVID-19 crisis, but the trends in […]

  • Simplura Is First Block in ModivCare’s Mission to Build $1B Personal Care Business

    Ever since ModivCare Inc. (Nasdaq: MODV) entered the personal care space with a major acquisition last year, it has been working to solidify its place in the larger social determinants of health movement. ModivCare completed its personal care-focused acquisition of Simplura last November. The acquisition was an all-cash transaction that placed an enterprise value of […]

  • Home Care Companies Could See Healthy Gains with Fitness-Focused Partnerships

    It has been well documented that seniors can benefit from regular physical activity. As home-based care providers look to expand their services and differentiate their brands, fitness and wellness offerings likely offer a strong return on investment. One company, SilverSneakers, has seen how fitness can improve health outcomes in seniors firsthand. Nashville, Tennessee-based SilverSneakers is […]

  • Encouraged by Legislative Tailwinds, LHC Group Considers Personal Care Expansion

    From the halls of Congress to the desk of President Joe Biden, home health providers have been generally encouraged by the federal government’s increased focus on home-based care. In the present, that sense of encouragement comes from billions of dollars in funding for home- and community-based services (HCBS), plus regulatory waivers for telehealth, paperwork requirements […]

  • Senior Helpers Names Strategy Leader; Griswold Home Care Appoints CFO

    Senior Helpers announces senior director of strategic programs Senior Helpers has named David Chandler its senior director of strategic programs. Maryland-based Senior Helpers is a home care franchise organization that operates across 44 states. The company — recently acquired by the investment arm of Advocate Aurora Health — has over 320 locations worldwide. In his […]

  • Biden Administration Releases $1.4B for HCBS, Senior Health Programs

    The Biden administration is releasing $1.4 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan for Older Americans Act programs. Distributed by the Administration for Community Living, a chunk of the funds will go toward home- and community-based services. President Joe Biden originally signed the American Rescue Plan, a COVID-19 relief package, into law on March […]

  • Addus Encouraged by Vaccine Progress, New HCBS Policies

    Typically, when executives talk about their companies “having to weather the storm,” they’re speaking figuratively. That wasn’t the case for Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) on Tuesday. Addus CEO and Chairman Dirk Allison talked about the negative impact that the February winter storms had on the home-based care provider’s business during the company’s Q1 2021 […]

  • Hoping to Age in Place, Americans Want Long-Term Care Help from Medicare

    Given a choice, the vast majority of U.S. adults would still prefer to receive long-term care in their own homes instead of moving into a nursing facility or senior living community, according to a new study from The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. But while nearly everyone wants to age in place, few actually […]

  • Looking to Build Market Share, Amedisys Rolls Out SNF-at-Home Pilot Program

    Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) hasn’t been shy about the company’s plans to gain an even larger share of business from other post-acute care operators. With that in mind, the company has been focused on setting up shop in the SNF-at-home space, pairing skilled home health care with non-medical personal care services. Those efforts have now […]

  • PE-Backed Valeo Acquires Post-Acute Care Business; BrightSpring Finalizes Abode Deal

    Valeo Home Health lands Hearts for Hospice & Home Health Valeo Home Health & Hospice has acquired Hearts for Hospice & Home Health from Abode Healthcare. Valeo is PE-backed provider based in Millcreek, Utah, that provides a mix of post-acute care services Strategically, the acquisition increases Valeo’s presence in Utah, as Hearts for Hospice & […]

  • Encompass Health Pens Deal to Acquire Home Health Assets of Frontier

    Ahead of this week’s upcoming earnings call, Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) has locked in an agreement to acquire the home-based care assets of Frontier Home Health and Hospice. The company announced the news Monday. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health delivers care in both facility- and home-based […]

  • BrightStar Care Joins Amazon, Landmark Health on Home-Based Care Coalition

    BrightStar Care has joined Moving Health Home (MHH) — a home-based care advancement coalition that counts Amazon Care and Intermountain Healthcare as members, among 9 other organizations. BrightStar Care is one of the largest home care franchises in the nation. The Chicago-based company’s overall network spans 340 personal care locations in 38 states, reaching about […]

