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 […]

Home Health, Hospice Admissions Rise as Americans Age into Medicare at Historic Pace

Americans are aging into the Medicare system faster than ever, contributing to the continued rise of home health and hospice admissions in 2018. Increased admissions come despite the fact hospitals are still discharging more of their patients to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) or home without any post-acute care services. That’s according to Excel Health’s latest […]

Home Health, Hospice Experiencing Unprecedented M&A Action

Thanks to heightened interest from private equity buyers and companies’ efforts to diversify business operations, 2018 has seen an acceleration in the number and size of home health, hospice and personal care transactions. The hot market should continue going forward, although the new home health payment model and sky-high valuations raise some questions about what […]

Tech Beat: PointClickCare Partners with Bridge Connector, Bowes In Home Care Joins enTouch Network

PointClickCare Enters into Strategic Partnership, Opens New Office Location PointClickCare Technologies and Bridge Connector have formed a strategic partnership aimed at strengthening the transferring of patient data across different systems. Mississauga, Ontario-based PointClickCare is a cloud-based software vendor for the long-term and post-acute care sectors. As a company, PointClickCare’s solutions help providers optimize financial performance, […]