Home Health Quality on the Upswing, Readmission Rates Hold Steady

The quality of home health care improved across most major domains between 2016 and 2017, although the rate of hospital admissions remained static for the fifth straight year. That’s according to data in the Home Health Chartbook 2018, prepared by Avalere Health for the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. The document compiles data […]

Must-Read News: Top Home Health Changes Ahead

Happy Monday, dear Home Health Care News readers. We’re back after a few days in Washington, D.C. at the National Leadership Conference, put on by the Visiting Nurses Association of America (VNAA), ElevatingHome and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. We’ll be bringing you more coverage from the conference this week. Take a […]

Home Health Industry Reacts to Senate Health Care Bill

After Senate Republicans unveiled a draft of their health care plan last week, home health groups were eager to analyze how the bill, named the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” could impact the industry—and millions of aging Americans. In the aftermath of the release, the immediate backlash from the home health industry stemmed from […]

Monday Briefing: Bayada’s Bet on a Tech Company

Happy Monday, dearest Home Health Care News readers. We hope you made the most of your weekend. To kick off your week, check in with our Monday Briefing to catch up on the latest news in home health care and around the web—like this Pew study that found a whopping one-third of seniors don’t even […]

Patients Who Refuse Home Health More Likely to be Readmitted

Patients who refuse home health care services following a hospital discharge may be at higher risk of being readmitted, according to study findings cited in a recent report from the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation and the United Hospital Fund (UHF). The report, “I Can Take Care of Myself! Patients’ Refusals of Home Health […]

Trinity Health at Home to Drop Some Bundles After Losses

Home health care providers participating in bundled payment models are seeing mixed results, according to one major company that revealed their first-year results last week at the National Leadership Conference co-hosted by the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. Despite a delay in mandatory bundled payment initiatives, […]

Monday Briefing: Kindred Buyout Talks

Happy Monday! We are back from the National Leadership Conference co-hosted by the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation in sunny San Diego last week, and here to get you up to date on the latest news in the industry. Last week, we kept you in […]

Health Care Providers Workshop Caregiver Workforce Issues

Home health care providers continually cite a lack of caregivers as their biggest challenge. As demographics shift toward an older population, the caregiver shortage is likely to put even more pressure on providers. At the same time, the caregiver workforce continues to adapt to meet the needs of aging Americans, according to a report on […]

New Data Measures Recent Economic Impact of Home Health

Home health agencies contribute significantly to the U.S. economy—but their impact varies drastically by state, according to new data. Nationwide, home health agencies paid out a combined $35.81 billion in wages in 2014, according to the recently published Home Health Chartbook 2017. The updated report was prepared by Avalere Health for the Alliance for Home […]

3 Obstacles to Creating the Home Health Agency of the Future

In-home care stands to become ever more central to the U.S. health care system in the years ahead, but for providers to reach their full potential, there still are important steps that need to be taken. Specifically, regulatory barriers need to come down, more flexibility needs to be baked into payment models and efforts to […]