VNA Health Group CEO: Home Health Agencies Face Uncertain Future Without Policy, Payment Support

So far during the COVID-19 pandemic, much attention has been given to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, as health care officials look to maximize bed capacity and avoid spreading the virus in long-term care settings. While home health, home care and hospice providers have been called out as key resources in the nation’s response to […]

Post-Acute Care Policy Expert: PDGM May Support COVID-19 Treatment

The COVID-19 pandemic is overloading hospitals, prompting uncertainty about adequate space and supplies to deal with each patient. In order to diversify resources, the home-based care industry will need to play a crucial role. Soon, home-based care agencies will have to care for their traditional patients and an influx of new ones. That includes those […]

Trump Administration Announces More Relaxed Restrictions on Telehealth Services During COVID-19 Emergency

One of the first moves from Washington, D.C., in reaction to COVID-19 was an $8.3 billion dollar funding bill that included some relaxed restrictions on telehealth services. On Tuesday, the U.S Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) advanced those efforts to make telehealth tools more accessible to health care providers and practitioners. It is […]

Home Health, Home Care M&A Activity Is Business As Usual — For Now

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, concern has started to bubble up to the surface over a potential disruption to in-home care M&A activity. For now, experts say it’s business as usual. But coronavirus could have some negative impact in the long-run. In fact, on Tuesday, S&P Global economists predicted a global recession for 2020, forecasting […]

Home Health Agencies Conquering Fear of PDGM Boogeyman

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was one of the largest concerns for the home health industry after it was finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in October 2019. But now that it has been implemented and agencies have faced their boogeyman, confidence under the new payment model is growing, industry insiders […]

HHCN Poll: 31% of Home-Based Care Providers Have Been Affected by COVID-19

Over the past few weeks, nursing home operators have been working in overdrive, trying to avoid a fate similar to the Kirkland, Washington-based long-term care facility devastated by COVID-19. While home health providers are also gearing up for increased patient capacity and challenges associated with the coronavirus, their operations remain mostly stable — for now. […]

AccentCare CEO: Nothing Quite Compares to COVID-19 Pandemic

Founded more than 20 years ago, AccentCare has been witness to SARS, H1N1 and a number of other outbreaks. Even before the World Health Organization (WHO) officially upgraded the COVID-19 outbreak to global pandemic status, AccentCare had begun implementing several measures to protect its staff while continuing to provide care for its patients. Dallas-based AccentCare […]

President Trump, LHC Group’s Greenstein Address Nation Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

If anyone was unsure of the home-based care industry’s pull in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump’s national address on Friday should put any doubts to rest. After declaring a national emergency, Trump pulled home health executives up to the lectern to ease the nation’s anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak. COVID-19 is more commonly known as […]

HouseWorks Beefs Up Technology Capabilities with eCaring Acquisition

For HouseWorks, technology is a key component in its growth and enhancement as an organization. The company recently announced that, along with RAB Ventures LLC, it has acquired the assets of eCaring, a New York-based health care technology company. “It has become really clear that the home care industry needs technology to remain competitive and […]

Over-Capacity Challenges Loom Large as US COVID-19 Hospitalizations Projected to Reach 4.8M

Over the past two weeks, home health providers and industry advocates have expressed serious concern about over-capacity issues the COVID-19 pandemic may cause. Recently leaked information from an American Hospital Association (AHA) webinar suggests those concerns are well-founded. While the home health industry hasn’t been drastically disrupted by COVID-19 so far, that may change in […]