[UPDATED] AccentCare to be Acquired by PE Giant Advent International

Global private equity firm Advent International has entered a definitive agreement to acquire AccentCare from its current PE-backer, Oak Hill Capital Partners. Financial terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is one of six home health PE deals announced so far this year, with fewer industry deals happening at a slower pace than in years past. […]

Starbucks, Best Buy and TripAdvisor Offer Employee Caregiver Benefits. Here’s Why Home Care Agencies Should Care.

Recognizing the competitive value of home care providers, a growing number of employers in various industries have started offering caregiving benefits as a way to improve workers’ attendance, morale and performance. While programs vary, they often offer employees a set number of subsidized care days per year — preventing workers from taking time off when […]

States Sue Trump Administration Over Home Care Worker Union Dues

At least five states are suing the Trump administration over a recently finalized rule they say would prevent home health workers paid by Medicaid from having their union dues automatically removed from their paychecks, according to Reuters. States involved in the lawsuit include California, Washington, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Oregon. The states claim the rule weakens […]

AT&T: In-Home Remote Patient Monitoring Ready to Take Off

While telemonitoring is often facilitated through tablets or smartphones using the internet, AT&T (NYSE: T) and remote patient monitoring company Anelto Health are hoping to change the game with their new in-home technology for seniors. The two-way cellular hub, called HomeAssure, is already being used by at least five home health agencies, creators say. On […]

Home Health Audits Expected to Spike in PDGM Aftermath

Home health providers from coast to coast are scrambling to prepare their operations ahead of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) — but what comes after the new model’s implementation could cause agencies an even bigger headache. In the months after PDGM goes into effect, home health audits — much like bankruptcies — are expected to […]

Amazon: HIPAA-Compliant Alexa Skills ‘Just the First Step’ in Disrupting Health Care

Earlier this year, Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) made waves when it rolled out new software that makes its Alexa device HIPAA-compliant. The new skills kit allows select patients and health care organizations to securely transmit sensitive medical information — often from the comfort of one’s own home. While the implications of the skills have the home-based […]

Amedisys Planning Massive Expansion of Personal Care Services

While personal care is the smallest segment in Amedisys Inc.’s (Nasdaq: AMED) portfolio of service offerings, the home-based care powerhouse has lofty goals to expand its personal care services into as many as 47 additional states in the years to come. Medicare Advantage is serving as a catalyst for the growth. That’s according to comments […]