Tuesday Briefing: Aging to Push Health Care Spending

It’s a new week, and for many—ourselves included—it’s a shorter one following a day off on Monday to observe President’s Day. Before your inbox gets out of control, we’ll catch you up on everything you might have missed.

Keep reading to check out our top stories from the previous week.

Home Care Spending to Rise 6.7%

To start the week, readers should catch up on figures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) that health care spending will swell in the next several years. No surprise there, but home care will see a surge in spending, as well.
Home health spending will rise 6.7% from 2016 to 2025, according to national health expenditure estimates. The spending is predicted to be driven by growth in Medicare, and aging baby boomers will utilize more home care. Aging will push the health sector to reach nearly 20% of gross domestic product by 2025.
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Written by Amy Baxter
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Amy Baxter
Assistant Editor at Home Health Care News
When not writing about all things home health, Amy fulfills her lifelong dream of becoming a pirate by sailing in regattas and enjoying rum. Fun fact: she sailed 333 miles across Lake Michigan in the Chicago Yacht Club "Race to Mackinac."