Homewatch CareGivers Adds New Leadership Position to Focus on Innovation

Homewatch CareGivers has developed a new leadership position to spearhead innovation within the company. Jennifer Ramona has been named vice president of strategy and health care innovation. Previously, Ramona was the company’s director of business development. “We shifted some of [my] responsibilities with regards to the day-to-day business development to be able to really take […]

Visiting Angels, FirstLight Among Best Franchises to Buy in 2019

Visiting Angels, FirstLight Home Care and six other home care companies have been ranked among the 200 best franchises to buy in 2019. That’s according to a list compiled by Franchise Business Review, a market research firm that focuses on satisfaction and performance in the franchise industry. From June 2017 to November 2018, the firm […]

ComForCare Brings Brands Together Under New Platform Company

Home care giant ComForCare has announced the creation of a new platform company to unify its brands. Going forward, Best Life Brands will encompass ComForCare, fellow home care franchise company At Your Side, senior placement organization CarePatrol and any future acquisitions. Owned by New York-based private equity firm Riverside Company, ComForCare operates on a franchise […]

Mark Heaney: Why Home Care Providers Need to Shake ‘Non-Skilled’ Label 

By Mark Heaney for Home Health Care News Names are important. That’s why it’s time to scrap the “non-skilled” label in home care. With very good reason, the industry has reacted with great excitement to the early 2018 news that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is permitting Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to add home and community services […]

Humana Names Incoming Chief Medical Officer, Graceworks Hires New CEO

Humana Hires New CMO Humana (NYSE: HUM) has appointed a new chief medical officer. Dr. William Shrank will take the reins April 1, as current CMO Dr. Roy Beveridge transitions to retirement later in the year. Beveridge will stay on for several months after Shrank steps in to ensure a smooth transition, according to Humana. […]

Startup Raises $9.5 Million, Brings Predictive Health Tech Into the Home

Last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas was dominated by home health devices. One example, which showcases the increasing consumer and investor interest in at-home monitoring, is CarePredict. The Florida-based health tech startup raised $9.5 million in Series A funding and has rolled out a new direct-to-consumer product, unveiled at CES. The in-home […]

Interim Rises to Top of Senior Care Category on Franchise 500 List

Interim HealthCare Inc. beat out its competitors to top Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 Rankings in the senior care category. On last year’s list, Interim ranked below Right at Home, Nurse Next Door, FirstLight Home Care, Visiting Angels and BrightStar Care. Since 1980, the annual list has evaluated the strength of franchise opportunities in industries across the […]

How to Protect Against Home Care Clients, Caregivers Cutting Out Agencies

Shortly after Jocelyn Mayo founded Pampering Plus, a Pennsylvania-based company that provides medical and nonmedical at-home services, a caregiver and private-pay client struck a deal to continue working together while cutting the agency out of the picture. Luckily, buyout agreements previously made with both parties helped Mayo recoup some of her losses.   “[The client] […]

Home-Based Program Reduces Senior Depression, Cuts Health Care Costs

A nationwide home-based program is curbing depression among seniors and cutting costs in the process. The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS), which started out of the University of Washington in the late 1990s, aims to combat depression among those over 65. The condition affects more than 6.5 million Americans in that age group, […]