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 […]

5 Things Home Health Providers Want CMS to Fix

The home health care industry is not pleased with the 2020 proposed payment rule — and industry leaders are making sure the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) knows. Led by LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) CEO Keith Myers, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema […]

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 […]

Ohio Home Health Agencies Are Next in Line for the Review Choice Demonstration

The Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) is expanding. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday that home health providers in Ohio will be next in line for RCD, a revived version of the failed Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD) meant to combat improper billing. Home health providers in Illinois — the only state with […]

PDGM Check-In: ‘There’s a Slight Sense of the Wild West’

With just five full months to go before the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) becomes a reality, home health providers have reached crunch time. As it has been all along, the assumption-based behavioral adjustment baked into PDGM remains the home health industry’s No. 1 issue. Orginally, the behavioral adjustment was estimated to create a 6.42% payment […]

OIG Calls for Additional Oversight of Home Health, Personal Care Service Providers

In a new report released Monday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) highlighted dozens of its unimplemented recommendations for reducing fraud, waste and abuse throughout the Medicare and Medicaid systems. Many of the recommendations were tied to home health, hospice and personal care services, in addition to how […]

CMS Proposal Takes Home Health Agency Closure Estimates and ‘Lights Them on Fire’

After federal health care policymakers fine-tuned the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) last October with a 6.42% cut based on certain behavioral assumptions, some industry experts predicted there would be a modest uptick in home health bankruptcies in 2020. “The last time the industry went through this kind of major change was in the late 1990s […]

Why CMS’s Home Health Therapy Proposal May Not Be Enough

As part of its Patients Over Paperwork initiative and as a way to make home health requirements more consistent with other settings of care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to allow therapist assistants to furnish maintenance therapy. Under current home health rules, only physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs) and […]