Workforce, Reimbursement Challenges Creating Shortage of Pediatric Home Health Providers

Despite soaring demand, a dire lack of qualified caregivers and a complex patchwork of state-by-state payment mechanisms are contributing to a severe shortage of pediatric home health agencies operating in the U.S. market. Providers typically focused on older adults may be positioned to tap into the pediatric opportunity, experts say, but only if they’re prepared […]

At-Home Heart Rehab Remains an Untapped Market for Home Health Providers

Despite the fact that cardiac rehabilitation leads to better outcomes for heart attack survivors, only one in five patients currently go down that path. Home-based cardiac rehab programs could be the answer to increasing participation — improving survival rates and presenting ample business opportunity for home health care providers at the same time. That’s according […]

Immigration ‘Pathways’ Vital to Home Care Industry’s Future

Home care has a huge immigrant workforce, so policies restricting immigration may only worsen recruitment and retention problems, providers and researchers warn. Across the board, the health care sector often relies on immigrant labor — especially for the care of older adults. In fact, immigrants accounted for more than 18% of U.S. health care workers […]

This Critical Combo Could ‘Blow Up’ Home Health Agency Revenue Cycles

The Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for Illinois home health agencies started on Saturday, with more than three-quarters of providers taking the pre-claim review route. For the most part, affected agencies have expressed confidence moving forward under RCD, an initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) meant to curb improper billing. The bigger […]

HHCN Research: Personal Care Services Projected to Dominate Home Care’s 2020 Medicare Advantage Involvement

The Medicare Advantage (MA) expansions that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this year and in early 2018 open the door to creative applications of non-medical home care services designed to proactively improve individuals’ health. The pair of new rules, with the broader of the two taking effect in 2020, have led […]

Thrive: Inside TheraCare’s Decision to Partner with Honor

Thrive is an HHCN series that explores the successes, struggles and strategies of home care owners and operators on the local level. At times, technology-driven home care startup Honor has faced criticism for the way it operates. First, its goal was to be an innovative, tech-savvy provider, which made the San Francisco-based company a competitor […]