Clinical Leaders Sound Off on Home Health Care’s Biggest Challenges

The home health industry continues to settle into 2021, buoyed by the optimism associated with the country’s vaccination progress. For the first time in months, clinical leadership teams have a chance to take stock of their operations while evaluating a number of different opportunities, challenges and trends across home-based care. One specific area where clinical […]

Amwell Joins the Ranks of Amazon, Intermountain on Home-Based Care Coalition

Moving Health Home (MHH) — the recently announced home-based care advancement coalition — has a new founding member. Telehealth company Amwell (NYSE: AMWL) has joined an array of health care industry leaders from across the continuum that also includes Amazon Care and Intermountain Healthcare. Boston-based Amwell is a telehealth platform that supports urgent care, acute […]

Mission Healthcare Plans Palliative Care Rollout, Multi-State Expansion

Mission Healthcare — one of the largest regional home health, hospice and palliative care providers in Southern California — is on the move. Earlier this month, the San Diego-based company completed its acquisition of Alliance Home Health & Hospice Care, a Medicare-certified home health and hospice organization in Pleasanton. The acquisition is Mission’s first outside […]

Why SNF Operator PruittHealth Pivoted to Home Health Care

When PruittHealth — a major nursing home operator — began to see its skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) feel the impact of the COVID-19 emergency last year, the company was able to promptly bounce back by throwing its weight behind home health care. Norcross, Georgia-based PruittHealth is a post-acute and long-term care operator that has over […]

‘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 […]