Whether Decreased Home Health Utilization Is Helping Or Hurting The Health System

Following the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the total number of home health visits per 30-day period fell by nearly 17%. That’s according to CMS data. Some health care organizations, like AARP, are concerned that this trend may be the result of unintended consequences tied […]

Beyond Senior Care: Why Nontraditional Partnerships Are Critical for Aging in Place

A number of organizations – including the top advocacy organization for older Americans – have recently formed relationships underscoring the important roles of home modification and safety in the aging-in-place process. TruBlue Total House Care, for example, has formed a partnership with The Helper Bees. As part of the arrangement, TruBlue’s services will be offered […]

‘There’s a Lot of Unmet Need’: Addressing Long HCBS Waitlists

Home- and community-based services (HCBS) are a way to fill gaps in care for seniors with complex medical conditions, with Medicaid being the main source of coverage for long-term services and supports (LTSS). As of 2020, over 2.5 million individuals received HCBS services, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). Still, there are hundreds of […]

As $1.9T Stimulus Bill Heads to Senate, Here’s What It Could Mean for In-Home Care

The House of Representatives passed the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill Saturday, which means the next step for the “American Rescue Plan” is to go through the Senate, where its provisions related to home-based care will likely be tinkered with again. Because pandemic-related unemployment benefits are set to expire on March 14, lawmakers are […]

Presidential Candidate Buttigieg Proposes Increasing In-Home Care Access for Seniors

Democratic presidential hopeful and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, unveiled his plans to provide older adults access to long-term care, including in-home care, on Monday. For now, it’s unclear how much Buttigieg’s plan will cost. The candidate released a set of policy proposals — Dignity and Security in Retirement — that aims to lessen […]