New Hometeam Partnership Aims to Take Panic Out of Transitions

As home health continues to be more integrated into the overall care continuum, private duty companies are starting to play a bigger role taking care of patients after leaving acute care settings. Hometeam, a private duty in-home care startup that has made headlines with its successful rounds of funding, has partnered with a major skilled nursing […]

Bundled Payment Program Gets Underway, Presents Home Health Opportunity

More than half of the hospitals that will be taking part in a mandatory new payment system for joint replacements are at risk of losing money—and forging better connections with home health agencies could be a crucial factor in avoiding this outcome in the program that starts April 1. Specifically, 60% of hospitals in the […]

Home Health Apps Take Cues from Facebook to Cut Readmissions

When it comes to engaging caregivers and family members in a patient’s home health care, emulating popular social media platforms may be the way to go. Two innovative mobile solutions for at-home caregivers have taken cues from social media and achieved demonstrable success in reducing hospital readmissions. A Facebook Feed for Home Health? Glenview, Illinois-based […]

How One Provider Translated Data in Better Staffing Policy

Faced with mounting wage costs and the threat of high turnover, one home care provider is using feedback from monthly surveys to address some of the industry’s biggest pressures. More home care companies are turning to data, and private duty in-home care provider Seniorcorp is no exception, relying on monthly reports from resource management company […]

Kindred Holds Off On Major Home Health Acquisitions

Home health deals dramatically dropped off in 2015, and now the nation’s largest home health provider intends to sit on the sidelines moving forward. After reporting significant consolidation and revenue growth at the end of 2015, Kindred Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: KND) indicated it won’t make any major home health purchases in the foreseeable future. For […]

How ‘Before I Die’ Walls Boost Palliative Care

Palliative care appears to be near a tipping point, both due to increasing demand and the ways in which home health agencies and other health care providers are figuring out how to offer and pay for it. While access to palliative care has spread in recent years, awareness and availability of these services is still considered […]

How to Find and Win the Right Referral Partners in Home Health

As the health system continues to move toward managed care and value-based purchasing, home health agencies are becoming an increasingly important partner along the continuum of care. Across the industry, data has played a big role in securing preferred partnerships for home health agencies with other types of providers. Home health and home care have […]

CMS Home Health Initiatives Gaining Traction

Since November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has rolled out regulation upon regulation affecting home health care, altering the landscape for agencies across the country. CMS first finalized a rule to incentivize hospitals to work with other post-acute providers for knee and hip replacement procedures through bundled payments for 67 hospital locations. […]

CCRCs Bring Services and Insurance Home

Seniors who want to age in place have some new options for all the same health care services offered at senior living facilities without the community aspect. Enter the continuing care retirement community (CCRC) at home. Senior housing providers are extending their reach in new program models to accommodate those who want to remain in […]

LHC Group Expects $1 Billion from ‘Unprecedented’ Pipeline

Following a 2015 that boasted increases in revenue and growth in admissions, national home health and hospice provider LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) announced what it’s calling an “unprecedented pipeline” in the year ahead. Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group is actively discussing 20 potential acquisitions in 2016 that could produce approximately $1 billion in revenue, the […]