Highmark Health, Contessa Expand Joint Venture Delivering Hospital-Level Care in the Home

Highmark Health has announced it is expanding its joint venture relationship with Contessa, a company that helps organizations provide hospital-level care in the home through its Home Recovery Care model. The expansion comes at a time when more health systems and hospitals are looking to redirect acute care into the home setting to maintain capacity […]

Mission Healthcare Keeps Patients Out of ‘No Man’s Land’ with New Palliative Care Program

Today, just a fraction of community-based palliative care programs are operated by home health providers. But the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and a shift away from fee-for-service Medicare will likely change that moving forward. Throughout the health care world, the term “palliative care” often carries a different meaning from one organization to the next. In […]

‘We’ve Always Done Care in the Home’: Value-Based Care Company Oak Street Goes Public with $328M Offering

Oak Street Health (NYSE: OSH) — a rapidly growing, multi-setting primary care company that specializes in caring for seniors, especially those in underserved communities — officially went public last Thursday with an initial offering of $328 million. The Chicago-based company sold 15.6 million shares at $21, which was slightly above its anticipated offering of $15 […]

New York’s Largest Private Employer Launches Home-Based Care Program

One of the largest health care providers in New York — and the state’s largest private employer — is leaning on a home-based care initiative to help get itself and its patients through the COVID-19 crisis. Northwell Health is a nonprofit, integrated health care network that employs roughly 72,000 people. Headquartered in New Hyde Park, […]

CMS: True Telehealth Change Will Require Congressional Action

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a new rule that would make certain COVID-19-related telehealth flexibilities introduced over the past few months permanent for Medicare beneficiaries. The move comes in conjunction with an executive order from President Trump to improve rural and telehealth access.  While CMS’s proposed rule potentially paves the […]

Home Health to Play Increasingly Important Role in Clinical Research

While the coronavirus has ravaged the nation’s aging population and stretched the U.S. health care system to its limits, every cloud has its silver lining. For home health care providers, one silver lining comes in the form of increased recognition and expanded opportunities. Agencies are seeing higher levels of service demand, fewer recruitment and workforce […]

Humana Helps Fast-Track In-Home Primary Care Company Heal’s Growth with $100M Investment

Health and well-being company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has spent the past few years adding to its health care services portfolio while aggressively investing around a home-based care strategy. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company has now revealed its latest step in that direction. On Wednesday, Humana announced a wide-ranging strategic partnership with Heal, the in-home primary […]

MaineHealth Care at Home CEO: When It Comes to Embracing Telehealth, ‘We Don’t Have a Choice Anymore’

Telehealth usage has flooded into home-based care in an exponential fashion. Across all of health care, telehealth claim lines increased 8,336% from April 2019 to April 2020, according to data from FAIR Health’s Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker. Generally, the concern with telehealth has often been centered around the patient and how seniors will react to […]