How Home-Based Care Companies Can Minimize Their Insurance Premiums

The health care industry is experiencing an increase in the severity and frequency of insurance claims — and the home-based care sector is no exception. Despite the threat of increased costs, agencies can drive down their premiums by adding automated systems and implementing periodic caregiver screenings. “Profit margins are generally not very padded [for home […]

NAHC’s Dombi: PDGM Discriminates Against Community Referrals, RCD Could Haunt Home Health Providers

With a slew of regulatory and legislative changes on the horizon — from the Patient-Driven Grouping Model (PDGM) to the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) — the home-based care industry is poised for massive transformation. Despite federal challenges, the industry’s outlook is more promising than ever, advocates believe. “The image that you have is so, so […]

Why Upskilling Caregivers Can Improve Patient Care, Retention

As the demand for home-based care services continues to soar, so does the industry’s shortage of workers, with as many as 7.8 million caregiving positions projected to sit unfilled by 2026. The multimillion-dollar question for agencies remains how to survive the staffing crisis, which industry leaders have identified as the No. 1 challenge within home-based […]

Addus Generates $518M in 2018 Revenue, Begins Serving Medicare Advantage Partners

Despite wage pressures and referral setbacks, Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) had a markedly consistent fourth quarter and 2018 performance. With ample dry powder, the Frisco, Texas-based home health, hospice and personal care provider is well-positioned to deploy additional capital toward M&A, while simultaneously refining its relationships with Medicare Advantage (MA) partners. Addus is primed […]

Signature Healthcare at Home Acquires Home Health Division, Nova Leap Eyeing Home Care Deal

Signature Healthcare at Home acquires Samaritan Health Services Home Health As more hospitals and health systems continue to outsource their home-based care offerings, Signature Healthcare at Home has acquired Samaritan Health Services’ home health division. Wilsonville, Oregon-based Signature Healthcare at Home provides home health, hospice, personal home care, palliative care and rehabilitation therapy to patients […]

Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester Launches Auto Leasing Pilot for Caregivers

As the demand for home care services rises, agencies are forced to get creative with caregiver job perks and making sure workers safely get to their clients on time. To bolster its retention and recruitment efforts, Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester (VNSW) has launched a new automobile leasing pilot program, where caregivers are given company […]

FirstLight Adds Executives to Fuel Growth, Amedisys Board Member Retires

FirstLight expands leadership team amid rapid growth To accommodate recent growth, FirstLight Home Care has created and filled seven new positions, expanding its focus in areas such as technology, talent acquisition and franchise development.   While the hires are new, growth within the nine-year-old Cincinnati-based home care company is not. In 2017 alone, the franchisor […]

Home Health Partnership Cuts Re-Hospitalizations in Half, Reduces Spending by 35%

Partnering with a home health provider to tackle social determinants of health has helped a Maryland hospital cut readmissions for its high-risk patients in half, while also reducing hospital spending for the same population by 35%. Curbing re-hospitalizations has become a main focus for home health providers and hospitals alike as the U.S. health care […]