Chronic Conditions Cost US Economy More Than $4.5 Trillion

The overall economic burden associated with diabetes, heart disease, dementia and other chronic medical conditions in the United States now adds up to more than $4.5 trillion, a new report has found. While already staggering, that economic burden is projected to double within the next three decades as well, propelled by the wave of aging […]

Transportation Challenges, Internet Access Limit Home Health Care in Rural Areas

Despite the efforts of state and federal policymakers trying to encourage the use of home- and community-based services (HCBS) over the past several decades, patients in rural areas still face more challenges gaining access to those kinds of supports compared to their urban counterparts. That’s according to a new study published this month in the […]

Tech-Enabled Therapy Company Sword Health Raises $8 Million

A New York-based company aiming to revolutionize physical therapy delivery has raised another $8 million in venture capital funding, bringing its total raised to more than $15 million since 2015. The company is Sword Health, a tech-enabled physical therapy provider that has created a digital therapist able to treat therapy patients remotely. The service could […]

How New Payment Models, Big Data Are Disrupting Home Health Care

While technology behemoths and up-and-coming startups are often cited as the industry’s top disruptors, it’s innovative payment models and big data that will likely have the greatest impact on home health care delivery over the next several years, experts predict. Additionally, as long as gaps exist throughout the hospital-to-home transition process, further disruption is sure […]

Three Health Systems Awarded $20 Million To Hire, Train Caregivers

Recruiting and retaining caregivers is often identified as the top challenge facing the home-based care industry. In fact, it’s part of what’s driving several hospitals and health systems to outsource their home health care services. Meanwhile, three U.S. health systems have found another solution: They will participate in a $20 million pilot program designed to […]

Hyper-Focused Sales and Marketing Strategies Help At-Home Care Providers Boost Business

As the health care industry continues to recognize the value of non-medical home care services, a growing number of providers are offering both medical and non-medical services. Agencies that offer the continuum of care can benefit from dividing their sales team by service, industry leaders say.   Executives shared that view and other winning sales […]

Senior Helpers, Home Helpers, VNSNY Navigate Industry Headwinds

Despite the growing demand for in-home care, operating home care and home health agencies has never been more complex. Workforce and regulatory challenges are largely to blame — but the roadblocks are not insurmountable, industry leaders say.   Executives from some of the largest home-based care organizations in the U.S. identified their top headwinds — […]

Why Home Health Providers Should View PDGM as a Patient-Classification Model

Understandably, home health providers typically view the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) first and foremost as a payment overhaul — the most significant in nearly two decades. But with the right perspective, PDGM can also be leveraged to help drive change, strengthen care planning and improve patient quality outcomes. That’s something home health providers would be […]

Home Health Foundation Layoffs Tied to Organizational Realignment

As part of an organizational realignment and effort to consolidate services, Lawrence, Massachusetts-based Home Health Foundation is closing its home care line. More than 200 home care workers will be laid off as a result of the closure. Home Health Foundation — a provider of home health, palliative, hospice and home care services — became […]

Senator Rand Paul Slams PDGM, ‘Guesses by Government Bureaucrats’

House lawmakers have yet to introduce a companion bill to the Home Health Payment Innovation Act (S. 433), legislation introduced in the Senate in February focused on the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). That doesn’t mean the home health industry has lost the attention of Congress when it comes to PDGM and future payment, however. Kentucky […]