FirstLight CEO Jeff Bevis: Competing in the Medicare Advantage Arena

Cincinnati-based FirstLight Home Care is one of the largest and fastest growing home care franchise networks in the country. Despite sustained levels of past success, FirstLight — like the home care industry itself — has had to evolve in the face of emerging challenges and opportunities. For FirstLight, that means guiding its franchise locations through […]

Immigration Reform, Minimum Wage Increases Top of Mind for Bayada

Despite wage competition from retailers and immigration policies that could potentially dry up the labor pool, Bayada Home Health Care leaders are optimistic about 2019 and feeling good about the Moorestown, New Jersey-based company’s transition to a not-for-profit model. Bayada — one of the largest home health providers in the country, especially when it comes […]

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 […]