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 […]

CMS Proposes Medicare Advantage Changes to Expand In-Home Telehealth Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday unveiled a proposal to expand telehealth benefits in Medicare Advantage, making it easier for beneficiaries to access these services from home rather than a health care facility. Under the proposed rule, which would take effect in calendar year 2020, MA plans could cover telehealth services […]

Tech Roundup: Google Assistant Investment Program Backs Aiva Health, Companionship Startup Launches

Google Assistant Investment Program Invests in Aiva Health Aiva Health, a Los Angeles-based startup looking to provide a hands-free operating system for health care organizations, has secured investment from the Google Assistant Investment Program. The investment amount was not disclosed. Founded in 2016, Aiva Health uses Google Home, Amazon Echo and other “smart speakers” to […]

‘Grandkids On-Demand’ Startup Raises $2.4M, Building MA Partnerships

Care providers are closely watching the Medicare Advantage (MA) market to see how insurers carve in home care services under the expanded supplemental benefits that are coming in 2019. Traditional providers aren’t the only groups paying attention, though, as companies operating on the fringes of home-based care are also eyeing MA opportunities. The latest: Papa, […]

Upcoming Webinar: How the Internet-of-Things is Transforming Home Health and Hospice

Complimentary Webinar Thursday, October 18 at 1 PM Central Time Register Now Industries across the board are getting the internet-of-things (IoT) treatment, including health care. From smart homes to wearable fitness trackers to remote patient monitoring tools, IoT applications are changing the way we do things and market estimations spell colossal growth in the years […]

Webinar Wednesday: Keys to Building a Successful, Data-Driven Quality Program

Date: Wednesday, September 26 Time: 1:00-2:00 P.M. CDT Register Now The home care and hospice industry is increasingly competitive. The shift from “volume” to “value” means that agencies must increasingly focus on quality outcomes and prove their “worth” to customers and referral sources alike. Agencies must have a robust quality program in place that identifies, tracks and […]