LHC Group Invests $20M in UL Lafayette’s College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) is making major investments in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions — to the tune of $20 million. The funds are part of a new partnership announced Thursday. With this partnership, LHC Group and UL Lafayette’s interests dovetail. The investment will fuel each […]

State Bill Aiding Unionization in Home-Based Care Could ‘Set a Precedent’ Nationwide

Traditionally, the home-based care world has been mostly void of massive unionization efforts among its workers. But that could change soon, thanks to a new ruling out of California related to “Assembly Bill 2455,” which the state passed in 2018. The bill aims to allow home-based care workers’ contact information to be unveiled, which gives […]

‘We’re Rebuilding the Whole Delivery System’: Why Amazon Is Betting Big on Home-Based Care

Earlier this month, tech giant Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) unveiled major plans to expand its budding home-based care offering, “Amazon Care,” across the U.S. Since then, home-based care stakeholders have been trying to make sense of the news and figure out what it means for them — and the in-home care patients they serve. Their early […]

With Time Running Out, House Passes Medicare Sequestration Bill

Home health providers are one step closer to getting a continued suspension of Medicare sequestration payment reductions. The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1868 by a 246-175 vote on Friday. The bill, originally introduced earlier this month by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), pauses automatic spending cuts to Medicare and other programs for […]

Only 26% of Home Health Workers Have Been Vaccinated

As COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue across the country, just over half of front-line health care workers have received at least the first dose. Of these workers, home health professionals are the least vaccinated. That’s according to a recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and The Washington Post. Conducted in early March, the survey […]

The Home Health Workforce Has Shrunk by 3.1% Since the Pandemic Started

It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The prolonged crisis has had a substantial impact on the U.S. health care labor pool, including the home health workforce, though to a slightly lesser extent. In February 2020, the nation’s health care employment peaked at nearly 16.5 million jobs, according to nonprofit research […]

Contessa Exploring New Service Lines, Solidifying Position at the Center of Hospital-at-Home Shift

After once occupying a niche space in the health care sector, the hospital-at-home model has gained significant traction. In November, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) even announced its “Acute Hospital Care At Home” wavier program. Under the initiative, eligible hospitals can receive newfound flexibilities around providing hospital-level care for patients in […]

SNF-at-Home Concept Earning ‘Very Positive Feedback’ in Congress, Among Special Interest Groups

An innovative care concept designed to keep patients at home and out of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) is reportedly gaining ground in Congress and among special interest groups. The concept — known as “Choose Home” — is a type of SNF-at-home model that leverages both medical and non-medical home care services for certain patients. LHC […]