Lifesprk CMO Sets Sights on Coronavirus, Building a ‘Wide and Deep’ Home Health Company

Lifesprk — the Minnesota-based health care provider with a suite of home-focused services — has hired Dr. Nick Schneeman as its chief medical officer. Schneeman is the former CEO of Genevive, the largest geriatric practice in Minnesota. Overall, the new CMO of Lifesprk has over 30 years of experience in geratric care-related fields. He joins […]

President Trump Reauthorizes Older Americans Act

President Donald Trump signed the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 into law Wednesday. By doing so, the president reauthorized the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA provides funding for services to thousands of agencies and organizations to help seniors maintain dignity and keep them out of nursing homes and hospitals. Originally enacted in 1965, […]

[Updated] $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill Would Relax Home Health Certification Requirements, Encourage Telehealth Use

Political leaders agreed to one of the most expensive legislative packages in the history of Congress on Wednesday, finalizing the details of a roughly $2 trillion stimulus bill. While the record-breaking package has far-reaching implications for the overall economy, it also reportedly includes specific language that could trigger significant change throughout the home-based care landscape […]

Community, Not Competition: How the Home Care Industry is Coming Together to Fight the Coronavirus

When COVID-19 came on the home-based care industry’s radar, it brought fear with it, leaving agencies scrambling to prepare for worst-case scenarios. The storm has not been weathered just yet. But in dire times, providers have chosen community in lieu of competition. That’s been especially true for a group of in-home care providers that have […]

Home Care Agencies Seek Exemption Status in Potentially Devastating COVID-19 Relief Law

Home care providers waiting to see how they’ll be affected by new federally mandated paid sick leave policies tied to the COVID-19 emergency will likely have to wait a little longer. On Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) into law, which — broadly — gives workers guaranteed paid […]

Post-Acute Care Policy Expert: PDGM May Support COVID-19 Treatment

The COVID-19 pandemic is overloading hospitals, prompting uncertainty about adequate space and supplies to deal with each patient. In order to diversify resources, the home-based care industry will need to play a crucial role. Soon, home-based care agencies will have to care for their traditional patients and an influx of new ones. That includes those […]

Trump Administration Announces More Relaxed Restrictions on Telehealth Services During COVID-19 Emergency

One of the first moves from Washington, D.C., in reaction to COVID-19 was an $8.3 billion dollar funding bill that included some relaxed restrictions on telehealth services. On Tuesday, the U.S Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) advanced those efforts to make telehealth tools more accessible to health care providers and practitioners. It is […]

Home Health Agencies Conquering Fear of PDGM Boogeyman

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was one of the largest concerns for the home health industry after it was finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in October 2019. But now that it has been implemented and agencies have faced their boogeyman, confidence under the new payment model is growing, industry insiders […]

President Trump, LHC Group’s Greenstein Address Nation Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

If anyone was unsure of the home-based care industry’s pull in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump’s national address on Friday should put any doubts to rest. After declaring a national emergency, Trump pulled home health executives up to the lectern to ease the nation’s anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak. COVID-19 is more commonly known as […]

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 […]