Why Federal Support For Home-Based Care Is Missing The Mark

Home-based care has experienced a series of symbolic wins in 2023, many of which came from President Biden himself or his administration. But not all home-based care providers feel like victors. Home-based care is a broad term, and there is a large chunk of providers that haven’t felt the warmth from policymakers in Washington, D.C., […]

Medicaid Redetermination And What It Means For Home-Based Care

In less than two weeks, there may be far fewer eligible Medicaid beneficiaries. Medicaid membership ballooned during the pandemic. Millions of people were suddenly eligible for public health care when companies went through layoffs and when unemployment spiked. Over the past three years, states were told not to disenroll people who didn’t specifically request it. […]

Payment Reform, COVID-19 May Derail a Unified Post-Acute Care Payment System

Now that the dust has settled on the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), some have returned their attention toward the idea of another major reimbursement overhaul: a unified post-acute payment system. There had been mounting momentum behind a unified payment model for post-acute care providers headed into 2020. The ongoing COVID-19 emergency has derailed a lot […]

Post-Acute Care ‘Food Fight’ Brewing in Washington

There’s a political food fight brewing in the nation’s capital, health care policy insiders told Home Health Care News. And a possible overhaul to the entire post-acute care (PAC) sector is to blame. “One of the things I’m hearing out of Washington is that there are some stakeholders in the post-acute care space interested in […]

PDGM’s Lead Author Gets Candid About Pros, Cons of Revolutionary Model

Set to take effect on Jan. 1, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is as controversial as it is revolutionary. The model’s therapy changes and behavioral assumptions are two reasons why. Home health operators worry their operations and patients will suffer as a result of those modifications, among others. Even PDGM’s lead author, Lisa Grabert, acknowledges […]

Encompass Health’s April Anthony: Unified PAC Payment Model ‘Could Happen Before PDGM Even Settles’

For home health providers and their policy advocates on Capitol Hill, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is priority No. 1, 2 and 3. Lurking in the background, though, is possibly an even bigger, more drastic reimbursement overhaul — a unified payment system for the entire post-acute care landscape. Currently, post-acute care (PAC) providers include skilled […]

States Where the Registered Nurse Shortage Will Be Worst

Home health agencies already consistently say that staffing is their greatest challenge, and the issue may only get worse in the coming years. While a potential shortage of home health aides and personal caregivers already has been called a “crisis,” many areas of the country also are staring down the barrel of registered nurse (RN) shortages. […]

Boomers See Tech as Barrier to Aging in Place

Boomers and their Generation X children want to age within the comforts of home, however, many fear that current technology might not be up to the task. While both generations place high value on technology as they age, 95% believe today’s technology needs to be better developed to help them successfully age at home for […]