Allegheny Health Network Expands Hospital-at-Home Program as CMS Waiver Total Hits 80

The Acute Hospital Care At Home initiative from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now has at least 80 participants, Administrator Seema Verma announced Wednesday. Unveiled in November, the initiative has been growing rapidly, especially of late. On its end, CMS hopes the emerging hospital-at-home models can increase acute care capacity and […]

National Expansion of Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Estimated to Create $6.3B in Savings

In somewhat of a surprise move, U.S. health care policymakers unveiled plans last week to expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, a nine-state Medicare demonstration designed to better align reimbursement to quality of care. Despite backing from most of the home health industry, the HHVBP Model — first implemented in 2016 — had […]

CVS Health Partners with National Oncology Network to Offer In-Home Chemotherapy

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is partnering with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) to offer in-home chemotherapy to cancer patients. The partnership is a significant next step for at-home cancer care in the U.S., which has lagged behind other countries in the area. Initially, the two entities will provide chemotherapy to clinically eligible and […]

Right at Home Sets Sights on ‘Boomer Consumers’ with Custom Aging-in-Place Approach

For reasons beyond the coronavirus alone, 2020 was an unprecedented, action-packed year for home care operators. This year is guaranteed to bring more disruption as well, particularly as U.S. demographics continue to skew older and as the overall health care system looks to decentralize traditional models. Omaha, Nebraska-based Right at Home — an international home […]

Quincy Medical Group Goes All In on Hospital-at-Home Program

When Quincy Medical Group (QMG) began developing a hospital-at-home program over a year ago, it recognized the concept as a way to reduce costs and risk, while simultaneously increasing hospital capacity and supporting a seamless transition of care. But in a broader sense, QMG wanted to stick to its commitment to “transform health care” — […]

Papa Expands to All 50 States in Just 4 Years

Last month, the increasingly popular “family-on-demand” startup Papa said its goal was to be available in all 50 states by January 2021. The company has officially checked that new year’s resolution off of its list Founded in 2017, Miami-based Papa is a membership-based platform that mostly connects college students — or “Papa Pals” — and […]

New Direct-Contracting Options Raise Concerns with Some Value-Based Care Veterans

For the most part, in-home health care providers have responded to new federal direct-contracting models with enthusiasm. Landmark Health, for example, is one of 51 direct-contracting entities (DCEs) already participating in the upcoming “global” and “professional” options, both of which were first introduced by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in early 2019. […]

UNC Health Rolls Out Hospital-at-Home Program with Medically Home

UNC Health is throwing its hat in the hospital-at-home ring. The North Carolina-based health system announced Monday that it has plans to launch an acute hospital care at home program in partnership with Medically Home. UNC Health is a state-owned integrated health care system based in Chapel Hill. The organization is made up of 12 […]

Blank-Check Company Deerfield to Combine CareMax, IMC Medical Group in $614M Play

The health care SPAC boom continues. On Friday, Deerfield Healthcare Technology Acquisitions Corp. (Nasdaq: DFHT) announced it is acquiring CareMax Medical Group and IMC Medical Group Holdings for $364 million and $250 million, respectively. The New York-based Deerfield — a special purpose acquisition company — says it plans on merging the two senior care organizations […]

Turnover, Tiny Homes and New Technology: 2021 Predictions from 14 Home Care Executives

The U.S. home care industry is at an inflection point. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of payers and health care providers began to recognize the value of non-medical home care, particularly when it comes to chronic disease management and preventative care. That recognition has grown even stronger in 2020, with home care […]