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24 Hour Home Care Buys Non-Medical Division of Home Health

Details: GrandCare Health Services provides in-home medical care across Southern California. While it had a non-medical home care division prior to Wednesday’s news, the bulk of GrandCare’s business has historically been in skilled home health care, with …

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Private-Pay Home Health Provider Spring Hills Taking ‘All

Details: Gomez believes this gives Spring Hills a leg up in the industry, and that it tends to be a misconception that you can’t be a medical home health provider and in private pay. “There is a tremendous attrition rate in private-duty home care and non-medical home care,” he said.

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CMS to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for Workers in ‘Most

Details: Home health agencies were among the health care organizations explicitly mentioned in the plan. Along with either requiring or pushing American workers to get vaccinated, the Biden administration’s strategy calls for increased testing and masking while allocating more support for COVID-burdened hospitals.

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Humana Executive: Data, Analytics Key to a Home-Focused

Details: Home health operators have been advocating for more care to be delivered in the home for years. Those calls have now come to fruition. In actuality, other health care stakeholders have sought to shift more care into the home as well, but operational hurdles and unavoidable gaps in care made that mission seemingly impossible.

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For Complex Behavioral Health Patients, Home Health Is a

Details: Innovive Health had been known to clients and payers as Nizhoni Health for nearly two decades. As it heads into a new brand stage, it wants the transformation to reflect the unique type of home-based care it offers. The Medford, Massachusetts-based provider serves complex behavioral health patients, who often have comorbidities, in their homes

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AccentCare CEO: Home Health Industry Can’t Become the

Details: After months of taking a more passive approach to COVID-19 vaccinations, home health providers are starting to turn up the heat on their workforce. On Tuesday, Sarasota, Florida-based Empath Health — a home health, hospice and home care provider that …

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Vaccine Mandate Might Be Right Around the Corner for Home

Details: Editor’s note (Aug. 26, 2021): The Department of Health, Codes Committee of the Public Health and Health Planning Council adopted the emergency regulation on Thursday. More information is available here. New York home-based care workers wondering if …

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NY Home Health Agency to Pay $1 Million for Unlicensed

Details: A New York home health agency is facing $1 million in fines relating to a settlement over poorly-trained and untrained home-healh aides it employed to care for the elderly and infirm while offering services under Medicaid.

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New York Home Health Providers Plan County-Wide Expansion

Details: The owners of Waterfront Health Care Center, a for-profit nursing home in Buffalo, New York, is planning to offer home health services in Erie and Niagara Counties, according to an article from Buffalo Business First.. The Bronx-based Alpine Home Health Care LLC received approval last week by a State Department of Health regulatory committee to expand its existing home health care services

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Mandatory Vaccine Announcement Causes Confusion Among …

Details: But health care workers in state-run hospitals will no longer have the option to test out of the vaccination requirement under the new order. For home care providers that work with government agencies, such as Medicaid-based home- and community-based service (HCBS) providers, that means the lines have been further blurred.

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Home Health, Hospice Still Have Highest Multiples in All

Details: Health care dealmaking is on a blistering pace in 2021, with particular action around the home health and hospice spaces. And while transactions are being driven by private equity firms with plenty of dry powder, they’re also propelled by regulatory shifts, emerging care models and the transformation of the sector, a new mid-year dealmaking report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) …

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[Updated] LHC Group to Acquire Home Health, Hospice Assets

Details: HCA completed its $400 million deal for Brookdale Health Care Services in July, gaining an 80% ownership stake in the senior living giant’s home health, hospice and outpatient therapy segment. The Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA is a for-profit operator of health care facilities that has more than 2,000 sites of care nationwide, including 185

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Best Life Brands Launches New Home Health Offering ‘Boost

Details: “A home health company complements our other brands and allows us to offer skilled nursing and occupational and speech therapy. The pandemic has amplified the value of in-home health care, and we are looking forward to expanding this brand nationwide.”

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Choose Home Bill Looks to Make Home Health the Center of

Details: The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), a group that represents more than 14,000 nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, said it “adamantly” opposes Choose Home because it …

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Home Health Industry Must Prepare for Costs of

Details: At Home Health Care News, it seems like we’ve been writing about “the rapidly consolidating home health market” for years. Just check out this story from 2015, for example. There are also these more recent pieces from 2018 and 2019, respectively.. In many ways, consolidation — either through agency closures or through M&A activity — has been a way of life in the home health industry.

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Back-End Problems Continue to Haunt Home Health Agencies

Details: Back-End Problems Continue to Haunt Home Health Agencies. Managing back-end operations is arguably as paramount to a home health agency’s success as the patient-facing, clinical aspects of the business. Even so, that task has often been put on the back-burner in the past. But with the onset of no-pay RAPs, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model

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Amazon Care Reportedly Plans to Expand Its At-Home Care

Details: And I think home health care is absolutely central to that.” Outside of its own at-home care capabilities, Amazon is already working with other home-based care providers, business development executive Amanda Goltz said during MATTER’s recent “Healthcare 2040: Changing Care Delivery Models” virtual event.

