HHS Delays Provider Relief Fund Spending Reports Until 2021

Home health providers that received more than $10,000 from the COVID-19-inspired Provider Relief Fund will need to account for all of the grant funds they spent by Feb. 15 at the latest, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced earlier this week. When the Provider Relief Fund was established, health care providers […]

MaineHealth Care at Home CEO: When It Comes to Embracing Telehealth, ‘We Don’t Have a Choice Anymore’

Telehealth usage has flooded into home-based care in an exponential fashion. Across all of health care, telehealth claim lines increased 8,336% from April 2019 to April 2020, according to data from FAIR Health’s Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker. Generally, the concern with telehealth has often been centered around the patient and how seniors will react to […]

Home Care Agencies Can Curb Turnover Costs with Better Preparation, Job Quality

Direct care workers are still undervalued, undertrained and have little opportunity for career advancement, according to a new report from PHI. Ultimately, that’s bad for home-based care agencies — and their bottom lines. New York-based PHI is a direct care worker and senior care advocacy organization. PHI typically classifies direct care workers as personal care […]

‘Back to the Future’: Walgreens Invests $1B in VillageMD to Expand Community-Based Care Services

Two major retail chains — Walgreens and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) — are expanding their health care reach while increasing their footprints in the home- and community-based care space. Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) — Walgreens’ holding company — and VillageMD announced a five-year plan Wednesday to expand the retailer’s full-service physician services at its stores. […]

‘A Decrease in Need’: Home Care Agencies Face Less Profitable Transportation Lines Amid COVID-19

Over the past several years, many home care agencies have invested heavily in transportation business lines to help their clients stay connected and active within their communities. The industry’s turn to transportation has been so popular, that ride services are often seen as core offerings for many agencies. But while transportation services remain important, the […]