Telemonitoring May Cut Costs, Not Hospital Admits, for Heart Patients

Telemonitoring has long been touted as a way to reduce hospitalizations. But when paired with home health care for heart failure patients, that may not always be the case. Still, there are reasons — from both a cost and outcomes perspective — for home health providers to consider implementing telemonitoring for this patient group. That’s […]

PlayMaker Releases Data on Home Health Length-of-Stay, Partners with WellSky

Home health and hospice providers in the South have longer average lengths of stay (ALOS) than any other region in the country. That’s according to the latest quarterly data from PlayMaker Health, a post-acute growth platform serving hundreds of organizations. In home health, Playmaker’s data shows southern states have an ALOS of 80.4 days, while […]

Amazon Reportedly Exploring At-Home Health Testing

Details are beginning to emerge about the latest rumored home health endeavor from Seattle-based technology giant and online retailer Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN). In line with its ongoing focus on the home setting, Amazon has reportedly considered entering the health diagnostics space by acquiring venture-backed startup Confer Health, which develops hardware for at-home medical testing. CNBC […]

WellSky Targets Hospice, Palliative Care With Fifth Acquisition of 2018

WellSky, a health and community care technology company backed by TPG Capital, has acquired Consolo Services Group, formerly a portfolio company of Bluff Point Associates that provides healthcare IT services with a focus on hospice. Financial terms are not being disclosed. The deal expands WellSky’s investment in hospice and offers an entry point into other […]

Tech Startup Raises $35 Million, Plans to Unveil Virtual Caregiver

In the midst of an ongoing labor crunch, one electronic health monitoring company is rolling out a virtual caregiver named “Addison” and is positioning itself to work with private-duty home care agencies. SameDay Security has raised $35 million to make it happen. The funds, of which about $32 million came from the recently completed Series […]

Apple Targeting Heart Health With New App

Technology titan Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has taken yet another step toward becoming an important player in the health care world and a potential resource for home-based care providers, particularly when it comes to heart health. Cupertino, California-based Apple announced Thursday that the newly available ECG app on its Apple Watch Series 4 model will […]

Home Care Startup Mavencare Expands into Boston, Eyes Health System Partnerships

Home care technology company Mavencare — which uses machine learning and predictive analytics to prevent avoidable hospital readmissions and other adverse health outcomes — is expanding into the Boston market. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Toronto, Mavencare offers personalized home care services that are supported by its proprietary technology and delivered by a team […]

Artificial Intelligence Holds Promise in Detecting Home Health Medicare Fraud

A study on artificial intelligence (AI) suggests the technology holds promise for detecting Medicare fraud within home health and hospice. However, leaders within the industry say a measured approach should be taken, given potential shortcomings and pitfalls related to AI. The research team at Florida Atlantic University programmed computers to predict, classify and flag potentially […]

GreatCall, Lyft Take Aging in Place Transportation Program Nationwide

The vast majority of America’s older adults hope to remain in their homes and communities as they age. That’s often only possible, however, when they are able to independently leave their homes when needed. To help them do so, San Diego-based GreatCall, a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), is ramping up its […]

Telehealth Companies, Home Health Providers See Major Upside in CMS Proposal

A recently proposed rule by federal policymakers expanding access to telehealth services through Medicare Advantage (MA) plans would likely be a major boon to home health providers and technology vendors alike, industry insiders say. Currently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) largely restricts telehealth reimbursement to clinical settings in rural areas, apart from […]