Home- and Community-Based Care Takes Center Stage in 2020 Medicare Advantage Plan Designs

From national plans such as Humana and Cigna to smaller regional ones like SCAN Health Plan, a large number of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are set to expand their home- and community-based supplemental benefit offerings in 2020. While details remain somewhat sparse, plans officially began announcing their 2020 offerings Monday, ahead of the upcoming annual […]

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 […]