Phony Emails, Unverified Products and Price Gouging: Red Flags for In-Home Care Providers Hunting for PPE

The COVID-19 public health emergency has forced in-home care providers to become increasingly more creative when it comes to procuring personal protective equipment (PPE) — and more diligent about avoiding scams along the way. By now, it’s known that health care providers across the nation have been struggling with dwindling stockpiles of basic PPE. As […]

Strategic Maneuvering Helps Addus Avoid COVID-19 Disruption

New York, Chicago, Detroit and the state of Washington are some of the cities and states that have been singled out as COVID-19 hotspots. For Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS), operating in these locations has meant lots of strategic maneuvering, especially when considering the amount of care service call-offs the Frisco, Texas-based provider has received […]

Coronavirus Pouring Gasoline on Interoperability Fire for Home Health Providers

Historically, home health providers and their partners throughout the continuum of care have struggled with interoperability. But during the COVID-19 public health emergency, it’s more crucial than ever to have timely and accurate information, industry insiders say. Broadly, interoperability is the capability of different information systems to connect across organizations in order to exchange individual […]

CareCentrix Expands into Palliative Care with Turn-Key Health Acquisition

CareCentrix — a care management company that focuses on home-based care — announced Monday it has acquired palliative care company Turn-Key Health. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hartford, Connecticut-based CareCentrix provides post-acute care services, discharge management, durable medical equipment (DME) and home-based care services. A portfolio company of Consonance Capital Partners, […]

CommonSpirit Health at Home Beefs Up Telehealth Offerings Amid COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency, telehealth has emerged as a key solution for home health providers looking to curb the spread of the coronavirus and preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) amid a national shortage. CommonSpirit Health at Home — already no stranger to telehealth tools — recently announced that it has expanded its virtual […]

Humana’s Kindred at Home Sees Slight Downturn Due to Coronavirus

Doubling down on its efforts around social determinants of health and expanding access to telehealth services are just some of the ways Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has attempted to address the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. The company has also contributed roughly $50 million to national relief initiatives via the Humana Foundation. “We are committed […]

CMS Decision to Cease Advance Payments May Prove Shortsighted

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced plans to suspend its advance payment program and reevaluate its accelerated payment program. It’s a decision that some home health industry insiders feel is too premature. CMS typically offers expedited Medicare payments to help providers during times of natural disasters. The agency initially expanded […]

[Updated] Home Helpers CEO: FDA Authorization of At-Home COVID-19 Test Is ‘a Great First Step’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the first at-home COVID-19 test kit. The move could improve coronavirus testing for in-home care workers and their patients moving forward.   For now, health care workers and first responders who have potentially been exposed to the virus — or […]