Humana Releases ‘Unhealthy Days’ Update, Explores More In-Home Care Opportunities

An initiative by Humana (NYSE: HUM) that addresses social determinants of health posted positive results in five of seven target communities in 2018. On average, Humana Medicare Advantage (MA) members in participating communities saw a 2.7% reduction in “unhealthy days” experienced in 2018, according to the insurer’s 2019 Bold Goal progress report. Unhealthy days are […]

How LHC Group Quietly Acquired an ACO Management Company, Doubled ACO Activity

When LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) acquired Almost Family in 2018, a number of additional assets came with the deal, including Imperium Health Management, one of the country’s largest accountable care organization (ACO) management companies. Rather than sell the business, LHC Group decided to embrace it. “We did not even hesitate to embrace the ACO segment […]

Right at Home, Lifesprk Share Opposing Strategies to Winning Partnerships

As the health care industry continues to move toward value-based payment, at-home care providers have more opportunity to shine than ever before — with players across the continuum taking notice. Leveraging unique data and capitalizing on differentiators are key to catching the attention of potential partners, experts say.   In 2018, mergers and acquisitions within […]

How New Payment Models, Big Data Are Disrupting Home Health Care

While technology behemoths and up-and-coming startups are often cited as the industry’s top disruptors, it’s innovative payment models and big data that will likely have the greatest impact on home health care delivery over the next several years, experts predict. Additionally, as long as gaps exist throughout the hospital-to-home transition process, further disruption is sure […]

Senior Helpers, Home Helpers, VNSNY Navigate Industry Headwinds

Despite the growing demand for in-home care, operating home care and home health agencies has never been more complex. Workforce and regulatory challenges are largely to blame — but the roadblocks are not insurmountable, industry leaders say.   Executives from some of the largest home-based care organizations in the U.S. identified their top headwinds — […]

Senator Rand Paul Slams PDGM, ‘Guesses by Government Bureaucrats’

House lawmakers have yet to introduce a companion bill to the Home Health Payment Innovation Act (S. 433), legislation introduced in the Senate in February focused on the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). That doesn’t mean the home health industry has lost the attention of Congress when it comes to PDGM and future payment, however. Kentucky […]

Thrive: Senior Helpers Franchisee Steadily Acquiring New Territories

After catching a brief glimpse of the value home care offers, entrepreneur Ross Goodson purchased the rights to his first Senior Helpers franchise territory in 2009. But unlike many older, more well-established franchise owners, he was only 26 years old at the time. As of April 1,2019, Goodson had a total of five Senior Helpers […]

Family & Nursing Care CEO Goes After Gradual Growth

Maryland-based Family & Nursing Care is one of the largest private-pay home care companies in the Washington, D.C., area — and its notoriety doesn’t stop there. In fact, CEO Neal Kursban often fields calls from buyers interested in taking the 50-year-old, family-owned business off his hands. Among its selling points: Family & Nursing Care has […]

Honor Expands to Arizona With Three New Home Care Partners

San Francisco-based home care startup Honor has expanded into a fourth state by partnering with three existing home care agencies serving the Arizona market. Honor, which has raised $115 million since launching in 2014, had previously been operating in California, New Mexico and Texas. Founded as a technology-powered home care provider with plans to Uberize […]

Caregiver Registry Trend Raises Unionization, Privacy Concerns

In an effort to ensure home care workers are adequately screened and trained, a growing number of states are rolling out caregiver registries. But depending on the requirements, some worry the registries could do the home care industry more harm than good. Currently, at least 12 states and the District of Columbia have online training […]