While Walgreens Conducts Strategic Review Of Assets, CVS Health Considers Supplemental Benefit Cuts In MA

Earlier this week, Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) CEO Tim Wentworth teased a “strategic review” of the company’s assets, including those within the U.S. Healthcare segment. Meanwhile, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) CFO Tom Cowhey provided updates on where Aetna may go with its supplemental benefits in the near-term future.  “We are now meaningfully looking at […]

Home Health Disparities: Medicare Advantage Patients Receive Fewer Visits, Worse Outcomes

Home health patients under Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have worse functional outcomes compared to traditional Medicare patients, likely as a result of receiving fewer visits, according to a new study. The new study is from researchers with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at University of Washington. “The primary message of this study is that Medicare […]

Report: MA Plans Administering At-Home Care Benefits Should Follow Medicaid Programs’ Lead

Medicare Advantage (MA) supplemental benefits have expanded and evolved over the last five or six years, but there’s a need to concretely prove their value. One way to do so would be by mirroring the regulatory model state Medicaid programs use for home- and community-based services. That’s one of the key takeaways from a report […]

Home-Focused Network Management Company Dina Raises $7 Million

Dina — a digital network management company for home- and community-based services — recently closed a $7 million funding round. The round was led by venture capital investor First Analysis, with participation from existing investors Osage Venture Partners and First Trust Capital Partners. Dina also counts SCAN Group as one of its investors. The organization […]

For Home Care Providers Still Invested In Medicare Advantage Business, Patience Is Wearing Thin

Around 2019, Medicare Advantage (MA) was all the rave among home care providers. That’s because, in 2018 and 2019, two pathways opened for MA plans to provide more benefits to beneficiaries: the primarily health-related benefit pathway and the Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) pathway. Included in those were plenty of areas of […]

Elara Caring CEO Scott Powers: MA Plans Coming To Negotiating Table With More ‘Reasonable Expectations’

When there are as many problems to hurdle in a space such as home health care, leaders have to prioritize. Interestingly enough, not many companies have the same top priorities, however. The priorities are a good reflection of what home health leaders believe will lead to solutions. Their priorities are generally not what you would […]

‘It’s Not Just The Payer’s Fault’: Aveanna CEO Jeff Shaner On Listening To Health Plans

In terms of home-based care providers’ relationship with payers, Aveanna Healthcare Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: AVAH) CEO Jeff Shaner believes that the next few years will be “transformative.” Providers will have to be intentional in their agreements to reach the future success they desire, Shaner believes. He said so on Tuesday during a panel discussion at […]

Another ‘Doomy, Gloomy’ Home Health Landscape Awaits Providers In 2024

Home health providers could be facing a “doomy, gloomy” landscape in 2024, fresh off of two years that could be characterized as, well, doomy and gloomy. On Monday at the Home Care 100 conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare CEO Joanne Cunningham tried to emphasize the positives, while also recognizing the realities. […]