Illinois Law Holds Providers, Hospitals Under Stricter Accountability

An Illinois law going into effect on January 1, 2018, will not only impact the home care industry, but also the hospital and health care groups they create relationships with. Signed into law by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Aug. 21, SB 1676 mandates that hospitals or other health care agencies that receive state funding cannot refer a patient […]

Veto Prevents Sharing of Aides’ Info With California Unions

A bill that drew sharp criticism from home care industry advocates in California has been vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Under Assembly Bill 1513, the State Department of Social Services would have been required to provide the names and phone numbers of registered home care aides to labor unions, unless aides opted out. “Home […]

House Lawmakers Push Bill for More In-Home Medicare Coverage

A new bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representative aims to keep some low-income seniors in their homes longer by giving them access to home care services covered by Medicare Advantage. H.R. 4006, or the “Community Based Independence for Seniors Act,” would create a new community-based institutional special needs plan (CBI-SNP) demo program for community- and home-based […]

HHGM Bill Would Delay But Not Halt Massive Medicare Cuts

A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would delay implementation of the controversial Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) until 2020, but industry advocates say it does not address fundamental concerns with HHGM, including that it could cause catastrophic payment reductions of up to $4 billion to providers. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota, pictured above) […]

Home Health Advocates Step Up HHGM Fight in Nation’s Capital

In the wake of a controversial proposal to change the Medicare payment system, state and national home health and hospice associations are stepping up their fight against the new model. The Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) was introduced when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed prospective payment system (PPS) rate update for […]

Illinois Hospital Referrals Must Go To Licensed Agencies

Home health industry advocates in the Land of Lincoln are cheering a newly approved bill relating to hospital referrals and licensed home health agencies. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law SB1676 on Aug. 21, which makes it so hospitals or other health care providers that receive state funding can’t refer a patient to an in-home care services […]

Home Health Groups Concerned After Senate Revives Health Care Reform

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to resurrect its plan to repeal Obamacare, prompting renewed fears among some home health care groups that thought the health care overhaul was on hold. The Senate voted 51-50 to begin debating legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), informally known as Obamacare. U.S. Vice President Mike […]

Home Health Groups Relieved, Wary After Trumpcare Bill Fails

The Senate bill to repeal and replace key Affordable Care Act (ACA) policies failed Tuesday, leaving home health agencies and providers across the care spectrum in wait-and-see mode as to the future of Obamacare reform efforts. Released July 13, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) struggled to gain needed traction among Senate Republicans. The GOP […]

Republican Health Care Bill Pulled Before Vote

After postponing a vote by one day, the Republican health care bill was pulled from the House floor on Friday, March 24, effectively killing the first attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. The plan aimed to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, and make good on a long-standing promise by Republicans. On Friday, […]