Personal Home Care

‘There Are Still Many Questions Unanswered’: Home Care Providers Seek Clarity on American Rescue Plan

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As part of the recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, state Medicaid programs have seemingly received a major bump in funding for vital home- and community-based services (HCBS). In theory, the bump is designed to help HCBS operators expand their services, attract new workers… Read More »‘There Are Still Many Questions Unanswered’: Home Care Providers Seek Clarity on American Rescue Plan

‘A Monumental Advance’: Newly Unveiled American Jobs Plan Would Invest $400B into Home-Based Care

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President Joe Biden is trying to make good on one of his main campaign promises. The Biden administration on Wednesday unveiled a new $2 trillion infrastructure proposal to create jobs, build roads, fix bridges and more. On top of that, the proposal — officially dubbed… Read More »‘A Monumental Advance’: Newly Unveiled American Jobs Plan Would Invest $400B into Home-Based Care

Home-Based Care Agencies in Race with COVID-19 Variants, as Workers and Clients Continue Getting Vaccinated

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Across the country, states are granting vaccine access to more and more individuals, with some even offering the opportunity to anyone over the age of 16. But for home-based care agencies, the fight to inoculate clients and seniors is still very much ongoing. Additionally, addressing… Read More »Home-Based Care Agencies in Race with COVID-19 Variants, as Workers and Clients Continue Getting Vaccinated

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

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An innovative care concept designed to keep patients at home and out of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) is reportedly gaining ground in Congress and among special interest groups. The concept — known as “Choose Home” — is a type of SNF-at-home model that leverages both… Read More »SNF-at-Home Concept Earning ‘Very Positive Feedback’ in Congress, Among Special Interest Groups

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

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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… Read More »Amwell Joins the Ranks of Amazon, Intermountain on Home-Based Care Coalition

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

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InnovAge (Nasdaq: INNV), a Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elderly (PACE) provider, officially went public Thursday. Denver-based InnovAge offers one of the largest PACE programs in the U.S. The company has about 1,900 employees and serves 6,600 seniors in Colorado, New Mexico, California, Pennsylvania and… Read More »‘We’re a Strong Alternative to Nursing Homes’: PACE Giant InnovAge Executes $350M IPO

EVV Difficulties Creating M&A Opportunities for Addus HomeCare Corporation

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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… Read More »EVV Difficulties Creating M&A Opportunities for Addus HomeCare Corporation

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

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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… Read More »Rural Access to Home Health Services, PACE Among Lawmakers’ Future Spending Priorities

NAHC’s Dombi: Home Care Opportunities Are on the Rise, Despite Ongoing Operational Challenges

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Home care agencies have been through a turbulent year. But they’re coming out of it under a new light from the perspective of clients and potential partners. That spotlight continues to grow brighter with each passing day, too, though COVID-19 cases within home care have… Read More »NAHC’s Dombi: Home Care Opportunities Are on the Rise, Despite Ongoing Operational Challenges

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

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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.… Read More »Always Best Care, Healing Hands Share Keys to Hospital-at-Home Success for Private-Duty Agencies

‘We Roll Out the Red Carpet’: Why Bayada Takes an Interactive Approach to Dementia Training

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The number of people living with dementia in the U.S. continues to rise. To better serve this population, more home care providers are implementing service lines focused on memory care and disease-specific needs. Moorestown, New Jersey-based Bayada Home Health Care is one such provider. The… Read More »‘We Roll Out the Red Carpet’: Why Bayada Takes an Interactive Approach to Dementia Training

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

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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… Read More »Griswold Using Home Care ‘Test Kitchens’ to Automate the Recruitment Process

How Homewatch CareGivers Is Handling Vaccine-Related Business Disruptions

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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… Read More »How Homewatch CareGivers Is Handling Vaccine-Related Business Disruptions

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

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A partnership between a five-hospital health system and at-home care company DispatchHealth considerably reduced emergency-room admissions and cost while improving patient satisfaction. Denver, Colorado-based DispatchHealth offers a variety of health care services in the home through its mobile, emergency medicine-trained teams. It contracts with health… Read More »At-Home Focus Helps Baystate Health Save $1,729 Per Visit in Risk-Based Population

Total Care Connections Leverages Diversified Revenue Mix, Staffing Investments to Grow in the Southwest

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Emerging out of the last recession in 2009, Daniel Stringer decided it was time to change careers. Formerly in finance, Stringer’s line of work had taken a huge hit. He was eager to find a place where his business would be recession-resilient — if not… Read More »Total Care Connections Leverages Diversified Revenue Mix, Staffing Investments to Grow in the Southwest

