Humana, Philips Using In-Home Interventions to Tackle $17B Re-Hospitalization Problem

Insurance giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and health technology company Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG) have teamed up to give Humana’s Medicare Advantage (MA) members 24/7 access to care via remote patient monitoring. The move reflects the continued adoption of remote patient monitoring and telehealth, especially when it comes to the MA landscape. “Payers are increasingly […]

1% of Private Health Insurance Spending Growth Tied to Home Health Care

Private health insurance spending grew by $101.3 billion between 2016 and 2018. Virtually none of that growth was tied to home health care services, however. The insights into private health insurance spending over the past few years come from a recent economic analysis put together by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), a Washington, […]

New HCAOA Executive Director Looks to Grow Membership, Strengthen Home Care’s Data Capabilities

The Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) is undergoing a leadership shakeup. The Washington, D.C.-based trade group announced Tuesday that long-time home care leader Vicki Hoak is taking over as executive director. Hoak takes over the role previously filled by Phil Bongiorno. Moving forward, Hoak will be tasked with helping U.S. home care providers navigate […]

Not So Fast: Right at Home, Homewatch CareGivers Temper 2020 Medicare Advantage Expectations

U.S. home care providers have likely seen the news: 12% of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans will offer some sort of expanded supplemental benefits in 2020. But while some agencies are enthusiastic about the expansion and preparing for a competitive MA landgrab next year, others are saying “not so fast.” At least 364 MA plans will […]

Aetna Medicare CMO: Home-Based Care Now Critical Part of Health Care Ecosystem

When Aetna, a CVS Health company (NYSE: CVS), announced 2020 Medicare Advantage (MA) offerings, the company set out to go beyond simply offering its members a list of benefits. Instead, the company wanted to take a more holistic approach to health, stressing that individuals’ social and personal needs play key roles in keeping them healthy.  […]

Humana CEO Broussard: We’re Very Excited About PDGM

Don’t count Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) among those worried about the major home health reimbursement overhaul coming up in 2020. While some shun the forthcoming payment changes, Humana is actually excited about them, according to CEO and President Bruce Broussard. In addition to being one of the country’s largest health insurance organizations and a dominant […]

12% of Medicare Advantage Plans Will Offer Expanded Supplemental Benefits in 2020

The Medicare Advantage boom for home care is almost here. Ever since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first expanded the scope of Medicare Advantage (MA) supplemental benefits in April 2018, at-home care providers have been trying to figure out they fit into a potentially new reimbursement puzzle. At least initially, it appeared […]