Thanks to Home Care Providers, Telehealth Is Turning into a $250B Industry

Telehealth vendors experienced a major business boom last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many believe the increased demand will stick around in 2021, too, driven by a need to constantly monitor vulnerable populations in the home setting. Synzi — a St. Petersburg, Florida-based company that provides virtual visit and messaging tools via its telehealth […]

How Excelin Home Health Used Telehealth to Automate Its COVID-19 Return-to-Work System

Between mid-March and mid-August, more than 12.1 million Medicare beneficiaries received some sort of telemedicine service for their health and wellness. The numbers don’t lie: The COVID-19 emergency has officially ushered in a new age of telehealth in the U.S. But while in-home care providers and other organizations have embraced telehealth to deliver virtual visits […]

Home Health Provider Excelin Leverages Virtual Care Tool to Conserve PPE, Keep Caregivers Safe

Telehealth has recently been thrusted to the forefront of health care, specifically as a way to avoid person-to-person contact during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Despite a lack of direct reimbursement from Medicare, home health company Excelin Home Health recently began providing telehealth services to its clients as a way to prevent the spread of coronavirus. […]

Coronavirus Scare Likely to Boost Telehealth Adoption Among Home-Based Care Providers

On Thursday, the Senate approved a bill that will provide $8.3 billion in emergency funds to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. Apart from funding, the bill made major changes to telehealth statutes, possibly allowing home-based care providers to both rely heavier on telehealth tools and be properly reimbursed for […]

Avoiding Panic, Educating Staff Keys to Surviving Coronavirus Scare

The U.S. Senate approved $8.3 billion in emergency funding on Thursday in response to COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus. At least 11 deaths have now been tied to the virus in the United States, with California officially declaring a state of emergency. For the home-based care industry, aggressive preparation has become paramount, especially […]

Advocate Aurora Puts Wound Care First with New PDGM Strategy

For home health providers trying to survive the fundamental shift that is the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), leveraging resources as efficiently as possible will be especially important. For Advocate Aurora Health’s post-acute care division, that means improving outcomes around wound care through enhanced training and education. It’s a clinical pathway several industry experts and consultants […]

Home Instead Promotes Company Veteran to President; Encompass Health Names Chief HR Officer

Home Instead names company vet president Home Instead Inc. has named its global chief information officer, Jim Hood, as its new president. Home Instead Inc. is the Omaha, Nebraska-based franchise company that runs Home Instead Senior Care, a provider of in-home care services with over 1,000 independently owned and operated offices worldwide. With more than […]

Wound Care Pilot Improves Outcomes, Reduces Cost for AccentCare

A telehealth pilot targeting wound care patients has helped AccentCare cut costs and reduce readmissions for participating offices. As a result, the program — made possible through a partnership with virtual care platform Synzi — will soon see a larger rollout. The program could serve as an example for the hoards of providers industry-wide hoping […]

CMS Finalizes In-Home Medicare Advantage Telehealth Policies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Friday that the agency has finalized a set of policies designed to expand the use of telehealth benefits under the Medicare Advantage program. Originally proposed in October 2018 for the 2020 plan year, the new policies from CMS are meant to expand access to telehealth services […]

Telehealth Companies, Home Health Providers See Major Upside in CMS Proposal

A recently proposed rule by federal policymakers expanding access to telehealth services through Medicare Advantage (MA) plans would likely be a major boon to home health providers and technology vendors alike, industry insiders say. Currently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) largely restricts telehealth reimbursement to clinical settings in rural areas, apart from […]