Editor’s Picks: Home Care Travel Distances, Amedisys CEO Talks Care Quality

This week, Home Health Care News readers learned Amedisys’ stance on care quality and discovered just how many miles home care workers travel in a year. Readers also took a hard look into the risks and rewards of bundled payment programs.

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CEO: Amedisys ‘Betting Heavily’ On Its Care Quality—Amedisys is anticipating more of its business will tie quality services to payments, and it is embracing the shift to an industry increasingly driven by numbers. Amedisys President and CEO Paul Kusserow said 30% of the company’s business will be involved in value-based purchasing models in 2016. “We’re betting heavily on quality,” Kusserow said.

Home Care Workers Travel Astronomical Distances on the Job—A study from the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare revealed that home care workers traveled 7.88 billion miles and made more than 718 million home care visits in 2013. That’s equal to traveling to the moon and back 17,462 times—and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice believe these findings support several policy recommendations.

Home Health Weighs Risks, Rewards of Bundled Payments—With bundled payment programs already underway, home health agencies are taking steps to position themselves as preferred providers. And as health systems continue to shift and incentivize value-based purchasing structures, home health will become more important, according to Steve Wogen, chief growth officer at CareCentrix.

Written by Mary Kate Nelson