Home Health Industry Must Plan for Future PDGM Fight

With a 1.7% bump to Medicare rates and seemingly few modifications to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the home health proposed payment rule for calendar year 2022 felt relatively benign at first glance. In reality, though, the June 28 proposal from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) likely sets up a policy […]

[Updated] SNF-Diversion Bill ‘Choose Home’ Introduced, Projected to Save Up to $247M Annually

The home health industry reached a major legislative milestone on Thursday, with U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) teaming up to introduce a new bill to support in-home care alternatives to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Endorsed by the AARP and supported by a long list of home-based care advocates, the Choose Home […]

Spending on Home Health Care Down 21.6% Under PDGM

Spending on home health care services is down substantially under the Patient-Driven Grouping Model (PDGM), a recently unveiled analysis suggests. While the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 requires PDGM to be budget neutral, spending on home health care has actually been about 21.6% lower than projected, according to a detailed analysis from Dobson DaVanzo & […]

Home Health Shown to Cut Costs in Joint Replacement Patients

The use of home health services after a major joint repair surgery for Medicare patients results in cost-effective care and lower readmission rates, according to data newly released Thursday. The data analysis, conducted by Dobson | DaVanzo & Associates and released by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, comes just more than two […]

Home Health Leaders Applaud Post-Acute Care Payment Reform Bill

Home health industry groups commended recently introduced legislation from two House Representatives that will establish a bundled payment system for post-acute care services covered by Medicare.  Representatives Dave McKinley (R-WV) and Tom Price (R-GA) introduced the Bundling and Coordinating Post-Acute Care—or BACPAC—Act of 2014 (HR 4673) to support the delivery of clinically advanced care in […]

Home Health Leaders: $100 Billion in Medicare Cuts Would be “Cataclysmic”

Home health industry leaders gathered today for a teleconference to discuss the alarming impacts of a rule that would bring Medicare payment cuts to tally nearly $100 billion in the coming years. The proposed rebasing rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) looks to cut Medicare reimbursement payments 3.5% annually from 2014 […]