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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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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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Ohio Makes Moves to License Home Health Agencies

In the wake of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s plans to phase out up to 13,000 independent home care workers, the state is now making moves to further regulate the home health care industry. Its next step? Agency licensure, which would create more robust oversight of “the inconsistency and poor quality of care some Ohioans say […]

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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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