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Home Health Services Critical for Lowering

Details: Cultural health beliefs and practices could likewise play a role, the researchers pointed out. “With the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting many inequities in the health care system, these challenges are compounded by systemic and structural problems that need to be critically examined through a lens of social justice and equity,” Jamie M. Smith, an instructor at Thomas Jefferson …

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SCAN Health Plan Enters Several Markets, Opening New Doors

Details: SCAN Health Plan has been serving numerous counties across California for decades. Now, the Medicare Advantage insurer plans to expand its footprint to two additional states, opening new doors to potential home care partners in the process. Founded in 1977, Long Beach, California-based SCAN Health

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81% of Health System Leaders Plan to Bump Up Their

Details: Source: Current Health. Despite the overall benefits, health systems have faced some roadblocks when it comes to implementing new technology and processes for home-based programs. The majority of these challenges are related to engagement, operations and data, according to Current Health.

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[Updated] SNF-Diversion Bill ‘Choose Home’ Introduced

Details: The home health industry reached a major legislative milestone on Thursday, with U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) teaming up to introduce a new bill to support in-home care alternatives to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

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CVS Health Building ‘Home Health Hub’ to Better Care for

Details: CVS Health’s ‘Symphony’ Most recently, CVS Health partnered with Aloe Care to launch “Symphony,” a medical-alert system that is designed to keep seniors safe and connected at home. Symphony is a collection of in-home and wearable devices that are available in around 650 CVS stores and online. Its differentiator is that it includes a

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How to Avoid Home Health Dealmaking Landmines

Details: Overall, home health transactions are on the rise again following the initial disruption of both the COVID-19 virus and the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), data from the Pittsburgh-based M&A advisory firm The Braff Group suggests. Between 2013 and 2020, there was an average of 60 deals per year. In 2021, the industry is on track to see

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Voices: Matt Johnson, CEO, EarlySense

Details: 2 days ago · CareCycle had two main divisions. One of them was a large, home health care platform in Texas and Louisiana with about 30 locations and several thousand home health care patients; the other side of the house was a remote patient management platform called CareCycle Management.

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Jet Health Lands Signal Home Health & Hospice in Ongoing

Details: Jet Health announced the Signal deal on Monday without disclosing any financial details. The transaction marks the company’s seventh purchase since its founding in 2016. More deals will likely soon follow, with Jet Health hoping to become a one-stop-shop for a larger continuum of home-based care, CEO Stacie Bratcher told Home Health Care News.

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‘We Are Losing Excellent Direct Care Staff’: Home-Based

Details: An emergency declaration was made Aug. 17, requiring all licensed health care workers in Rhode Island to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 1. A limited number of exemptions are being given, but home care providers are nonetheless seeing nurses, social workers, rehab therapists, office staff and others walk out the door.

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Home Health Veterans Windley, Strange Hoping to Take

Details: Prior to Aveanna, Windley and Strange led The Healthfield Group, a home health and hospice provider that was acquired by Gentiva Health Services for $454 million. Gentiva then was acquired by Kindred Healthcare in 2015 for $1.8 billion, which created Kindred at Home, the largest home health provider in the country.

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‘Mass Exodus’ of Nursing Home Staff Likely to Impact Home

Details: The Biden administration announced last week that all nursing home staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19, or operators would risk losing Medicare or Medicaid funding. That prompted concern among nursing home stakeholders and rumors that home health providers’ staff may not be far behind. Since

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Amazon Joins Home-Based Care

Details: “Moving Health Home was born out of this cross-pollination of ideas,” Bradford added. Addison, Texas-based Elara Caring was formed in 2018 after Great Lakes Caring, National Home Health Care and Jordan Health Services merged. The home health provider currently has more than 225 offices across 16 states.

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DOJ Highlights Multiple Home Health-Related Fraud Cases in

Details: Home health enforcement efforts have been on the rise in 2021, especially over the past couple of months. There have been developments with at least two multi-million-dollar fraud schemes, with the watchdog arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also releasing findings from a large hospice-related audit.

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Health Plan Investment in Social Determinants of Health

Details: Food access, transportation options, a sense of community and other social determinants of health account for up to 55% of an individual’s health outcomes, according to the World Health Organization.. To better understand such factors, NORC researchers interviewed more than 20 experts from health plans, community-based organizations, technology vendors and other groups.

