Nearing 2021 Consolidation Strategy, Trinity Health At Home Keeps Focus on Patient Care

A member of Catholic health system Trinity Health, Trinity Health At Home currently ranks as the eighth-largest home health provider in the country. It will gain even more market share next year, thanks to an ambitious plan to formally consolidate Trinity’s national network of home health agencies with regionally owned affiliates. Despite the advantages of […]

NAHC Pushing for Palliative Care, SNF-at-Home Medicare Benefits

As home health and home care operators move toward the ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to take stock of what has been accomplished from a policy perspective. Many of 2020’s regulatory changes will be fleeting, but others will shape the future of post-acute care for years to come. That was the message […]

As Malpractice Claims Against Home-Based Care Nurses Rise, Providers Must Focus on Risk Management

When it comes to malpractice claims, home-based care nurses are often more susceptible compared to their counterparts in other nursing specialties. That’s a fact that has held true for a while, too. Home-based care nurses — including home health, hospice and palliative care professionals — have seen a steady rise in professional liability claims since […]

ProMedica Home Health Care, Banner Health Home Care Share Best Practices for Virtual Visits

The COVID-19 emergency has triggered a rise in the use of telehealth strategies to deliver care, especially virtual visits. In fee-for-service Medicare alone, the number of virtual visits delivered each week in the U.S. skyrocketed from 14,000 pre-coronavirus to more than 1.7 million during the pandemic’s peak, according to Department of Health and Human Services […]

After Saving $6,200 Per Patient, DispatchHealth Looks to Scale Hospital-at-Home Model

Last November, in-home care provider DispatchHealth partnered with a payer and launched Advanced Care, its own hospital-at-home model. The initial results of that model are in, after the provider “hospitalized” 27 patients within their own homes. Of the patients treated at home by DispatchHealth’s team, none were readmitted to the hospital within a 30-day period, […]

Home Health Buyers, Sellers Headed Toward Frenzied Finish to M&A in 2020

Charter Health Care Group — a PE-backed post-acute care platform company with multiple locations across five states — announced Tuesday the acquisitions of both Vitality Home Healthcare and Heartwood Home Health & Hospice. The news comes less than two weeks after Bridges Health Services similarly announced a series of transactions at the start of October. […]

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 […]