MedPAC: Proposed Home Health Payment Model is Too Burdensome

A proposed new system for tying home health Medicare payments to quality measures is too burdensome on providers and should be streamlined, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) stated in a letter to policymakers. MedPAC advises Congress on Medicare policy and it is viewed as an influential panel of experts, although lawmakers are not obliged […]

Paramedics Continue to Emerge as Home Health MVPs

Efforts to reduce unnecessary hospital visits fall not only on home health agencies these days, but also on more untraditional in-home care providers: paramedics. In some areas, they are proving their value by serving hundreds of patients in their own homes and preventing dozens of hospital visits annually. A mobile health paramedic pilot program at […]

How a 6-Point Plan Could Improve End-of-Life Care

For doctors, having a difficult conversation with seriously ill patients and their families about end-of-life care can be understandably complicated, and physicians and the provider organizations they work with are looking for the best resources to help. These conversations are important not only because the right decisions for end-of-life care can make a huge difference […]

Respect Outweighs Wages for Home Health Worker Satisfaction

Home heath workers report higher levels of satisfaction with their jobs when they feel respected and valued by their superiors and the agency as a whole, while hourly wage doesn’t necessarily denote workplace satisfaction, according to a survey analysis published late last week. The research aims to pinpoint factors that influence a home health worker’s job […]

100 Home Health Agencies Participate In Bundled Payment Program

More than 100 home health agencies are participating in the second phase of a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative aimed at bundling payments to streamline care from different providers, putting themselves at financial risk by doing so. The so-called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, an approach that groups payments for multiple […]

NAHC President Optimistic About Face-to-Face Ruling

The leader of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is in a positive frame of mind following recent oral arguments in the organization’s lawsuit against the federal Medicare agency over the so-called “face-to-face” rule. If NAHC succeeds in pressing its case, home health agencies may be paid a large portion of the […]

Editor’s Picks: Aging in Tech-Savvy Cities, Innovate or Die

Here are the top headlines grabbing readers’ attention this week, plus other notable stories from around the web that caught our eye here at HHCN: Most Read In These Tech-Savvy Cities, It Pays to Age at Home – Redfin ranked the top 10 cities where smartphone applications are enabling older adults to stay in their […]

Whistleblower Cases Target Medicare Advantage Home Health Visits

A series of whistleblower cases over how Medicare Advantage plans utilize in-home health assessments to set their payment rates has raised concerns over poor government oversight. Filed in 2014 and unsealed by the federal court in Dallas in June, the case against CenseoHealth LLC is one of several such suits filed in the past five […]

Home Health Stock Index Hits All-Time High

On the heels of a landmark month for home health investments in June, one measure of home health company performance has set another record high in July.  Following an 11% uptick in June, the Stoneridge Partners Home Health Index showed another 9% increase last month, amounting to a year to date increase to more than […]