Papa Exploring Medicaid, Employee Benefit Opportunities Following $10M Funding Round

Grandkids-on-demand startup Papa has raised $10 million in Series A funding, pushing the Miami-based company’s total funding raised above $13 million. The recent investment round was led by Silicon Valley-area venture capital firm Canaan, with money also coming in from Sound Ventures, Y Combinator and Pivotal Ventures, a firm created by Melinda Gates. Past big-name […]

Money, Data and Backup Plans: Why In-Home Medicare Advantage Benefits Are Rolling Out Slowly

Despite Medicare Advantage (MA) plans being recently allowed to cover a wide variety of in-home services and supports, insurers have been slow to roll out new supplemental benefits. In 2019, only 3% of Medicare Advantage plans offered in-home care services, according to AARP. Some think the tides will turn in 2020 — but even then, […]

Arosa+LivHome Expands Geographic Footprint While Honor, Papa Win New Partnerships

Arosa+LivHome announces fifth acquisition of 2019 Arosa+LivHome has agreed to acquire The Cameron Group, an Orlando, Florida-based care management and home care agency. On top of that, the Bain Capital Double Impact-backed provider announced the acquisition of Senior Care Management Associates (SCMA) and Companion & Home Care, both located in North Carolina. Financial terms of […]

‘TaskRabbit for Seniors’ Helping Older Adults Age in Place

Over the years, there have been a number of home care-adjacent startups that have entered the market and attempted to provide services that could potentially rival those offered by traditional providers. One up-and-coming company is now setting its sights on helping older adults age in place by becoming a TaskRabbit for seniors. The company is […]

White House Highlights Aging in Place Technology, R&D Opportunities

Technology aimed at improving access to health care, cognition and personal mobility will be key to older Americans’ ability to age in place and the federal government’s capacity to care for them, a new White House report argues. Tech dedicated to assisting with activities of daily living, transportation, and communication and social connectivity will also […]

The Top Trends in Home Health Care for 2019

2018 was a banner year for the Medicare-certified home health care industry. Big providers got even larger through creative mergers and acquisitions. Admissions and utilization numbers held strong. New telehealth opportunities started to emerge. And, in general, revenues remained high. The upcoming year brings much uncertainty, however, with the main culprit being the Patient-Driven Groupings […]

Humana Keeps Focus on the Home with ‘Grandkids on Demand’ Pilot

“Grandkids on demand” startup Papa has struck a partnership with health insurance behemoth Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM). A part-owner of the nation’s largest home health provider, Humana is pursuing a multi-faceted strategy to support more home-based services for its beneficiaries, including seniors on Medicare Advantage plans. As part of the new partnership, Louisville, Kentucky-based Humana […]

‘Grandkids On-Demand’ Startup Raises $2.4M, Building MA Partnerships

Care providers are closely watching the Medicare Advantage (MA) market to see how insurers carve in home care services under the expanded supplemental benefits that are coming in 2019. Traditional providers aren’t the only groups paying attention, though, as companies operating on the fringes of home-based care are also eyeing MA opportunities. The latest: Papa, […]