Monday Briefing: Agency Sues ZPIC, Tom Price

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An Illinois-based home health care provider, MedPro Health Providers, LLC, is fighting back against a Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC) that suspended its Medicare payments. MedPro has filed suit against Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and the ZPIC.

HHCN visited a local office of Home Instead Senior Care, and sat down with franchise owners Michael and Jackie Melinger to find out how business has changed since they opened their first Chicago-area location in 2001.

Expanding the patient experience beyond great care is what gives caregivers and home health agencies a “wow factor,” according to Joyce Boin, principal consultant at Strategic Health Care Solutions.

Around the Web

A new housing design in Melbourne, Australia, accommodates changing family dynamics through its architecture. The design allows flexibility as children grow up and potentially for aging parents to move in.

Japanese automakers are taking a hard look at how to improve the mobility of seniors through robots. Toyota Motor Corp. sees an opportunity to help the elderly in a country whose population is aging faster than the rest of the world as the birthrate decreases, Reuters reports.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it chose 32 participants for the Assistance and Alignment Tracks of the Accountable Communities (AHC) Model, which begins May 1, 2017. The three-track model aims to support local communities and address the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries over the next five years.

Written by Amy Baxter