SNF-to-Home Diversion More Likely in High-Income Neighborhoods

There may be a very specific wrinkle when it comes to SNF-to-home diversion. Generally, hip replacements form a key pillar of skilled nursing facility (SNF) referrals, while large structural shifts to home health care services have eaten into lengths of stay. But whether or not a senior receives SNF care after the surgery may depend […]

Letter to the Editor: Amedisys CEO Paul Kusserow Pushes Back on Improper Payment Reports

Your article, “CMS Made $3.2 Billion in Improper Home Health Payments in 2018,” deserves a headline that draws readers’ attention to the real story here. Only in the next-to-last sentence does the piece mention the most telling data point — namely, that improper home health payments “plummeted dramatically” between 2015 and 2018 from 59% of […]

Mark Heaney: Why Home Care Providers Need to Shake ‘Non-Skilled’ Label 

By Mark Heaney for Home Health Care News Names are important. That’s why it’s time to scrap the “non-skilled” label in home care. With very good reason, the industry has reacted with great excitement to the early 2018 news that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is permitting Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to add home and community services […]