Editor’s Picks: NAHC on Face-to-Face Lawsuit, Bundled Payment Risk

In case you missed them, here are the top headlines grabbing readers’ attention this week, plus some other notable stories from around the web that caught our eye here at HHCN:

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NAHC President Optimistic About Face-to-Face Ruling—President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, Val J. Halamandaris, told Home Health Care News he is optimistic about his changes of winning a lawsuit against the federal Medicare agency over the “face-to-face” rule after a crucial mandate was struck down. A portion of $200 to $250 million in claims – currently sitting in “limbo” – is at stake for home health agencies pending the outcome of the lawsuit.

100 Home Health Agencies Participate In Bundled Payment Program—100 home health agencies put themselves at financial risk by participating in Phase 2 of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services initiative called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement. As part of the Affordable Care Act, the initiative aims to bundle payments to streamline care from different providers. 

Respect Outweighs Wages for Home Health Worker Satisfaction—New research revealed that feeling respected and valued by supervisors and agencies can have a significant impact on job satisfaction for home health workers, outweighing other factors like hourly wage.

Weekend Reads

Will We Really Be Able to Age in Place? – As more older adults plan to stay in their homes through retirement, home caregiver options may reach a critical point as more help is needed. To fill in the gaps, fraternal organizations, faith and religious groups and other services are stepping up.

Saliva Test for Stress Hormone Levels May Identify Healthy Older People with Thinking Problems – Screening saliva for higher levels of cortisol in the evening could indicate which seemingly healthy older adults are more likely to have problems with thinking and memory skills, a study from the American Academy of Neurology found.

Written by Amy Baxter