Amazon Unlikely to Pose Immediate Threat to At-Home Care Companies

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) may be charting its own course to in-home care, but the Seattle-based retail and technology giant is unlikely to threaten traditional in-home care providers anytime soon. Nonetheless, providers would be remiss to ignore Amazon’s actions, according to long-time home care leader Mark Heaney. “Amazon makes no small plans, [but] I wouldn’t lose […]

WellSky Partners with Forcura; HealthStream Teams Up with Medline

WellSky partners with Forcura WellSky, a health and community care technology company backed by TPG Capital, has partnered with Forcura. Under the partnership, WellSky clients will have access to Forcura’s intake and referrals management tools, care team coordination and orders tracking. “This integration automatically tracks orders and eliminates the need to manually fax orders. Forcura […]

Homecare Homebase Launches ‘Exchange’ Tool; Cerner, ResMed Form Care Transitions Partnership

Homecare Homebase launches ‘interoperability’ tool In an effort to improve interoperability, Homecare Homebase (HCHB) announced Wednesday that it has officially launched HCHB Exchange, a tool that allows home-based care providers to send and receive patient information. HCHB is a Dallas-based company that provides cloud-based software solutions for home health and hospice providers. HCHB Exchange is […]

Amazon Rolls Out In-Home Care Offering ‘Amazon Care’

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) has launched a new virtual care clinic, which will give employees access to telehealth and in-home care, according to CNBC. While public details are relatively sparse, the move potentially sets Amazon up for a broader expansion down the road. The goal of the pilot program — called Amazon Care — is to […]

At-Home Care Fueling Disruptive Medicare Advantage Startups

The Medicare Advantage (MA) landscape is heating up like never before, largely thanks to continued flexibilities from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that allow plans to cover a variety of nonmedical benefits.  Plans’ newfound ability to offer supplemental benefits such as home care and transportation for certain beneficiaries is drawing a number […]

Therapy Survival Tips for PDGM

With the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) set to move home health payment away from existing therapy thresholds and toward patient characteristics in 2020, providers will need to break down silos within their own operations if they want to be successful. Generally, many providers have often relied on a therapy-driven model, which has been a big […]

Why Home Care Disruptors Shouldn’t ‘Throw The Baby Out With The Bathwater’

Launched in May, Family Directed is the Louisville, Kentucky-based tech-enabled home care provider that’s breathing new life into HomeHero. Co-founded with former Almost Family CEO William Yarmuth, Family Directed is building its business in the name of transparency, hoping to give home care clients more information about the care services they’re signing up for. Unlike […]

Data Analytics Arms Race Continues Ahead of PDGM

With the implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) less than four months away, agencies continue to prepare for the biggest reimbursement change the industry has seen in about 20 years. Technology and data providers are rolling out tools to help agencies rise to the challenge. Most recently, WellSky launched a new data analytics solution […]

Care Indeed Using VR Training to Improve Caregiver Experience, Retention

The use of virtual reality technology has steadily made its way into the senior care arena, especially when it comes to innovative senior housing communities. Overall, though, VR is a tool that is still underutilized by in-home care providers. Care Indeed is working to change that, as the company recently implemented a VR dementia training […]