CVS Health Building ‘Home Health Hub’ to Better Care for Seniors

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) has allotted ample resources toward home- and community-based care over the past year. It has done so for several reasons, CVS Health leaders point out. For one, investing in home-based care makes it easier for patients to access necessary services during the public health emergency. But CVS Health’s focus on the […]

UnitedHealth’s Optum Reportedly Strikes Deal for Landmark Health

Optum, a part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), has reportedly reached a deal to acquire in-home medical group Landmark Health. Rumors of such a deal between UnitedHealth and Landmark come from M&A intelligence service Mergermarket, which cited “four sources familiar with the situation.” Landmark declined a request for comment from Home Health Care News, which […]

7.35% Medicaid Boost Critical for Supporting America’s ‘Fragile’ Home-Based Care Infrastructure, Senators Argue

7When the House Energy and Commerce Committee included new Medicaid provisions to the ever-changing $1.9 trillion relief package, home-based care operators were pleased to see a hefty rate bump for home- and community-based care (HCBS). The draft legislation specifically called for a 7.35% rate increase for states to enhance HCBS during the pandemic. There appears […]

Not a ‘Temporary Blip’: Home Health Agencies Gaining Greater Share of Hospital Discharges

The anecdotal claims from home health insiders were true: Across the country, home health agencies gained a greater share of discharges from short-term acute care hospitals during the public health emergency. Specifically, the percentage of patients discharged into home health care rose 1.8% from March to May of 2020, from 17% to 18.8%. That would […]

50% Cut to Workforce Recruitment, Retention Fund Puts Home Care Providers in the Hot Seat

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his executive budget proposal for the state in January. Its litany of cost-saving cuts could leave home-based care providers vulnerable, industry stakeholders caution. Specifically, the proposed budget would mean a 50% reduction in home care workforce recruitment and retention funding, as well as a 1% reduction for Medicaid providers […]

At-Home Focus Helps Baystate Health Save $1,729 Per Visit in Risk-Based Population

A partnership between a five-hospital health system and at-home care company DispatchHealth considerably reduced emergency-room admissions and cost while improving patient satisfaction. Denver, Colorado-based DispatchHealth offers a variety of health care services in the home through its mobile, emergency medicine-trained teams. It contracts with health systems and health plans to ease the burden on patients, […]

House Lawmakers Include 7.35% Medicaid Boost for Home- and Community-Based Services in Stimulus Proposal

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has proposed some major Medicaid provisions to the $1.9 trillion relief package making its way through Congress. If enacted, the measures would benefit home-based care providers across the U.S., at least in the short term. Specifically, the draft legislation includes a two-year, 5% Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) boost […]

Legal Expert Weighs in on EVV Progress

The 21st Century Cures Act became law in December of 2016. Within the act were future Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) requirements for home-based care providers. But over four years later, confusion remains. Specifically, the Cures Act mandated that states implement EVV for at-home visits conducted by all Medicaid personal care services providers and home health […]