Hospital-at-Home Models, Home Health Partners Primed to Disrupt US Health Care System

With a shared goal of shifting more care into the home and improving patient health outcomes at a lower overall cost, hospital-at-home programs and at-home care providers are natural allies. But there are a number of hurdles that stand in the way of partnership opportunities truly taking off. Broadly, hospital-at-home programs attempt to provide acute, […]

Rogers: PDGM’s 8% Cut ‘A Double Slap in the Face’ to Home Health Providers

While home health advocacy efforts are routinely focused on national policies, state-level organizations often help pave the way. Among them is the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC-NC), led by industry veteran Tim Rogers, its president and CEO. With the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) on […]

Data Analytics Arms Race Continues Ahead of PDGM

With the implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) less than four months away, agencies continue to prepare for the biggest reimbursement change the industry has seen in about 20 years. Technology and data providers are rolling out tools to help agencies rise to the challenge. Most recently, WellSky launched a new data analytics solution […]

Lawmakers Look to Eliminate 24-Hour Workdays in Home Care

Lawmakers in one state have introduced a bill that would effectively eliminate 24-hour workdays in home care. If it passes, the legislation could mean significant financial strain for home care agencies there.  It’s happening in New York — a state that frequently serves as a starting point for legal trends that then sweep the rest […]

Bay Area Home Health Provider Charged in $115M Medicare Scheme; Medicaid Fraud Defendants Plead Guilty

Home Health Provider Charged in Largest Ever Cash-for-Patient Scheme in NorCal The Bay Area’s largest home health care provider has been charged by federal prosecutors with paying doctors in a Medicare kickback scheme involving millions of dollars of payments in cash, Warriors tickets, designer handbags and more. Amity Home Health Care paid kickbacks to doctors, […]

Better Medicare Alliance CEO: Integrating Home Care into Medicare Advantage Easier Said Than Done

For more than a year now, home care has taken center stage in the discussion surrounding Medicare Advantage (MA). Things were no different at last month’s MA Summit, hosted by the Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) in Washington, D.C. There, health care leaders from a variety of sectors and legislators from both sides of the aisle […]

Medicare Expansion Would Have Limited Impact on Home Health Providers

More than half of large employers in the U.S. are in favor of expanding Medicare to Americans under 65 — a change that, if implemented, could give government-reimbursed home-based care providers access to more patients. That’s according to a study from the National Business Group on Health, first covered in Forbes. The survey included responses […]