Coronavirus Daily Update: CMS Granting Extensions for Providers in Quality Reporting Programs

During this critical time, Home Health Care News remains committed to bringing you all the essential news related to home-based care operations. At the same time, we also recognize the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to our regular content, we’ll continue to highlight industry-related developments and mitigation strategies in this rolling bulletin. What […]

VNA Health Group CEO: Home Health Agencies Face Uncertain Future Without Policy, Payment Support

So far during the COVID-19 pandemic, much attention has been given to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, as health care officials look to maximize bed capacity and avoid spreading the virus in long-term care settings. While home health, home care and hospice providers have been called out as key resources in the nation’s response to […]

Home Health Agencies Conquering Fear of PDGM Boogeyman

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was one of the largest concerns for the home health industry after it was finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in October 2019. But now that it has been implemented and agencies have faced their boogeyman, confidence under the new payment model is growing, industry insiders […]

Skilled Nursing Facilities, Long-Term Care Hospitals May Look to Cash In on PDGM Turmoil

At Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), phones are ringing off the hook, with smaller home health providers calling the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company to talk about dealmaking opportunities. LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) is experiencing much of the same, so much so that its top executives anticipate “historic” consolidation over the next several months. Elsewhere in […]

Dombi: Time to Make Senior Care a National Priority

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is sponsoring a resolution to once again amplify aging-related issues through the Permanent Select Committee on Aging. The committee would aim to better address various issues that affect seniors, such as housing, long-term care and poverty, among others. A lot of the panel’s focus on its first near 20-year run […]

How CMS Could Prevent Home Health Deserts Caused by PDGM

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may have to get creative if it wants to avoid the formation of home health deserts in 2020 and beyond. One possible solution: revisiting the current six-year overpayment lookback rule. As part of its efforts to curb fraud, waste and abuse, CMS finalized a rule in […]

52% of Surveyed Home Health Agencies Say PDGM Is Forcing a Therapy Decrease

Over the past few months, there have been dozens of anecdotal examples of home health agencies cutting back on therapy, whether that’s in the form of layoffs, visit reductions or converting full-time therapists to PRN status. In these examples, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and Medicare reimbursement changes are often cited as the trigger. Home […]