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Encompass Health May Be Nearing Home Health, Hospice

Details: But home health and hospice multiples are at all-time highs, which could mean Encompass Health was unable to find a buyer willing to meet its asking price. “The appointment of company insiders to C-suite positions suggests that the business is unlikely to be sold and that a public spin-off is the most likely outcome of the company’s strategic review of its home health segment,” …

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Not a ‘Temporary Blip’: Home Health Agencies Gaining

Details: The anecdotal claims from home health insiders were true: Across the country, home health agencies gained a greater share of discharges from short-term acute care hospitals during the public health emergency. Specifically, the percentage of patients discharged into home health care rose 1.8% from March to May of 2020, from 17% to 18.8%.

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Resilient Healthcare Blazing New Trails for Hospital-at

Details: As of July 2, there were 66 health systems and 145 hospitals in 32 states participating in the CMS waiver program. Texas alone had at least 16 sites participating in the program, many of which were already working with Resilient. Resilient treats nearly a dozen different diagnoses under its hospital-at-home model, including COVID-19, Samuel said.

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Encompass Health Names New CEO for Home Health, Hospice

Details: Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) has named a new CEO for its large home health and hospice segment. The news comes nearly three months after former CEO April Anthony, the original founder of the business, announced she was stepping down. Ultimately, the Birmingham, Alabama-based health care company didn’t have to go far to find Anthony’s successor.

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Provider-Vendor Hybrid PathWell Acquires Caring Angels

Details: The home health company PathWell began as a technology company aiming to help other operators with back-end issues. But when COVID-19 hit, it changed direction to become a provider itself, equipped with the capabilities it once exclusively sought to …

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Clover Health Announces In-Home Primary Care Expansion

Details: Spiras Health is a clinical provider of care management and other health-related services to individuals with complex and chronic needs. It signed a five-year agreement with Clover Health on Wednesday. “Spiras Health and Clover Health share a commitment to addressing the needs of patients with complex chronic conditions with a unique and specialized home-based approach focused on …

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Home Health Providers, Hospitals Are ‘Fishing in the Same

Details: Home health providers and hospitals have a long history of going head-to-head when it comes to nursing talent. In some ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified the competition and left providers in the position of having to shell out more to recruit staff.

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Health Care Associations Call for Vaccine Mandate as

Details: Only 26% of home health workers had received a COVID-19 vaccine as of March, according to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and The Washington Post. That was in relation to 66% of workers in hospitals, 64% of workers in outpatient clinics and 50% of workers in nursing homes or assisted care facilities.

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The Pennant Group Holds Firm on Home Health Growth

Details: The Eagle, Idaho-based Pennant is a holding company of affiliated home health, hospice and senior living companies. Included in its network are 86 home health and hospice agencies, and 54 senior living communities, located throughout 14 states.

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‘It’s Inherently Unfair’: Home Health Stakeholders Slam

Details: Based in Michigan, Trinity Health At Home is one of the largest home health providers in the country. Overall, the Trinity Health network includes 94 hospitals and 109 continuing care locations that include PACE, senior living facilities, and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.

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Senators Reintroduce Home Health Telehealth Legislation

Details: The COVID-19 public health emergency is expected to last throughout 2021, so such an action could be a huge difference-maker for home health agencies. Advertisement If enacted, the HEAT Act would help providers meet rising demand for home health services as a time when the supply of nurses and other in-home care professionals is at a premium.

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CMS Officials Reflect on the Home Health Value-Based

Details: Its offerings include home health, hospice and palliative care services, in addition to mental health support and more. The organization cares for more than 44,000 patients per day. While HHVBP has received industry support, VNSNY and other providers are pushing CMS to build in more upside opportunities as part of the expansion.

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OSHA’s Virus Protection Program Could Put Home Health

Details: Hospitals, assisted living centers and nursing homes have received the bulk of attention throughout the public health emergency, but OSHA’s new program could now place home health agencies under the microscope, Tory Ian Summey, an associate at law firm Parker Poe, told Home Health Care News.

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Despite Early Struggles, Home Health Providers Adjusting

Details: Despite Early Struggles, Home Health Providers Adjusting to the ‘No-Pay RAP’. Home health providers have over half a year of “no-pay RAPs” under their belts now. Just like COVID-19 and the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), their adaptation to that change has been based on their size, capabilities and location, among other factors.

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‘Social Determinants of Aging

Details: “At Magellan, we are committed to transforming the health care experience through high-tech and high-touch solutions that address the health and wellness needs of the whole person – life, mind and body,” Alisa Bahl, the company’s chief strategy and innovation officer, said in a statement.

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Home Health Providers Have Paid $422M to Settle False

Details: Home health providers in the U.S. have paid at least $422.6 million to settle False Claims Act (FCA) allegations since 2012, according to a recently unveiled database from Nashville, Tennessee-based legal firm Bass, Berry & Sims. The total number of annual settlements have varied greatly, from a high of 14 in 2015 to a low of one in 2012.

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