New HCAOA Executive Director Looks to Grow Membership, Strengthen Home Care’s Data Capabilities

The Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) is undergoing a leadership shakeup. The Washington, D.C.-based trade group announced Tuesday that long-time home care leader Vicki Hoak is taking over as executive director. Hoak takes over the role previously filled by Phil Bongiorno. Moving forward, Hoak will be tasked with helping U.S. home care providers navigate […]

Honor Turns to Former Lyft Executive for Hiring Help as Company Expands to Midwest

Technology-enabled home care services company Honor has turned to a former Lyft executive for help beefing up its caregiver recruitment and retention efforts. The infusion of leadership talent comes as the San Francisco-based Honor expands into America’s Heartland. Founded in 2014, Honor partners with home care agencies and other senior care providers by taking over […]

Humana to Lay Off More Than 800 Employees

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) — the payer-provider hybrid that has become a major player in the in-home care space — plans to cut its workforce by about 2%. Louisville, Kentucky-based Humana maintains about 41,600 employees nationwide, meaning a 2% cut would impact slightly more than 800 people. Humana leadership announced the layoffs in a message […]

Home Health Agencies Paid $46.2B to 1.5M Employees in 2018

The home health care industry had a bigger impact on the U.S. economy than ever before in 2018, according to new data. Specifically, home health agencies paid nearly $46.2 billion in total wages to a whopping 1.47 million employees nationwide in 2018. That’s up more than $3 billion and 60,0000 employees from the year before. […]

How To Tackle The Caregiver Crisis — Once And For All

More than 15 million U.S. adults require some degree of personal care, whether it’s from a friend, family member or paid caregiver. But factors such as the worsening caregiver shortage and the fragmentation of services are making formalized care harder to receive.  That’s according to a new report from New York-based direct care workforce advocacy […]

In-Home Care Costs Rising Faster Than Any Other Long-Term Care Setting

Home-based care is often lauded as an affordable — and preferable — alternative to skilled nursing care. But that characterization could be changing, as in-home care costs are skyrocketing to become more expensive than ever. That’s according to the latest annual Genworth Cost of Care Survey released Wednesday. The survey tracks the cost of various […]

Crisis Averted: Court Strikes Down Rate Changes Set to Compound Caregiver Shortage

Regulatory changes that threatened to compound the caregiver crisis in one state have been reversed, after a judge declared them “null and void.” The news comes more than a month after a new rate structure took effect to govern the Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) in New York. CDPAP allows seniors and people with disabilities […]

Papa Exploring Medicaid, Employee Benefit Opportunities Following $10M Funding Round

Grandkids-on-demand startup Papa has raised $10 million in Series A funding, pushing the Miami-based company’s total funding raised above $13 million. The recent investment round was led by Silicon Valley-area venture capital firm Canaan, with money also coming in from Sound Ventures, Y Combinator and Pivotal Ventures, a firm created by Melinda Gates. Past big-name […]

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 […]