Why CMS’s New Home Infusion Benefit Falls Short — And How to Fix It

The recently finalized home infusion benefit from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created moderate excitement within the home health community, with some providers seeing newfound opportunities to expand their business offerings. Those who currently provide home infusion services, however, have called CMS’s new benefit “deeply flawed.” CMS finalized a permanent home […]

Inside Ensign’s New Home Health Spinoff, The Pennant Group

More than 10 years after the concept for The Pennant Group (Nasdaq: PNTG) came to be, The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) spinoff has finally made its way to fruition. The deal was completed on Oct. 1, meaning Ensign’s former home health, hospice and senior living businesses are now part of the new publicly traded company. […]

Home Health Agencies Paid $46.2B to 1.5M Employees in 2018

The home health care industry had a bigger impact on the U.S. economy than ever before in 2018, according to new data. Specifically, home health agencies paid nearly $46.2 billion in total wages to a whopping 1.47 million employees nationwide in 2018. That’s up more than $3 billion and 60,0000 employees from the year before. […]

How To Tackle The Caregiver Crisis — Once And For All

More than 15 million U.S. adults require some degree of personal care, whether it’s from a friend, family member or paid caregiver. But factors such as the worsening caregiver shortage and the fragmentation of services are making formalized care harder to receive.  That’s according to a new report from New York-based direct care workforce advocacy […]

In-Home Care Costs Rising Faster Than Any Other Long-Term Care Setting

Home-based care is often lauded as an affordable — and preferable — alternative to skilled nursing care. But that characterization could be changing, as in-home care costs are skyrocketing to become more expensive than ever. That’s according to the latest annual Genworth Cost of Care Survey released Wednesday. The survey tracks the cost of various […]

Top Roadblocks Impeding Home Care Providers’ Ability to Coordinate Services

As the health care system continues to move toward a value-based model, at-home care providers are eager to show their worth. Many hope to do that in part by coordinating with clinical and community partners to deliver holistic care and improved patient outcomes. But despite those ambitions, care coordination is easier said than done. “Projects […]

Crisis Averted: Court Strikes Down Rate Changes Set to Compound Caregiver Shortage

Regulatory changes that threatened to compound the caregiver crisis in one state have been reversed, after a judge declared them “null and void.” The news comes more than a month after a new rate structure took effect to govern the Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) in New York. CDPAP allows seniors and people with disabilities […]

PDGM’s Lead Author Gets Candid About Pros, Cons of Revolutionary Model

Set to take effect on Jan. 1, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is as controversial as it is revolutionary. The model’s therapy changes and behavioral assumptions are two reasons why. Home health operators worry their operations and patients will suffer as a result of those modifications, among others. Even PDGM’s lead author, Lisa Grabert, acknowledges […]

Papa Exploring Medicaid, Employee Benefit Opportunities Following $10M Funding Round

Grandkids-on-demand startup Papa has raised $10 million in Series A funding, pushing the Miami-based company’s total funding raised above $13 million. The recent investment round was led by Silicon Valley-area venture capital firm Canaan, with money also coming in from Sound Ventures, Y Combinator and Pivotal Ventures, a firm created by Melinda Gates. Past big-name […]

Hospital-at-Home Company Contessa Continues 2019 Partnership Boom, Announces Deal with Prisma Health

Contessa Health has entered into an agreement with Greenville, South Carolina-based Prisma Health, marking its third hospital partnership this year and its fifth since the company was founded in 2015. And that won’t be the last deal of 2019 for the Nashville-based hospital-at-home company, according to CEO Travis Messina, who says Contessa has finalized and […]