Verma: Older Adults Must Have a ‘More Robust’ Set of Home Care Options

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday touted several tools designed to help states rebalance their long-term care ecosystem toward home- and community-based services.  The development is the latest in a series of CMS efforts aimed at strengthening home- and community-based services amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the ultimate goal of […]

With 40% of Nursing Homes Close to Shutting Down, the ‘Shift to Home’ Is Likely to Accelerate

Across the country, home health nurses and therapists continue to struggle with restrictions around seeing their patients in nursing homes, assisted living communities and other long-term care facilities. Unfortunately, those restrictions aren’t likely to go away anytime soon, especially when it comes to facilities located in Sun Belt states. According to a new report from […]

AHCA President Mark Parkinson: ‘For the Elderly, COVID-19 Is an Almost Perfect Killing Machine’

As they respond to the worsening COVID-19 outbreak, home health providers and their post-acute care brethren are left in the dark with a number of unanswered questions. The greatest mystery, of course, still revolves around the alarmingly high danger COVID-19 poses specifically to older, sicker adults. Normally, seasonal influenza and other viruses operate on a […]

Home Health Groups Push Back Against Value-Based Purchasing Bill

Major home health provider groups have penned a letter opposing a value-based purchasing bill. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and other members of the post-acute care community wrote the letter to Kevin Brady (R-TX), chairman of House Ways & Means, Pat Tiberi (R-OH), chairman of the Health Subcommittee and Congressman Ron Kind […]

Home Health, Skilled Nursing At Odds Over Medicare Payment Reform

Home health leaders at a recent Congressional hearing voiced strong support of proposed legislation to revamp the Medicare post-acute payment system, but the role of care coordinators emerged as a sticking point for other provider types and some lawmakers. Patient-centered care coordination is essential to improving post-acute care and should be a centerpiece of payment […]

[Update] Home Health Leaders Applaud Permanent Medicare Doc Fix

Legislation to replace Medicare’s controversial Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) now has been signed into law. While some concerns regarding reimbursements linger, the home health community largely commends Congress. The bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act legislation to repeal the long-standing SGR, colloquially known as the “doc fix,” was signed Thursday by President Barack Obama, following […]