Demand for Home Caregiver Jobs Continues to Surge

In the decade spanning from 2018 to 2028, the in-home care industry will need to fill an estimated 4.7 million home care jobs, according to a new report released by PHI. The estimate — slightly higher than previous projections — is yet another reminder of the workforce pressure nearly all U.S. home care providers face. […]

CMMI Initiatives May Fall Short of Previous Savings Projections

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) will save far less in the coming years than the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected, according to an analysis conducted by Avalere. Avalere, a health care research and consulting firm, estimates that CMMI will save $18 billion from 2017 to 2026. The CBO had projected $34 billion […]

Home Health Agencies See PDGM as Major Growth Opportunity

A joint survey from Dallas-based Axxess — a home health technology company — and advisory firm BKD reiterated that the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and staffing are the dominant contemporary concerns among home health agencies. Released earlier this week, the 2020 Industry Trends Report collected responses from employees in many positions at both large and […]

Elder-Well CEO: Home Care’s Rising Costs Creating New Business for Adult Day Operators

Elder-Well, a non-medical social model for adult day care, has begun offering opportunities for entrepreneurs to franchise its service. The franchising play is yet another example of how adult day models are taking off across the U.S. The Framingham, Massachusetts-based Elder-Well was founded in 2014 by home health veterans Kara and Ken Harvey. With nearly […]

Amedisys CEO: If We Don’t Produce High-Quality Care, We Shouldn’t Be in Business

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) — the second-largest home health provider in the country, according to LexisNexis — is aiming to become the industry’s leader in employee turnover rates. Just five years ago, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based home health giant sported over a 40% turnover rate. That number was lowered to under 16% by the end […]

Lyft, Sutter Health Tackle Home Health Roadblocks in New Transportation Partnership

Ride-hailing giant Lyft Inc. (Nasdaq: LYFT) announced Monday that it’s teaming up with California-based nonprofit health system Sutter Health. And one of the key aims of the partnership is to help Sutter’s home health employees with transportation to and from patients’ homes. With Lyft as a resource, Sutter — a big home health organization in […]

Targeting ‘Super-Utilizers’ with In-Home Care May Not Curb Health Care Spending

One method using in-home care that inspired hope in reducing health care spending may not be effective after all. Tending more to “super-utilizers” did not reduce hospital readmissions, according to a new study from The New England Journal of Medicine. Super-utilizers are the 5% of the patient population that make up half of the nation’s […]

Lifesprk Partnership Helps North Memorial Lower Its Re-Hospitalization Rate by 47%

Minneapolis-based North Memorial Health has partnered with Lifesprk, a holistic home care provider also based in Minneapolis, to help serve the health system’s rapidly aging patient population. And the partnership is already seeing some impressive results in terms of lowering re-hospitalization rates and ER utilization The goal of the partnership — announced in December — […]

Anthem, Aspire Exec Brad Smith to Lead Medicare’s Innovation Center

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)’s new director is Brad Smith, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Monday. Previously, Smith co-founded and worked as the CEO of the home-based palliative care provider Aspire Health before it was sold to national insurance giant Anthem in May 2018. He most recently […]