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 […]

Lionel Richie-Backed In-Home Primary Care Company Heal Launches New ‘Health Assurance’ Offering

Heal — the rapidly growing Los Angles-based health care startup that’s trying to make doctor house calls mainstream — has launched a new offering for one of America’s most vulnerable populations. Founded in 2014 by Nephrologist Dr. Renee Dua and her husband, entrepreneur Nick Desai, Heal is an in-home primary care provider that operates throughout […]

Aging-in-Place Ally Oak Street Health Files to Go Public

Oak Street Health — a network of value-based primary care offices for Medicare beneficiaries — has filed the initial paperwork to go public. The Chicago-based organization announced the news Friday. While Oak Street Health doesn’t provide home health care itself, its interdisciplinary care teams are equipped to provide telehealth visits and in-home care in addition […]