How LHC Group Quietly Acquired an ACO Management Company, Doubled ACO Activity

When LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) acquired Almost Family in 2018, a number of additional assets came with the deal, including Imperium Health Management, one of the country’s largest accountable care organization (ACO) management companies. Rather than sell the business, LHC Group decided to embrace it. “We did not even hesitate to embrace the ACO segment […]

Home Health Care ‘Squarely in the Scope’ of UnitedHealthcare’s Bundled Payments Expansion

Earlier this month, Minnesota-based UnitedHealthcare announced it was expanding the company’s bundled payment offerings to providers participating in its Medicare Advantage (MA) plan networks. Home health care is primed to play a major role in that expansion, Jeff Meyerhofer, president of bundled payment solutions for UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare & Retirement division, told Home Health Care News […]

Tech-Enabled Therapy Company Sword Health Raises $8 Million

A New York-based company aiming to revolutionize physical therapy delivery has raised another $8 million in venture capital funding, bringing its total raised to more than $15 million since 2015. The company is Sword Health, a tech-enabled physical therapy provider that has created a digital therapist able to treat therapy patients remotely. The service could […]

24 Hour Home Care Partners with On-Demand House Call Startup Heal

A startup delivering on-demand doctor house calls and a growing home care provider are teaming up to better serve older adults in the Los Angeles market. Heal — which has raised more than $71 million since launching in 2014 — and 24 Hour Home Care announced a new partnership agreement Tuesday. The move is yet […]

Senior Helpers, Home Helpers, VNSNY Navigate Industry Headwinds

Despite the growing demand for in-home care, operating home care and home health agencies has never been more complex. Workforce and regulatory challenges are largely to blame — but the roadblocks are not insurmountable, industry leaders say.   Executives from some of the largest home-based care organizations in the U.S. identified their top headwinds — […]

Intermountain Healthcare Bets Big on Home-Based Mentality

One of the largest health systems in the country is betting big on its ongoing strategy to provide more care upstream. In March, Intermountain Healthcare announced it is expanding its home-based offerings in 2019 to include primary care and multiple hospital-level services, along with palliative care for patients with chronic or serious medical conditions. The […]

UPS Is the Newest Player in Home-Based Health Care

In addition to packages, the United Parcel Service (UPS) (NYSE: UPS) will soon deliver home-based health care. The world’s largest package delivery firm plans to test a dispatch service in which it will send home health nurses to provide in-home vaccines to U.S.-based adults, UPS representatives confirmed in an email to Home Health Care News. […]

Interim’s New CEO Doubles Down on Population Health, Specialized Care Lines

Since taking over as CEO of Interim HealthCare in January, Jennifer Sheets hasn’t spent much time in the office. Instead, she’s been on the ground, averaging three states per week on a tour of Interim franchise locations across the country. The former chief clinical officer and senior executive of clinical operations, innovation, education and quality […]

New Respite Program Offers Select Families Discounted Caregiver Relief

Despite the physical and emotional demands of caregiving, financial constraints keep many people from seeking outside help for their loved ones. But a program out of California aims to offer certain family caregivers relief. San Diego County has allocated $1 million toward respite care for middle-class family caregivers who look after relatives with Alzheimer’s disease […]

Former Senior Housing Executive Building ‘At-Home CCRC’ Business

A North Carolina startup company launched by a former senior housing executive is trying to move the for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) model into the home. Launched at the beginning of February by CEO Katie Davis, CarePods groups older adults looking to age in place into relatively small, 25-member “pods,” with seniors typically living […]