Fresh Research Supports a Medicare Benefit for At-Home Personal Care

Results from a program in Maryland suggest that a Medicare benefit to cover at-home personal care services could be feasible, according to new research findings. “We think the Maryland experience is instructive,” researcher Karen Davis told Home Health Care News. Davis is professor emerita in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns […]

Rhode Island Secures Rate Escalators for Medicaid Home Care Program

Home care providers in the state of Rhode Island have secured a much-needed Medicaid rate increase for the home care and hospice program. The 2019 state budget includes a 10% unencumbered increase for Medicaid fee-for-service personal care attendant services and a 29% increase for Medicaid FFS skilled nursing, therapeutic care and hospice, both effective July 1, […]

New York Overbilled Medicaid Home Care Program by $75 Million

New York’s Medicaid agency claimed reimbursement for some in-home care services that were not in accordance with Medicaid requirements, to the tune of $74.8 million, according to the Office of Inspector General. The state did not provide documentation of services claimed, claimed reimbursement for services that were not authorized or supported, and for claims which […]

California to Pay for Healthy Food Delivery for Ill Residents

To keep their chronically ill residents at home and out of hospitals or nursing homes, states are beginning to look at food-as-medicine models that deliver healthy, nutritious meals under doctors’ orders. But there’s now a state that’s doing a lot more than looking. California has launched a new, three-year, $6 million pilot program spearheaded by […]

Louisiana Medicaid Recipients May Lose Home Care Benefits

Tens of thousands of Medicaid recipients in Louisiana, many of whom rely on home care services, are being warned they may soon lose benefits due to proposed state budget cuts. The Louisiana Department of Health began mailing notices Thursday to nearly 37,000 Medicaid enrollees, informing them that their eligibility may end on July 1 because […]

CMS To Be Flexible in Enforcing Medicaid Home Health Rule

A deadline for states to comply with a 2016 Medicaid home health final rule is approaching, but the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) won’t necessarily enforce all compliance areas right away, according to an announcement issued Thursday. The final rule was published on February 2, 2016, with an effective date of July 1, 2016. […]

Dementia Care Spending to Hit $277 Billion, In-Home Services Grow

In 2018, the total cost of care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias is projected to reach $277 billion. That figure is expected to keep ballooning in coming years and decades, and a growing proportion of spending has been going toward in-home care. This is the second consecutive year that total payments to care […]

Addus CEO Leads Company in New Directions After Reining in Costs

Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS) is at a turning point. Two years ago, Dirk Allison took the role of CEO at the Frisco, Texas-based provider. Since then, there’s been a C-suite overhaul, the company headquarters has moved from Illinois to Texas, and a variety of cost-reduction and operational initiatives have been put in place to drive profitability […]

Report of EVV ‘Firestorm’ Draws Home Care Industry Pushback

The rollout of electronic visit verification (EVV) for home care has created a “firestorm” of complaints in Ohio, according to a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch. However, that news story painted an incomplete picture, some home care providers and EVV vendors have told Home Health Care News. Under the federal 21st Century Cures Act, […]

Home Health Spending Projected to Outpace All Other Types of Care

Almost $103 billion will be spent on home health care in the United States this year, and that number will reach nearly $173 billion by 2026, according to a newly released analysis from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary. The annual growth rate for home health spending is predicted […]