Untangling The History, Causes Behind The Precipitous Home Health Aide Utilization Drop

In the last home health proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency in charge of reimbursement rates sent out a request for information on home health aide utilization. Specifically, the agency wondered why Medicare-covered home health aide visits and utilization had fallen off a cliff over the last […]

Home Health Benefit Will Become A ‘Skeleton’ If Medicare Payment Adjustments Continue, Industry Leader Cautions

As the breadth and depth of home health care continues to grow, providers are exposed to an abundance of opportunities. To get a crack at that upside, however, providers will need to overcome and adapt to a litany of challenges. Those that don’t could contribute to the consolidation that the home health industry is already […]

Another ‘Doomy, Gloomy’ Home Health Landscape Awaits Providers In 2024

Home health providers could be facing a “doomy, gloomy” landscape in 2024, fresh off of two years that could be characterized as, well, doomy and gloomy. On Monday at the Home Care 100 conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare CEO Joanne Cunningham tried to emphasize the positives, while also recognizing the realities. […]

Top Home Health Trends For 2024

In 2023, the decreasing influence of COVID-19 did not mitigate the overall operating pressures home health providers were forced to face. In the new year, there still remains plenty of opportunity, but much to work through to tap into that opportunity. More proposed rate cuts to home health reimbursement are expected from the Centers for […]

CMS Releases Guidance Emphasizing More Tools, Funding To Support HCBS

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is again taking steps to increase access to Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS). On Tuesday, the agency provided further guidance around how states can better support HCBS programs, which are both popular and sometimes hard to navigate. “For too long, American families have struggled to […]

More Key Quality Measures Home Health Agencies Should Be Focused On

In a world where home health agencies are scored, reviewed and tested in so many different ways, providers need to know which quality measures hold the most weight. That’s especially the case today, when more care models shift toward value. “It is extremely important for providers to understand — especially if you’re trying to do […]

Home Health Providers Must Lean Into Mitigation Strategies To Combat CMS Cuts

It’s been almost a month since the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2024 home health payment rule, and providers and industry stakeholders are still critical of the federal agency’s misconceptions about home health. With cuts coming, operators must lean on mitigation strategies to prepare. That’s one key takeaway from […]