Where Does Home Health Have the Biggest Geographic Presence?

The home health industry has its largest presence in the South, according to a new report on the nation’s long-term care providers that examines the geographic distribution of the five main types of long-term care services. Home health, along with adult day services centers, nursing homes, and hospice providers all have a majority presence in the United […]

Home Health Tops Ranks Among Hottest Healthcare Jobs

Home health care is among the fastest-growing jobs in the healthcare sector since 2012, according to new data research from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI).  No segment of the economy has withstood downturns and uncertainty better than home health care providers, general medical and surgical hospitals or offices of physicians, according to the […]

Home Health Drug Intervention Cuts Hospital Visits by 8%

Home health intervention with medication management can reduce hospital readmissions by as much as 8%, according to a joint study from national home health care provider Amedisys and Purdue University. The study, conducted from January 2012 through April 2012, reveals that a patient population utilizing medication intervention post-discharge had a 4% hospital admission rate, compared […]

CMS Seeks Input on Proposed 2014 Hospice Wage Index

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking input from hospice providers on the fiscal year 2014 Hospice Wage Index Update regarding the burden it may have on providers. CMS’s proposed rule updates the hospice payment rates and wage index for 2014 and also continues the phase-out of the wage index budget neutrality adjustment […]

By the Numbers: 65+ Population Growth Clashes with Declining Net Worth

The United States’ 65-plus population is expected to experience enormous growth in the next few decades according to Census Bureau projections, a trend that follows a five-year, double-digit decline in net worth among this demographic and bearing the probability of increased strain on the nation’s already-burdened entitlement system.  The United States’ 65+ population numbered 41.4 […]

MedPAC Projects 11.8% Medicare Margins in Home Health for 2013

Medicare margins to home health agencies are projected to be about 11.8% in 2013, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) in its latest report to Congress, representing a decrease from previous years.  Payments to home health agencies have consistently and “substantially” exceeded costs, according to MedPAC, with Medicare margins reaching 14.8% in 2011 […]

Study: Telehealth Doesn’t Improve Life Quality for Those with Chronic Conditions

Remote monitoring is not effective in improving the quality of life for people with chronic health conditions, finds a study evaluating telehealth and telecare published recently in the British Medical Journal. Telehealth is viewed by some as an innovative and cost-efficient way to support the health needs of people living with long-term conditions by allowing […]

Home Health Care Revenues to Reach $120 Billion in 2021

Spending on senior care services, which includes skilled nursing, home health care and assisted living are predicted to grow 5.2 percent annually and will amount to $319.5 billion by 2016 according to the Freedonia Group. Skilled nursing saw facilities revenue come in at $106.9 billion in 2011 according to the study and are projected to […]

Healthcare Companies Drowning in Data Overload or Just Treading Water?

An Oracle report recently found an 85% increase in electronic data storage over the past two years, and although health care professionals may seem to be drowning in a sea of collected information, industry leaders believe the data overload is only temporary.   The Oracle report, which spanned 11 industries, surveyed 333 C-level U.S. and […]