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‘Doc Fix’ Deal Puts Home Health Payments in Jeopardy [Update]

The bill passed this week by the House of Representatives to repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula also would have reimbursement repercussions for post-acute care providers, including home health. The measure recently was unveiled by bipartisan leaders from the House Ways and Means as well as Energy and Commerce subcommittees; they introduced a working framework to permanently replace […]

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House Passes Medical Equipment Bidding Reforms

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to reform the Medicare competitive bidding program for home medical equipment, earning praise from industry leaders who have pushed for the changes. “The House passing H.R. 284 is a huge step towards reforming the bidding process, but our work is not done,” said Tom Ryan, president and […]

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Senate Bill Aims to Increase Home Health Access, Limit Nursing Homes

A bipartisan bill introduced by two U.S. Senators would create a new project that would increase home care access for more older Americans, in turn keeping them out of costlier and more institutionalized care settings like nursing homes. The proposed legislation, introduced last week by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), is […]

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Most Read: Home Health Paying Off for Kindred, Retirees Rank Home Care No. 1

In case you missed it, here are the most popular stories grabbing Home Health Care News’ readers attention this past week: Home Health Focus Starts Paying Off for Kindred — A month following the finalization of its acquisition of home health provider Gentiva Health Services, Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) reported that its strategy to focus on […]

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Judge Overturns Ruling on Home Care Wage and Overtime Protections

A federal judge today completed a ruling that the Department of Labor cannot grant overtime and wage protections to home care workers by redefining the term “companionship services,” which many home care workers provide.  The ruling concludes a temporary stay granted following a court decision on December 22 to the same effect, prompting both celebration […]

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