Home Care Providers Look Ahead as Medicare Advantage Evolution Continues

Home care providers slow to chase Medicare Advantage business opportunities may now be motivated to speed up their pursuits. Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it was broadening the range of supplemental benefits Medicare Advantage (MA) plans can offer in 2020. Starting next year, health care policymakers will allow MA […]

Thrive: ‘Maniacal’ Finances, Companion Care Help Homewatch CareGivers Agency Ramp Up Revenue

When Reena Sharma opened her Long Island, New York-based Homewatch CareGivers franchise location in 2013, the odds were stacked against her. New York was coming out of a moratorium, which froze licensing for new agencies. Though the state’s Department of Health was accepting applications from new home-based care providers, there was a processing backlog, leaving […]

Homewatch CareGivers CEO: Home Care Playing Leading Role in On-Demand Economy

The U.S. on-demand economy is booming, growing from an estimated $48 million in products and services in 2016 to roughly $75.7 billion in 2017. The home care industry has played a leading role in that boom, both through companies’ in-house efforts and their continued use of third-party services. The on-demand economy is economic activity created […]

Homewatch CareGivers Adds New Leadership Position to Focus on Innovation

Homewatch CareGivers has developed a new leadership position to spearhead innovation within the company. Jennifer Ramona has been named vice president of strategy and health care innovation. Previously, Ramona was the company’s director of business development. “We shifted some of [my] responsibilities with regards to the day-to-day business development to be able to really take […]

Visiting Angels, FirstLight Among Best Franchises to Buy in 2019

Visiting Angels, FirstLight Home Care and six other home care companies have been ranked among the 200 best franchises to buy in 2019. That’s according to a list compiled by Franchise Business Review, a market research firm that focuses on satisfaction and performance in the franchise industry. From June 2017 to November 2018, the firm […]

Homewatch CareGivers Harnesses Private Equity Capital to Shine in Hyper-Competitive Market

Under Julie Smith’s leadership, Homewatch CareGivers has transformed from being a family owned home care franchisor to being backed by private equity — but that only tells part of the story. The company — which encompasses more than 190 locations — was acquired by Authority Brands, a portfolio company of PNC Riverarch Capital, in 2017, […]

Home Care Executive Forecast: 2019 Trends, Challenges, Opportunities

From an ongoing labor crunch to evolving Medicare Advantage opportunities, U.S. home care providers face numerous challenges but also exciting opportunities heading into 2019. Many private-duty players anticipate tech investments and increasing integration with the overall health care system, as revealed in these forecasts from CEOs and upper level executives. In 2019, older adults and […]

Humana, Amedisys, Homewatch CareGivers Strategize for New Home Health Paradigm

Home health agencies have traditionally staked their claims within the continuum of care as post-acute service providers, serving patients who are discharged from hospitals, often after experiencing traumatic medical events. Advances in predictive modeling, data analytics and overall care delivery — coupled with a chronically ill patient population — are now prompting the home health […]

Interim Leads Home Care Pack on Entrepreneur’s Top Global Franchise List

Appearing alongside international heavyweights like McDonald’s and Hilton Hotels, several home care companies have made Entrepreneur magazine’s new rankings of the top global franchises. Interim HealthCare was the top-ranked home care franchise, coming in at No. 19 on the 200-company list. The list is based on data submitted to Entrepreneur for the publication’s annual Franchise […]

Home Care Providers Plan to Seize New Medicare Advantage Opportunity

Investors were bullish on home care on Tuesday, following news that Medicare Advantage (MA) plans would officially be allowed to cover non-skilled home care services starting in 2019. Care providers were excited as well, making the case that they are well-positioned to seize this opportunity, even as they are trying to determine its scope. The […]