Editor’s Picks: Breaking Down ACO Barriers

Daylight Savings took effect on Sunday, but we didn’t let the shorter days get us down. We were happy to bring you coverage from last week’s National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) annual conference in Nashville. You wanted to know how one home health agency was able to break down the barriers into an ACO program and also tuned in to how home care CEOs are surviving and thriving amid industry consolidation.

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How One Home Health Agency Broke Down ACO Barriers—As the health system continues to shift to value-based purchasing and rewarding cost savings, home health agencies are seeking entry into accountable care organizations (ACOs). HHCN sat down with Marvin Javellana, CEO of the Illinois-based home health agency Better Care Home Health, Inc., to hear how the agency was able to join and find success as an ACO member.

CEOs Disagree on Winning Strategies for Home Health’s Future—Home health CEOs disagreed on how to survive the consolidation of the industry and shared their diverging tactics at the NAHC annual conference.

Home Care Seeks Tickets Into ACOs—Proving value is becoming essential for home care agencies to thrive in the continuum of care amid regulatory and reimbursement changes and have few options to underscore their necessity for accountable care organizations (ACOs). Board members of the Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) revealed upcoming accreditation plans to supplement data collection as a means of proving value for home care.

Weekend Reads

Global Wearable Medical Device Market-Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2015-2020)—Wearable Medical Electronics Devices, which can monitor health chains and body functions and have big implications for remote monitoring, are set to take off in a new market estimation. Market Watch reported the Global Wearable Healthcare Market will reach $7.8 billion by 2020, a 17.7% increase over the next five years.

Therapy Over Lamps for Seasonal Depression—With shorter days and less sunlight, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as the holiday blues, can hit millions of Americans and homebound elderly this cold season. A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that cognitive-behavioral therapy is a better treatment than light therapy for seasonal depression.

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Trevor Noah Mocks “Crazy” U.S. Health Care System After Appendectomy—The Daily Show’s newest host Trevor Noah tackled his poor experience with the U.S. health care system this week on air.

Written by Amy Baxter