‘Not About A Shiny New Toy’: How Home Health Providers Are Succeeding With More Complex Patients

As home health patients become sicker and more complex, providers have been forced to find ways to keep their care models financially viable. In order to combat some of those “acuity creep” challenges, industry leaders are leaning on technology, data-driven decision making and more value-based care. “We continue to navigate through a very regulated industry,” […]

Amedisys Bets On Rapid Testing To Boost Outcomes, Free Staff Time

As a way to improve the quality of infection testing and to achieve better patient outcomes, Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) is now offering advanced molecular testing across its care centers nationwide. To do this, the company has partnered with Patient Choice Laboratories to better identify respiratory issues, wound infections and other ailments for its at-home […]

States Struggle With Assessing Outcomes Of ARPA-Funded HCBS Programs, New Brief Finds

States with home- and community-based services (HCBS) providers are facing an uphill battle when it comes to implementing service offerings and evaluating the success of their programs linked to the federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). That’s according to a new brief that explores how states are assessing the outcomes of their […]

CVS Health Puts Signify’s In-Home Capabilities On Display

Signify Health continues to showcase the effectiveness of CVS Health’s (NYSE: CVS) in-home capabilities. Signify — CVS Health’s acquired value-based care platform — conducted 649,000 in-home evaluations for multi-payer Medicare Advantage partners in the fourth quarter of 2023, marking a 20% increase from the previous year. “Among our Aetna customers, we are broadening our addressable […]

As PACE Grows, Here’s What Providers Need To Know About Getting Involved In The Model

During the pandemic, some senior care models succeeded, and some didn’t. The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) was one that did. In 2023, PACE enrollment exceeded 70,000 participants and has seen an over 40% growth in enrollment since 2019. Many home-based care providers have already gotten into PACE. The Jacksonville-based Alivia Care […]

Immigration Reform Could Lead To Unintended, Poor Consequences For Home-Based Care Providers

When talks of immigration reform come out of Washington D.C., home-based care providers take note. While Democrats push for increased funding for Ukraine and potentially Israel, Republicans have seemed to take the strategy of going after immigration concerns as a negotiating piece. That’s particularly important to providers who often rely on immigrants to hold caregiver […]

Predicting Private Equity’s Involvement In Home Health Care In 2024

Health care’s share of global private-equity (PE) deal count peaked at 13.7% in 2020. Three years later, that number fell to 10.8% — its lowest level since 2015. Compared to the bustling activity of 2021, home-based care dealmaking was mostly sluggish in 2023 and has followed that same trend. The slow year was largely due […]

‘A Monumental Shift’: Home Health Providers Believe Review Choice Demonstration Is Here To Stay

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been tight-lipped about its Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) plans beyond May 2024. However, industry leaders believe RCD will be extended across the country on a more permanent basis — a development that agency leaders should recognize as a momentum shifting change. “We’re seeing a monumental shift […]