Home Care Providers Question Survival Following DME Medicare Cuts

New durable medical equipment Medicare pricing announced last week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services left the home health industry “shocked” and “stunned,” according to reports and statements from those who provide home care services. The Round 2 pricing under the current bidding system for DME equipment is unsustainable, industry advocates said, calling […]

CMS Announces New Medicare DME Pricing, Aims For Expansion

New prices for durable medical equipment looks to save billions for both Medicare and its beneficiaries over the next decade, announced the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday. Between 2013 and 2022, the CMS Office of the Actuary estimates Medicare will save $25.7 billion for its Part B Trust Fund, and $17.1 […]

Medicare Cracking Down on Hospice Industry: Kaiser

Medicare is beginning to crack down on one industry with a strong emphasis on home care: hospice. The level of scrutiny on the industry is increasing, according to J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in a Kaiser Health News article. The Office of the Inspector General’s 2013 […]

NAIMES Acquires Independent HME Advocacy Group to Join Against Bidding Process

Medical device advocacy group the National Association of Independent Medical Equipment Suppliers (NAIMES) today announced it has acquired the Committee to Save Independent HME suppliers and has merged it into the trade organization. The new, larger advocacy group will continue to work toward replacing the national DME bidding process as one of its main initiatives. […]

Vermont Court Settlement Means More Home Care Covered Under Medicare

A Vermont court today settled a case that stands to make in-home care more available to patients who need it. The Medicare Improvement Standard case Jimmo v. Sebelius was approved today during a fairness hearing, marking a “critical” step for thousands of Medicare beneficiaries, according to the Center for Medicare Advocacy. The Centers for Medicare & […]

Home Health Care Revenues to Reach $120 Billion in 2021

Spending on senior care services, which includes skilled nursing, home health care and assisted living are predicted to grow 5.2 percent annually and will amount to $319.5 billion by 2016 according to the Freedonia Group. Skilled nursing saw facilities revenue come in at $106.9 billion in 2011 according to the study and are projected to […]

Epic Health Services Acquires AmeriCare to Expand into Massachusetts

Epic Health Services announced it has acquired AmeriCare, a Medicare certified home health agency with three locations in the Boston area.  The acquisition provides Epic with three new service lines: home nursing for clients with psychiatric and other behavioral issues, private-pay personal care for older adults, as well as nursing and aide services for other elderly […]

Elder Care Revenues to Exceed $300 Billion

As the “baby boom” generation edges closer toward retirement years, running alongside the large, post-World War II demographic will be an increase in the demand for elder care services. Through 2016, revenues for elder care are expected to reach $319.5 billion, growing at a rate of 5.2% each year, according to a recent study from […]

Home Health Agencies Plan to Invest in Training and Marketing in 2013

Home health agencies are planning to invest most in marketing and training of their staff in 2013 according to results from a survey published by Home Health Line.  Consisting of responses from 159 home health care agencies, 52.2% said they planned to invest most of their money on education and training, with another 37.1% saying […]