The Impact of PDGM on Wound Care [Sponsored]

The home health industry is in the midst of major changes coming from nearly every direction. There’s no bigger change, however, than the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) — the most significant overhaul in roughly two decades relating to how home health providers are reimbursed. PDGM is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, […]

Workforce Management Platform Raises $28M, Forging Home Health Ties

Deskless workforce management platform Skedulo announced Wednesday it has raised $28 million in Series B backing, led by Microsoft venture capital arm M12. San Francisco-based Skedulo plans to use the funds to refine its offerings and forge further ties with home health clients — its largest category of customer. Those efforts include the launch of […]

Judge Takes Key Step in Home Health Workers’ Suit Against Humana

A federal judge in Connecticut on Monday OK’d four classes as part of an ongoing suit against insurance giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and two of its affiliates, brought on by home health workers who claim they were cheated out of pay and overtime wages. In addition to Louisville, Kentucky-based Humana, the legal battle specifically […]

Review Choice Demonstration Clears Hurdle, Likely Starting Soon

The Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) is likely right around the corner for Illinois home health providers. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced March 4 it had received Paperwork Reduction Act approval for RCD from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Since OMB approval, the agency has been finalizing the […]

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 […]

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 […]