  • Always Best Care CEO: No Silver Bullet to Home Care’s Staffing Problems

    Home care operators have had to work around plenty of new challenges since last spring, from sourcing personal protective equipment to securing Paycheck Protection Program loans. Yet an old operational hurdle remains the toughest to overcome: staffing. Even amid the pandemic, most home care businesses have managed to grow. That growth has continued in 2021 […]

  • Why Minnesota’s Largest Home Care Provider Doubled Down on Financial Management Services

    In the crowded home-based care market, providers have been forced to become increasingly more creative when it comes to their service offerings. One company, Accra, recently saw success with the growth of its unique financial management services program. The Minnetonka-based Accra is the largest provider of home care services in Minnesota. Among its offerings, the […]

  • HouseWorks Plans Regional Expansion with New CEO Michael Trigilio at the Helm

    HouseWorks has named Michael Trigilio the company’s new CEO. Backed by health care investor RAB Ventures LLC, Newton, Massachusetts-based HouseWorks is an in-home care company that also offers home-modification services. HouseWorks is one of the nation’s largest independent home care companies. Trigilio officially took the helm of HouseWorks at the beginning of April. Prior to […]

  • Former Encompass Executive Joins Traditions Health; WellSky Appoints New CFO

    Traditions Health names new president and CEO Traditions Health LLC has named David Klementz its new president and CEO. College Station, Texas-based Traditions Health is a growing home health and hospice provider that currently serves 5,000 patients across fourteen states. Backed by PE firm Dorilton Capital, the provider has acquired multiple post-acute care businesses since […]

  • 112% Minimum Wage Hike Not Included in New York’s Final Budget

    New York home care providers that have been waiting to see if a caregiver wage hike would be included in the state budget recently got an answer. On Monday, the New York state budget was released, with the Health and Mental Hygiene bill published at the same time. The bill did not include the Fair […]

  • Accra Names New COO; ConcertoCare Hires Chief Growth Officer

    Accra executive lands promotion Accra has promoted Susan Morgan to the role of chief operating officer. The Minnetonka-based Accra is the largest provider of home care services in Minnesota. Among its offerings, the nonprofit company delivers assisted living, home health and mental health services, caring for more than 9,000 clients statewide. Previously, Morgan served as […]

  • Addus Promotes Bickham to President; WelbeHealth Names New CMO

    Addus COO lands promotion Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has promoted Brad Bickham to the role of president and chief operating officer. Frisco, Texas-based Addus provides personal care, home health and hospice services to about 44,000 consumers, through 212 locations in 22 states. Bickham’s promotion was internal. He first joined Addus in 2017, previously serving […]

  • Why Boosting Home Care Wages Now Could Offset Labor Losses Later

    For home care providers, the challenges surrounding workforce recruitment and retention have only worsened since the start of the COVID-19 emergency. But boosting caregiver wages could improve the industry’s labor shortage. That’s according to a recent report from researchers at The City University of New York (CUNY) and the Association on Aging in New York. […]

  • State Bill Aiding Unionization in Home-Based Care Could ‘Set a Precedent’ Nationwide

    Traditionally, the home-based care world has been mostly void of massive unionization efforts among its workers. But that could change soon, thanks to a new ruling out of California related to “Assembly Bill 2455,” which the state passed in 2018. The bill aims to allow home-based care workers’ contact information to be unveiled, which gives […]

  • Senior Helpers Trying to Stay Ahead of the Senior Care Curve

    The COVID-19 pandemic has passed the one-year mark. And since last spring, seniors have had to navigate a number of challenges. That’s according to a recent survey from home care franchise company Senior Helpers. Released late last week, the survey examines the feelings and behaviors of older adults — ages 65 and up — since […]

  • OSHA’s Virus Protection Program Could Put Home Health Agencies Under the Microscope

    In response to an executive order from President Joe Biden, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a national emphasis program aimed at protecting workers from COVID-19 while on the job. OSHA, part of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), is responsible for assuring “safe and healthy working conditions” for most workers in […]

  • PE-Backed Help at Home Names New CEO

    Help at Home has a new CEO. The home- and community-based services provider announced Monday that current board member Chris Hocevar has been appointed chief executive officer, effective immediately. Hocevar replaces Paul Mastrapa, who previously served as a consultant and as the leader of Option Care before taking over as Help at Home’s CEO in […]