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

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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… Read More »Synergy Lands Partnership with Compassus, Sees 35% Growth in New Territories

Top Home Care Trends for 2021

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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… Read More »Top Home Care Trends for 2021

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

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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,… Read More »Staffing, Hospital Partnerships and Disaster Prep: Providers Share 2021 Spending Priorities

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

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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… Read More »In-Home Care Providers Concerned About Clients Turning Away Unvaccinated Caregivers

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

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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… Read More »Biden Administration Includes ‘Home Care Workforce Crisis’ in New Pandemic Plan

The Pennant Group Acquires Arizona Home Health Provider; Caring People Lands Multiple Home Care Companies

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Pennant kicks off 2021 M&A activity The Pennant Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG) has kicked off its 2021 M&A push. The Eagle, Idaho-based post-acute care provider announced Tuesday it has acquired Sacred Heart Home Health Care, which provides home health services in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.… Read More »The Pennant Group Acquires Arizona Home Health Provider; Caring People Lands Multiple Home Care Companies

Investing More Heavily in Home-Based Senior Care Shouldn’t Mean ‘Abolishing Nursing Homes’

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The COVID-19 emergency has prompted policymakers and health care executives to rethink senior care in the United States, particularly when it comes to greater investment around the home. But increased support for home-based care services should not automatically mean the death of nursing homes and… Read More »Investing More Heavily in Home-Based Senior Care Shouldn’t Mean ‘Abolishing Nursing Homes’

Wage Bumps, Training and Long-Term Care Financing: Recommendations for Improving Caregiver Job Quality

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The demand for caregivers continues to grow significantly. But unless job quality improves, filling these roles will be an uphill battle. That’s according to PHI, a New York-based advocacy organization for direct care workers. On Tuesday, the organization released a new report detailing recommendations to… Read More »Wage Bumps, Training and Long-Term Care Financing: Recommendations for Improving Caregiver Job Quality

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

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For reasons beyond the coronavirus alone, 2020 was an unprecedented, action-packed year for home care operators. This year is guaranteed to bring more disruption as well, particularly as U.S. demographics continue to skew older and as the overall health care system looks to decentralize traditional… Read More »Right at Home Sets Sights on ‘Boomer Consumers’ with Custom Aging-in-Place Approach

Senior Housing Occupancy Hits Record Low, Suggesting More Tailwinds for ‘Aging-in-Place’ Providers

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Senior housing occupancy in the U.S. hit a record low in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the National Investment Center for Housing & Care (NIC). The record downturn is further proof that seniors and their families are looking for alternative long-term care options,… Read More »Senior Housing Occupancy Hits Record Low, Suggesting More Tailwinds for ‘Aging-in-Place’ Providers

Interim’s New Recruitment Campaign Targets Job Candidates Looking to Make a Career Transition

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Finding enough workers has been a longstanding pain point for in-home care providers. With the launch of a new national recruitment campaign, Interim HealthCare wants to take a proactive approach to address those persistent challenges. Interim is a Sunrise, Florida-based in-home care franchise with more… Read More »Interim’s New Recruitment Campaign Targets Job Candidates Looking to Make a Career Transition

$1.4 Trillion Spending Package Extends Sequestration Holiday, Grants Home Health OTs More Authority

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As different health care stakeholders combed through the new $1.4 trillion spending package approved by Congress on Monday, many likely felt a mix of excitement and disappointment. Included in the nearly 6,000-page spending package was a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill, changes to home health… Read More »$1.4 Trillion Spending Package Extends Sequestration Holiday, Grants Home Health OTs More Authority

‘I Don’t Know When It Will Slow Down’: Homewatch CareGivers Nearing 40 New Locations in 2020

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Homewatch CareGivers has grown its business during the COVID-19 crisis, so much so that it has even been surprising to its own executive team. The Denver, Colorado-based home care franchise company has awarded 37 new territories in 2020, 21 of which will have new franchisees… Read More »‘I Don’t Know When It Will Slow Down’: Homewatch CareGivers Nearing 40 New Locations in 2020

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

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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,… Read More »The Care Team Expands Footprint with InTeliCare Purchase; CareFinders Buys Union Home Care

Senior Helpers, Reliant at Home, Others Crack 2020’s Best Workplaces in Aging Services List

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On Thursday, Fortune unveiled its annual Best Workplaces in Aging Services list. The list features several home-based care providers that made a mark when it comes to company culture. Last year, Senior Helpers and 24 Hour Home Care cracked the list’s top five. These companies… Read More »Senior Helpers, Reliant at Home, Others Crack 2020’s Best Workplaces in Aging Services List

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

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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… Read More »No Funding, Closures and Limited Capacity: Adult Day Providers in Dire Need of Help

