Amedisys Planning Massive Expansion of Personal Care Services

While personal care is the smallest segment in Amedisys Inc.’s (Nasdaq: AMED) portfolio of service offerings, the home-based care powerhouse has lofty goals to expand its personal care services into as many as 47 additional states in the years to come. Medicare Advantage is serving as a catalyst for the growth. That’s according to comments […]

What Anthem Wants from Its Medicare Advantage Home Care Partners

Geographic alignment and outside-of-the-box thinking are among the qualities Anthem Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) values from its prospective home care partners in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. An ability to demonstrate the value of in-home care services through data and evidence is also important, Martin Esquivel, vice president of Medicare product development for Indianapolis-based Anthem, told Home […]

CMS Adds More In-Home Care Services as Medicare Advantage Benefits for 2020

For the second year in a row, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has widened the scope of supplemental benefits Medicare Advantage (MA) plans can offer, creating even more opportunities for home care providers to become partners in MA contracts. CMS is also giving the MA program a pay raise to help drive […]

ClearCare Launches Home Care Tool for Tracking Condition Changes, Hospitalizations

Online home care platform ClearCare announced Monday the launch of a new tool for helping home care agencies better handle client condition changes and track hospitalizations. San Francisco-based ClearCare currently provides caregiver scheduling, billing and other software solutions to more than 4,000 home care agencies in total, including several of the industry’s largest. Its latest […]

‘Drive to Home,’ Medicare Changes Are Creating More Integrated Senior Care

In years to come, cross-continuum collaboration and the formation of integrated care delivery models that keep people away from hospitals will be the main catalysts for lowering U.S. health care spending. For senior housing, assisted living and independent living providers, in particular, that makes establishing relationships with home- and community-based partners all the more important. […]

Surging Functional Impairment Costs Could Mean Big Business for Home Care

Functional impairment is, perhaps, far more costly to the U.S. health care system than previously thought. Functional impairment is broadly defined as a condition or status that interferes with one or more basic life activities, such as bathing, eating or dressing. To help carry out these activities, individuals living with functional impairments often turn to […]

3 Ways Home Care Providers Can Win Health Plan Attention

Health plans big and small have recognized the value home-based care providers bring to the table in terms of avoiding costly hospital readmissions and supporting America’s seniors as they age in place. But forging initial relationships with insurers — especially top Medicare Advantage (MA) players, such as UnitedHealthcare (NYSE: UNH), Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and […]

Home Care Providers Plan to Seize New Medicare Advantage Opportunity

Investors were bullish on home care on Tuesday, following news that Medicare Advantage (MA) plans would officially be allowed to cover non-skilled home care services starting in 2019. Care providers were excited as well, making the case that they are well-positioned to seize this opportunity, even as they are trying to determine its scope. The […]

Partnerships Offer Value for Senior Housing, Home Health Providers

As growth in the 85-plus population begins to accelerate in 2020, pressure only will mount to break down siloes in post-acute and senior care. Smart senior housing providers and investors already should start looking at Medicare-certified home care companies as valuable allies, according to research findings from Anne Tumlinson Innovations and the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing […]