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 […]

ResCare Crafts Strategy, Sets Goals to Reduce Turnover

Turnover is a concern for ResCare, as it is across the home care industry. But leaders at the large Louisville-based provider also believe that a more stable labor force is an achievable goal, and it is one they are pushing toward. With annual revenue of around $2 billion, ResCare provides in-home care to about 60,000 […]

How Home Care Could Be Re-Shaped if Walmart Acquires Humana

In the midst of acquiring a stake in the largest home health provider in the nation, insurance giant Humana (NYSE: HUM) might also be in early stage talks to itself be acquired by retail behemoth Walmart (NYSE: WMT). The combination of Humana and Walmart, though far from certain, would potentially be a game-changer for home […]

CareCentrix, Cigna Accused of Fraudulent Billing Scheme

Insurance giant Cigna (NYSE: CI) and home health coordination company CareCentrix have been accused of a fraudulent billing scheme, in which beneficiaries were allegedly overcharged for in-home medical equipment. Bloomfield, Connecticut-based Cigna is the fourth-largest U.S. health insurance company, according to Forbes. It contracts with other organizations that offer certain services and products to Cigna […]

Cigna Urges Court to Drop Home Care False Claims Suit

Cigna Corp. has urged an Illinois federal court to drop a ‘flawed’ home care false claims suit, which accuses Addus HomeCare Corp. (NASDAQ: ADUS) and a Cigna subsidiary of bilking the government of millions of dollars by providing Medicare- and Medicaid-covered services to people who didn’t need them. A complaint filed by Stop Illinois Marketing […]

Business Briefs: CareCentrix, Vistria Group

CareCentrix Extends Contract with Cigna CareCentrix, a company that provides support and coordination for patients and their families that need home health care services, has extended its contract with Cigna, a global health service company and CareCentrix’s longest standing client since 1996. The contract extension is for two years, and will continue to give Cigna’s […]

Cigna and Seattle Health System ACO Focuses on Hospital-to-Home Transition

Global health insurer Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI) is collaborating with a Washington state health system on several initiatives geared toward improving health and lowering costs, some of which include physician follow-ups on patients transitioning from hospital to home. Cigna Collaborative Care is the company’s approach to accomplishing the same population health goals as accountable care organizations […]

Cigna’s New Acquisition Expands Home Care for Chronically Ill Clientele

Cigna (NYSE: CI) announced Tuesday that it has completed its acquisition of Alegis Care, which will help the company expand its home care offerings to chronically ill homebound clients.  “Improving the medical home experience by providing access to affordable and convenient healthcare is a growing essential service for our homebound senior customers, and based on […]