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Published annually, the Chartbook provides broad overview trends from different sectors in the home health industry

WASHINGTON—The Research Institute for Home Care (RIHC or the Institute) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) released the 2023 RIHC Home Care Chartbook. Highlighting the role homecare plays in caring for an aging demographic, the Chartbook provides a look at the patients being served in home health, who they are demographically and clinically and the workforce that cares for them.

Franchised & company-owned provider of in-home personal & medical care services 

NEW YORK—Sentinel Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in midmarket companies, announced a minority structured equity and junior debt investment in the Worldwide Home Care division of Sodexo (the "Company"), which provides in–home care in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Brazil. The investment supported the acquisition of the Company led by private equity firm The Halifax Group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Senior care franchise offers advice for older adults & their caregivers as daylight saving time sets in & holidays approach

ROSEVILLE, California—Always Best Care Senior Services caregivers around the country often see their clients experiencing winter and holiday doldrums when the daylight hours become shorter and temperatures grow colder.

Data released showed improving home-based care deliver can have measurable impacts on health plan costs

NEW YORK—Tomorrow Health, a home-based health care platform, released new data with Geisinger Health Plan (GHP), illustrating how improving home-based care delivery can have measurable impacts on health plan costs, member satisfaction and overall health outcomes for patients. 
 

Physical, mental & financial well-being of 41M U.S. family caregivers caring for senior loved ones at risk

NEW YORK—As November is recognized as National Family Caregivers Month, A Place for Mom (APFM), an online platform for caregivers seeking senior care options, has released the findings of its 2023 State of Caregiving in the U.S. Survey. To draw attention to the challenges faced by the 41 million family caregivers in the country, the survey results reveal new information about the increasing obstacles caregivers are overcoming, highlighting the pressing need for more support and resources.

The award was presented at the BAYADA Hearts for Home Care’s Ambassador of the Year Awards Ceremony

WASHINGTON—BAYADA Hearts for Home Care (H4HC), a nonprofit advocacy organization made up of thousands of homecare recipients, their families and loved ones and homecare professionals, presented Bill Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), with its Lifetime Achievement Award. This is only the second time this award has been given—the first was awarded to Mark Baiada, founder and former CEO of BAYADA Home Health Care, upon his retirement in 2018. 

Rule for 2024 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update calls for only half of full rate adjustment to come due next year, but advocates say long-term impact still serious. Rule also changes DME resupply requirements.

WASHINGTON—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its 2024 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update final rule on Nov. 1, landing on more moderate cuts than initially proposed but still enacting rate reductions beginning in 2025 that would present “serious concerns for the home health community,” according to the National Association for Homecare and Hospice.

Clients can streamline operations to improve outcomes in pharmacy benefit management services

DALLAS—Axxess and OnePoint Patient Care announced the integration of Axxess Hospice and OnePoint Patient Care's Pharmacy Benefit Management platform. Axxess said the integration will help alleviate administrative burdens, increase nurse satisfaction, improve retention rates and provide better patient outcomes. 

The five transactions were in various health care verticals

FORT WORTH, Texas—VERTESS, a health care mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory firm, announced the closing of five major health care transactions in Quarter 3 (Q3) 2023 with a combined total transaction value of $75 million. The five transactions were in various health care verticals. The headwinds faced earlier in the year due to global and domestic economic pressures are clearing and signs for a profitable Q4 and 2024 are strong, VERTESS said.

Growth expansion continues across the midwest & western regions

ATLANTA—TZMO USA announced that Christian DePhilippis and Sam Keller have joined their growing Seni sales team. DePhilippis has experience promoting advanced wound care products to hospitals, long-term care communities, home health agencies, hospice agencies and physician offices. DePhilippis will oversee the Southern California market.

As Director of Operations, Haringa will oversee marketing efforts, client & consultant coordination & admin support

NORTH HAVEN, Connecticut—Holly Haringa has joined Corcoran Consulting Group LLC as director of operations and consultant. She oversees the group’s marketing efforts, client and consultant coordination and administrative support functions. Additionally, Haringa will collaborate with Corcoran team members and support the goals of its homecare agency clients.
 

Nonprofit BAYADA CEO takes helm of leading home health advocacy organization, calls for policies to protect patient access to home-based care

MOORESTOWN, New Jersey—David Baiada, CEO of BAYADA Home Health Care, has been elected to lead the board of directors of The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH). Baiada is assuming this role after serving as treasurer. BAYADA is a founding member of the partnership and an advocate for home health and home care patient populations.

New CFO brings over 15 years of experience in strategic finance, general management and public accounting to the premier franchisor of companies serving people along the continuum of care

TROY, Michigan—Best Life Brands, LLC (“Best Life Brands”), a franchised organization that includes Blue Moon Estate Sales, CarePatrol, ComForCare, At Your Side Home Care and Boost Home Healthcare, announces the appointment of Kevin Vesely as its new chief financial officer. With an impressive track record of financial leadership and strategic accomplishments, Vesely brings a wealth of experience to Best Life Brands.
 

National home care provider to open a location in Alameda

CINCINNATI, Ohio—FirstLight Home Care, a provider of homecare services, will open a new location in Alameda, California later this year. The office, which is set to open in December, will be owned and operated by Nicole Freeman.

Over the past 15 years, Freeman has contributed to the marketing efforts of several Fortune 500 companies. She is a marketing professional who holds a bachelor of arts degree from UC Berkeley, as well as an MBA from Georgetown University.