Signify Health, Remedy Partners to Bring In-Home Care into Bundled Payments with Planned Merger

Signify Health — a technology-enabled health care services provider — and Remedy Partners — a software company that aligns providers in “episode-based” bundled payment models — have signed a definitive agreement to merge.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Together, the companies — which are both portfolio companies of New York City-based private […]

Money, Data and Backup Plans: Why In-Home Medicare Advantage Benefits Are Rolling Out Slowly

Despite Medicare Advantage (MA) plans being recently allowed to cover a wide variety of in-home services and supports, insurers have been slow to roll out new supplemental benefits. In 2019, only 3% of Medicare Advantage plans offered in-home care services, according to AARP. Some think the tides will turn in 2020 — but even then, […]

[Updated] Guardian Healthcare Resolves Improper Billing Allegations; Home Health Recruiter Found Guilty in Medicaid Kickback Scheme

Guardian Healthcare resolves allegations Boston-based Guardian Healthcare has entered into a financial settlement with MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, according to Law360.  The home-based care provider — which offers home health and home care services — agreed to pay $1.95 million to resolve allegations that it submitted Medicaid claims without physician authorization that the services were […]

Better Medicare Alliance CEO: Integrating Home Care into Medicare Advantage Easier Said Than Done

For more than a year now, home care has taken center stage in the discussion surrounding Medicare Advantage (MA). Things were no different at last month’s MA Summit, hosted by the Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) in Washington, D.C. There, health care leaders from a variety of sectors and legislators from both sides of the aisle […]

Home-Based Kidney Care Company Provides Framework for In-Home Renal Treatment

A value-based kidney care company is showing what’s possible when it comes to renal treatment in the home — potentially providing a framework for home-based care providers if a variety of newly proposed payment models come to fruition. Since getting started about three-and-a-half years ago, Vienna, Virginia-based Somatus Inc. has served 3,000 patients, doing more […]

Medicare Expansion Would Have Limited Impact on Home Health Providers

More than half of large employers in the U.S. are in favor of expanding Medicare to Americans under 65 — a change that, if implemented, could give government-reimbursed home-based care providers access to more patients. That’s according to a study from the National Business Group on Health, first covered in Forbes. The survey included responses […]

Care Advantage Continues to Scale by Acquisition; BrightStar Eyes New Markets

Care Advantage acquires Allegiance Home Care Care Advantage Inc. has acquired Allegiance Home Care, marking the 51-year-old home health provider’s 10th acquisition since it received private equity backing in January 2017. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Richmond, Virginia-based Care Advantage, which is backed by New York-based PE firm BelHealth Investment Partners, provides […]

Remote Monitoring Company Cracks Code to Providing At-Home Heart Rehab

While home-based cardiac programs could be the key to improving rehab participation and outcomes for heart attack survivors, reimbursement often stands in the way. However, one remote patient monitoring company has cracked the code to developing a successful model and getting it paid for — possibly creating a framework or partnership opportunities for home-based care […]

Meals on Wheels Turns to Home Care to Help Win Medicare Advantage Partners

Sometimes a name doesn’t tell the full story. That’s the case for Arlington, Virginia-based Meals on Wheels, a meal-delivery service that does more than its name suggests. “In addition to a whole array of nutrition services, [Meals on Wheels] programs are doing in-home assessments,” Lucy Theilheimer, chief strategy and impact officer at Meals on Wheels, […]