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

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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… Read More »Care Finders, Lyft, LogistiCare Partner to Give Caregivers COVID-19 Transportation Support

Hoping to Prevent Community Spread, Home-Based Care Advocates Vie for ‘Critical’ Vaccine Access

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A number of national home-based care advocacy organizations have come together to address the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). In a new letter penned to ACIP Chairman Dr. José Romero, the group called for the inclusion of in-home caregivers when it comes to… Read More »Hoping to Prevent Community Spread, Home-Based Care Advocates Vie for ‘Critical’ Vaccine Access

Payer Credibility Helps Propel Home-Based Care Company Prospero Health into 16 New States

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Home-based care company Prospero Health announced Tuesday it is expanding into 16 additional states to serve 8,000 new patients in 2021. That vastly increases the company’s footprint. Previously just in 10 states, the move now puts Prospero into 26 states total, allowing it to serve… Read More »Payer Credibility Helps Propel Home-Based Care Company Prospero Health into 16 New States

24 Hour Home Care’s Ryan Iwamoto: ‘We Wanted to Be the Trader Joe’s of Home Care’

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Ryan Iwamoto co-founded 24 Hour Home Care 12 years ago, right in the middle of the country’s last major recession. Now, Iwamoto and his company find themselves operating through another economic downturn, with this one caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Los Angeles-based 24 Hour Home… Read More »24 Hour Home Care’s Ryan Iwamoto: ‘We Wanted to Be the Trader Joe’s of Home Care’

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

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

24 Hour Home Care Acquires Grace Care Management, ‘Actively’ Searching for More M&A Opportunities

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In an effort to bolster its at-home care offerings in the San Diego market, 24 Hour Home Care has acquired Grace Care Management, another home care agency located in the area. Since its founding in 2008, Los Angeles-based 24 Hour Home Care has grown quickly… Read More »24 Hour Home Care Acquires Grace Care Management, ‘Actively’ Searching for More M&A Opportunities

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

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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… Read More »Griswold Continues Building Out Leadership Team; NAHC, HCAOA Announce Board Additions

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

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Homethrive, a tech-enabled provider of non-medical care management and personal assistance services, raised an $18 million funding round. The funding round was led by venture capital firm 7wireVentures, and investment firm Pitango HealthTech. Homethrive has earmarked the new funds to be used in a number… Read More »Homethrive Raises $18M to Fuel its Expansion into Health Plans and the Self-Insured Employer Market

Right at Home Partners with Home Modification Company TruBlue to Expand Aging-in-Place Services

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Home-based care companies are trying to become one-stop shops for seniors wishing to age in place. That’s why, when Omaha, Nebraska-based Right at Home’s executives saw a Home Health Care News article highlighting home modification franchise TruBlue Total House Care, they dialed up its president… Read More »Right at Home Partners with Home Modification Company TruBlue to Expand Aging-in-Place Services

Private-Duty Home Care Providers Poised to Play Leading Role in Pop Health Models

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As health care spending continues to rise, private-duty home care agencies will likely play increasingly important roles in population health management. In total, U.S. health care spending is expected to reach $4.8 trillion by 2025. Often, it’s chronic conditions, social determinants of health and functional… Read More »Private-Duty Home Care Providers Poised to Play Leading Role in Pop Health Models

M&A Experts ‘Can’t Recall a Time When Demand Has Been Higher’ in Sizzling In-Home Care Market

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M&A activity across home health, hospice and in-home care appeared to be “business as usual” at the start of 2020. COVID-19 froze the market in March, however, causing both buyers and sellers to bide their time. But dealmaking action is finally starting to heat up… Read More »M&A Experts ‘Can’t Recall a Time When Demand Has Been Higher’ in Sizzling In-Home Care Market

Poor Job Quality, Low Wages Continue to Hurt Caregiver Recruitment in Home Care

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Over the past decade, low compensation, inadequate training and limited career advancement opportunities have weakened job quality for caregivers. That, in turn, has limited the pool of hiring candidates for home care providers. But in light of caregivers’ role amid the COVID-19 emergency, it’s more… Read More »Poor Job Quality, Low Wages Continue to Hurt Caregiver Recruitment in Home Care

For Home Care Agencies, Tracking ‘Total Cost of Care’ Is the Secret to Breaking into Narrow Networks

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Home care agencies and their services have always been valuable to the patients they serve. But being able to demonstrate that value to payers requires more than just patient testimonials. As the home care industry enters into an era filled with new tailwinds, including Medicare… Read More »For Home Care Agencies, Tracking ‘Total Cost of Care’ Is the Secret to Breaking into Narrow Networks

