Hitting the Books: How Institution-Based Home Health Providers Leverage Their Academic Ties

Academic institutions often have reputations as being enclaves of innovation. And for home health providers that operate as part of university-affiliated health systems, the proximity to their respective institutions can mean greater access to resources. “We definitely have access to great minds, great research and expertise,” Kellie Brockman, director of business development at Duke HomeCare […]

Hospital-at-Home Programs Ready to Play Critical Role If Coronavirus Cases Spike

Across the country, state and federal officials are trying to solve one crucial problem: how to increase hospital capacity as the number of acute COVID-19 cases increases. Some — including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo — have recently called for the retrofitting of existing non-medical buildings. Others have suggested turning low-occupancy skilled nursing facilities into […]

Only 33% of Adults See Themselves Aging in Place

There is a significant gap between the number of U.S. adults who want to age in place and those who actually believe they will be able to do so. That’s according to a new national survey involving 2,750 U.S. adults conducted by Edelman Intelligence on behalf of Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), a product […]

HouseWorks CEO: Investing in Senior Housing Relationships Yields Huge Referral Dividends

Home care providers and senior living operators don’t always see eye to eye. When the two do come together, however, there are plenty of benefits for both parties. Massachusetts-based HouseWorks is the perfect example of that. Led by founder and CEO Andrea Cohen, home-based care provider HouseWorks currently works with roughly 50 senior living communities […]

Driverless Cars Finding New Lane in Home-Based Care

A decade from now, there will be more people older than 65, more home-based care offerings than ever — and likely more self-driving cars out on the roads. And believe it or not, driverless cars — or autonomous vehicles — will make their mark on the home-based care space, just as they’ll affect shipping, retail […]

How FirstLight Turned Employee-Assistance Programs into a Major Revenue Driver

FirstLight Home Care’s 2019 success was a catalyst for lofty 2020 aspirations. One of the major drivers of last year’s prosperity was employee-assistance programs (EAPs). EAPs are specially designed employee benefit packages offered by certain employers. Over the past few years, they’ve more frequently included caregiver benefits, prompting home-based care agencies to take notice. Some […]

As Nursing Home Closures Rise, Operators May Pivot to Home- and Community-Based Care

The number of U.S. nursing homes closing their doors is rapidly increasing, a new report from Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization LeadingAge has found. Home- and community-based service (HCBS) providers are playing an important role. Overall, more than 550 nursing homes have closed since June 2015, with more than half of the closures taking place in […]

Telehealth Program for CHF Patients Helps Mercy Home Health Cut Re-Hospitalization Rate to 5.26%

Mercy Home Health — the Medicare-certified home health arm of the Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic health system — has grown by 45% over the past five years. That strong growth has come despite an increasingly complex home health patient population nationwide and added financial pressure from Medicare. Using telemedicine to drastically curb hospital readmissions has been […]

WCAS General Partner: There’s a ‘Significant Unmet Need’ for Value-Based, Senior-Focused Primary Care

Earlier this month, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) teamed up on a new joint venture aimed at expanding access to value-based primary care for Medicare patients. Under the JV agreement, Humana and WCAS will commit upwards of $600 million to build 50 new Partners in Primary Care (PiPC) centers […]