Why PDGM Neutrality May Be Easier Said Than Done

Home health stakeholders have closely followed skilled nursing facility (SNF) operators during their transition to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), another Medicare payment overhaul that launched Oct. 1. So far, those observations have largely focused on how SNF operators have shifted their therapy strategies in response to PDPM, which is similar in design to the […]

SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2 Reportedly Considering $150 Million Honor Investment

Honor — the technology-driven home care services provider already backed by Andreessen Horowitz — may soon have even more firepower to work with.  A sequel to the world’s largest investment fund focused on technology, SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2 is reportedly in talks to invest roughly $150 million in Honor, according to a Thursday report from […]

National Home Health Spending Hits Record $102.2 Billion — With Room for Growth

National home health spending soared to new heights in 2018, a fact that strongly reflects the ongoing shift toward home- and community-based care and away from hospitals, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other institutional settings. Overall, U.S. home health spending officially hit $102.2 billion in 2018, according to a new analysis from the Centers for […]

False Alarm: Why Small Home Health Agencies Should Tune Out PDGM ‘Carnage’ Claims

Home health industry insiders throughout 2019 have frequently speculated on the “carnage” likely to take place next year when the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) pushes smaller, ill-equipped agencies out of business. Generally, the narrative goes something like this: As the biggest overhaul to home health reimbursement in two decades, PDGM will significantly disrupt agency cash […]

Where PDGM’s Therapy Changes Will Hit Hardest

By eliminating visit-volume thresholds and tying reimbursement more closely to need, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) will likely steer the home health care industry away from therapy and toward nursing. Although PDGM officially starts on Jan. 1, home health providers have already begun to shift their therapy utilization strategies to better line up with the […]

From ICU Nurse to Home Care CEO: Inside Jennifer Sheets’ Journey to Becoming Interim’s Top Exec

Before becoming the CEO of Caring Brands International and head of Interim HealthCare, Jennifer Sheets worked as an ICU nurse in Tennessee, routinely taking care of the health care system’s most vulnerable. Sheets still carries that experience with her today, both in the appreciation she has for Interim’s employees and via the leadership skills she […]

In-Home Care Provider BrightStar Growing Senior Living Franchise Model

With 340 locations and roughly $480 million in 2019 systemwide sales, BrightStar Care is seeing solid results in the in-home care franchising arena. In addition to that proven model, the Chicago-based company is now also looking to grow its senior living operation. Currently, BrightStar has three “BrightStar Senior Living” communities up and running in Wisconsin […]

Nike Looks to Tap into Home Health Labor Market

Nike is saying “just do it” to home health care. The international footwear and sporting apparel behemoth earlier this month unveiled a brand new shoe specially designed for “nurses, doctors, home health providers and others who tirelessly support patients.” Developed hand in hand with medical workers, the Nike Air Zoom Pulse will be released on […]

Home Health Care Tops Skilled Nursing as Most Likely Referral Destination

Throughout 2019, multiple post-acute care leaders have argued that the great SNF-to-home diversion wave has hit its peak. New data suggests they’re right. Home health care has officially surpassed skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) as the most likely post-acute referral destination, according to the latest quarterly trends report from Atlanta-based analytics and metrics firm Trella Health, […]