Must-Read News: An ACO Takes on Hospital at Home

Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. After a chilly weekend in our base of Chicago, we’re ready to warm up with the hottest news in home health and home care.

Late last week, a home health care worker based in Dallas was charged in the murder of an 81-year-old woman, Fox News reported. Billy Chemirmir reportedly used his health care experience to steal and attempt to kill elderly women. Dallas Police will analyze 750 unattended elderly female deaths in the area to check for connections to Chemirmir, Fox reported.

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Last week, we covered an accountable care organization that is taking on the hospital-at-home model in a major way, in continued coverage from the National Leadership Conference (NLC), hosted by ElevatingHome, the Visiting Nurses Association of America (VNAA) and the Partnership for Quality Home Health & Hospice. Atrius Health bets up to 15% of its hospital care patients can be taken care of at home.

Home health providers also received a message from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) over the lack of interpretive guidelines for the new CoPs: “The sky is not falling.” That’s what one official recently told industry stakeholders at the NLC.

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."

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