Why Home Care Leaders Are Now Banking On ‘Caregiver-First’ Cultures

Over the last several years, a notable trend is emerging in home care: Top-tier companies are shifting their focus from prioritizing customers to prioritizing caregivers. This strategic move reflects a growing recognition of the critical role caregivers play, and aims to address persistent caregiver shortages. “The trend has always been there, but I think now […]

How PACE Could Cover More Older Adults

Like other care models that primarily serve seniors, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) has achieved a higher profile following the height of the pandemic. However, there’s still a larger push to expand PACE across the U.S. Currently, there are only 156 PACE organizations operating in 32 states and the District of […]

What The UnitedHealth Group Antitrust Investigation Means For Amedisys, Home Health Industry

Since the news surfaced Tuesday that the Department of Justice had opened an antitrust investigation into UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), additional questions have bubbled up. Namely, those questions surround the home health provider Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), which agreed to be acquired by UnitedHealth Group’s Optum in June of last year. Will that deal be […]

Untangling The History, Causes Behind The Precipitous Home Health Aide Utilization Drop

In the last home health proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency in charge of reimbursement rates sent out a request for information on home health aide utilization. Specifically, the agency wondered why Medicare-covered home health aide visits and utilization had fallen off a cliff over the last […]

No Empty Promises: How Home-Based Care Providers Actually Plan To Use AI

Artificial intelligence is likely to be a society- and business-altering technological development. But, just like the advent of the internet before it, AI’s emergence will undoubtedly lead to as many empty promises from business leaders as it does actual use cases. That’ll particularly be the case in the early innings of AI, which I believe […]

Cardinal Health Sees Itself As ‘Major Player’ In Growing Home-Based Care Space

Recognizing the need for a streamlined hospital-at-home supply chain network, Cardinal Health Inc. (NYSE: CAH) launched Velocare in 2022. Since that initial pilot run, Velocare has experienced significant growth. At the same time, Cardinal Health is also making major strides in its overall mission to be a driver of at-home care. Broadly, Velocare technicians deliver […]

The Path For Occupational Therapy To Lose Its ‘Second-Tier’ Status In Home Health Care

If a senior or homebound patient is eligible for home health care, there are a number of caregiving professionals who can open a case and begin an assessment. Those include nurses, physical therapists and others. One profession that is not on that list is an occupational therapist. However, a new proposed bill could change that. […]