Marketing, Workforce Management Among Top COVID-19 Challenges for Independent Home Care Agencies

While the COVID-19 virus had a profound effect on home care providers across the U.S., it forced independent agency owners to navigate a unique set of challenges. As independent agency owners move forward, the lessons learned from the pandemic will likely shape their decision-making for the foreseeable future. One key takeaway from the public health […]

[Updated] How BrightSpring Health Services Achieved a 48% Drop in Hospitalizations

Over the past few years, home care has gained more of a foothold on the larger health care continuum. One company, BrightSpring Health Services, exemplifies this evolution in the role of home care.  Based in Louisville, Kentucky, BrightSpring provides a diverse array of home- and community-based services. It serves more than 350,000 patients across 50 […]

Payment Reform, COVID-19 May Derail a Unified Post-Acute Care Payment System

Now that the dust has settled on the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), some have returned their attention toward the idea of another major reimbursement overhaul: a unified post-acute payment system. There had been mounting momentum behind a unified payment model for post-acute care providers headed into 2020. The ongoing COVID-19 emergency has derailed a lot […]

Medicare Advantage Startup Clover Health Slated to Go Public in a $3.7 Billion SPAC Deal

Clover Health recently announced that it will go public through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. III. “Going public will enhance our ability to execute on our mission of improving every life, providing significant capital for the company to scale and improve health outcomes for seniors across […]

Half of Patients Referred to Home Health Don’t Receive Services — But Providers Can Change That

Home health is often utilized as a recovery tool when patients transition out of the hospital because of its ability to improve outcomes. But many of the Medicare beneficiaries who receive referrals after being discharged aren’t actually receiving these services. Overall, the past several decades have seen an increase in the use of post-acute services, […]

Recently Launched Alivia Care Plans to Enter ‘Saturated’ Home Health Market

Alivia Care Inc., a new operator in the senior care space, has plans to enter the home health market. Launched at the end of September, Alivia currently provides hospice and palliative care throughout the Jacksonville, Florida, area. The company’s history is tied to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, which now provides care as Alivia’s subsidiary, […]

LHC Group Locks Down Two New JVs, Acquires Hospice Provider

LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) on Thursday announced the finalization of two joint venture agreements. A home health, hospice and personal care services provider, Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group currently operates in 35 states and Washington, D.C. In one of the two new JV agreements, LHC Group will share ownership of SunCrest Home Health, a Gainesville, […]

Hospital Discharges to Home Health Bounce Back, SNF Volumes Remain Down

At the height of the COVID-19 emergency, in-patient hospital volumes fell, with skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and home health providers experiencing similar downturns. While home health providers began to see a turnaround in June, the same can’t be said for SNFs. That’s according to a recent Avalere Health study examining discharge destinations recorded on in-patient […]

PHI Launches Multi-State Caregiver Advocacy Initiative

PHI announced Tuesday that it has launched a multi-state advocacy initiative centered on improving working conditions for caregivers. PHI’s “Essential Jobs, Essential Care” initiative aims to advocate for state laws and regulations that strengthen the caregiver workforce over the next two years. The initiative will be based in Michigan, New Mexico and North Carolina. It […]