‘Our Work Begins with Getting COVID Under Control’: What a Biden Administration Means for Home-Based Care

After one of the closest and most hotly contested campaigns in modern history, President-Elect Joe Biden addressed the nation on Saturday from an outdoor platform in Wilmington, Delaware. While it’s far too early to say what the first 100 days of a Biden administration will look like from a detailed policy perspective, the president-elect has […]

Perspectives: Home Health Insiders Sound Off on the 2020 Election

The ongoing expansion of Medicare Advantage (MA), a federal minimum-wage hike and additional support for front-line health care workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency. These are just a few of the industry-shaping topics that home health insiders are following going into Election Day this Tuesday. While each presidential election is important, 2020 will help […]

Home Health Provider to Pay $3.1M to Resolve Improper Billing Allegations

A Massachusetts-based home health company and its owners will pay millions of dollars to resolve allegations that they falsely billed the state’s Medicaid program, MassHealth. The home health company is Altranais Home Care LLC, located in Lowell. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Friday that the company and owners Constant Ogutt and Shakira Lubega will […]

CMS Announces $165M to Support Home Care, Reduce ‘America’s Over-Reliance’ on Nursing Homes

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a new step on Wednesday to support care transitions from long-term care facilities into home- and community-based settings. On Wednesday, CMS announced the availability of up to $165 million in supplemental funding to states currently operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs. MFP programs […]

CMS Issues New Guidance to Advance Value-Based Payment Models in Medicaid

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is once again calling attention to its previously outlined commitment to value-based care strategies. The agency on Tuesday released new guidance to help states shift more toward value-based approaches under their Medicaid programs. The overarching goal of the guidance is to better align health care provider […]

Addus COO: Recruiting Has Been ‘a Little Bit of a Struggle’ During COVID-19

Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) is rebounding from coronavirus-related disruption in its personal care and home health segments, company leadership noted Tuesday during a second-quarter earnings call. But the Frisco, Texas-based company also acknowledged there are still significant challenges on the horizon. “Addus had a very solid financial performance for the second quarter of 2020, […]

‘Family CNA Model’ for Pediatric Home Health Patients Gaining Momentum Amid COVID-19

As states and cities shatter their old coronavirus records due to the current summer resurgence, health care officials and policymakers are once again shining a spotlight on high-risk populations, which include older adults in the community, individuals living in long-term care facilities and the immunocompromised. One vulnerable group, however, is getting overlooked. Between the worsening […]

Biden Announces $775B Plan to Boost the Caregiver Economy, Support In-Home Care Providers

Senior care — an increasingly important topic that’s too often overlooked on the campaign trail — is back in the spotlight. And maybe this time it will have some staying power. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has floated a sweeping new 10-year plan that seeks to dramatically change the way older adults are cared […]

CareCentrix Adds Aetna Medicaid Vet, Expands Service Offerings to Health Plans

CareCentrix — a care management company that focuses on home-based care — has brought on a long-time managed care veteran to expand its service offerings to Managed Medicaid health plans. Hartford, Connecticut-based CareCentrix provides post-acute care and discharge management services, plus durable medical equipment (DME) and home-based care services. Moving forward, Scott Markovich will serve […]

COVID-19 Prompts Payers to Show ‘Real Appreciation’ of Home-Based Care

Like every other provider in the home-based care industry, Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) has spent the past three months grappling with the coronavirus. In the short term, that has meant decreased visit volumes and reduced revenues. But in the long-term, Frisco, Texas-based Addus is optimistic the COVID-19 emergency will usher in a number of […]