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  • Artificial Intelligence Holds Promise in Detecting Home Health Medicare Fraud

    Nov 21 2018

    A study on artificial intelligence (AI) suggests the technology holds promise for detecting Medicare fraud within home health and hospice. However, leaders within the industry say a measured approach should be taken, given potential shortcomings and pitfalls related to AI. The research team at Florida Atlantic University programmed computers to predict, classify and flag potentially Read More

  • Trumpeted New Medicare Advantage Benefits Will Be Hard For Seniors To Find

    Nov 12 2018

    Home Health Care News Perspective: With certain non-skilled in-home care services allowable under the Medicare Advantage program in 2019, the home care industry has made landing partnerships with health plans a top priority. But significant opportunities may not arise until 2020, experts predict. Just 3% of MA plans will next year offer in-home support services such as Read More

  • GOP’s Latest Campaign Punch On Health Care Relies On Classic Hook: Medicare

    Oct 31 2018

    Home Health Care News Perspective: Election Day 2018 is nearly here. As in any campaign season, the U.S. health care system has played an important role. This year, Republicans and Democrats have debated the value and feasibility of a Medicare-for-all model, as discussed in the following article from Kaiser Health News. America’s population of older adults Read More

  • Humana Chief Medical Officer: How Humana and Kindred at Home Will Transform Home Health Care

    Oct 22 2018

    Editors note: This is the second column submitted to Home Health Care News from Humana Chief Medical Officer Roy A. Beveridge. A previous column, “How We Will Keep Carol at Home, Not in the Hospital” ran on Sept. 19, 2018. By Roy A. Beveridge, MD How do you keep seniors living with multiple chronic conditions Read More

  • Humana Chief Medical Officer: How We Will Keep Carol at Home, Not in the Hospital

    Sep 19 2018

    By Roy A. Beveridge, MD If you know a senior who’s recently been discharged from the hospital, you know she’s doing everything she can to stay in her home. Returning to the hospital is a big step backward. Avoiding a hospital readmission is a serious challenge for many seniors. According to the Department of Health Read More

  • Medicaid Officials Target Home Health Aides’ Union Dues

    Aug 13 2018

    Home Health Care News Perspective: Union fees for home care workers have long been in the crosshairs. HHCN previously reported on how the home care industry paved the way for the Supreme Court’s landmark Janus ruling and how workers have begun to file lawsuits seeking reimbursement of union fees in the wake of that case.  Read More

  • Re-Hospitalization Rates Prove Stubborn Despite Home Health Providers’ Efforts

    Jul 30 2018

    For years, home health agencies across the country have had numerous reasons to focus on reducing their 60-day re-hospitalization rate. Yet performance in this area has slightly worsened, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) noted in its recently proposed Medicare payment update for 2019. Because of this trend, CMS is proposing to increase Read More

  • How Home Care Providers Can Get a Summertime Business Boost

    Jul 25 2018

    Many people’s minds turn to vacation during the summer, but the demand for home care doesn’t take time off. “When someone needs health care, they typically need health care year-round,” Steven East, CEO of Caring People, told Home Health Care News. New York City-based Caring People offers a range of in-home services, including companion care Read More

  • Dying at Home in an Opioid Crisis: Hospices Grapple With Stolen Meds

    Aug 23 2017

    Home Health Care News perspective: With more patients dying at home than ever before and receiving care services outside of institutions, family members can add to the burdens of patients. Hospice patients at home are finding that family members are stealing their pain pills; though in some cases, the theft is done by a hospice Read More

  • Some Seniors Just Want to be Left Alone, Which Can Lead to Problems

    Jun 19 2017

    Home Health Care News perspective: Not all seniors are ready to accept help at home through home health care or private pay home care. However, refusing home health care services after a hospital can have negative impacts, including higher rates of rehospitalization. Meanwhile, patients that accept home health care services generally report a higher quality of life following Read More

  • Severe Shortage of Home Health Workers Robs Thousands of Proper Care

    Apr 27 2017

    Home Health Care News Perspective: The caregiver shortage is undoubtedly happening, and providers routinely name recruiting qualified caregivers their No. 1 challenge. While low wages are negatively impacting the much-needed boost of new health care workers, it’s not the only influence plaguing this home care industry issue.  By Judith Graham, originally for Kaiser Health News Acute Read More

  • ‘Pre-Hospice’ Saves Money By Keeping People At Home Near The End Of Life

    Mar 28 2017

    Home Health Care News Perspective: Whether it’s through pre-hospice, pre-acute, or pre-hab services, there’s a rich opportunity for home care providers to get upstream in the health care continuum. Investors in the sector may already be onto this idea. By Anna Gorman, originally for Kaiser Health News Gerald Chinchar isn’t quite at the end of life, but the Read More

  • Addressing OIG’s Characteristics of Home Health Fraud — Without Toppling the Whole System

    Jan 06 2017

    The numbers don’t lie. After more than 10 years serving in the New York Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, including as the Acting Inspector General, I can attest firsthand to the unfortunate instances of fraud, waste and abuse that occur with too much regularity in home health care and home care. Between 2011 and Read More

  • California Court Ruling Raises New Questions for Home Care and Alzheimer’s Patients

    Sep 17 2014

    In a recent California case, a court ruled that home health workers hired to care for Alzheimer’s patients may not sue them or their families for injuries caused by those patients. But the ruling also raises new questions about where liability lies for in-home caregivers.  The following guest column for Home Health Care news is Read More

  • States Encounter Obstacles Moving Elderly And Disabled Into Community

    Jun 08 2012

    A multi-billion dollar federal initiative to move low-income elderly and disabled people from long-term care facilities into the community has fallen far short of its goals, as many states have struggled to cobble together housing and other services. Launched in 2007 during the Bush administration, the states initially projected placing 35,380 Medicaid recipients in the Read More

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