Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Could Limit Access to Care, Critics Caution

In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed plans to expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model — a Medicare demonstration that aims to tie reimbursement to quality of care. While HHVBP has gained popularity within the home health industry, some experts believe there are potential downsides to scaling the […]

‘The Final Frontier’: Mount Sinai Partners with Contessa for Home-Based Palliative Care Initiative

Mount Sinai Health System is doubling down on its partnership with Contessa. Specifically, the New York-based health system announced Monday that it’s working with Contessa to expand its community-based palliative care service. Mount Sinai’s network includes eight hospital campuses, in addition to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. On its end, the Nashville, […]

Synergy Lands Partnership with Compassus, Sees 35% Growth in New Territories

Synergy HomeCare has partnered with Compassus. The deal will allow the pair to offer both companies’ services to their clients. Synergy is a Gilbert, Arizona-based non-medical home care franchise that operates roughly 170 franchise locations nationwide. Nashville, Tennessee-based Compassus offers home health care services, plus infusion therapy, palliative care and hospice care. Currently, the company […]

COVID-19 Funding Presents an ‘Enforcement Perfect Storm’ for Home Health Providers, Others

The federal government saw $2.2 billion in civil fraud recoveries in 2020. Roughly 82% of those settlements and judgments — about $1.8 billion — were from matters related to the health care sector. That’s according to a recent report from Nashville, Tennessee-based law firm Bass, Berry & Sims. The report examined significant health care fraud […]

After Successful PDGM Transition, Humana Projects ‘Further Operating Model Advancement’ for Kindred at Home

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) continues to make significant investments when it comes to building a home-based care strategy. Currently, the Louisville, Kentucky-based company’s in-house home-based care business lines include Humana At Home and Kindred at Home, the largest home health provider in the U.S., according to LexisNexis. The insurer complements those capabilities with a wide […]

Staffing, Hospital Partnerships and Disaster Prep: Providers Share 2021 Spending Priorities

Similar to most companies this time of year, home-based care organizations are going through their budgeting and planning processes for the next 12 months. Budgets are thoughtful, strategic financial frameworks that are decided upon annually, with an eye toward the future. But this time around, providers are making spending plans with the insights gained from […]

Humana Teams Up with DispatchHealth to Deliver Hospital-Level Care in the Home

To better care for its members with multiple chronic conditions, health insurance giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is teaming up with DispatchHealth to offer advanced hospital-level care in the home. While the news comes roughly two months after federal health care policymakers paved the way for hospital-at-home Medicare reimbursement, the Humana-DispatchHealth agreement is something the […]

Grant Avenue Capital Makes First Transaction in Buy-and-Build Home Health Play

Grant Avenue Capital recently acquired Salt Lake City-based Valeo Home Health & Hospice from Eduro Healthcare, an operator of skilled nursing facilities. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. New York-based Grant Avenue Capital is a middle-market private equity firm focused on health care. Founded in 2011, Valeo Home Health & Hospice has […]

Encompass Health Building MA Momentum, Still Exploring ‘Strategic Alternatives’ for Home Health Business

All eyes have been on Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) since the company first announced it would be “exploring strategic alternatives” for its home health and hospice segment in December. At the time, Encompass Health said it was exploring a number of options for its home health and hospice business. Specific options cited by the […]

AccentCare Announces New COO; Humana Names First Chief Health Equity Officer

AccentCare appoints Chris Dimos as COO AccentCare has named Chris Dimos its chief operating officer. Dallas-based AccentCare has over 200 locations across the U.S. As a company, it provides skilled home health and personal care services, along with hospice care, private-duty nursing and care management services. Prior to joining AccentCare, Dimos was the president of […]