  • Amwell Joins the Ranks of Amazon, Intermountain on Home-Based Care Coalition

    Moving Health Home (MHH) — the recently announced home-based care advancement coalition — has a new founding member. Telehealth company Amwell (NYSE: AMWL) has joined an array of health care industry leaders from across the continuum that also includes Amazon Care and Intermountain Healthcare. Boston-based Amwell is a telehealth platform that supports urgent care, acute […]

  • Addus Enters Value-Based Care Deal with Presbyterian Health Plan

    Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) — the personal care services powerhouse that has increasingly turned its attention to home health and hospice care over the past few years — has inked a new value-based care deal. The Frisco, Texas-based in-home care company announced Wednesday that it has entered into a “value-based post-acute care navigation agreement” […]

  • CareFinders Total Care Reportedly Pursuing Growth Capital

    One of the faster-growing home care organizations in the United States is now trying to grow even faster. PE Hub reported Monday that CareFinders Total Care is trying to lock down additional growth capital. Hackensack, New Jersey-based CareFinders provides home care services to more than 8,500 patients throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The company […]

  • ‘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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • LHC Group Expands In-Home Care Partnership with Orlando Health

    LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) and Orlando Health announced Tuesday they are expanding their joint venture into St. Petersburg, Florida, by realigning Bayfront Home Health Services into the partnership’s portfolio. Bayfront Home Health Services was already owned by LHC Group, but now the home health provider will be controlled through the joint venture. “Bayfront Home […]

  • 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 […]

  • LHC Group’s Myers: ‘Choose Home’ Initiative Would Reshape Long-Term Care

    The United States is on the brink of another major shift that will change how, when and where Medicare beneficiaries access health care services. The Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) is doing everything in its power to position itself for that coming shift, executives detailed during a Friday morning conference call on fourth […]

  • EVV Difficulties Creating M&A Opportunities for Addus HomeCare Corporation

    Over the last few months, Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has had to deal with a challenging legislative environment and significant COVID-19 surges that have affected clients and caregivers alike. Still, the Frisco, Texas-based in-home care provider is maintaining its course, particularly when it comes to M&A activity in 2021. “We continue to evaluate and […]

  • Rural Access to Home Health Services, PACE Among Lawmakers’ Future Spending Priorities

    U.S. lawmakers have repeatedly highlighted a need to rethink the nation’s long-term care landscape in recent months, partly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic but also because of the country’s rapidly changing demographics. A recently published budget report from the House Appropriations Committee obtained by Home Health Care News offers further insight into that call […]

  • Always Best Care, Healing Hands Share Keys to Hospital-at-Home Success for Private-Duty Agencies

    When most people hear about hospital-at-home programs, they often picture ICU nurses and doctors running around their living room. But while hospital-at-home models do rely on physicians and clinical staff, successful programs also leverage the expertise of private-duty home care agencies and their veteran caregivers. In fact, when hospital-at-home models fail, it’s typically because a […]

  • Home Care Workers Vie for Access as US Surpasses 64M COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

    Although the overall infection rate is dropping as vaccine efforts ramp up, the U.S. is nearing the grim milestone of half a million COVID-19 deaths. Florida alone has reported more than 30,000 resident deaths linked to the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to state data. And similar to other parts of the […]

  • Home Care Veteran Invests $1.26M in Independent Home Care Alliance

    In July 2019, home-based care veteran Kunu Kaushal launched the Independent Home Care Alliance (IHCA) to further unite independent home care agencies nationwide. The effort was somewhat stalled by last year’s pandemic troubles, but the organization is now remodeling with a newfound focus. Apart from his role as the founder of the IHCA, Kaushal is […]

  • Griswold Using Home Care ‘Test Kitchens’ to Automate the Recruitment Process

    Similar to some of its peers, Griswold Home Care is building its own “test kitchens” to experiment with new programs for clients and caregivers. The home care franchiser is doing so while simultaneously refocusing its related foundation. Blue Bell, Pennsylvania-based Griswold provides personal care services across 168 locations in 29 states. The franchiser also offers […]

