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How Home Health was Vital to a Texas ACO’s Formula for Success

Physicians at a large practice in Amarillo, Texas, were able to slash hospital readmissions by 23% and realize millions in savings after forming an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) last year. The secret to the group’s success: a laser-like focus on home health care. Using a series of sophisticated algorithms, Amarillo Medical Specialists targeted the clinical […]

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Collaboration Brings Home Health to Forefront of Hospital Discharge Process

Mercy, a member of the largest health system in Ohio, has entered into a Care Collaboration Agreement with Senior Independence (SI), a Medicare-certified provider of home health and hospice services in Ohio. The agreement seeks to increase the overall well-being of patients through education and management of chronic diseases; reduce avoidable hospitalizations, hospital readmissions and […]

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Tenn. Home Health Company Agrees to $25 Million Settlement

CareAll Management LLC and its affiliated entities have agreed to pay $25 million, plus interest, to the United States and the state of Tennessee to settle False Claims Act allegations, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced recently. The settlement resolves allegations that CareAll — based in Nashville, Tenn., and one of the state’s largest home […]

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Program Helps Nurses Fight Depression Among Homebound Elderly

A new intervention tool may provide relief to homebound older adults who suffer from moderate to severe depression, show results from a new study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The intervention program, developed by Weill Cornell Medical College, trains nurses to both identify and manage clinically significant depressive symptoms.  “The program provides nurses with a framework to deal […]

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CMS Finalizes DME Bidding Rule for 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final rule late October for durable medical equipment (DME) payment adjustments. The final rule for calendar year 2015, which is largely unchanged from the proposed rule in July, clarifies certain criteria related to DME, such as methodology for expanding the CMS’ competitive bidding program to […]

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