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 […]

Bloomberg: US Home Care System Woefully Inadequate

A report in Bloomberg Businessweek paints a dire picture of the state of home care for the aging U.S. population. The article, published Feb. 9 and prepared in conjunction with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, highlights a caregiver named Valia, describing her arduous 48-hour shifts to make a point about the lack of […]

Medicaid Home Care Demand Grows, States Grapple with Spending

More long-term care spending is going toward home- and community-based services (HCBS), according to a recent survey of all 50 states and the District of Columbia by Kaiser Family Foundation. Through the three main Medicaid HCBS programs in 2014—mandatory state plan home health services, personal care services, and Section 1915 (c) waivers—nearly 3.2 million people […]

HHS Nominee Open to Medicaid Block Grants

Alex Azar, President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), again expressed some support for the idea of converting Medicaid to a block-grant program in a confirmation hearing Tuesday — though he cautioned that any solution is still far in the future and stated he was open to committing more […]