Dozens Of In-Home Care Providers Unveiled As Participants In CMS’ GUIDE Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) Model is live. Among its participants are a wide range of home-based care providers. CMS said that there will be almost 400 participating organizations building Dementia Care Programs (DCPs) to serve Medicare beneficiaries at first. “DCPs represent a wide range of […]

New Oncology, Primary Care Models Could Offer Risk-Based Avenues for Home-Based Care Providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are taking steps to improve oncology care and primary care this week. While both are not directly related to home-based care, the federal government pushing this agenda should pique providers’ interest. After all, both primary and oncology […]

CMS Hopes to Support Home-Based Care with More Payment, Regulatory Flexibilities

Officials from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its main innovation hub touted a “strategy refresh” on Wednesday. Among its key pillars, the refresh calls for greater payment and regulatory flexibilities supporting the provision of home- and community-based care. CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure discussed the strategy reset during a Wednesday afternoon […]

National Expansion of Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Estimated to Create $6.3B in Savings

In somewhat of a surprise move, U.S. health care policymakers unveiled plans last week to expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, a nine-state Medicare demonstration designed to better align reimbursement to quality of care. Despite backing from most of the home health industry, the HHVBP Model — first implemented in 2016 — had […]

CMS Announces New Direct-Contracting Model to Promote ‘Easier Access to Home Care’

In April 2019, federal health care officials unveiled a new direct-contracting payment model to accelerate the shift toward value-based care for U.S. primary care providers. The goal of that model — which has 51 entities already signed up — was to bring a private-sector approach to risk-sharing arrangements in traditional Medicare. The U.S. Centers for […]

Home Health Industry Reacts to CMS Value-Based Primary Care Initiative

Health care policymakers on Monday unveiled a new voluntary risk-based initiative designed to reward physicians who keep patients at home and away from hospitals. Based upon the work of previous administrations, the new initiative marks a major inflection point for the value-based transformation of the U.S. health care system, according to Department of Health and […]