On Heels of CDC Vote, Home Health Providers Grapple with COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

On Tuesday, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) — in an overwhelming majority — voted to recommend that health care workers, among others, get first priority on a COVID-19 vaccine when one is authorized. In light of this latest development, the question now becomes: Should home health providers mandate vaccinations for employees? The […]

Perspectives: Home Health Insiders Sound Off on the 2020 Election

The ongoing expansion of Medicare Advantage (MA), a federal minimum-wage hike and additional support for front-line health care workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency. These are just a few of the industry-shaping topics that home health insiders are following going into Election Day this Tuesday. While each presidential election is important, 2020 will help […]

Half of Patients Referred to Home Health Don’t Receive Services — But Providers Can Change That

Home health is often utilized as a recovery tool when patients transition out of the hospital because of its ability to improve outcomes. But many of the Medicare beneficiaries who receive referrals after being discharged aren’t actually receiving these services. Overall, the past several decades have seen an increase in the use of post-acute services, […]

‘The Key Is Value’: American Advantage Home Care Grows Census by Over 400%

When Dr. Cleamon Moorer, Jr., acquired American Advantage Home Care Inc. in June 2019, he understandably envisioned the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) being his business’s No. 1 challenge in the year ahead. But then the COVID-19 virus came along, forcing Moorer to totally rethink his home health agency’s priorities and future plans. So far, that […]

Home Health Agencies Still Waiting for Details After Feds Float Plans to Distribute Point-of-Care COVID-19 Tests

Although the concrete details are unknown, the federal government appears to be taking steps toward distributing point-of-care COVID-19 diagnostic tests to home health agencies, which have largely been prioritized behind skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other congregate aging services providers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Aug. 27 that it […]

The Secret to Setting Up Shop in the SNF-at-Home Space

For years, diversion between home health providers and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) has been a big part of the industry narrative. On their end, home health providers have reworked their operations to handle more acute patients and individuals traditionally served in SNFs. Now, home-based care providers are being even more intentional in their efforts by […]