CMS Proposes $180 Million Payment Boost to Hospices Nationwide

Hospices would receive a payment increase of $180 million for fiscal year 2014 under a new proposed rule issued Monday. The payment boost would translate into a 1.1% increase in federal Medicare payments from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as a result of a 0.7% reduction in wage index changes and a 1.8% […]

House Bill Looks to Axe Round 2 of CMS Bid Program

Last night, the efforts of two Congressmen introduced a bill that will prevent the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from implementing Round 2 of its competitive bidding program. H.R. 1717, the Medicare DMEPOS Market Pricing Program Act of 2013, will stop the bidding program, forcing CMS to adopt a market-based approach to determine prices […]

AAHomecare Asks Goverment Watchdog to Investigate Competitive Bidding Program

The American Association for Homecare (AAHC) is making a formal request to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) to investigate Medicare’s competitive bidding program. The request stems from the unwillingness of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to share information about the bidding system, such as how […]

Home Health Medicare Reductions Cut Gentiva’s Q4 Revenues by 5%

Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTIV) saw its net income attributable to shareholders nearly double to $8.6 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2012 compared to the year before.  Fourth quarter net revenues of $425 million were down 5% compared to the same period in 2011, which Gentiva […]

Pelosi Appoints New Members to National Long Term Care Commission

New senior care leaders were appointed today to the bipartisan Commission on Long-Term Care. The three new committee members together bring a wealth of experience in health care and senior care specifically. Appointed by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, the new members include SCAN Foundation President Dr. Bruce Chernof, the Center for Medicare Advocacy’s Executive Director […]

Home Care Providers Question Survival Following DME Medicare Cuts

New durable medical equipment Medicare pricing announced last week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services left the home health industry “shocked” and “stunned,” according to reports and statements from those who provide home care services. The Round 2 pricing under the current bidding system for DME equipment is unsustainable, industry advocates said, calling […]

Fiscal Cliff May Reduce Need for Home Care

The Fiscal Cliff, while it has the potential to impact all Americans, could actually stand to shift things in the home care arena by driving people who currently receive care at home into assisted living and skilled nursing communities instead.   A deficit-reducing budget deal could boost senior housing and care community occupancy in upcoming […]