5 Ways to Create an Ideal First Day for Home Care Hires

Even with rapid-fire regulatory changes, potential technology disruption and sweeping consolidation on the horizon, most home care leaders agree: The recruitment and retention of workers is still the industry’s No.1 challenge. With industry turnover hovering above 60% and a national unemployment rate dipping to below pre-2008 levels, it’s crucial home care agencies hit the ground […]

Why Elara Caring Sees Behavioral Health as a New Frontier in 2019

Managing chronically ill patient populations across years and becoming a go-to resource for behavioral health needs are among Elara Caring’s biggest priorities over the next several months. Industry consolidation and increasing partnerships with large-scale payers and health systems will also be on the Addison, Texas-based provider’s radar, CEO G. Scott Herman told Home Health Care […]

LHC Group CEO: Traditional Home Health Model Must Evolve

Last year’s smooth integration of Almost Family — formerly one of the biggest home health providers in the country itself — has broadened LHC Group’s (Nasdaq: LHC) geographic footprint and bolstered its dealmaking confidence. That will be key looking ahead to 2019, as M&A activity across post-acute care segments is expected to remain robust. With […]

NAHC’s Dombi: Threat of Payment Cuts Can’t Be Ignored

It’s been a hectic time since Bill Dombi officially took over as president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) about 11 months ago. Perhaps more than anything, though, it’s been a period punctuated by the introduction of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the biggest payment overhaul the home health industry has […]

Amedisys CEO: Financial Risk, Tech Innovation, PDGM Top of Mind for 2019

Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), one of the largest independent home health care companies in the country, had a successful 2018 and is looking to maintain the momentum in the year ahead. The company’s ambitions include a heightened focus on risk-taking arrangements with payers and building on the tech investment it made in […]

The Top Trends in Home Health Care for 2019

2018 was a banner year for the Medicare-certified home health care industry. Big providers got even larger through creative mergers and acquisitions. Admissions and utilization numbers held strong. New telehealth opportunities started to emerge. And, in general, revenues remained high. The upcoming year brings much uncertainty, however, with the main culprit being the Patient-Driven Groupings […]

The Top Trends in Home Care for 2019

In many ways, 2018 was a coming of age for the home care industry, as it steadily became recognized as a key part of the overall continuum of care due to its ability to keep older adults safely at home and out of the hospital. Among the biggest changes to home care in 2018: the […]

Homewatch CareGivers Harnesses Private Equity Capital to Shine in Hyper-Competitive Market

Under Julie Smith’s leadership, Homewatch CareGivers has transformed from being a family owned home care franchisor to being backed by private equity — but that only tells part of the story. The company — which encompasses more than 190 locations — was acquired by Authority Brands, a portfolio company of PNC Riverarch Capital, in 2017, […]