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.
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.
For Your Viewing Pleasure
Miss Snuffles, the 185-pound therapy pig, visits Phillips-Strickland House in Bangor, Maine.
Written by Mary Kate Nelson