Bipartisan Policy Center Makes Recommendations to CMS Aimed at Increasing Home Health Access

Despite the growing demand for home health services, fraud and abuse guardrails often limit access to the Medicare benefit, a recent Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) report suggests. The report highlights BPC’s recommendations for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on how to improve home health services for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. “Given the […]

Home Care Providers Take Note as Medicare Advantage Grows, Creates Savings for Seniors

Compared to fee-for-service Medicare, seniors save close to $2,000 on average in total annual health care spending with Medicare Advantage (MA). That’s according to a new study — based on 2019 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey data — from Better Medicare Alliance. The study features an analysis conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based research and consulting firm […]

National Home Health Spending Dips to $129.1 Billion as Health Care Sector Normalizes

U.S. health care expenditures ballooned in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they’re starting to normalize. National home health spending, in turn, experienced a comparatively small decline over the past year. That’s according to the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which published its annual spending analysis […]

Making Sense of a Unified Post-Acute Value-Incentive Program

Home health agencies have had to navigate several changes since 2020, from the payment mechanics of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) to the new policies of the public health emergency (PHE). Yet there’s another change on the distant horizon that forward-thinking operators can’t afford to forget about: a unified payment system for post-acute care providers, […]

Medicare Sequestration’s Return Puts Home Health Agencies in Financial Jeopardy

Home health agencies and other Medicare-reimbursed health care providers are just a couple weeks away from the return of sequestration. For many agencies, the restart of the 2% cut will merely be a return to normal, pre-pandemic business. For others, however, it presents another cash-flow disruption that could, at worst, put some smaller operators out […]

CMS Solidifies Vaccination Deadlines, Releases Guidance for Home Health Agencies

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday threw its support behind the nationwide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers, while simultaneously axing a vaccine-or-test rule for large employers. Last week’s developments shouldn’t shock the in-home care operators that have been following the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Occupational Safety and Health […]

[Updated] Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Mandate, Allows CMS Rule to Take Effect

The long-awaited decisions regarding the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates have finally arrived from the U.S. Supreme Court. In the end, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “soft” mandate was shot down by SCOTUS by a 6-3 count. The mandate would have applied to all private businesses with 100 employees or more, requiring workers to […]