Lenders See Positives in Proposed RAP Phase Out

Industry experts predict that a potential phase out of home health Requests for Anticipated Payments (RAPs) will likely put several small to mid-size providers out of business. But not everybody is lamenting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposal. Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) and other large home health providers, for example, have spun […]

Financial Crisis Puts Quality Care Services in Survival Mode

An ongoing financial crisis related to phone troubles has put a Texas home health agency “on life support,” according to a local news report. The story further reveals how even a seemingly small disruption to cash flow can put home health providers with tight operating margins underwater. Opened more than two decades ago, Beaumont, Texas-based […]

Bernie Sanders: Home-Based Care Should be Guaranteed Right

So far, aging in place has mostly taken a backseat during 2019’s Democratic presidential debates and conversations surrounding Medicare-for-All models. That may be changing — and fast. On Thursday afternoon, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders sent a message to his more than 8.5 million followers on Twitter: “No senior should have to sell their belongings or […]

Senior Helpers Telemedicine Pilot Helps Cut Costs, Reduce ER Trips

Telemedicine has the potential to more regularly and affordably connect older adults to their doctors, but several barriers still exist preventing its widespread adoption. Perhaps the biggest: seniors’ own embrace of technology. Home care agencies can help turn that tide — and Senior Helpers is showing the industry how. The Baltimore-based in-home care franchise powerhouse […]

Lyft, UnitedHealthcare See Transportation as a Game Changer for Seniors’ Health

Access to transportation remains a challenge for many older Americans, whether that means getting to an important medical appointment, going grocery shopping or meeting a few friends for coffee. It’s a point several home care providers are actively tackling through ride-hailing partnerships, especially as potential hospital and health system referral sources prioritize social determinants of […]

NAHC’s Dombi: CMS Putting Home Health Providers Under the Gun

Home health providers are under more pressure today than arguably ever before. The immediate battle remains the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), which could pose an 8.01% cut to providers if its assumption-based behavior adjustments aren’t addressed through Congressional action. But there are plenty of smaller skirmishes taking place in the background as well, according to […]