CMS Proposes $180 Million Payment Boost to Hospices Nationwide

Hospices would receive a payment increase of $180 million for fiscal year 2014 under a new proposed rule issued Monday. The payment boost would translate into a 1.1% increase in federal Medicare payments from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as a result of a 0.7% reduction in wage index changes and a 1.8% […]

CMS Delays PECOS Edit, Cites “Technical Issues”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that home health claims that list an attending physician without a PECOS enrollment record will not be denied for the time being, reports Decision Health (DH).  The announcement from CMS arrived via an email message to Medicare providers April 25.  CMS had planned to implement an […]

Home Healthcare Community Applauds Senate Committee for Medicare Reform Initative

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) commended members of the Senate Finance Committee for urging regulators to increase efforts to combat Medicare waste, fraud and abuse.  Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) are urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement a moratorium on the installment […]

New Calif. Bill Aims to Regulate Private Home Care Agencies

A chairwoman of the Assembly Committee on Aging & Long-Term Care as introduced a bill that establishes regulations for private home care agencies.  Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada introduced the Home Care Services Act of 2013, which she believes outlines clear standards for training and background checks for home caregivers, reports the Daily Democrat (DD). The bill, […]

Health Care Law Changes to see Increased Benefits for Boomers

Baby boomers look to reap greater benefits than from the Affordable Care Act than before, as the federal government initiates changes to the health care law in coming years, reports USA Today. As unemployment and rising health care costs have shrunk many retirement funds among many aging Americans, the recession looks to have impacted boomers […]

Patient-Centered Homes to Help Reign in Health Care Costs

Patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) while striving to improve patient outcomes, simultaneously seek to reduce health care costs, according to the New York Law Journal (NYLJ).  Usually led by a physician, patients in a PCMH model have an ongoing relationship with their doctor and a team that is collectively responsible for patient care. A PCMH is […]

Senate Committee on Aging Gathers in D.C. to Discuss Personal Care Aide Training

The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) and the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging are gathering long-term services and supports experts for a discussion on personal care aide (PCA) training next month in Washington, D.C. as the industry seeks to establish some guidelines for the rapidly expanding sector. During the briefing, Dr. Dorie Seavy, PHI’s director […]

New Alliances Between Home Care Industry & Hospitals Crucial as Boomers Age

America’s headed toward a “geritocracy,” says a home health care association regarding the aging of the massive boomer generation, and health care reform initiatives could forge “crucial” alliances between the home health care industry and hospitals to continue a substantial growth trajectory.  The Northwest Herald reports: [The] National Association for Home Care & Hospice has […]