ComForCare Brings Brands Together Under New Platform Company

Home care giant ComForCare has announced the creation of a new platform company to unify its brands. Going forward, Best Life Brands will encompass ComForCare, fellow home care franchise company At Your Side, senior placement organization CarePatrol and any future acquisitions. Owned by New York-based private equity firm Riverside Company, ComForCare operates on a franchise […]

Virtual Reality Helps In-Home Caregivers Experience Dementia, Dying

Using a virtual reality headset and the story of a veteran with lung cancer, a Los Angeles-based company is showing caregivers what it’s like to die in hospice care. The goal of the simulation, created by Embodied Labs, is to bring new dimensions to employee training. “People will say, ‘Oh, so you’re teaching empathy, right?’ […]

Home Health, Hospice Deals to Reach Record Numbers in 2019

The home health and hospice industries are expected to see significantly more mergers and acquisitions in 2019 than in years past. The growing popularity of lower-cost, value-based care and other factors are largely to thank. That’s according to Norwalk, Connecticut-based market intelligence firm Irving Levin & Associates, which collects and studies M&A data. The boom […]

Overcoming Barriers to Growth in Home-Based Palliative Care

Now is a better time than ever for home health agencies, hospice providers and other organizations to invest in and grow their home-based palliative care offerings. Yet certain barriers may still be holding them back. Although need for palliative care is skyrocketing, common barriers to entry include sustainable financing and quality standards. While restrictive, those […]

Court Sides with Home Health Agencies in Reimbursement Fight

A judge has ordered the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to accept telemonitoring reimbursement requests from home health providers, who claim the agency has failed to do so since the beginning of the year. That’s according to the Austin American-Statesman. Previously, Home Health Care News reported on the four home health companies behind […]

Home Health Agencies Sue Texas Over Reimbursement Halt

A group of home health agencies is suing the Texas Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) for allegedly halting reimbursements for telemonitoring services. The agencies claim they will go out of business and deprive Texans of necessary care if the court doesn’t step in. Unidos Healthcare LLC; Corazon Health Care Services LLC; Cleveland Health Care […]

Humana Names Incoming Chief Medical Officer, Graceworks Hires New CEO

Humana Hires New CMO Humana (NYSE: HUM) has appointed a new chief medical officer. Dr. William Shrank will take the reins April 1, as current CMO Dr. Roy Beveridge transitions to retirement later in the year. Beveridge will stay on for several months after Shrank steps in to ensure a smooth transition, according to Humana. […]

Startup Raises $9.5 Million, Brings Predictive Health Tech Into the Home

Last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas was dominated by home health devices. One example, which showcases the increasing consumer and investor interest in at-home monitoring, is CarePredict. The Florida-based health tech startup raised $9.5 million in Series A funding and has rolled out a new direct-to-consumer product, unveiled at CES. The in-home […]

Interim Rises to Top of Senior Care Category on Franchise 500 List

Interim HealthCare Inc. beat out its competitors to top Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 Rankings in the senior care category. On last year’s list, Interim ranked below Right at Home, Nurse Next Door, FirstLight Home Care, Visiting Angels and BrightStar Care. Since 1980, the annual list has evaluated the strength of franchise opportunities in industries across the […]

How to Protect Against Home Care Clients, Caregivers Cutting Out Agencies

Shortly after Jocelyn Mayo founded Pampering Plus, a Pennsylvania-based company that provides medical and nonmedical at-home services, a caregiver and private-pay client struck a deal to continue working together while cutting the agency out of the picture. Luckily, buyout agreements previously made with both parties helped Mayo recoup some of her losses.   “[The client] […]