Has Face-to-Face Rule, Overregulation Stalled Home Health Growth?

While hiring trends and other indicators have given rise to the idea that home health is rapidly expanding, utilization of these services actually has leveled off on a national basis and is highly variable from state to state, new data reveal. Home health utilization did increase substantially between 2003 and 2013, going from less than […]

Home Care Could be Heart of the U.S. Health System by 2024, Leaders Say

Within 10 years, people’s homes could replace hospitals and other settings as the primary location for health care in the United States, according to leaders from technology company Intel and a prominent provider organization. They presented at a recent workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC). “The home setting […]

Grueling Commutes Add to Home Health Aide Workweeks

The issue of overtime pay for home care workers has been front-and-center in recent weeks, but providers might want to consider another issue that could be impacting hiring and retention: Long commute times. The situation is perhaps starkest in New York City, where home health and nursing aides experience especially grueling commutes, according to a […]

House Passes Medical Equipment Bidding Reforms

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to reform the Medicare competitive bidding program for home medical equipment, earning praise from industry leaders who have pushed for the changes. “The House passing H.R. 284 is a huge step towards reforming the bidding process, but our work is not done,” said Tom Ryan, president and […]

Freeze Home Health Payments, Medicare Advisors Again Tell Congress

Home health Medicare payments should not increase next year, considering providers’ unreasonably high margins, a prominent panel of advisors has again stated in its annual report to Congress. Each year, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommends how Congress should shape Medicare policy. Lawmakers are not obligated to implement the commission’s ideas — and they […]

How Providers Can Adapt to Shifting Role of Home Care Aides

Private duty home care companies face an ongoing challenge in knowing what services their aides are allowed to perform, but they can stay compliant—and successfully coordinate with other types of in-home caregivers—through smart hiring, rigorous training and a commitment to being informed. New Jersey is one of the flashpoints for this issue: The Garden State […]

How to Maximize Private Duty Home Care Profits

Providers have a golden opportunity to boost their bottom lines thanks to the rising demand for private duty home care, but they need to be creative about their service offerings and pursue various payment streams to find success. “There should be no reason you can’t make a profit in a private duty agency,” said Joshua […]

Govt Relaxes Home Health Medicare Rules for New ACOs

The federal government has taken steps to expand Medicare reimbursements for home health and telehealth services through a new type of accountable care organization (ACO) that was officially announced Tuesday. The newly unveiled Next Generation ACO Model eases certain rules that restrict home care,  telehealth and post-acute care in traditional, fee-for-service Medicare. For example, certain […]

Home Care is Top Senior Service After Recession, Providers Agree

The recession boosted the attractiveness of home-based services more than any other type of senior care, according to the vast majority of senior living providers recently polled by Perkins Eastman. The international design, planning and consulting firm surveyed about 200 senior living stakeholders, including industry consultants and leaders at major not-for-profits, primarily continuing care retirement […]

Mobile Tech Drives Home Care Success in New Landscape, Addus CEO says

Mobile technology that enables more preventive in-home care will be among the most important factors driving the success of home health companies competing for managed care business, Addus HomeCare CEO Mark Heaney recently told analysts while announcing positive fourth quarter earnings. One of the nation’s largest home care companies, with a 21-state geographic footprint, Chicago-based […]