Kindred at Home, the largest provider of home health and hospice services in the U.S., has signed a preferred partnership agreement with ComForCare.
The partnership is a part of ComForCare’s strategic plan to build relationships with providers across the health care continuum in order to serve seniors in a more holistic way, according to the company.
Michigan-based ComForCare is a provider of home care services, including programs for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The organization has nearly 200 independently owned and operated locations in the U.S. and Canada.
“The use of home care and home health services will allow for seniors to stay in their own home longer and reduce costs associated with avoidable hospital admissions,” Steve Greenbaum, ComForCare CEO, said in a statement. Greenbaum also serves on Home Care Association of America’s board of directors, having recently been appointed.
The arrangement isn’t the first of its kind for Kindred at Home. The company announced a similar agreement with Omaha, Nebraska-based Right at Home, a provider of personal care services with over 500 franchise location, in August.
Kindred at Home — which was purchased by Louisville, Kentucky-based Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and private equity firms TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe for $4.1 billion in July — is a home health, hospice and community care services company. It has more than 45,000 current team members and 600 locations across 40 states.
The newly reached preferred partnership between ComForCare and Kindred at Home will also allow for a more continual transition of care, according to the two organizations.
This announcement is in-line with Humana’s larger strategy, which is to have closer management over its MA beneficiary population by acquiring and affiliating with providers across the senior care spectrum. In addition to the Kindred at Home acquisition and the partnerships with Right at Home and ComForCare, Humana has also acquired hospice giant Curo.
“We look forward to working with ComForCare in collaboration with physicians and health care specialists to care for patients in their homes across the country,” Derek Nordman, chief clinical officer of Kindred at Home, said in a statement. “The lower cost collaborative care model will be a benefit to local health care systems, accountable care organizations and the patient at the center of every care episode.”
ComForCare and Kindred at Home will collect de-identified health information and share the outcomes with industry leaders in order to provide insights that may improve care delivery.
The collaboration between ComForCare and Kindred at Home will roll out across all shared markets over the next year.
Written by Kaitlyn Mattson