Amedisys Expands Personal Care Network Through New Partnership with BrightStar Care

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One of the largest home care franchises in the country is teaming up with one of the nation’s largest home health providers. Chicago-based BrightStar Care signed a care coordination agreement with Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), adding BrightStar’s agencies to Amedisys’ personal care… Read More »Amedisys Expands Personal Care Network Through New Partnership with BrightStar Care

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes for Increased PPE, Telehealth Payment for In-Home Care Providers

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is asking the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that in-home care providers have access to essential resources amid the coronavirus. Throughout the public health emergency, home health… Read More »Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes for Increased PPE, Telehealth Payment for In-Home Care Providers

‘We’re Not Providing a Luxury Service’: No-Nonsense Home Care Model Helps CareBuilders Grow Amid Economic Downturn

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CareBuilders at Home — the non-medical home care division of ATC Healthcare — has announced a strategic growth plan across the U.S. The Lake Success, New York-based franchise currently has 13 locations. It is targeting to add more in Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey… Read More »‘We’re Not Providing a Luxury Service’: No-Nonsense Home Care Model Helps CareBuilders Grow Amid Economic Downturn

HCAOA Throws Support Behind CareAcademy Program to ‘Reskill’ 1M New Caregivers by 2023

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Just one month after its original launch with venture capital company Kairos HQ, CareAcademy has expanded its caregiver job placement and training initiative. CareAcademy is a Boston-based training platform for home care professionals. The company currently serves roughly 1,000 home care clients and locations. The… Read More »HCAOA Throws Support Behind CareAcademy Program to ‘Reskill’ 1M New Caregivers by 2023

Addus COO: Recruiting Has Been ‘a Little Bit of a Struggle’ During COVID-19

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Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) is rebounding from coronavirus-related disruption in its personal care and home health segments, company leadership noted Tuesday during a second-quarter earnings call. But the Frisco, Texas-based company also acknowledged there are still significant challenges on the horizon. “Addus had a… Read More »Addus COO: Recruiting Has Been ‘a Little Bit of a Struggle’ During COVID-19

Humana’s Bruce Broussard: Consumer Demand for Home-Based Care Models Will Continue to Increase

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Humana’s (NYSE: HUM) long-standing home- and community-based focus served the insurer well in Q2 2020 — a quarter dominated by the COVID-19 emergency. The coronavirus pushed more senior care into the home, boosting business for Louisville, Kentucky-based health insurance giant. As a result, the insurer… Read More »Humana’s Bruce Broussard: Consumer Demand for Home-Based Care Models Will Continue to Increase

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

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As home health leaders look to the future, the lessons learned from the COVID-19 emergency will likely continue to shape their efforts for years to come. In terms of business planning, it will likely be a long while before there’s a return to a world… Read More »Budgeting for the Future: Kindred at Home, Johns Hopkins Home Care and Always Best Care Look Ahead to 2022

Ambulance Crews and In-Home Care Providers Seek Collaboration — Not Competition

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As hospitals continue to experience overcapacity challenges due to the COVID-19 emergency, 911 ambulance crews and community paramedics have found themselves treating more patients at home. Historically, ambulance crews and community paramedics — both of which operate in the emergency medical services (EMS) space —… Read More »Ambulance Crews and In-Home Care Providers Seek Collaboration — Not Competition

Leading During Disruption: How Synergy HomeCare’s New CEO Took Control Amid COVID-19 Chaos

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Securing stockpiles of personal protective equipment (PPE), doubling down on company-wide training efforts and implementing educational initiatives are just some of the responsibilities that home care leadership teams have taken on during the COVID-19 crisis. While most home care agencies were navigating the public health… Read More »Leading During Disruption: How Synergy HomeCare’s New CEO Took Control Amid COVID-19 Chaos

Buyer Beware: Factors Home-Based Care Providers Should Consider Before Acquiring PPP Recipients

Pre-coronavirus, the home health and home care industries were already poised for historic consolidation, thanks to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), rising minimum wages and other operational pressures. Industry leaders predict that the COVID-19 emergency will only drive M&A further going forward. However, home-based care… Read More »Buyer Beware: Factors Home-Based Care Providers Should Consider Before Acquiring PPP Recipients

‘A Decrease in Need’: Home Care Agencies Face Less Profitable Transportation Lines Amid COVID-19

Over the past several years, many home care agencies have invested heavily in transportation business lines to help their clients stay connected and active within their communities. The industry’s turn to transportation has been so popular, that ride services are often seen as core offerings… Read More »‘A Decrease in Need’: Home Care Agencies Face Less Profitable Transportation Lines Amid COVID-19