Only 33% of Adults See Themselves Aging in Place

There is a significant gap between the number of U.S. adults who want to age in place and those who actually believe they will be able to do so. That’s according to a new national survey involving 2,750 U.S. adults conducted by Edelman Intelligence on behalf of Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), a product […]

Coronavirus Scare Likely to Boost Telehealth Adoption Among Home-Based Care Providers

On Thursday, the Senate approved a bill that will provide $8.3 billion in emergency funds to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. Apart from funding, the bill made major changes to telehealth statutes, possibly allowing home-based care providers to both rely heavier on telehealth tools and be properly reimbursed for […]

Avoiding Panic, Educating Staff Keys to Surviving Coronavirus Scare

The U.S. Senate approved $8.3 billion in emergency funding on Thursday in response to COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus. At least 11 deaths have now been tied to the virus in the United States, with California officially declaring a state of emergency. For the home-based care industry, aggressive preparation has become paramount, especially […]

Survey: 80% of Home Health Agencies Experiencing Early Reimbursement Turbulence

Under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), 80% of home health agencies are experiencing a difference in reimbursement compared to the old Prospective Payment System (PPS). Of those, the vast majority — 82% — are experiencing a decrease in reimbursement. That’s according to a recent survey of 127 home health agencies conducted by information technology firm […]

Home-Focused Health Care Organizations to Merge, Form New Enterprise with $300M in Gross Annual Revenue

Two Florida health systems, Empath Health and Stratum Health System, are merging. The two health care organizations revealed the news last week. Stratum Health System is the network that oversees and supports both Approved Home Health and Avidity Home Health, two agencies with multiple locations in southwest Florida. Empath Health, which focuses on patients with […]

BrightStar Care Leverages Service Mix to Box Out Competition in New Markets

BrightStar Care is looking to expand its footprint in 2020, specifically into markets such as Nashville, Tennessee, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cleveland and Seattle. The Chicago-based in-home care franchise is also in the middle of a push to break into the Pennsylvania market. As part of its business model, BrightStar offers medical-level in-home care, non-medical home […]

Driverless Cars Finding New Lane in Home-Based Care

A decade from now, there will be more people older than 65, more home-based care offerings than ever — and likely more self-driving cars out on the roads. And believe it or not, driverless cars — or autonomous vehicles — will make their mark on the home-based care space, just as they’ll affect shipping, retail […]

Pennant Group Enters New Joint Venture; Prepared Health Rebrands

The Pennant Group Inc. (Nasdaq: PNTG) announced that a subsidiary of Cornerstone Healthcare Inc. — its home health and hospice portfolio company — has agreed to form a home health joint venture with San Diego-based Scripps Health, a nonprofit health system. The deal is expected to be finalized in the third quarter of 2020. The […]

Tech-Powered Therapy Provider Nets $9M, Targets Home Health Industry Amid PDGM Disruption

Home health providers struggling with the delivery of therapy services may soon have increased access to an up-and-coming telerehab tool that’s promising to disrupt the traditional physical therapy model. Sword Health, a tech-enabled physical therapy provider, announced that it has received $9 million more in funding for its Series A round. The additional funds bring […]