‘Technology Is Here to Stay’: Why Today’s Investments Will Pay Off Tomorrow

Between the Patient-Driven Groupings Model and the COVID-19 virus, home health providers are arguably facing the most volatile environment in their industry’s history. At the same time, millions of people are now looking for safer and simpler ways to receive care, which only boosts demand for in-home care services. Looking back, rapidly evolving technology, legislation […]

‘Real Accommodations for Providers’: House Bill Takes Aim at Advance and Accelerated Loan Repayment

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a funding bill Tuesday that should catch the attention of home health operators. The bill included a provision aimed at lessening the burden associated with paying back advance and accelerated payments, which the Trump administration made available to financially support Medicare providers amid spring COVID-19 spikes. Specifically, the provision […]

More Than Half of All Home Health Agencies Have Treated COVID-19 Patients

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially closed its public comment window for the 2021 proposed home health payment rule on Monday. Unlike the past couple of years, the latest proposed payment rule included relatively minor changes and rate adjustments for the year ahead. In light of the mild proposal, CMS only […]

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes for Increased PPE, Telehealth Payment for In-Home Care Providers

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-Ny.) is asking the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that in-home care providers have access to essential resources amid the coronavirus.   Throughout the public health emergency, home health and home care providers have been vocal about the challenges […]

How MedStar Health Went from 10 Virtual Visits Per Week — to 4,000 Per Day

Before COVID-19 began spreading across the U.S., MedStar Health was scheduling about 10 telehealth visits per week. During the height of COVID-19, that number increased to nearly 4,000 visits — per day. “Things have tailed off, but [they] certainly won’t ever go back to where they were,” David Brennan, MedStar’s director of telehealth initiatives, said […]

What Home-Based Care Agencies Need to Know About OSHA’s New Guidelines

In an effort to ease some of the COVID-19 burden, federal regulators have relaxed certain restrictions on home-based care providers since the Trump administration declared a public health emergency on March 13. But while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other agencies loosen their grip, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) […]

Savvy Home Health Providers May Look to Cash In on Behavioral Health, AI Interest

Despite the considerable headwinds that COVID-19 has created for the U.S. health care system, there are still a few sectors in which investment remains strong. Those areas include telehealth, behavioral health and artificial intelligence. Each has had steady backing since President Donald Trump declared a public health emergency in mid-March, according to a new report […]

After Weeks of Coronavirus Chaos, Home-Based Care Providers Welcome Early Signs of Normalcy

After an immense disruption from the COVID-19 virus led to a dip in patient visits and revenue, home-based care insiders are now reporting budding signs of normalcy. The public health crisis, of course, is far from over. But the initial panic is subsiding, patients are receiving care again and providers are gaining confidence operating in […]