Editor’s Picks: HomeHero, LHC Group and Miss Snuffles

This week, Home Health Care News readers learned why the CEO of LHC Group describes his company as “non-acute.” Readers were also intrigued by a study that saw readmissions fall by 40% thanks to remote monitoring, and learned more about HomeHero’s latest moves.

Here in the newsroom, we are considering getting our own 185-pound therapy pig, like the one that’s been making the rounds at assisted living communities in Maine.

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LHC Group CEO: Why Home Health Needs a ‘Non-Acute’ Identity—When it comes to preventing hospital readmissions and controlling costs after joint replacements and similar procedures, home health agencies and other post-acute providers play a crucial role. But agencies may gain an advantage if they also are involved before a patient even enters the hospital for treatment. “We don’t like to use the word post-acute anymore,” says Keith Myers, CEO of LHC Group. “We say regularly now that we’re not post-acute, we’re non-acute. In many of our hospital joint ventures, we’re having just as big an impact on the pre-acute side.”

HomeHero Creates ‘Collaborative’ to Reduce Hospital Readmissions—HomeHero announced it is launching a care management platform, converting all care providers from independent contractors to W-2 employees, introducing a new HIPAA-compliant mobile app, and bringing on board a chief medical officer and chief nursing officer. The care management platform stands out, as it turns HomeHero from an almost exclusively consumer-facing company to one that also has a strong enterprise product, CEO and co-founder Kyle Hill told HHCN.

Remote Monitoring Slashes Readmissions 40% for UVA Health—Virginia-based Locus Health has undergone another successful round of funding, raising $4 million at the beginning of the year. A significant investment came from University of Virginia Health System, which has participated in a study while utilizing the technology. Over the two-year study, readmissions for Medicare patients with select conditions fell by 40% over two years with the use of Locus Health’s program.

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Miss Snuffles, the 185-pound therapy pig, visits Phillips-Strickland House in Bangor, Maine.

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Mary Kate Nelson
Assistant Editor at Aging Media Network
When not in the newsroom, Mary Kate can reliably be found reading on her back porch, marathoning TV shows she’s already seen or overspending at Trader Joe’s.