CMS Proposes Pre-Claim Start Date, EVV Implementation Survey

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) has dominated the home health industry’s regulatory conversations of late, which is understandable, as it’s likely the biggest policy shift from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the past few decades. There are several other regulatory items flying under the radar, however, including the potential reincarnation of […]

3 Ways Home Care Providers Can Win Health Plan Attention

Health plans big and small have recognized the value home-based care providers bring to the table in terms of avoiding costly hospital readmissions and supporting America’s seniors as they age in place. But forging initial relationships with insurers — especially top Medicare Advantage (MA) players, such as UnitedHealthcare (NYSE: UNH), Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and […]

Amazon’s $15 Minimum Wage Turns Up the Heat on Home Care Providers

Online retail giant Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) has turned up the heat on U.S. home care agencies in the battle to attract and retain workers. Amazon has pledged to increase its minimum wage to $15 for all full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees, regardless of where they work or what their position is, starting next month. […]

Landmark, Blue Shield of CA Expand Home Care Program

Landmark Health and Blue Shield of California are expanding a tag-team home care program launched earlier this year for patients with complex health issues and multiple chronic conditions. Blue Shield of California and subsidiary Care1st Health Plan have been collaborating since April with Landmark Health, an in-home medical company with private equity backing, as part […]

Anthem Adds Home Care Benefits Under Relaxed Medicare Advantage Rule

Home care providers have been wondering how insurers will capitalize on the allowance of non-skilled in-home care services under the Medicare Advantage (MA) program since policymakers initially opened that door in early spring. They’re now starting to get some clarity, thanks to Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM), one of the top players in the MA market. […]

As Insurers Unveil Expanded MA Offerings, CMS Touts Program’s Success

Hundreds of Medicare Advantage plans (MA) are expected to make use of newfound leeway given to them on supplemental benefits by federal policymakers earlier this year. That added elbow room includes potential opportunities for home care providers as well. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) touted the growth and evolution of the MA […]

Legislation Targeting Home Health Reforms Gaining Ground on Capitol Hill

Industry-backed legislative efforts to take the teeth out of proposed home health payment reform are gaining ground on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) introduced H.R. 6932, a new bill that amends several provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to thwart widely opposed behavioral adjustment aspects of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model […]

Humana, Amedisys, Homewatch CareGivers Strategize for New Home Health Paradigm

Home health agencies have traditionally staked their claims within the continuum of care as post-acute service providers, serving patients who are discharged from hospitals, often after experiencing traumatic medical events. Advances in predictive modeling, data analytics and overall care delivery — coupled with a chronically ill patient population — are now prompting the home health […]

Care Indeed, Great Lakes Caring Among ‘Best Workplaces’ in Aging Services Sector

Fortune’s first-ever list of the top 50 workplaces in the aging services sector officially dropped on Thursday, giving several home-based care providers a chance to shine and flaunt their company culture. Care Indeed, Cherished Companions Home Care and 24Hr HomeCare are among the non-medical home care companies to make 2018’s top workplaces list, compiled by […]

M&A and Financing Newsflash: Regent Completes Loving Touch Deal, Sonas Acquires Advanced Nursing Solutions

Regent Acquires Loving Touch Home Care Regent Healthcare — one of the largest, non-franchised home care agencies in central Maryland — has completed its acquisition of Loving Touch Home Care. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Odenton, Maryland-based Regent Healthcare is a Joint Commission-accredited home care agency that provides in-home companionship, personal care […]