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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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Ruling on Home Health Referrals Broadens Risk

Home health providers may have to reexamine they way they conduct and compensate for referrals or risk violating the Anti-Kickback Statute, according to a recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling. On February 10, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit expanded the definition of “referral,” arguing for a broader reading of the term to […]

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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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