Not a ‘Temporary Blip’: Home Health Agencies Gaining Greater Share of Hospital Discharges

The anecdotal claims from home health insiders were true: Across the country, home health agencies gained a greater share of discharges from short-term acute care hospitals during the public health emergency. Specifically, the percentage of patients discharged into home health care rose 1.8% from March to May of 2020, from 17% to 18.8%. That would […]

HME Companies Grapple with Sudden Supply-Demand Swings of COVID-19

The public health emergency has resulted in higher demand for home medical equipment (HME). Several factors are contributing to the trend, including the rise of hospital-at-home programs, the diversion of patients away from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and individuals generally voicing a preference for home-based care. As an industry, HME is fairly diverse when it […]

‘A Very Different Type of Patient’: SNF Stakeholders Predict Recalibration of Home Health Diversions

A growing number of stakeholders in the skilled nursing facility (SNF) world believe the recent spike in hospital discharges to home health care services will not become permanent. Executives from real estate investment trust (REIT) Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) made that argument during a fourth quarter earnings call earlier in February. Executives from CareTrust […]

At-Home Focus Helps Baystate Health Save $1,729 Per Visit in Risk-Based Population

A partnership between a five-hospital health system and at-home care company DispatchHealth considerably reduced emergency-room admissions and cost while improving patient satisfaction. Denver, Colorado-based DispatchHealth offers a variety of health care services in the home through its mobile, emergency medicine-trained teams. It contracts with health systems and health plans to ease the burden on patients, […]

Home-Focused Payment Innovator Signify Health Valued at $7.12B in Market Debut

It’s fair to say that Signify Health (NYSE: SGFY) — a value-based care platform that strives to shift care into the home — has had a successful stock market debut. The momentum reflects the increasingly prominent role that in-home care is playing, particularly within value-based care conversations. Dallas-based Signify Health, a New Mountain Capital portfolio […]

Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Could Limit Access to Care, Critics Caution

In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed plans to expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model — a Medicare demonstration that aims to tie reimbursement to quality of care. While HHVBP has gained popularity within the home health industry, some experts believe there are potential downsides to scaling the […]

New ‘Nurse OnDemand’ Business Line Driving Network Growth for Generali-Backed CareLinx

Today, the Burlingame, California-based CareLinx Inc. has about 500,000 in-home care professionals in its nationwide network. The tech-enabled home-based care company plans to grow that total to at least 1 million by 2022. Much of that growth will be driven by a new clinical business line for CareLinx, CEO Sherwin Sheik told Home Health Care […]

Legal Expert Weighs in on EVV Progress

The 21st Century Cures Act became law in December of 2016. Within the act were future Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) requirements for home-based care providers. But over four years later, confusion remains. Specifically, the Cures Act mandated that states implement EVV for at-home visits conducted by all Medicaid personal care services providers and home health […]