Changemakers Series

COVID-19 Innovation: PACE Organizations Thriving by Shifting More Care into the Home

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, post-acute care organizations have had to pivot. For Philadelphia-based Mercy LIFE — a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) organization within the Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic system — that has meant closing its adult day centers and shifting care into the home for its 800-plus participants. Buses usually used for […]

Coronavirus Consequence: Home Health Agencies See Spike in LUPAs

Coming into 2020, home health care providers were preparing for drastic changes to the way that low-utilization payment adjustments (LUPAs) were calculated, a nuance of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), which took effect Jan. 1. However, what no one predicted is how the coronavirus would even further rock the LUPA landscape. Amid the COVID-19 emergency, […]

Humana’s Kindred at Home Sees Slight Downturn Due to Coronavirus

Doubling down on its efforts around social determinants of health and expanding access to telehealth services are just some of the ways Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has attempted to address the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. The company has also contributed roughly $50 million to national relief initiatives via the Humana Foundation. “We are committed […]

Providence Home Health Hopes Data Tracking Could Help With Financial Recovery Post-Coronavirus

Providence — one of the largest health care systems in the nation — is the closest thing the U.S. has to a COVID-19 pioneer. One of its hospitals based in Washington state treated the country’s first COVID-19 positive patient back in February.  Since then, the coronavirus has made its way down Providence’s care continuum, all […]

The New Normal: Day in the Life of BrightSpring’s Home Health Leader Amid COVID-19

In a normal week, Rexanne Domico — president of home health care and rehabilitation at BrightSpring Health Services — might be back and forth between Charlotte, North Carolina, where she lives, and Louisville, Kentucky, where her company is headquartered. Or maybe she’d be hopping around the South, visiting BrightSpring’s newest locations, which the home- and […]

CMS Emergency Payments to Home Health Providers Aren’t ‘No Strings Attached’ 

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administration Seema Verma first announced Medicare providers would be getting emergency assistance payments to help them maintain stability amid the coronavirus, she said the money would come with “no strings attached.” But that’s not entirely true, home health and hospice providers have learned as they receive […]

CMS Releases Allocation Details, Conditions of Participation for Emergency Payments to Home Health Providers

Home health and hospice providers now have greater clarity on how much initial emergency assistance they’ll be getting from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, as well as when those direct deposits will hit their bank accounts. While details of the disbursements were originally scarce, it seems the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) […]