Lyft, UnitedHealthcare See Transportation as a Game Changer for Seniors’ Health

Access to transportation remains a challenge for many older Americans, whether that means getting to an important medical appointment, going grocery shopping or meeting a few friends for coffee. It’s a point several home care providers are actively tackling through ride-hailing partnerships, especially as potential hospital and health system referral sources prioritize social determinants of […]

Meals on Wheels Turns to Home Care to Help Win Medicare Advantage Partners

Sometimes a name doesn’t tell the full story. That’s the case for Arlington, Virginia-based Meals on Wheels, a meal-delivery service that does more than its name suggests. “In addition to a whole array of nutrition services, [Meals on Wheels] programs are doing in-home assessments,” Lucy Theilheimer, chief strategy and impact officer at Meals on Wheels, […]

Addus Eyes Strategic Acquisitions Ahead of Medicare Advantage Expansion

Coming off of a strong second quarter, Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) is looking at a busy pipeline for the remainder of the year, executives predicted on a Q2 earnings call Tuesday. Such acquisitions will play an increasingly important role in better positioning the Frisco, Texas-based provider for Medicare Advantage (MA) partnership development in the […]

Why Home Health Care’s Experience Casts Doubt on a Hospice MA Carve-In

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made waves in January when it unveiled plans to test a hospice carve-in under Medicare Advantage (MA), a step long viewed as “inevitable.” Specifically, CMS officials said they would test the feasibility of a hospice carve-in starting in 2021 through the MA Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) model. […]

New Amedisys-ClearCare Personal Care Network Spreading Like Wildfire

In an effort to expand its capabilities and open the door for future Medicare Advantage (MA) opportunities, Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) recently struck an agreement with ClearCare Inc. to create a network of personal care agencies. Already, that network is spreading like wildfire, with 308 agencies representing 32,000 caregivers in 39 states, Amedisys CEO and […]

6 Steps Home Care Providers Must Take to Succeed in Medicare Advantage

The recent rule changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have created a level of flexibility and creativity for home care participation that is nearly unchecked. For example, the final call letter for MA plan year 2020 notes that “MA organizations have broad discretion” in determining what’s called the “Special […]