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Home Health, Skilled Nursing At Odds Over Medicare Payment Reform

Home health leaders at a recent Congressional hearing voiced strong support of proposed legislation to revamp the Medicare post-acute payment system, but the role of care coordinators emerged as a sticking point for other provider types and some lawmakers. Patient-centered care coordination is essential to improving post-acute care and should be a centerpiece of payment […]

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[Update] Home Health Leaders Applaud Permanent Medicare Doc Fix

Legislation to replace Medicare’s controversial Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) now has been signed into law. While some concerns regarding reimbursements linger, the home health community largely commends Congress. The bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act legislation to repeal the long-standing SGR, colloquially known as the “doc fix,” was signed Thursday by President Barack Obama, following […]

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Updates to Medicare Manual Clarify Home Health Face-to-Face Rule

Home health agencies now can refer to an updated version of the Medicare manual that clarifies requirements for physician certification and recertification of patient eligibility for services, including changes to the face-to-face encounter requirement.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released the manual updates and a memorandum summarizing them. The changes reflect policies first […]

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Amedisys Asks Supreme Court to Hear Securities Fraud Case

Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a securities fraud case, in which investors claim they lost money when the large home health company’s stock price dropped due to revelations of Medicare fraud. After a district court tossed the case against Amedisys, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

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Battle over Home Care Unions Heats Up with Lawsuit

As part of an ongoing nationwide battle over home care worker organizing efforts, a coalition of care providers, consumers and workers has sued Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. The suit challenges his executive order, which they say establishes a process to unionize workers hired directly by consumers. Among those disputing Wolf’s Executive Order 2015-05 are The Pennsylvania […]

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