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Here Come The Ads: Yet Minnesotans, Particularly Seniors, Should Expect More From Their Health Care Plans

Too many medical providers get involved only after people are sick. They should be offering help when people are healthy and want to stay that way. That’s the opinion of Lifespark CEO, Joel Theisen, BSN, RN, who wrote this article in Minn Post urging seniors and their families to expect more from their health plans. Lifespark […]

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How Home-Based Care Providers Are Planning to Get Involved With The GUIDE Model

In an interview with Patrick Filbin, reporter for Home Health Care News, Matt Kinne, Interim COO and VP, Growth weighed in on how Lifespark views the model and our potential participation. As Filbin noted, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first announced the Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) Model in late July. […]

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Lifespark Appoints Monica Engel to Board of Directors

Monica Engel, senior vice president of government markets at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, has joined the Lifespark Board of Directors. As a member of the executive leadership team at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Engel oversees the organization’s government health program business, including Medicare, Medicaid, the federal employee plan and individual market […]

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Payment Perspectives with Joel Theisen and Erin Hilligan

Lifespark CEO Joel Theisen and VP – Program Execution Erin Hilligan sat down with Tim Mullaney, editor of Skilled Nursing News to talk about the steps providers can take to prove their value to payers in today’s evolving payment landscape. They discuss how technology is helping operators navigate this shift, and they also share perspectives […]

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Value-Based Care ‘Mindset Shift’ Needed to Reach Industry’s Next Evolution

Senior Housing News reporter, Austin Montgomery, in his latest article, shared that in 2023, value-based care reached a “tipping point,” with big senior living players including Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) embracing the trend. Lifespark, he names in the article, has stakes in the value-based care world. Looking ahead to 2024, he said, “the industry is preparing […]

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Playing to Win! Symposium Advocates Aging As A Team Sport

In Senior Trade, reporter Nancy Griffin, talks about Lifespark’s Spark Performance and what Dr. Bill Thomas has to say about aging as a team sport. As a continuation of his mission to improve the lives of older adults, Dr. Bill Thomas launched the online course PLAYING TO WIN! A Global Symposium on Aging Magnificently. Wrapping […]

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Shouldn’t Nurses Run the Business of Healthcare?

This opinion piece from Lifespark CEO Joel Theisen in MedPage is driving a lot of conversation about nurses in health care – some who agree and some who don’t. Joel’s biggest point in writing this piece was to point out the opportunity and possibility nurses have to look at their career beyond the bedside into […]

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Why Doctors Should Take End-Of-Life Decisions Back from Insurers, Says Physician

Dr. Nick Schneeman, Chief Medical Officer for Lifespark was very heartfelt in an opinion piece in Medscape where he weighed in on the need for physicians and providers to have human conversations with people about end-of-life decisions and not have that dictated by AI. As Chief Medical Officer of a complete senior health company, and […]

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Payment Concerns Not Stopping New Hospital-At-Home Programs

Early in the pandemic, Lifespark stood up a hospital-at-home program rapidly designing and implementing a unique option for customers to receive hospital-level care at home. Created in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Lifespark wasn’t concerned with reimbursement but helping people quickly to shorten hospital stays, ensure the availability of beds and supplies for acutely ill […]

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Why Lifespark, Elara Caring Are Investing in ‘Wellness’ Strategies

Home Health Care News reporter, Patrick Filbin, included Lifespark in his latest article on companies focused on wellness, not more ‘sick care.’ Home-based companies are focusing on patient “wellness” more than they ever have he notes. Wellness seems like it would be an obvious focus for health care services companies in general. But the fact […]

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