How MedStar Health Went from 10 Virtual Visits Per Week — to 4,000 Per Day

Before COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S., MedStar Health was scheduling about 10 telehealth visits per week. During the height of COVID-19, that number increased to nearly 4,000 visits — per day. “Things have tailed off, but [they] certainly won’t ever go back to where they were,” David Brennan, MedStar’s director of telehealth initiatives, said […]

What Home-Based Care Agencies Need to Know About OSHA’s New Guidelines

In an effort to ease some of the COVID-19 burden, federal regulators have relaxed certain restrictions on home-based care providers since the Trump administration declared a public health emergency on March 13. But while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other agencies loosen their grip, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) […]

Savvy Home Health Providers May Look to Cash In on Behavioral Health, AI Interest

Despite the considerable headwinds that COVID-19 has created for the U.S. health care system, there are still a few sectors in which investment remains strong. Those areas include telehealth, behavioral health and artificial intelligence. Each has had steady backing since President Donald Trump declared a public health emergency in mid-March, according to a new report […]

After Weeks of Coronavirus Chaos, Home-Based Care Providers Welcome Early Signs of Normalcy

After an immense disruption from the COVID-19 virus led to a dip in patient visits and revenue, home-based care insiders are now reporting budding signs of normalcy. The public health crisis, of course, is far from over. But the initial panic is subsiding, patients are receiving care again and providers are gaining confidence operating in […]

Home Health Providers Likely to Face Future COVID-19 Fallout

The first wave of COVID-19 victims are the individuals directly impacted by the virus, the ones who contribute to the mounting death toll listed on news tickers every day. The second wave of victims, though, has yet to receive much air time. And it’s this second wave that has some home health industry insiders concerned […]

Encompass Health CFO: PDGM Has Been ‘Greatly Exacerbated’ by COVID-19

Like most in the health care sector, Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC) took a hit to its business in March as the COVID-19 outbreak intensified. Usually bullish on its near-term home health and hospice projections, the Birmingham, Alabama-based company is now more focused on getting back to a sense of normalcy. Encompass Health leadership detailed […]

Lessons Learned: Home-Based Care Is Key to Fighting Coronavirus, Italian Doctors Advise

As COVID-19 spreads from country to country, clinicians unfortunate enough to call themselves experienced with the virus are trying to advise their peers all across the globe. When Dr. Maurizio Cereda — a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s hospital — recently listened to the concerns of his counterparts in Italy, he came away with […]