Lessons Learned: Home-Based Care Is Key to Fighting Coronavirus, Italian Doctors Advise

As COVID-19 spreads from country to country, clinicians unfortunate enough to call themselves experienced with the virus are trying to advise their peers all across the globe. When Dr. Maurizio Cereda — a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s hospital — recently listened to the concerns of his counterparts in Italy, he came away with […]

In-Home Care Providers Must ‘Keep Pedal Down on Recruitment’ Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Recruiting and retaining caregivers was an industry-wide problem for home-based care providers long before the novel coronavirus began circulating throughout the United States, completely reshaping how health care is perceived. Nearly 100% of in-home care providers had recruiting concerns before the global pandemic struck, according to a trends report released in early 2020 by myCNAjobs. […]

More Telehealth, Less Red Tape: What Agencies Should Know About CMS’s Home Health Changes

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) took “unprecedented” action to reduce red tape for home health care agencies and other Medicare providers on Monday. Although the changes are, in theory, temporary, many home health stakeholders welcomed the newfound flexibility aimed at the COVID-19 pandemic. Some, however, were left scratching their heads, confused […]

LHC Group’s Innovation Head: ‘Within 10 Years, We’ll See the End of Fee-for-Service as We Know It’

Thanks to leadership changes at the federal level, the evolution of Medicare Advantage (MA) and a seemingly constant flow of new value-based payment models, providers should begin to plan for the end of fee-for-service Medicare. That’s according to LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Bruce Greenstein, who discussed the future of […]

Hospital-at-Home Models, Home Health Partners Primed to Disrupt US Health Care System

With a shared goal of shifting more care into the home and improving patient health outcomes at a lower overall cost, hospital-at-home programs and at-home care providers are natural allies. But there are a number of hurdles that stand in the way of partnership opportunities truly taking off. Broadly, hospital-at-home programs attempt to provide acute, […]

HHCN Research: 90% of Home Care Providers Anticipate Medicare Advantage Business in 2020

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would allow Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to cover certain non-medical home care services in 2019, interest was tepid, with only 3% of plans actually covering those benefits. So it is no surprise that a subsequent expansion for 2020 brought questions about just how much […]

CMS Launches Enhanced Oversight Initiative for New Home Health Agencies

With major regulatory volleys such as the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) on the table, keeping track of other industry-shaping issues can often feel like a losing battle. For some home health stakeholders, that may have meant missing a subtle yet important announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]

CMS Proposes Rules to Improve Data Sharing Between Health Care Providers, Insurers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking further steps to cure lack of interoperability within the health care system, an issue that has long plagued the home health industry. On Monday, CMS released proposed rules that require many providers and insurers to adopt a secure, standard format for electronic patient data by […]

CMS Nixes Mandatory Cardiac Bundles, Changes CJR Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized the cancellation of the mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models, and in the same move, also implemented changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model. Specifically, CMS is reducing the number of mandatory geographic areas participating in the CJR model, from […]