‘This Is What Patients Want’: Home-Based Care Model Lowers Total Cost of Care by 44%

A new report from Washington, D.C.-based health care consulting firm Avalere Health is shining a brighter light on home-based care and its ability to drastically lower total cost of care. Released Tuesday, the report takes a comprehensive look at Hartford, Connecticut-based CareCentrix, a health-at-home solutions company that manages care for 17.5 million members through its […]

Home Health Giants Double Down on Diversion, as Nursing Home Numbers Normalize

Acute and post-acute patient volumes started to normalize in the early part of 2021, with hospitals, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and home health providers all hovering around their 2019 baselines. The accelerated rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is largely responsible for the newfound stability, particularly in the SNF space. Following millions of inoculations across the U.S., […]

74% of Referral Sources Prefer Home-Based Care Providers That Meet Interoperability Standards

When it comes to interoperability, 74% of referral sources say they would send more referrals to post-acute care providers — including home-based care agencies — that offer greater electronic data access. In general, referral sources are more likely to switch to a home-based care provider that meets their standards for interoperability. That’s according to a […]

Therapy’s Future Under Patient-Driven Groupings Model Unclear Due to COVID-19 Chaos

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was described as home health care’s “boogeyman” before it was implemented. One of the chief concerns, especially for therapists, was that therapy utilization would significantly decrease in 2020 — and beyond — because of what PDGM incentivizes.  But preliminary data suggests that therapy did not decrease overall in 2020. It’s […]

Home Health M&A Experts Seeing Fewer ‘Fire Sales’ Tied to PDGM, COVID-19

The historic wave of consolidation that home health M&A experts predicted ahead of the Patient-Driven Grouping Model (PDGM) hasn’t fully panned out, largely due to the COVID-19 emergency and the billions in federal relief dollars that have come with it. There was some degree of contraction within the industry, however. Going into 2020, there was […]

Amazon Joins Home-Based Care Providers to Advocate for Better Health Care Policy

An eclectic group of health care providers has formed a new organization dedicated to advancing home-based care. The long-term vision of the new entity, branded “Moving Health Home,” is to fundamentally change the way policymakers think about how, when and where patients are treated. The coalition, unveiled Wednesday, is made up by eight diverse founding […]

Encompass Health, Right at Home Collaborating on Value-Based Delivery Models

One of the biggest home health providers in the country is teaming up with one of the nation’s largest home care organizations. Birmingham, Alabama-based Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) and Omaha, Nebraska-based Right at Home jointly announced a new preferred provider relationship on Tuesday. Broadly, the relationship is focused on “a strong mutual commitment to ongoing […]

LHC Group Expands In-Home Care Partnership with Orlando Health

LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) and Orlando Health announced Tuesday they are expanding their joint venture into St. Petersburg, Florida, by realigning Bayfront Home Health Services into the partnership’s portfolio. Bayfront Home Health Services was already owned by LHC Group, but now the home health provider will be controlled through the joint venture. “Bayfront Home […]

Prospero Health Continues National Expansion Push by Entering SoCal Market

Prospero Health is continuing its national expansion efforts. The home-based health care company announced Monday that it’s now entering the Southern California market. Founded in 2019, Boston-based Prospero Health is a physician-led home-based health care company that provides supportive care to people with advanced illnesses. As of March 2021, Prospero serves more than 9,000 patients […]