BrightStar Care CTO: MA Plans Want Home Care Partners with Track Records

Partly due to a lack of funds and existing data, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have been slow to roll out home care-focused supplemental benefits now allowed under Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines. Even so, many home care companies hoping to become MA partners have launched targeted campaigns to win plans’ attention. Among […]

Care Advantage Continues to Scale by Acquisition; BrightStar Eyes New Markets

Care Advantage acquires Allegiance Home Care Care Advantage Inc. has acquired Allegiance Home Care, marking the 51-year-old home health provider’s 10th acquisition since it received private equity backing in January 2017. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Richmond, Virginia-based Care Advantage, which is backed by New York-based PE firm BelHealth Investment Partners, provides […]

Thrive: BrightStar Agency Making Its Mark with Virtual Dementia Training

Thrive is an HHCN series that explores the successes, struggles and strategies of home care owners and operators on the local level. The number of American seniors with Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise, with about 5.5 million people over 65 affected. By 2025, that number could reach 7.1 million, up nearly 29%, according to […]

BrightStar, FirstLight, Right at Home Among Best Low-Investment Franchises to Buy in 2019

BrightStar Care, FirstLight HomeCare and Right at Home are three of the best low-investment franchises to buy right now in the U.S., according to Forbes, which recently released its latest “Best and Worst Franchise” list.  To create its new top-franchises list, Forbes teamed up with Arlington, Virginia-based market research and consulting firm FRANdata to take […]

Outcry Continues Over Law Allowing Caregivers to Poach Home Care Clients

Home care providers and legislators in one state are voicing concerns about recent legislation that would allow caregivers to poach clients from home care agencies without being penalized. The provision was recently written into the Connecticut state budget. It bans noncompete contracts and similar agreements in “homemaker, companion or home health services.” In other words, […]

LHC Group Finalizes Geisinger Joint Venture, BrightStar Continues Nationwide Expansion

LHC Group finalizes joint venture Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) and Geisinger Home Health and Hospice have finalized their joint venture agreement, initially announced at the end of February. Under the agreement, LHC Group will take majority ownership of Geisinger’s home health and hospice services in the Pennsylvania locations of Danville, Bloomsburg, Wilkes-Barre, […]

Home Health Agencies Ramp Up Social Media Recruiting Efforts

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media channels are quickly becoming more important tools for recruiting home care workers. That means agencies need to start building their online brand now to stay competitive, Hireology CEO Adam Robinson told Home Health Care News. Hireology is a talent-technology platform that provides candidate marketing and recruitment CRM services […]

Communication Breakdown: 60% of Home Health Workers Lack Adequate Information From Hospitals

As the U.S. health care system shifts towards value-based care, financial incentives are encouraging hospitals to work with home health organizations to improve patient outcomes. But despite the push, 60% of home health workers say they lack adequate patient information from hospitals to inform care, often leaving patients unprepared for treatment. That’s according to a […]

Top BrightStar Franchise Owner: There’s No ‘Secret Sauce,’ Fundamentals Foster Success

After spending decades as a corporate executive, Chicago area-native Gary Ratkiewicz decided to enter the home care industry for the same reason many people do: He was inspired by personal experience. After navigating his parents and son through end-of-life care, he bought his first BrightStar Care location in Tinley Park, a southwest suburb of Chicago, […]

BrightStar CEO Charting Course for 2019 Growth, Technology Investment

After reporting a total of 26 territory expansions in 2018, BrightStar Care plans to add even more locations in 2019, with openings slated in Minnesota, Washington and Pennsylvania, among other states. The Chicago-based at-home care company will continue to leverage technology, build upon existing markets and use new talent to make it happen, BrightStar Care […]