Voices: William Simione III, Managing Principal, Simione Healthcare Consultants

This article is sponsored by Simione Healthcare Consultants. In this Voices interview, Home Health Care News sat down with Simione Healthcare Consultants Managing Principal William “Billy” Simione III to get his take on the biggest challenges for home health and hospice providers in 2020, what data points and metrics home health and hospice providers should […]

[Sponsored] How Technology is Driving Wellness in Home Care

The shift toward value-based care over the past decade has had several natural outcomes, including heightened attention on delivering care within the home and focusing on a person’s entire self as it pertains to care delivery. Improving outcomes in a value-based system brings a fusing of two fast-growing elements of home care: whole-person wellness and […]

[Sponsored] 6 Stunning Home Care Staffing Statistics and How Scheduling Technology Can Help

When CEO Brandi Kurtyka of myCNAjobs looks at the staffing challenges facing home care today, she sees a landscape that demands new solutions. “The challenge is we’re operating in a market with historically low unemployment — it’s the lowest it’s been since 1969,” Kurtyka said recently in a webinar about how technology can solve staffing […]

[Sponsored] Embrace Therapy Under PDGM for Outcomes Excellence

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) has some home health agencies running away from providing therapy. But in fact, the inclusion of therapy in an interdisciplinary care plan under PDGM represents one of the greatest opportunities to impact patient outcomes and patient satisfaction. When PDGM takes effect Jan. 1, 2020, home health providers will begin navigating […]

[Sponsored] How Point of Care Technology Helps Health Care Providers Maximize Claims Reimbursements

Home health care providers want to improve their patients’ lives and create a care experience that is patient-centered and second-to-none. They also want to get paid. And today, with rising patient volume and increased regulatory requirements — including Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) and the forthcoming implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) — the challenges […]

6 Steps Home Care Providers Must Take to Succeed in Medicare Advantage

The recent rule changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have created a level of flexibility and creativity for home care participation that is nearly unchecked. For example, the final call letter for MA plan year 2020 notes that “MA organizations have broad discretion” in determining what’s called the “Special […]

Why 2020 Will Launch the Medicare Advantage Boom in Home Care

The Medicare Advantage revolution continues to grow — and starting in 2020, home care providers will reap the rewards. Through a series of law changes over the past decade, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, Medicare’s move away from fee-for-service models and toward value-based […]

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 […]

HHCN Research: 90% of Home Care Providers Anticipate Medicare Advantage Business in 2020

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would allow Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to cover certain non-medical home care services in 2019, interest was tepid, with only 3% of plans actually covering those benefits. So it is no surprise that a subsequent expansion for 2020 brought questions about just how much […]