Immigration ‘Pathways’ Vital to Home Care Industry’s Future

Home care has a huge immigrant workforce, so policies restricting immigration may only worsen recruitment and retention problems, providers and researchers warn. Across the board, the health care sector often relies on immigrant labor — especially for the care of older adults. In fact, immigrants accounted for more than 18% of U.S. health care workers […]

[Updated] Industry Insiders: Don’t Overlook CMS’s Dual-Eligibles Directive

*Editor’s note (4/30/2019): This story has been updated to include comments from Hometeam CEO Randy Klein. Home-based care providers continue to show their support for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) move to better coordinate care for Americans who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. CMS first announced plans to expand coverage options […]

Demographic Trends, PDGM Forcing Home Health Providers to Get Creative About Staffing

At-home care organizations across the country are grappling with how to attract and retain staff. Moorestown, New Jersey-based Bayada Home Health Care has tried to solve the industry-wide pain point by exploring creative solutions, including university partnerships. Reasons for at-home care workforce challenges are numerous. On a macro-level, the United States has a rapidly aging […]

Jefferson Health Using Tech Tool to Fill Communication Gaps with Home Health Partners

Jefferson Health — a 14-hospital system with more than $5 billion in revenue — is turning to a social media-inspired technology platform to fill communication gaps with its home health partners. The platform comes from Chicago-based Prepared Health, which helps hospitals connect and collaborate with the post-acute providers taking care of their patients following discharge […]

How New Payment Models, Big Data Are Disrupting Home Health Care

While technology behemoths and up-and-coming startups are often cited as the industry’s top disruptors, it’s innovative payment models and big data that will likely have the greatest impact on home health care delivery over the next several years, experts predict. Additionally, as long as gaps exist throughout the hospital-to-home transition process, further disruption is sure […]

Why Home Health Providers Should View PDGM as a Patient-Classification Model

Understandably, home health providers typically view the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) first and foremost as a payment overhaul — the most significant in nearly two decades. But with the right perspective, PDGM can also be leveraged to help drive change, strengthen care planning and improve patient quality outcomes. That’s something home health providers would be […]

Amazon’s New HIPAA-Compliant Alexa Skills Could Open Doors for Home-Based Care Agencies

Amazon’s Alexa now boasts HIPAA-compliant skills, a development that could create new opportunities for home-based care companies and the senior clients they serve. Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) launched Alexa’s secure medical skill kit Thursday. Through the new kit, select entities are allowed to build Alexa skills that securely send and receive protected patient health information. So […]

Interim’s New CEO Doubles Down on Population Health, Specialized Care Lines

Since taking over as CEO of Interim HealthCare in January, Jennifer Sheets hasn’t spent much time in the office. Instead, she’s been on the ground, averaging three states per week on a tour of Interim franchise locations across the country. The former chief clinical officer and senior executive of clinical operations, innovation, education and quality […]

New Value-Based Agreement with AmeriHealth Caritas Is Bayada’s Largest Yet

Over the past few years, Bayada Home Health Care has entered into several value-based agreements with managed care organization partners, reflective of the U.S. health care system’s broader shift from quantity to quality. The Moorestown, New Jersey-based home health provider announced its latest on Thursday: a new value-based agreement with AmeriHealth Caritas built on reducing […]