  • Best of Care, CareAcademy Working to Curb Vaccine Hesitancy

    States continue to open up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to home-based care workers. Despite encouragement from industry leaders, some caregivers remain ambivalent about getting vaccinated. That’s not surprising, as there is a significant degree of vaccine hesitancy among all health care professionals. Roughly 15% of surveyed health care workers have turned down the opportunity to be […]

  • How Homewatch CareGivers Is Handling Vaccine-Related Business Disruptions

    COVID-19 vaccination efforts for front-line caregivers working in the home setting continue across the country. As that task unfolds, home care operators must now navigate related business disruptions, from scheduling challenges to clients refusing visits. At a corporate level, Homewatch CareGivers has been working to make sure its franchise owners are all up to date […]

  • 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, […]

  • Synergy Lands Partnership with Compassus, Sees 35% Growth in New Territories

    Synergy HomeCare has partnered with Compassus. The deal will allow the pair to offer both companies’ services to their clients. Synergy is a Gilbert, Arizona-based non-medical home care franchise that operates roughly 170 franchise locations nationwide. Nashville, Tennessee-based Compassus offers home health care services, plus infusion therapy, palliative care and hospice care. Currently, the company […]

  • Top Home Care Trends for 2021

    Despite continued staffing challenges, home care is on the rise. Several emerging trends will define that ascent in the year ahead. Some of those trends will revolve around home care’s role in new care delivery models designed to treat higher-acuity patients. Others will have to do with shifts in the home care market itself and […]

  • 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. […]

  • Staffing, Hospital Partnerships and Disaster Prep: Providers Share 2021 Spending Priorities

    Similar to most companies this time of year, home-based care organizations are going through their budgeting and planning processes for the next 12 months. Budgets are thoughtful, strategic financial frameworks that are decided upon annually, with an eye toward the future. But this time around, providers are making spending plans with the insights gained from […]

  • Study: Caregiver Confidence Plays a Major Role in Heart Failure Patient Outcomes

    One of the largest health conditions affecting Americans is heart failure. About 6.2 million Americans experience it every year, with home care workers often called upon to help. Just as is with many other conditions, however, home care workers are often ill-prepared to deal with these patients and lack specific training. That’s problematic because “preparedness, […]

  • AccentCare Announces New COO; Humana Names First Chief Health Equity Officer

    AccentCare appoints Chris Dimos as COO AccentCare has named Chris Dimos its chief operating officer. Dallas-based AccentCare has over 200 locations across the U.S. As a company, it provides skilled home health and personal care services, along with hospice care, private-duty nursing and care management services. Prior to joining AccentCare, Dimos was the president of […]

  • In-Home Care Providers Concerned About Clients Turning Away Unvaccinated Caregivers

    Despite individual concerns and procedural roadblocks in some states, many home health and home care providers say their workers have been able to gain access to the available COVID-19 vaccines. As the U.S. neared a large-scale vaccine rollout, some in-home care operators feared their clinicians and caregivers would be overlooked, especially with government officials often […]

  • VNSNY, HCR Home Care Outline Vaccination Strategies

    It’s been four weeks since New York home health and hospice workers were deemed eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Since then, the state’s home-based care providers have had to navigate the often tricky process of helping their employees get inoculated. Similar to other parts of the U.S., home health and hospice workers in New […]

  • HomeWell Banking on Hospital-to-Home Transition Program to Drive Growth in 2021

    When a company goes through a significant leadership reorganization, it’s often the chance to breathe new life into the organization. This can mean a shift in perspective or even a major strategy overhaul. For HomeWell Care Services, which recently announced a series of leadership appointments, a reorganization was an opportunity to lean into rebranding efforts […]

  • Home Care Operators Prepare for Year 2 of COVID-19

    At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Senior Helpers CEO Peter Ross couldn’t tell the difference between Tuesday and Saturday. When you’re on the phone with China and India, doing whatever you can to find personal protective equipment (PPE), days of the week go by the wayside. If there’s one thing that has changed in […]

  • Biden Administration Includes ‘Home Care Workforce Crisis’ in New Pandemic Plan

    President Joe Biden focused on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during his first full day in office Thursday. In doing so, he once again drew attention to home-based care and getting the current “workforce crisis” under control. “Our national strategy is comprehensive,” Biden said during an address from the White House. “It’s based on science, not […]

  • What President Joe Biden’s ‘American Rescue Plan’ Means for Home Care Operators

    Before President Joe Biden was sworn in on Wednesday, he had already unveiled plans for another massive stimulus package, one that could help home-based care providers in some ways — and hurt them in others. Under the new president’s “American Rescue Plan,” for instance, there would be $400 billion put forth to increase COVID-19 testing […]

  • 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 […]

  • DOL Guidance Could Lead to More Home Care Companies Providing Live-In Services

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an opinion letter allowing home care agencies to implement consistent shift rates that include pre-payment of overtime for caregivers who provide live-in services. In this case, a “live-in shift” is defined as being on the job for 24 hours or more at a time. Broadly, the DOL’s […]

  • Top Home Health, Home Care Legal Concerns for 2021

    Wage-and-hour litigation, confusing state-level regulations and an increase in federal audits were among the biggest legal trends of 2020. While many of these issues will remain in the year ahead, 2021 will also bring several more legal hurdles for home-based care providers. The decision of whether to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for home health and home […]

  • 59% of Health Care CFOs See Home Care as Key Investment Area

    The majority of health care financial leaders view home care as a key area of investment. That’s according to a recent survey from BDO, a Chicago-based accounting, tax, financial advisory and consulting organization. Released Monday, the survey includes the responses of 100 CFOs at U.S. health care organizations, including home health providers, with revenues ranging […]

  • 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 […]

  • New York Moves Up COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility for Home Care, Hospice Workers

    Home care and hospice workers are now part of the pool of New Yorkers eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The New York State Department of Health originally announced that home care and hospice workers would be eligible to receive the first dose of the vaccine starting on Jan. 11. This placed these individuals in […]

  • Amedisys Adds New Board Member; UVMHN Tabs New President

    Samuels joins the Amedisys board Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) has named Ivanetta Davis Samuels to its board of directors. She became officially active in her role on Dec. 15. “I am excited to welcome Ivanetta and her vast leadership experience to our Board of Directors,” Amedisys CEO and President Paul Kusserow said in a statement. […]

  • Inside Care To Stay Home’s Person-Focused Retention Strategy

    The COVID-19 emergency has further compounded the difficulties home-based care providers face when it comes to retention. Still, many organizations have used this time to solidify their efforts around company culture. Care To Stay Home is one example. The company recently topped Fortune’s annual Best Workplaces in Aging Services list for the second year in […]

  • Beyond the Pandemic: 9 Overlooked Stories from 2020

    The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic dominated headlines in 2020 — and rightfully so. But there were plenty of other storylines that defined the year, including the launch of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the conclusion of a hotly contested presidential election and the execution of multiple industry-shaping transactions. These are nine of the most overlooked stories […]

  • Providers Scramble to Figure Out EVV as Implementation Date Inches Closer

    When it comes to clinical and operational efforts, COVID-19 has been at the forefront for most home-based care providers. With the public health emergency top of mind, it may be easy to forget that new federal technology requirements — electronic visit verification (EVV), in particular — are right around the corner. Starting on Jan. 1 […]

  • NAHC, NHPCO, Others Release Vaccine Guidance for In-Home Care Providers

    The dichotomy in the U.S. right now is evident, especially for those in health care: While vaccines and coinciding hope are being injected into Americans, the number of new COVID-19 cases each day continues to climb. And while every home-based care provider and worker keeps reading that the vaccines — both Pfizer’s (NYSE: PFE) and […]

  • 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 […]

  • Backed by Harpeth Capital, Industry Veteran Launches HomeFirst Home Healthcare

    Backed by investment bank Harpeth Capital, a home-based care veteran recently threw his weight behind a new home health venture. The new company is called HomeFirst Home Healthcare, led by James Happ, who serves as president and CEO. If Happ’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he spent some time at the leadership level of SunCrest […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Care Team Expands Footprint with InTeliCare Purchase; CareFinders Buys Union Home Care

    The Care Team acquires InTeliCare Private equity-backed The Care Team has acquired InTeliCare Home Health & Hospice. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Farmington Hills, Michigan-based The Care Team is a home-based care provider that delivers a variety of services including nursing, therapy and hospice services across central and eastern Michigan. The […]

