Why Federal Support For Home-Based Care Is Missing The Mark

Home-based care has experienced a series of symbolic wins in 2023, many of which came from President Biden himself or his administration. But not all home-based care providers feel like victors. Home-based care is a broad term, and there is a large chunk of providers that haven’t felt the warmth from policymakers in Washington, D.C., […]

New Bill Aims To Get Personal Care Covered By Traditional Medicare

A new bill that would remove certain barriers to home-based care will soon be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Expanding Care in the Home Act (ECHA) would, among other things, create a personal care services benefit in Medicare to give aid to beneficiaries who are unable to afford out-of-pocket payments but don’t […]

HHS Committee Pushes For Further PACE Expansion

A new report from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services could be the first step in further expanding the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model nationwide. Specifically, the committee believes that expanding PACE to more rural parts of the U.S. will help close gaps in long-term care. “[We] […]

‘We’re Payer Selective’: How Home Health Providers Are Navigating The Payer Evolution

Medicare fee-for-service rates are not where home health providers want them to be. That’s forced their hand when negotiating rates with other payer sources. “We are payer agnostic, but we’re payer selective,” Traditions Health CEO David Klementz said Thursday at Home Health Care News’ Capital + Strategy event in Washington, D.C. Traditions Health is a […]

3 Ways To Modernize Medicare’s Home Health Benefit

Home health stakeholders often talk about the need to modernize the Medicare home health benefit. What they are often getting at is the need to make it easier for providers to deliver crucial care, while, in turn, creating better access to care. “We constantly need to be thinking about what’s ahead, how to improve this […]

Following 7% Home Health Cut Recommendation, MedPAC Releases Annual Report To Congress

Back in January, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted unanimously to recommend a 7% payment cut for home health agencies in 2024. The commission officially released its report to Congress on Wednesday. Broadly, the report covers Medicare payment policy, including the Medicare fee-for-service payment systems for home health care. Roughly 3 million Medicare fee-for-service […]