COVID-19 Forces Home Care Providers to Take a Tailored Approach to Dementia Care

Over the past few years, many home care providers have launched specialized dementia care business lines as a means to simultaneously boost their bottom lines and enhance quality of care. But amid the COVID-19 virus, these providers have had to adapt and tackle additional challenges compared to peers. Older adults are especially vulnerable when it […]

Creative COVID-19 Investments Likely to Pay Off Down the Road for Home Care Providers

Navigating the COVID-19 public emergency health emergency is causing private-duty home care providers to become more creative when it comes to problem solving. Largely left to fend for themselves, home care providers have had to hustle for personal protective equipment, take crash courses on new technology tools and experiment with different ways to reward their […]

Prospero Health CEO: Health Care System Is Failing Seniors with Serious Illnesses

The COVID-19 public health emergency has placed a spotlight on the importance of care coordination. One company, Prospero Health, is positioning itself as a one-stop shop when it comes to providing care for older adults. Founded in 2019, Boston-based Prospero Health is a team-based home health company that provides supportive care to seniors with advanced […]

New CMS Medicare Advantage Rule Creates Incentives for Providers to Invest in Telehealth

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Friday it has finalized changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D. The changes — detailed in a final rule for 2021 — partly seek to strengthen access to telehealth services, an increasingly important component of the health care system amid the ongoing coronavirus emergency. […]

Coronavirus-Induced Recession Could Create Home Care Franchise Boom

Despite its many negatives, the global recession induced by the COVID-19 virus could set the stage for home care franchise systems to see a period of strong growth. In addition to being a public health emergency, COVID-19 is having a far-ranging economic impact. As states began implementing shelter-in-place orders, asking residents to stay home and […]

Brookdale Still Deciding How to Use Its $29M in Cares Act Relief Funding

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) is still recovering from COVID-19 headwinds that have negatively impacted its home health service line. Brookdale is one of the largest senior living owners and operators in the country, with nearly 750 retirement communities that serve roughly 65,000 residents. Its health care services department includes hospice and home health […]

LHC Group Doubles Down on SLCC Partnership, Invests $2.5 Million in Home Health Lab

LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has teamed up with South Louisiana Community College (SLCC) to form a home health education program — an extension of a previous partnership with the institution. SLCC is a community college that serves more than 15,000 students annually and operates campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Houma, Lafayette, Morgan City, New […]

As COVID-19 Cases Mount, National Spotlight Turns to Hazard Pay for Front-Line Workers

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, so has the national conversation surrounding hazard pay for essential front-line workers. Since the coronavirus outbreak began, in-home care workers have helped lead the charge on care delivery, often putting their health and wellness at risk. To reward those workers and encourage them to keep on fighting, many home-based […]

House Stimulus Package Sets Aside $200 Billion for Front-Line Worker Hazard Pay

On Tuesday, House Democrats unveiled the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, the latest COVID-19 stimulus bill. Of note for home-based care providers hoping to keep their front-line staff, the proposed relief package includes a $200 billion fund for essential worker hazard pay.  Increasingly, the coronavirus has placed home-based care workers on […]