Providers Prep for First Glimpse of Home Health Star Ratings

With home health agencies set to receive a “preview” of their first-ever star ratings from the government starting this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking steps to educate providers about how to understand and appeal the forthcoming reports. Nursing homes, physicians and other Medicare-certified providers already receive star ratings, which are […]

Growing Regulatory, Financial Concerns Push Home Health Consolidations

As more regulatory pressures force consolidation among the health care industry as a whole, home health and hospice providers also are feeling the heat — joining forces to better compete in today’s evolving landscape. Most recently, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, better known as UPMC, announced it would be bringing Family Hospice & Palliative Care […]

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 […]

Home Health Business Briefs: Visiting Angels Partners With Reverse Mortgage Giant

As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with business activity. Here are some of the industry’s latest investments, acquisitions and partnerships:  American Advisors Group Partners With Home Care Franchisor American Advisors Group (AAG), the nation’s leader in reverse mortgage lending, recently announced its partnership with Visiting Angels, […]

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 […]

Non-Agency Home Care Workers Fight for their Jobs

With 13,000 home health care jobs still in limbo in Ohio, caregivers and their clients are speaking out about the value of non-agency workers.  Previously, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) took a bold new step in combating fraud in the home care industry by suggesting a phase-out of up to 13,000 independent providers who bill […]

Home Health Business Briefs: EHR Tech Provider Acquires HomecareCRM

As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with business activity. Here are some of the industry’s latest investments, acquisitions and partnerships:  Remote Monitoring Company Partners With Arcadia Home Care & Staffing  Healthsense, Inc., a provider of aging services technology, announced recently its partnership with Arcadia Home Care […]

3 Simple Ways Home Health Can Reduce Hospital Readmissions

It’s no secret that many home health agencies are turning to the latest technology and software to improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital readmissions, but other strategies require getting back to the basics of connecting with patients. “Hospital readmissions are a driving factor in escalated health care costs,” said Rosann Prosser, director of clinical operations […]

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 […]