Home Health Agencies Carving Out Bigger Role in US Economy

The home health industry continues to carve out a bigger role in the overall U.S. economy, with agencies creating more jobs and paying more in wages than ever before. Overall, home health agencies created more than 2.22 million jobs in 2019, employing more than 1.51 million workers in the process. That workforce took home more […]

BrightStar Care Targets Health System, Payer Partnerships with Latest Pilot

Two Chicago-based in-home care companies are teaming up in a move that illustrates bigger home care trends. On Tuesday, BrightStar Care — one of the largest home care franchisers in the nation — announced it’s joining Dina’s digital home care coordination network. In doing so, the home care and senior living franchise organization hopes to […]

‘Our Work Begins with Getting COVID Under Control’: What a Biden Administration Means for Home-Based Care

After one of the closest and most hotly contested campaigns in modern history, President-Elect Joe Biden addressed the nation on Saturday from an outdoor platform in Wilmington, Delaware. While it’s far too early to say what the first 100 days of a Biden administration will look like from a detailed policy perspective, the president-elect has […]

SNF Struggles Opening Door for More Home Health Partnerships

Skilled nursing facility (SNF) operators continue to deal with operational and financial challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the biggest issues being declining occupancy rates, staffing shortages and the virus itself. Home health agencies have been following the SNF market closely, with many looking for opportunities to divert patients away from those operators through […]

Bayada, Baptist Health Announce New Joint Venture

Bayada Home Health Care — one of the largest nonprofit providers of in-home care and post-acute care services in the country — is expanding its already massive footprint. It’s doing so at a time when the need for home-based care is at an all-time high. On Thursday, the Moorestown, New Jersey-based company announced it is […]

Home-Based Palliative Care Programs Were Among the Hardest Hit by COVID-19

In spring, the U.S. recording more than 100,000 new COVID-19 infections per day seemed impossible. Yet surges in nearly every state pushed Wednesday’s daily total to more than 107,000 new infections — a global record. Armed with months of experience, in-home care providers are now preparing for another round of coronavirus-induced disruption in the form […]

UnitedHealthcare Advances Home Strategy, Expects to Make 1.7M House Calls in 2020

A number of major Medicare Advantage (MA) carriers are expanding their supplemental benefit offerings shaped around in-home care next year. UnitedHealthcare, the insurance arm of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), is among them. Overall, UnitedHealthcare partners with more than 1.3 million physicians and care professionals across the U.S., plus another 6,500 or so hospitals and other […]

Humana Accelerates Value-Based Care Strategy with Home Health Providers, Others

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) continues to shift its operations toward value-based care payment models, both with internal service lines and with external provider partnerships. The Louisville, Kentucky-based insurance giant is also doubling down on social determinants of health at the same time. Those are just a couple key takeaways from a Tuesday conference call with […]

Verma: Older Adults Must Have a ‘More Robust’ Set of Home Care Options

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday touted several tools designed to help states rebalance their long-term care ecosystem toward home- and community-based services.  The development is the latest in a series of CMS efforts aimed at strengthening home- and community-based services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the ultimate goal of […]