New Data Confirms More Patients Are Being Discharged to Home Health Agencies

Patients discharged from hospitals are increasingly headed to home health agencies, a new analysis from ATI Advisory shows. In May 2019, of the 801,464 patients discharged from short-term acute care hospitals (STACHs), 11% were sent to home health agencies. In May 2020, of the 558,296 patients discharged from STACHs, 19% went to home health agencies. […]

‘Without a System, You Can’t Win’: Data-Tracking Tips for Home Care Agencies

Despite the operational and financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 virus, hardly any private-duty home care agencies plan on going out of business. Instead, most agency leaders believe they’ll actually grow their business over the next five years, both in terms of census and new locations. That’s according to recent statistics that Home Care Pulse […]

New CMS Data Highlights ‘Massive’ Expansion of Home Care-Related Medicare Advantage Benefits

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a treasure trove of new Medicare Advantage (MA) statistics late Thursday. While the new numbers flag a general rise in MA enrollment and drop in premiums, they also reveal a massive expansion of the supplemental benefit programs that have gotten home care operators so excited over […]

Home Care No Longer a Job Seeker’s Market, New Data Suggests

Job seekers have long had the upper hand when it comes to hiring in the home health and home care markets. But that’s quickly changing, new data suggests. For years, both home health and home care agencies have struggled to hire enough workers to meet demand for their services, which continues to skyrocket as America’s […]

Early Data Shows PDGM’s Regional Winners, Losers 

The impact of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) doesn’t appear to be universal. In fact, each home health care agency’s performance under the model seems to depend on a few somewhat uncontrollable factors, new PDGM data suggests. “CMS created a model that was based on all claims nationally, but depending on where you are and […]

Providence Home Health Hopes Data Tracking Could Help With Financial Recovery Post-Coronavirus

Providence — one of the largest health care systems in the nation — is the closest thing the U.S. has to a COVID-19 pioneer. One of its hospitals based in Washington state treated the country’s first COVID-19 positive patient back in February.  Since then, the coronavirus has made its way down Providence’s care continuum, all […]

Newly Unveiled Medicare Advantage Data Highlights Biggest Opportunities for In-Home Care Providers

In 2019, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans were given clearance to offer extended health-related services and benefits to certain chronically ill enrollees starting in 2020. The move doubled down on a similar MA expansion announced in 2018. While the 2019 and 2018 updates were separate, they both created potential MA opportunities for in-home care providers. Providers […]

Right at Home CEO: If You’re Not Bringing Data, You Just Have An Opinion

Reinvention is no easy feat — especially for a company that’s been around as long as Right at Home. In the past few years, the Omaha, Nebraska-based franchise company has gone to great lengths to position itself as a data-driven organization. Just last year, for example, the company began strategically adding corporate-owned “testing sites” to […]