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- […]

PDGM Check-In: ‘There’s a Slight Sense of the Wild West’

With just five full months to go before the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) becomes a reality, home health providers have reached crunch time. As it has been all along, the assumption-based behavioral adjustment baked into PDGM remains the home health industry’s No. 1 issue. Orginally, the behavioral adjustment was estimated to create a 6.42% payment […]

Encompass Health Latest Home Health Giant to Invest in Medalogix

Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) has made a minority investment in predictive analytics firm Medalogix. Regulatory changes and staffing shortages driving the need for increased efficiency in home health and hospice motivated the investment, according to Encompass Health Chief Strategy Officer Luke James. “As we look out into the future, [we’re excited about] having a direct […]

Elara Caring CEO: Home Health Providers Often ‘Ill-Equipped’ to Tackle Behavioral Health

Now more than ever, older adults are struggling with depression, addiction and similar challenges, recent statistics suggest. For some home health providers, that makes behavioral health a major business opportunity. Although behavioral health poses a significant upside, providers looking to break into the space will have to navigate unique reimbursement and operating challenges, experts say. […]

In Dynamic Industry, At-Home Care Providers See Scale as a Leg Up

In the dynamic home health, hospice and personal care industries, scale is sometimes a serious leg up, as well as a driving force behind record-setting M&A activity. That’s especially true when it comes to keeping up with potential Medicare Advantage (MA) opportunities, collecting actionable data and experimenting with new business models that solve nationwide problems, […]