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 […]

Home Health Executive Forecast: 2020 Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

From the monumental Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and the unexpected pre-payment phaseout to the expanding Review Choice Demonstration (RCD), 2019 was a whirlwind year for the home health industry. Those three regulatory hurdles — and other changes — likely set up an even more chaotic year in 2020. Home health industry insiders and top executives […]

Elara Caring Names Alignment Healthcare Executive Scott Powers CEO

Elara Caring — the PE-backed home health, hospice and personal care giant created as the result of a three-way merger in 2018 — has a new top executive at the helm. The Addison, Texas-based company announced Friday that Medicare Advantage (MA) veteran Scott Powers is taking over as CEO, effective immediately. Powers replaces G. Scott […]

LHC Group Revs Up JV Activity; Elara Caring Rebranding Hits Milestone

LHC Group finalizes agreements Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has finalized a joint venture expansion agreement in Missouri while striking a new JV partnership in Alabama at the same time. LHC Group — one of the largest home health companies in the United States — has also purchased the assets of two home- […]