White House Highlights Aging in Place Technology, R&D Opportunities

Technology aimed at improving access to health care, cognition and personal mobility will be key to older Americans’ ability to age in place and the federal government’s capacity to care for them, a new White House report argues. Tech dedicated to assisting with activities of daily living, transportation, and communication and social connectivity will also […]

LHC Group CEO: MedPAC ‘Off on Some Island’

In its latest report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommended cutting the home health reimbursement rate by 5% in 2020 while continuing its push for a unified, site-neutral payment system for all post-acute care providers. Those recommendations are short-sighted and fail to recognize the value that home health care providers have created […]

Older Baby Boomers Favor Staffed Settings to Aging in Place When Mental Health Deteriorates

Despite home-based care providers’ efforts to implement specialized care programs for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, the majority of older baby boomers say they would rather move to a place that’s staffed 24/7 than stay home if their memory and brain health deteriorated. What’s more, another large portion of older baby […]

New Respite Program Offers Select Families Discounted Caregiver Relief

Despite the physical and emotional demands of caregiving, financial constraints keep many people from seeking outside help for their loved ones. But a program out of California aims to offer certain family caregivers relief. San Diego County has allocated $1 million toward respite care for middle-class family caregivers who look after relatives with Alzheimer’s disease […]

MedPAC Pushes 5% Home Health Payment Cut, Says Program Integrity Remains a Challenge

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) submitted its Medicare payment policy report to Congress on Friday, again recommending a 5% home health payment rate reduction for the coming year and maintaining its view that program integrity remains problematic. MedPAC is required to report to Congress each March on the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payment systems, the […]

Doctor House Call Startup Heal ‘In Talks with a Number of Home Health Providers’

The home has become a much more crowded site of care in recent years, as home-based primary care providers and hospital-at-home programs have moved alongside traditional home health and personal care services companies. That trend is likely to continue moving forward, especially when it comes to home-based primary care. Nearly 56% of patients prefer doctor […]

How Home-Based Care Companies Can Minimize Their Insurance Premiums

The health care industry is experiencing an increase in the severity and frequency of insurance claims — and the home-based care sector is no exception. Despite the threat of increased costs, agencies can drive down their premiums by adding automated systems and implementing periodic caregiver screenings. “Profit margins are generally not very padded [for home […]

Genesis CEO George Hager: SNF-to-Home Diversion Wave Is Over

Throughout the past decade, health care policymakers have attempted to curb spending by shifting care into the home and away from hospitals, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other higher-acuity settings. Coupled with demographic tailwinds tied to a baby boomer generation that is rapidly aging, those efforts have contributed to the growing U.S. home health care […]

Home Health Providers Lag Behind Skilled Nursing Facilities in Preventing Re-Hospitalizations

While home health care is often touted as a cost-effective way to reduce readmissions, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) — though more expensive — might be better at keeping patients out of the hospital post-discharge. That’s according to a new article published in JAMA Internal Medicine, which shows readmission rates for patients discharged to home health […]

Home Health Stocks See Up-and-Down February

Home health stocks saw mixed success in February, according to the latest Home Health Index (HHI) from mergers-and-acquisitions advisory firm Stoneridge Partners. The up-and-down February follows a largely positive January. Updated monthly, the HHI by Stoneridge Partners tracks the market values for Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) and LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG). Overall, the HHI […]