Trends That Are Shifting The Medicare Advantage Market

As Medicare Advantage (MA) plans continue to gain more beneficiaries, home-based care providers find themselves at a crossroads. For some, the allure of MA lies in its potential to unlock new opportunities and expand patient reach. Yet, for others, the prospect of navigating the complexities of MA reimbursement presents a daunting challenge. MA enrollment continues […]

Where The Erosion Of Non-Solicitation Agreements Keeps Providers Up At Night

The erosion of non-solicitation agreements poses a significant challenge for home care providers, potentially undercutting their business models and profitability. Non-solicitation agreements keep home care clients from poaching caregivers trained and supplied by agencies. In certain states with stricter rules against non-competes — like California and Connecticut — the lines between non-solicitation and non-compete agreements […]

For Patients With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities, Access To HCBS Remains Grim

Providers and stakeholders dedicated to improving access to home- and community-based services (HCBS) are at a crossroads, particularly when it comes to caring for intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) patients. “The direct support workforce crisis continues to be the single greatest barrier to access to community-based services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Lydia […]

Advocate Health’s Strategies For Hospital-At-Home Expansion

In the spring of 2020, Atrium Health — now a part of Advocate Health, post-merger — implemented a system that allowed patients with less severe COVID-19 cases to opt into an at-home care option. The move made it a pioneer in the at-home virtual health space. Three years later, the program has grown exponentially, evolving […]

How Trinity Health At Home Is Putting Value-Based Care, Virtual Care, Retention Initiatives To Work

A part of the Catholic health system Trinity Health, Trinity Health At Home is one of the largest home health providers in the country. The Livonia, Michigan-based company provides more than 1.9 million home health and hospice visits every year. Trinity Health, meanwhile, has 149 continuing care facilities and operates in over a dozen states. […]

Why Home Care Leaders Are Now Banking On ‘Caregiver-First’ Cultures

Over the last several years, a notable trend is emerging in home care: Top-tier companies are shifting their focus from prioritizing customers to prioritizing caregivers. This strategic move reflects a growing recognition of the critical role caregivers play, and aims to address persistent caregiver shortages. “The trend has always been there, but I think now […]

Home Health Disparities: Medicare Advantage Patients Receive Fewer Visits, Worse Outcomes

Home health patients under Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have worse functional outcomes compared to traditional Medicare patients, likely as a result of receiving fewer visits, according to a new study. The new study is from researchers with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at University of Washington. “The primary message of this study is that Medicare […]

‘Much Bigger Opportunity’: BrightSpring Enters The Public Market With Ambitious Growth Goals

Of late, it hasn’t always been sunshine and rainbows for home-based care providers after hitting the public market. BrightSpring Health Services (Nasdaq: BTSG), however, is trying to buck that trend. “We have strategically positioned BrightSpring to be a major player in the areas of greatest need in health care and in some of the most […]

Home-Based Palliative Care Shows Promise In Reducing ER Visits, Hospitalizations

Patients who receive home-based palliative care (HBPC) services experience fewer emergency department visits, fewer hospitalizations and lower costs once they start receiving services. That’s according to a recent study conducted by the West Health Research Institute of Blue Shield of California. “Home-based palliative care is a powerful tool to improve the care of seriously ill […]