BrightSpring Adds to Executive Team, Encompass HR Chief Retiring

BrightSpring adds new clinical, compliance execs BrightSpring Health Services, one of the country’s largest home and community-based health services providers for high-need populations, has hired a new chief clinical officer and a new chief compliance officer. Susan Sender will take the reigns as the company’s chief clinical officer, while Rachael Kurzer Givens has been named […]

Senior Helpers’ Town Square Model Gaining Steam as Investors Eye Adult Day Care

Home-based care is often lauded for allowing seniors to age in place while saving the health care system thousands of dollars by decreasing hospital admissions. But with costs that don’t always come cheap to clients and nationwide caregiver shortages, home-based care isn’t without challenges. An increasingly popular way to address them is with adult day […]

Home-based Care Industry Reacts As Illinois Raises Minimum Wage

Illinois has joined a number of states set to raise their minimum wage dramatically in the years to come. Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-Ill.) on Tuesday signed a law raising minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The move has drawn praise from caregiver advocates and criticism from industry leaders — who worry home health […]

LHC Group CEO Urges Congress to Support PDGM-Altering Bill

LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) Chairman and CEO Keith Myers is again calling on Congress to pass legislation refining the assumption-based payment adjustments currently outlined under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). The co-founder of the Lafayette, Louisiana-based company recently penned an article in The Hill emploring legislators to pass S. 433, a new bipartisan bill that […]

Top BrightStar Franchise Owner: There’s No ‘Secret Sauce,’ Fundamentals Foster Success

After spending decades as a corporate executive, Chicago area-native Gary Ratkiewicz decided to enter the home care industry for the same reason many people do: He was inspired by personal experience. After navigating his parents and son through end-of-life care, he bought his first BrightStar Care location in Tinley Park, a southwest suburb of Chicago, […]

PE-Backed HouseWorks Using Innovation, Home-Modification to Propel Growth

After 20 years of serving the Boston area, private-pay in-home care company HouseWorks LLC recently expanded into the Philadelphia market. Expanded Medicare Advantage (MA) benefits, rising demand and private equity backing helped drive the strategic decision. Company leaders say innovation — from its caregiver team structure to its home-modification arm — will help propel the […]

BrightStar CEO Charting Course for 2019 Growth, Technology Investment

After reporting a total of 26 territory expansions in 2018, BrightStar Care plans to add even more locations in 2019, with openings slated in Minnesota, Washington and Pennsylvania, among other states. The Chicago-based at-home care company will continue to leverage technology, build upon existing markets and use new talent to make it happen, BrightStar Care […]

Salesforce Tackling Home Care, Social Determinants of Health With New Services

Cloud-based software giant Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) — known for providing customer relationship management (CRM) technologies to companies from Adidas to Piedmont Healthcare — is getting more involved in the home care game. On Monday, the San Francisco-based company announced the rollout of new services meant to help home care companies monitor social determinants of health […]

Senate Lawmakers Introduce New Legislation Urging Evidence-Based PDGM Changes

Newly introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate is targeting the widely opposed behavioral adjustments set to hit home health agencies next year under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). If passed, the legislation would require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to base Medicare reimbursement rates on observed evidence and data, instead of […]