Home Health Companions Among Fastest-Growing Private Companies

This year’s edition of Inc. magazine’s annual list of the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. featured a number of in-home care providers that have made jaw-dropping business gains. To earn a spot on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list, released earlier this month, companies had to be privately owned, U.S.-based and independent, meaning […]

Regulatory Changes Threaten to Compound Caregiver Crisis

For years now, the caregiver crisis has plagued the home care industry, with demand far outpacing supply in most parts of the county and home care turnover hitting an all-time high of 82% in 2018. In New York, regulatory changes are about to make the problem a lot worse, according to industry leaders in the […]

American Well CMO: We Haven’t Yet Reached Telehealth’s Tipping Point

Widespread use of telehealth throughout the U.S. health care system — and especially in home-based senior care — hasn’t yet reached its tipping point, American Well Chief Medical Officer Dr. Peter Antall told Home Health Care News. But new survey findings released Tuesday suggest it may be coming in the not-too-distant future. “Perhaps it’s both […]

Home Care Agencies See New Opportunities Amid VA Changes

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — or the Tesla of home care, according to some — recently made changes to its health care plan to put veterans at the center of their own care and reduce network fragmentation.  The VA Mission Act makes it easier for veterans to visit non-VA medical facilities and creates […]

Home Care Driving Medicare Advantage Plan Growth

With 2020 just a few months away, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are popping up left and right. Home care benefits continue to be a driving force behind the growth. In the past week alone, the 2020 market gained at least two new MA plans. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine and MaineHealth announced […]

Care To Stay Home, Senior Helpers, Assistance Home Care Among 2019’s ‘Best Workplaces’ in Aging Services

Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Aging Services list was released on Thursday, highlighting several home-based care companies that stand out in terms of company culture. Senior Helpers, 24 Hour Home Care and Compass Care are among the many non-medical home care companies to make 2019’s top workplaces list, compiled by analytics firm Great Place to Work. […]

BrightStar Care CTO: MA Plans Want Home Care Partners with Track Records

Partly due to a lack of funds and existing data, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have been slow to roll out home care-focused supplemental benefits now allowed under Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines. Even so, many home care companies hoping to become MA partners have launched targeted campaigns to win plans’ attention. Among […]

Money, Data and Backup Plans: Why In-Home Medicare Advantage Benefits Are Rolling Out Slowly

Despite Medicare Advantage (MA) plans being recently allowed to cover a wide variety of in-home services and supports, insurers have been slow to roll out new supplemental benefits. In 2019, only 3% of Medicare Advantage plans offered in-home care services, according to AARP. Some think the tides will turn in 2020 — but even then, […]

[Updated] Guardian Healthcare Resolves Improper Billing Allegations; Home Health Recruiter Found Guilty in Medicaid Kickback Scheme

Guardian Healthcare resolves allegations Boston-based Guardian Healthcare has entered into a financial settlement with MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, according to Law360.  The home-based care provider — which offers home health and home care services — agreed to pay $1.95 million to resolve allegations that it submitted Medicaid claims without physician authorization that the services were […]