Must-Read News: No HHGM—For Now

Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. It was a busy week, so catch up with our must-read news before the start of a new seven-day stretch. Keep reading to see our top stories from last week.

Here’s what caught our eye around the web:

A hospice administrator in Texas was convicted of capital murder, theft and misuse of funds on Nov. 1 in the death of a 96-year-old man in January 2015 whose estate she controlled, The Associated Press reported.

Home care workers are in high demand, but recruiting is difficult, and experts expect it will get worse without improvement in salaries, training and potential for career advancement, Boston’s NPR station WBUR reported.

As the elder population grows, home care jobs need to be improved for the patients, families and workers who depend on them, Ai-Jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance says.

Personal care aides and home health aides could account for 10% of all U.S. jobs created over the next 10 years, with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections suggesting those jobs will go from 2.3 million of U.S. jobs in 2016 to about 3.4 million in 2026, Quartz reported.

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In a big win for the industry, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule for the home health care prospective payment system (PPS) 2018 update without finalizing the home health groupings mode (HHGM).

All positions in home health care and hospice saw wage increases from 2016 to 2017.

CMS also released a draft of its interpretive guidelines for the home health Conditions of Participation (CoPs).

Written by Maggie Flynn

Maggie Flynn
Business reporter
When she's not working, Maggie enjoys running, reading, writing and sports, in no particular order. Favorite things include murder mysteries, Lake Michigan and the Pittsburgh Penguins.