Home Health Care Agencies Threatened as Wages Rise, Reimbursements Lag

As more states push to raise the minimum wage, home-based care companies must work harder than ever to attract and retain workers as competition among employers grows. In home health care, agencies’ success often depends on Medicaid reimbursement, which is not keeping up with wage inflation in some states. And in private-pay home care, increased […]

Top Home Health Care News Stories of 2018

The home health, home care and hospice industries experienced ups and downs in 2018, including regulatory surprises, new business opportunities and industry-shaping mega deals. Home Health Care News was there to cover it all. Revisit 2018 — and get a sense of what ongoing trends and regulations will shape 2019 — by reading through our […]

Humana, Walgreens Rumored to be Considering Equity Stakes in Each Other

Humana (NYSE: HUM) and Walgreens Boots Alliance (NYSE: WBA) are in talks to expand their business relationship, which could include taking equity stakes in each other, according to a report published Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal. The negotiations are in early stages, WSJ reported, citing unnamed sources who are familiar with the matter. Neither […]

Health Care Execs Pick Amazon as Most Likely Industry Disruptor

Health care executives anticipate that Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) is much more likely to shake up the current status quo than other potential disruptors, such as Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), Google (Nasdaq: GOOGL) and Walmart (NYSE: WAL). Reaction Data, a full-service research platform for health care organizations, recently surveyed about 100 top executives with hospitals and other […]

Walmart, Anthem to Serve Medicare Advantage Members Together

An insurance giant and retail superpower are teaming up in another move reflecting consumers’ desire to age in place. Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) announced Monday that they’re forming a partnership to decrease health care costs and improve access to medication and supplies. If successful, the move could increase shopping convenience to home care providers and […]

How Home Care Could Be Re-Shaped if Walmart Acquires Humana

In the midst of acquiring a stake in the largest home health provider in the nation, insurance giant Humana (NYSE: HUM) might also be in early stage talks to itself be acquired by retail behemoth Walmart (NYSE: WMT). The combination of Humana and Walmart, though far from certain, would potentially be a game-changer for home […]

Must-Read News: Top Home Health Changes Ahead

Happy Monday, dear Home Health Care News readers. We’re back after a few days in Washington, D.C. at the National Leadership Conference, put on by the Visiting Nurses Association of America (VNAA), ElevatingHome and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. We’ll be bringing you more coverage from the conference this week. Take a […]

3 Ways to Person-Centered Care as Told by Walmart

What if the health care system was exactly the way the consumer prefers it, with individualized attention and convenient access? That’s what Marcus Osborne, vice president of health and wellness transformation at Walmart, asked the audience attending the National Leadership Conference hosted by the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) and the Alliance for Home […]

Honor Sets Up Shop at Walmart in New Market

A West Coast in-home care provider that recently secured a funding round of $42 million has branched into the Dallas-Fort Worth market and is trying a new approach to reach the community—opening storefronts in Walmart. Technology-forward home care company Honor has opened two pilot store locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth market where customers can learn about […]