Building on home healthcare capabilities

Recent acquisitions continue to advance the evolution of value-based care for Humana MA members by emphasizing home-based treatment, with the benefit of care continuity and improved outcomes.

Purchases of Kindred at Home (KAH) and One Homecare Solutions (OneHome) by Humana add to the patient experience and are designed to offer care where members want it most—at home, where the need increased during the pandemic amid lockdowns and restricted access. Just as significant, the transactions further integrate primary care with home care to help improve outcomes and satisfaction for patients and providers and drive greater value for health plan partners.

The integration of the companies makes value-based home services available to more members nationwide while further developing a quality-focused model that improves outcomes and trims costs, said Susan Diamond, Humana’s chief financial officer who was president of home solutions during the transactions.

 

OneHome, focusing on the MA population, uses a value-based model to provide post-acute at-home services, including infusion care, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. It also offers durable medical equipment at patients’ homes and sites-of care placement through skilled nursing facility at-home programs.

The acquisition of OneHome helps further value-based home care capabilities on a national scale. OneHome serves roughly 1 million members—many of whom are Humana MA members—through its plan partners and can provide an estimated 20% in savings through its care-delivery approach, according to OneHome.

Fully acquiring Kindred, the nation’s largest home health and hospice provider, of which Humana already owned 40%, further advances home-based clinical efforts. The companies collaborated over the last year to prove home-based care models’ impact on preventable events and assemble supporting clinical capabilities ranging from preventive to higher acuity, emergent, hospital-level care.

The work resulted in the development of a platform to share and analyze information between the health plan and home health agency, facilitating the delivery of proactive and individual care plans. The approach delivers personalized, more comprehensive whole-person care and supports care continuity by engaging in-home physicians and urgent care resources when a patient does not have immediate access to a primary care physician or if symptoms need immediate escalation.