CMS, Humana Call Attention to Telehealth ‘Lifeline’ Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Federal policymakers, home health providers, insurers and other health care stakeholders continue to call attention to the benefits of telehealth amid the worsening coronavirus outbreak. But actions speak louder than words. Last week, the U.S. Senate approved an $8.3 billion bill targeting the COVID-19 virus. In addition to emergency funding, the bill stripped away certain […]

Humana Launches Medicare Advantage SDoH Program

Finding new ways to address the social determinants of health has become somewhat of a calling card for Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). This time around, the company announced a new program that reimburses health systems for referring Medicare Advantage members to social services.  Louisville, Kentucky-based Humana is both a payer and in-home care provider. Its […]

AccentCare Hires New CFO; BrightStar Care Names Chief Strategy Officer

AccentCare announces new chief financial officer Ryan Solomon is joining AccentCare Inc. as its new chief financial officer. Dallas-based AccentCare is a post-acute care organization that has more than 170 locations nationwide. Its service lines include skilled home health and personal care services, along with hospice care, private-duty nursing and care management. In his new […]

WCAS General Partner: There’s a ‘Significant Unmet Need’ for Value-Based, Senior-Focused Primary Care

Earlier this month, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) teamed up on a new joint venture aimed at expanding access to value-based primary care for Medicare patients. Under the JV agreement, Humana and WCAS will commit upwards of $600 million to build 50 new Partners in Primary Care (PiPC) centers […]

Following ‘Herculean’ Integration Efforts, Humana Sees Balanced Growth for Kindred at Home

In 2019, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) recorded its highest individual Medicare Advantage (MA) growth rate in a decade. The Louisville, Kentucky-based home- and community-focused health insurer anticipates more of the same in 2020, with leadership also bullish on Humana’s existing in-home care operations and its soon-to-expand primary care centers. And when it comes to home […]

Fedelta Home Care Secures Growth-Equity Financing; Humana Foundation Raises SDoH Investment to $7.6M

Montlake Capital invests in Fedelta Home Care Growth-equity firm Montlake Capital has announced it will fuel Fedelta Home Care’s growth efforts. Founded in 2004, Seattle-based Fedelta provides both home care and home health care services in the Puget Sound region. As a provider, Fedelta provides in-home care services to individuals of all ages, offering both […]

Clinical Huddles, Pre-Coding and Wound Care: Home Health Providers Share Tips for Early PDGM Success

When it comes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), it’s often the seemingly small changes that bring big results. That’s true even for some of the largest U.S. home health providers, including Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), Bayada Home Health Care, Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). While it’s still too early […]

HCAOA Names Home Helpers CEO as Board President; CMS Chief Medical Officer Leaves for Humana

HCAOA elects new board president The Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) has elected Emma Dickison as the new president of its board of directors. Washington, D.C.-based HCAOA represents nearly 3,000 companies that employ more than 500,000 caregivers. Dickison brings her background as CEO of Home Helpers Home Care — a company she’s been with […]

Walgreens Still Bullish on ‘Small But Important’ Senior Care Clinics

In the summer of 2018, the pharmacy retail business of Walgreens Boots Alliance (NYSE: WBA) announced it was forming a unique partnership with insurance company Humana (NYSE: HUM) focused on community-based senior care. Initially, the partnership — operated by Humana subsidiary Partners in Primary Care — launched inside two Walgreens stores in Kansas City, Missouri. […]

Humana to Acquire Enclara; Honor Expands in California

Humana to acquire Enclara Consonance Capital Partners, a health care investment firm, has agreed to sell Enclara Healthcare to Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). The transaction includes the privately held pharmacy company’s subsidiaries Enclara Pharmacia, GuidantRx and Avanti Health Care Services. The deal is expected to close during the first six months of 2020. For Louisville, […]