FDA Signs Off on First At-Home Coronavirus Test

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued an emergency use authorization for the first COVID-19 diagnostic at-home test. The move will not have an immediate impact on in-home care providers, but it could give them one more tool in their pandemic toolbox in weeks to come. The FDA specifically signed off on the […]

In-Home Care Workers Increasingly Prefer Virtual Training

Virtual tools have quickly turned into the preferred method of training for in-home caregivers since the start of the COVID-19 public health emergency. That trend will likely continue beyond 2020 as well. That’s according to a new survey conducted by Medflyt, a HIPAA-compliant web-based workforce management platform for home care agencies. The Forest Hills, New […]

Amazon Unveils ‘Care Hub,’ a New Alexa Tool Designed for Aging in Place

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) has taken another step toward taking over the aging-in-place space. Earlier this week, the online retail and technology giant announced it is rolling out a new health care feature through its Alexa device aimed at helping informal caregivers monitor seniors inside the home. The new feature — dubbed “Care Hub” — allows […]

BrightStar Care Targets Health System, Payer Partnerships with Latest Pilot

Two Chicago-based in-home care companies are teaming up in a move that illustrates bigger home care trends. On Tuesday, BrightStar Care — one of the largest home care franchisers in the nation — announced it’s joining Dina’s digital home care coordination network. In doing so, the home care and senior living franchise organization hopes to […]

UnitedHealthcare Advances Home Strategy, Expects to Make 1.7M House Calls in 2020

A number of major Medicare Advantage (MA) carriers are expanding their supplemental benefit offerings shaped around in-home care next year. UnitedHealthcare, the insurance arm of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), is among them. Overall, UnitedHealthcare partners with more than 1.3 million physicians and care professionals across the U.S., plus another 6,500 or so hospitals and other […]

How Excelin Home Health Used Telehealth to Automate Its COVID-19 Return-to-Work System

Between mid-March and mid-August, more than 12.1 million Medicare beneficiaries received some sort of telemedicine service for their health and wellness. The numbers don’t lie: The COVID-19 emergency has officially ushered in a new age of telehealth in the U.S. But while in-home care providers and other organizations have embraced telehealth to deliver virtual visits […]

Comcast NBCUniversal, Independence Health Group Offshoot Quil Launches Aging In Place Platform

The brainchild of Comcast NBCUniversal and Independence Health Group — Quil — has set its sights on solidifying its place in the home. The company recently unveiled plans to launch Quil Assure, a sensor-based technology platform that aims to keep seniors and their informal caregivers connected. Quil Assure, which is slated to launch in 2021, […]

Honor Raises $140M to Fuel National Expansion

Honor — the technology-enabled home care startup that partners with independent agencies through the Honor Care Network — is gearing up for a major expansion. Those expansion plans are built around a substantial infusion of new capital, too. The San Francisco-based Honor announced Tuesday it has raised $140 million in Series D funding, led by […]

[Updated] Lawmakers Introduce New Bill Paving the Way for Home Health Telehealth Reimbursement

Home health providers are one step closer to getting the No. 1 thing they’ve been asking for since the COVID-19 pandemic began: reimbursement for telehealth-driven visits. On Friday, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act, a bipartisan bill to provide Medicare reimbursement for […]

CareLinx, Doctor On Demand Team Up to Provide Virtual Care at Home

CareLinx is teaming up with virtual primary care provider Doctor On Demand to give high-risk seniors access to services in their homes.  Burlingame, California-based CareLinx is a tech-enabled home care platform that connects seniors and their families to its nationwide network of 400,000 caregivers. The company was acquired by Generali Global Assistance in 2017. Under […]