Heightened Home Health Awareness Means Higher Volumes, More Opportunities for Agencies in 2021

Home health agencies took hits to both their censuses and psyches when the public health emergency (PHE) was declared last March. Since then, some industry insiders have argued that the space has gone through a five- to 10-year transformation. Subsequently, the second year of COVID-19 is set to look different than the first, for a […]

Home Health Executive Forecast for 2021: Reserving a Seat at the Big Kids’ Table

Going into 2020, many home health executives predicted that the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) would kick off a wave of consolidation and agency closures. Others believed the phase out of Requests for Anticipated Payment (RAPs) would have a similar effect. For the most part, that didn’t happen. The COVID-19 pandemic — and all the policy […]

Half of Patients Referred to Home Health Don’t Receive Services — But Providers Can Change That

Home health is often utilized as a recovery tool when patients transition out of the hospital because of its ability to improve outcomes. But many of the Medicare beneficiaries who receive referrals after being discharged aren’t actually receiving these services. Overall, the past several decades have seen an increase in the use of post-acute services, […]

Why Technology Adoption Alone Won’t Help Home Health Providers

The unexpected challenges of 2020 have forced innovation and technology adoption upon the home health care industry, prompting progressive providers to move further into the future and for conservative ones to try something new. Beginning to apply new technology to an agency’s operations can be a challenge, though, and throwing money at the problem often […]

Elara Caring Targets Physicians as Home Health Providers Rethink Referrals

In the build-up to 2020 and the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), many home health providers began shifting their referral strategies to focus more on hospitals, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other institutional sources. Generally, providers realized that patients coming from such settings likely meant more Medicare dollars under PDGM, especially when patients were also classified […]

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 […]

As COVID-19 Worsens Mental Health Conditions, Home Health Providers Refocus Their Operations

For many, the COVID-19 virus and accompanying shelter-in-place orders means a worsening of mental or behavioral health conditions. For seniors already grappling with depression or anxiety, the outbreak has likely only compounded issues further. With that in mind, many home health companies — including AccentCare and Elara Caring, two of the largest providers in the […]

Elara Caring Turns to Telehealth to Solve Coronavirus Pain Points

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Elara Caring has announced it will be rolling out telephonic home visits and telehealth services for its skilled home health and hospice patients. Elara Caring is making the move to solve a number of pain points related to the coronavirus outbreak, including an industry-wide personal protective equipment (PPE) […]

Elara Caring Hires President of Operations; Senior Helpers Names Chief Performance Officer

Elara Caring refines leadership team Elara Caring has a new president of operations. The Addison, Texas-based home health provider announced Wednesday that Ian Gordan has been named to the role, effective immediately.  Formed in 2018 after the merger of three large regional home health, hospice and personal care companies, Elara Caring and its 35,000 caregivers […]