Home-Based Palliative Program Is Sentara’s Answer to Post-Acute Care Gaps

While palliative care is often considered a hospital-based extension of hospice, one health system is using it to fill the gaps in its home-based service offerings. Sentara Healthcare is partnering with Turn-Key Health to make it happen. The new advanced illness services program uses predictive analytics to identify and enroll patients with a higher risk […]

Cisco, American Well Developing Telemedicine-Enabled TV for Seniors 

Multinational technology powerhouse Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and privately held telemedicine company American Well are joining forces to turn consumers’ television sets into virtual doctor’s offices. Unlike telemedicine services that depend on tablets and similar mobile platforms, San Jose, California-based Cisco is reportedly in the early stages of creating a device meant to be […]

Tech-Powered Home Care Company Breathes New Life into HomeHero

A new technology-enabled home care company is breathing life back into HomeHero, the startup once heralded as an industry “disruptor” for its business model of directly matching consumers to caregivers. After raising a total of $23 million, HomeHero was forced to cease its operations in late 2016. The new tech-powered home care player is Family […]

Wound Care Pilot Improves Outcomes, Reduces Cost for AccentCare

A telehealth pilot targeting wound care patients has helped AccentCare cut costs and reduce readmissions for participating offices. As a result, the program — made possible through a partnership with virtual care platform Synzi — will soon see a larger rollout. The program could serve as an example for the hoards of providers industry-wide hoping […]

Home Instead Joins Employee Caregiver Benefit Conversation

Even though more and more companies have started to offer employee caregiver benefits, home care agencies aren’t always part of the equation. For example, companies like Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) and Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) have turned to Care.com, a move that’s generated criticism from some industry leaders. They say verified home care providers — rather […]

At-Home Heart Rehab Remains an Untapped Market for Home Health Providers

Despite the fact that cardiac rehabilitation leads to better outcomes for heart attack survivors, only one in five patients currently go down that path. Home-based cardiac rehab programs could be the answer to increasing participation — improving survival rates and presenting ample business opportunity for home health care providers at the same time. That’s according […]

Payment Overhauls to Bring SNFs, Home Health Providers Closer Together

Similar to home health providers facing the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), skilled nursing facility (SNF) operators are months away from a major payment overhaul themselves. Effective beginning Oct. 1, the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) should trigger more collaboration between the SNF and home health worlds — at least in theory. Understandably, the two complex models […]

Uber Health Exec: ‘There’s So Much We Can Do When It Comes to Home Care’

As Medicare Advantage (MA) plans prepare to expand their supplemental benefits in 2020 to cover even more non-medical services, players from a growing number of industries are hopping on board. That includes ride-hailing companies such as Lyft (Nasdaq: LYFT) and Uber (NYSE: UBER), which say seniors are a driving force in their health care businesses. […]