  • No Funding, Closures and Limited Capacity: Adult Day Providers in Dire Need of Help

    In late November, the aging-focused advocacy organization LeadingAge wrote a note to Congress, calling for relief on behalf of the 5,500 adult day service providers across the country and the vulnerable patients they serve. “Adult day services providers across the country urgently need dedicated federal funding to ensure they are able to continue providing services […]

  • Care Finders, Lyft, LogistiCare Partner to Give Caregivers COVID-19 Transportation Support

    Care Finders Total Care announced Wednesday it has teamed up with LogistiCare, a non-emergency medical transportation company, to provide transportation services to caregivers working in the home. Ride-hailing giant Lyft Inc. (Nasdaq: LYFT) is also involved with the partnership. Founded in 1995, Hackensack, New Jersey-based Care Finders provides in-home care services to more than 8,500 […]

  • Providers Attempt to Absorb COVID-19 Expenses, Keep In-Home Care Costs Down

    Most in-home care operators and other aging services providers have tried to absorb costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that hasn’t always been feasible, causing the cost of care to rise substantially for consumers. That’s according to the latest annual Cost of Care Survey from Richmond, Virginia-based Genworth Financial Inc. (NYSE: GNW), a Fortune […]

  • Business Is Booming, But Home Care Demand Is ‘Probably at a Midpoint’

    The non-medical home care industry has slowly carved out an important position within the larger health care continuum over the past several years. It has done so thanks to the home care’s documented ability to improve health outcomes and cut costs. The COVID-19 pandemic has only solidified home care’s role, especially as caregivers continue to […]

  • In-Home Care Workers Increasingly Prefer Virtual Training

    Virtual tools have quickly turned into the preferred method of training for in-home caregivers since the start of the COVID-19 public health emergency. That trend will likely continue beyond 2020 as well. That’s according to a new survey conducted by Medflyt, a HIPAA-compliant web-based workforce management platform for home care agencies. The Forest Hills, New […]

  • 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 […]

  • Caring People Building Its Business by ‘Reinvigorating’ Home Care Owners

    Sky-high equipment costs and staffing shortages tied to the COVID-19 virus have made it drastically more difficult to run a profitable home care business for many operators. That’s not true for Caring People, CEO Steven East told Home Health Care News. Caring People has had to face its fair share of challenges over the past […]

  • Addus Reignites M&A Engine, Targets Home Health and Hospice Acquisitions

    The feeling around the recently expanded Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) headquarters in Frisco, Texas, is different from just three months ago. Speaking on its Q2 earnings call in August, Addus leadership said the company was in “rebounding mode,” but also not as affected by COVID-19 uncertainties as they initially expected. Additionally, recruiting had become […]

  • Verma: Older Adults Must Have a ‘More Robust’ Set of Home Care Options

    The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday touted several tools designed to help states rebalance their long-term care ecosystem toward home- and community-based services.  The development is the latest in a series of CMS efforts aimed at strengthening home- and community-based services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the ultimate goal of […]

  • Centerbridge Partners, The Vistria Group Acquire Wellspring’s Help at Home

    Help at Home — a Chicago-based home- and community-based services provider that operates across 13 states — has been acquired by a consortium of private equity buyers. Specifically, Centerbridge Partners and The Vistria Group are teaming up to purchase Help at Home from Wellspring Capital Management, which will remain a minority investor in the company. […]

  • Griswold Continues Building Out Leadership Team; NAHC, HCAOA Announce Board Additions

    Griswold adds to leadership team, board Blue Bell, Pennsylvania-based Griswold Home Care has named Matt Ericksen director of sales and operations. In his new role, Ericksen will bring expertise in business development, compliance and recruitment to the team, according to the company. He was most recently the director of operations at BrightStar Care Inc., one […]

  • Lack of Stimulus Bill Could Lead to Rise in COVID-Related Lawsuits

    Throughout 2020, there have been a number of new laws and legal trends that could have major impacts on the in-home care industry. In order for providers to be successful in the long run, it’s important to remain abreast of the latest developments. That was the message delivered by Angelo Spinola, an attorney and shareholder […]

  • 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 […]