Tale of Two Home Health Providers: ‘Value-Based Care Gap’ Growing Wider

Earlier in June, the Trump administration and the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) touted a “renewed national commitment to value-based care.” But for that renewed commitment to take off in the home health care space, government officials need to act fast, industry insiders caution. There’s a widening value-based care gap between larger […]

CMS Appoints New Chief Medical Officer

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a number of new leadership appointments on Tuesday. The agency’s leadership shakeup includes naming a new chief medical officer, a role that had been vacant since Dr. Kate Goodrich joined Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) in March. Dr. Lee Fleisher will take over as CMS’s CMO […]

‘They Shot from the Hip’: Home Health Providers Sound Off on CMS

The COVID-19 virus has thrown a wrench into any home health care plans the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initially had for 2020. Instead of mainly focusing on the launch of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and other initiatives, the agency has had to make a slew of critical decisions in support […]

CommonSpirit Health at Home Beefs Up Telehealth Offerings Amid COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency, telehealth has emerged as a key solution for home health providers looking to curb the spread of the coronavirus and preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) amid a national shortage. CommonSpirit Health at Home — already no stranger to telehealth tools — recently announced that it has expanded its virtual […]

CMS Decision to Cease Advance Payments May Prove Shortsighted

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced plans to suspend its advance payment program and reevaluate its accelerated payment program. It’s a decision that some home health industry insiders feel is too premature. CMS typically offers expedited Medicare payments to help providers during times of natural disasters. The agency initially expanded […]

CMS Suspends Advance Payment Program

Citing recently created coronavirus relief sources for home health agencies and other Medicare providers, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Sunday that it is suspending its advance payment program. The agency is also “reevaluating” its accelerated payment program.  By pressing pause on the recently expanded loan programs, CMS effectively eliminates two […]

CMS Plan to Resume Elective Procedures Could End Home Health Business Lull

Some health systems will soon be able to begin performing elective procedures again, thanks to a new set of guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Sunday. A return of elective procedures could be a boost for home health providers, who have experienced a decrease in revenue during the COVID-19 public […]