CMMI Initiatives May Fall Short of Previous Savings Projections

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) will save far less in the coming years than the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected, according to an analysis conducted by Avalere. Avalere, a health care research and consulting firm, estimates that CMMI will save $18 billion from 2017 to 2026. The CBO had projected $34 billion […]

CBO: 2019 Will Be Tipping Point for Federal Spending Tied to Older Adults

The aging population of the United States and the rising cost of health care will likely cause federal spending to skyrocket over the next decade — with a noticeable spike surfacing even sooner than previously anticipated. Federal spending on programs that provide services for adults age 65 or older — Medicare and Social Security, namely […]

[Updated] The Trickle-Down Effect of Tax Reform on Home Health

The home health industry is one step closer to witnessing sweeping tax reform, with the bill on its way to President Trump’s desk. As such, the industry could see a windfall—though some cuts to Medicare and Medicaid could be triggered down the line. House and Senate lawmakers voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and […]

Federal Report Presses Medicare for Stronger Anti-Fraud Reforms

While Medicare fraud isn’t specific to any one sector of healthcare, it can be a blemish on industries like home health, which ultimately suffer due to a few bad actors. However, implementing several key integrity reform measures can help strengthen federal payers like Medicare from further abusive practices, according to a recent report from the […]

Medicaid Use Shifts More Toward Home Care

Medicaid expenditures are shifting away from nursing homes and toward home and community-based care, according to recent findings by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). And that shift is seen as a positive development says AARP in response.   Residents of nursing homes who rely on Medicaid funding are getting younger by the year, […]