Nonprofit Health System Beaumont Forges New Home Health JV

One of Michigan’s largest health systems and a national provider of post-acute solutions have teamed up in a new home health and hospice joint venture designed to expand patient access to care. The new JV is between the Southfield, Michigan-based Beaumont Health and Alternate Solutions Health Network, a Kettering, Ohio-based organization that specializes in rolling […]

Why the Department of Veterans Affairs is the Tesla of At-Home Care

As the senior population booms, agencies and health care systems continue to look for cost effective ways to provide quality in-home care. But even before industry giants were targeting innovation, an unlikely pioneer — the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — was leading the charge. With reports of system-wide negligence and arbitrary caregiver dismissals making […]

Homewatch CareGivers Harnesses Private Equity Capital to Shine in Hyper-Competitive Market

Under Julie Smith’s leadership, Homewatch CareGivers has transformed from being a family owned home care franchisor to being backed by private equity — but that only tells part of the story. The company — which encompasses more than 190 locations — was acquired by Authority Brands, a portfolio company of PNC Riverarch Capital, in 2017, […]

Home- and Community-Based I/DD Provider Civitas to be Acquired in $1.4B Deal

Civitas Solutions Inc. (NYSE: CIVI) — a large provider of home- and community-based services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), as well as a range of other needs — has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by funds advised by Centerbridge Partners L.P. Under terms of the agreement, announced Tuesday, […]

CMS Announces ACO Overhaul, Enhances Telehealth Options

CMS has released new rules overhauling Medicare’s accountable care organizations (ACO) program. Called “Pathways to Success,” the new policies shorten risk-free periods and offer more regulatory flexibility, including for providing telehealth to people in their homes, among other changes. In recent years, home health companies have become more involved in ACOs, seeing it as an […]

Home Health Executive Forecast for 2019: Obamacare, Consolidation and PDGM

From the introduction of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) to fine-tuning the nine-state Value-Based Purchasing Model (VBPM), 2018 was an important year for home health care at large. Next year will bring its own set of challenges and opportunities — some new and others old. Home health industry insiders and top executives expect Texas’ recent […]

CMS Finalizes OASIS-D Guidance Manual

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a final OASIS-D guidance manual. The updates are scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2019. In general, OASIS-D changes include the removal of more than two dozen items, as well as the addition or revision of several others. Specifically, the manual provides guidance […]

PlayMaker Releases Data on Home Health Length-of-Stay, Partners with WellSky

Home health and hospice providers in the South have longer average lengths of stay (ALOS) than any other region in the country. That’s according to the latest quarterly data from PlayMaker Health, a post-acute growth platform serving hundreds of organizations. In home health, Playmaker’s data shows southern states have an ALOS of 80.4 days, while […]

Home Health and Hospice Admissions, Utilization Continue To Rise

Home health and hospice admissions in the U.S. continued to rise in the second quarter of 2018. Meanwhile, utilization remained steady in home health care and continued to increase in hospice. That’s according to the latest quarterly trends report from analytics and metrics firm Atlanta-based Excel Health, which offers on-demand, cloud-based data solutions for some […]

Humana Keeps Focus on the Home with ‘Grandkids on Demand’ Pilot

“Grandkids on demand” startup Papa has struck a partnership with health insurance behemoth Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). A part-owner of the nation’s largest home health provider, Humana is pursuing a multi-faceted strategy to support more home-based services for its beneficiaries, including seniors on Medicare Advantage plans. As part of the new partnership, Louisville, Kentucky-based Humana […]