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Govt Rule Encourages Home Health Data in Hospital EHRs

In yet another sign that home health and in-home technologies are increasingly central to the U.S. health care system, the federal government has proposed making home health data a more significant part of hospitals’ electronic health records (EHRs). Incorporating home health data into an EHR would count toward objectives that eligible hospitals must meet to […]

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Providers Prep for First Glimpse of Home Health Star Ratings

With home health agencies set to receive a “preview” of their first-ever star ratings from the government starting this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking steps to educate providers about how to understand and appeal the forthcoming reports. Nursing homes, physicians and other Medicare-certified providers already receive star ratings, which are […]

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Most Read: Home Health to Dominate by 2024, Telemedicine Proves Value

In case you missed it, here are the most popular Home Health Care News stories grabbing readers’ attention this past week: Home Care Could be Heart of the U.S. Health System by 2024, Leaders Say — People’s homes are likely to become the key setting in tomorrow’s modern health care model, according to leaders from technology […]

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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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Has Face-to-Face Rule, Overregulation Stalled Home Health Growth?

While hiring trends and other indicators have given rise to the idea that home health is rapidly expanding, utilization of these services actually has leveled off on a national basis and is highly variable from state to state, new data reveal. Home health utilization did increase substantially between 2003 and 2013, going from less than […]

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