Home Care Can Save Big Bucks for Medicare, Says Home Health Alliance

The cost of Medicare payments more than doubles after one hospital readmission, and home health care may be a way to combat those costs, The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance), an organization comprised of home health care providers and organizations reports in its Clinically Appropriate and Cost-Effective Placement (CACEP) research project.  […]

Home-Based Care System for Dementia Patients Helps Delay Nursing Home Move

Home-based care teams can help dementia patients maximize their independence, improve quality of life, and stay at home longer before transitioning into a nursing home, suggests new research covered in a HealthDay article.  The team, consisting of a nurse, a psychiatrist, and a care coordinator, can determine each person’s needs, whether it’s fall-proofing a bathroom […]

$62 Million Grant to Increase Use of Home Care in Iowa

Iowa’s home care industry will reap the benefits of a $62 million grant funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in an effort to help long term Medicaid beneficiaries over the next three years by expanding availability of home care, according to the Iowa Department of Human Services.  The grant was awarded […]

PHI: Millions of Home Care Workers Wouldn’t Benefit From Minimum Wage Increase

Thousands of low-wage workers participated in a country-wide ‘Day of Action’ on Tuesday as they lobbied to raise the federal minimum wage, but even if that were to happen, the nation’s 2.5 million home care workers won’t benefit—and that needs to change, says the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI). Home care workers remain excluded from minimum wage […]

Hospice Payments to Rise 0.9%, CMS Says

A net 0.9% increase in hospice payments will begin October 1, Centers for Medicare And Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a home hospice wage index notice posted Tuesday.  The impact of this new rule is projected to decrease federal payments to hospices by $100 million in fiscal year (FY) 2013. Previously when introducing new rules, CMS has […]