Number of MA Plans Offering In-Home Support Services to Increase by 93% in 2021

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last month released new Medicare Advantage (MA) figures highlighting a massive expansion of plans offering home-focused supplemental benefits in 2021. The agency shared additional data on Wednesday — and it now appears the ongoing home care MA movement is even bigger than originally anticipated. “These benefit […]

Humana’s Blueprints for Building Its ‘Home-Centric Ecosystem of Care Delivery Assets’

In 2019, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) decided to reorganize its operations and create a dedicated business segment focused on the home. The Louisville, Kentucky-based health care organization has spent the past several months refining that home segment by fully mapping out its strategy and scope of services, according to its leader and president, Susan Diamond, […]

Payment Reform, COVID-19 May Derail a Unified Post-Acute Care Payment System

Now that the dust has settled on the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), some have returned their attention toward the idea of another major reimbursement overhaul: a unified post-acute payment system. There had been mounting momentum behind a unified payment model for post-acute care providers headed into 2020. The ongoing COVID-19 emergency has derailed a lot […]

Half of Patients Referred to Home Health Don’t Receive Services — But Providers Can Change That

Home health is often utilized as a recovery tool when patients transition out of the hospital because of its ability to improve outcomes. But many of the Medicare beneficiaries who receive referrals after being discharged aren’t actually receiving these services. Overall, the past several decades have seen an increase in the use of post-acute services, […]

‘Talent Acquisition Is Critical’: Inside PopHealthCare’s Home-Based Primary Care Model

After steadily gaining steam over the last decade, in-home primary care models have reached a critical turning point in 2020. A handful of in-home primary care businesses have received multimillion-dollar investments to expand across the U.S., for example. At the same time, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is testing out new […]

HHS Adds $20B to Provider Relief Fund for Home Health Agencies, Others

The federal government announced Thursday that the Provider Relief Fund will be replenished with a tranche of $20 billion. Unlike some of the previous rounds of relief, home health providers and others will have to apply for funding. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will begin accepting applications from providers on Oct. […]

Arosa+LivHome Doubles Down on Workforce Investments, Launches Emergency Fund for Caregivers

Earlier this spring, a home care worker for Arosa+LivHome and her husband were on the brink of eviction, largely due to the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other uncontrollable circumstances. To complicate the situation further, the home care worker was pregnant, Arosa+LivHome CEO Ari Medoff told Home Health Care News. In all […]

‘Personal Care Is Ripe for Disruption’: Providence to Acquire Simplura in $575M Deal

The Providence Service Corporation (Nasdaq: PRSC), one of the nation’s largest managers of non-emergency medical transportation programs, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire home-based care organization Simplura Health Group. Expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year, the all-cash transaction places an enterprise value of $575 million on Simplura, which is […]