CareLinx Buys ‘Optimal Aging’ Platform From Providence St. Joseph Health

CareLinx is making moves to further appeal to potential payer partners by beefing up its ability to address social determinants of health and reduce hospital readmissions for at-risk patients. Burlingame, California-based CareLinx announced Thursday it has acquired the Optimal Aging platform from Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH), one of the country’s largest health systems and […]

Home Health Spending Rate Projected to Surpass All Other Care Categories

Roughly $108.8 billion is projected to be spent on home health care in the United States in 2019, according to a newly released analysis from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary. U.S. expenditures on home health care are projected to hit $186.8 billion by 2027. An aging population, a […]

Aveanna to Acquire Home Health Business, Amedisys Continues Hospice Push

Aveanna Healthcare to acquire Maxim’s home health care division Atlanta-based Aveanna Healthcare has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the home health care division of Maxim Healthcare Services. Financial terms of the transaction — expected to close in the second quarter of 2019 — were not disclosed. Privately-owned Aveanna Healthcare is made up of […]

FirstLight CEO Jeff Bevis: Competing in the Medicare Advantage Arena

Cincinnati-based FirstLight Home Care is one of the largest and fastest growing home care franchise networks in the country. Despite sustained levels of past success, FirstLight — like the home care industry itself — has had to evolve in the face of emerging challenges and opportunities. For FirstLight, that means guiding its franchise locations through […]

Targeting Continuum of Care Providers, Honor Partners with Eskaton’s Home Care Business

San Francisco-based Honor — which uses technology and workforce management solutions to take over caregiver recruiting, scheduling, billing and other back-office responsibilities for home care agencies for a share of their revenue — has started to refine its partner profile. Since revamping its business model more than a year ago, Honor has teamed up with […]

Home Health Revenue Down as Brookdale Shifts Case Mix for PDGM

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) saw its home health revenue decrease by more than 7% in 2018 compared to the previous year, though it stabilized somewhat during the Brentwood, Tennessee-based company’s most recent quarter. The year-over-year drop was largely due to Brookdale’s intentional efforts to shift its case mix toward lower-rate managed care ahead […]

CMS Moves Step Closer to Required EVV Survey

Federal health care policymakers have taken another step toward rolling out a required nationwide electronic visit verification (EVV) survey. The 21st Century Cures Act originally required home care providers and state agencies to begin adopting EVV systems by Jan. 1, 2019. EVV requirements are meant to reduce instances of fraud and abuse in the delivery […]

Amedisys Fine Tuning Predictive Analytics Tool to Curb Re-Hospitalization Rates

Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) took its first major step into the world of predictive analytics in August when it announced a minority investment in home health-focused data science firm Medalogix. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company has now started to reap the rewards of that investment. During the past few months, Amedisys has been fine-tuning its […]