Hospitals, Physicians Aren’t Screening for Social Determinants of Health

Addressing social determinants of health has become the topic of the moment in health care. Despite being a popular talking point and area of focus for home care agencies, many hospitals and physician practices aren’t screening for SDoH barriers. In fact, only 24% of hospitals and 16% of physician practices screen for recommended social determinants […]

Anthem Doubles Down on Home Care, Whole-Person Health for 2020

Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) and a number of its affiliated health plans were among the relatively few Medicare Advantage (MA) entities to actually offer home care-related supplemental benefits for the 2019 plan year. The Indianapolis-based Anthem was one of the first major insurers to publicly promote that fact as well, highlighting its expanded benefits packages […]

Senior Solutions Credits Market Diversification, Bayada Mindset for Its Rapid Growth 

A decade ago, Senior Solutions didn’t exist. Today, the Brentwood, Tennessee-based company considers itself one of the largest family-owned home care agencies in America. Senior Solutions brought in $14.1 million in 2018 revenue, according to Inc. magazine. The home care agency took spot No. 1,827 on the publication’s annual list of the country’s 5,000 fastest-growing, […]

Alpine Portfolio Company Buys AmeriBest Home Care; Towerbrook, Ascension to Acquire Compassus

TEAM Services Group acquires AmeriBest Home Care TEAM Services Group, a portfolio company of Alpine Investors, has purchased AmeriBest Home Care from Boyne Capital, a Miami-based private equity firm. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Philadelphia-based AmeriBest is a home agency that provides services that include long-term care, skilled nursing, medical social […]

Elara Caring Names Alignment Healthcare Executive Scott Powers CEO

Elara Caring — the PE-backed home health, hospice and personal care giant created as the result of a three-way merger in 2018 — has a new top executive at the helm. The Addison, Texas-based company announced Friday that Medicare Advantage (MA) veteran Scott Powers is taking over as CEO, effective immediately. Powers replaces G. Scott […]

Home- and Community-Based Care Takes Center Stage in 2020 Medicare Advantage Plan Designs

From national plans such as Humana and Cigna to smaller regional ones like SCAN Health Plan, a large number of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are set to expand their home- and community-based supplemental benefit offerings in 2020. While details remain somewhat sparse, plans officially began announcing their 2020 offerings Monday, ahead of the upcoming annual […]

Home Care Attorney: Bill Eliminating 24-Hour Home Care Shifts Unlikely to Pass

Lawmakers in one state made waves in the home care industry this September when they introduced a bill that would effectively eliminate 24-hour work shifts for caregivers.  Providers in New York, where the legislation was proposed, worry the bill would drastically increase labor costs if passed. But those concerns could be for naught, according to […]

LHC Group CEO: Biggest Innovation We Need Is Payment Innovation

When it comes to technology, there’s no shortage of gadgets and gizmos promising to innovate home-based care. In fact, during trade shows, all of the different technology being highlighted can sometimes feel a little like a scene from a science-fiction show. “I think we have seen the future of technology — we just haven’t started […]

Home-Based Care Providers Can’t Afford to Overlook These Legal ‘Sleeping Giants’ in 2020

Home-based care providers have no shortage of regulatory hurdles and legal changes to keep them on their toes. For most home health agencies, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) are top of mind. Meanwhile, home care agencies have minimum wage hikes and electronic visit verification (EVV) to worry about. With so […]