Home Health Agencies See PDGM as Major Growth Opportunity

A joint survey from Dallas-based Axxess — a home health technology company — and advisory firm BKD reiterated that the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and staffing are the dominant contemporary concerns among home health agencies. Released earlier this week, the 2020 Industry Trends Report collected responses from employees in many positions at both large and […]

Early Errors and Therapy Turmoil: Home Health Insiders Weigh In on PDGM’s Arrival

The long-awaited Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is finally here, marking the biggest home health reimbursement overhaul in two decades. PDGM officially launched on Jan. 1 after originally being proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in July 2018. With changes to billing periods, therapy reimbursement and LUPAs, it’s the most significant shift […]

Axxess Expands EVV Partnership with CellTrak; LHC Group to Implement Medalogix Bridge

Axxess, CellTrak expand EVV partnership Dallas-based Axxess, a home health technology company, plans to expand its partnership with CellTrak to provide electronic visit verification (EVV) to more home health and home care providers in the United States. Schaumburg, Illinois-based CellTrak is a software company that provides care delivery management solutions used by more than 4,000 […]

False Alarm: Why Small Home Health Agencies Should Tune Out PDGM ‘Carnage’ Claims

Home health industry insiders throughout 2019 have frequently speculated on the “carnage” likely to take place next year when the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) pushes smaller, ill-equipped agencies out of business. Generally, the narrative goes something like this: As the biggest overhaul to home health reimbursement in two decades, PDGM will significantly disrupt agency cash […]

[Updated] CMS Lowers PDGM’s Behavioral Adjustment, Finalizes RAP Elimination Plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Thursday finalized the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) for 2020, in addition to its plan to phase out home health pre-payments and introduce a new home infusion therapy benefit. But perhaps the biggest news for U.S. home health providers is a major update to PDGM’s widely opposed […]

[Report] 2019 State of Home Health Care Staffing

Even in the midst of changing payment models and new regulations, the most significant challenge cited by in-home care providers today continues to be staffing. The hurdles associated with managing a remote workforce and retaining talent in the current economy are high and rising. We polled our audience to gain a better understanding of how […]

Financial Incentives, Daily Pay Identified as Key to Fighting Staffing Shortages

While the in-home care industry faces a number of challenges, staffing still looms largest for providers. The workforce shortage can hinder everything from business growth and compliance to patient outcomes and bottom lines — but financial incentives like daily pay could help fix the problem. That’s according to the results of a recent staffing survey […]

[Upcoming Webinar] The Importance of Therapy within PDGM

Date: Sept. 11, 2019Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CTRegister Now Therapy remains a qualifying discipline under the PDGM model and can provide immense value to a patient’s functional well-being, health outcome and overall satisfaction. The physiology of the geriatric body does not change on Jan. 1, 2020. The major change is how we define, […]

[Upcoming Webinar] The Importance of Therapy within PDGM

Date: Sept. 11, 2019Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CTRegister Now Therapy remains a qualifying discipline under the PDGM model and can provide immense value to a patient’s functional well-being, health outcome and overall satisfaction. The physiology of the geriatric body does not change on Jan. 1, 2020. The major change is how we define, […]