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 […]

As Older Adults Are Increasingly Isolated, Advocates Call for Medicare Home Care Benefit

The COVID-19 virus has driven much discussion over the best ways to revamp home-based care moving forward. Suggestions as to how to do that have ranged from small tweaks to seismic shifts, from fine-tuning documentation requirements to allowing for direct telehealth reimbursement. While seemingly endless, all of the ideas are valuable, CareAcademy CMO and co-founder […]

Harvard Medical School’s David Grabowski: PDGM Is a ‘Brave New World’

The post-acute care sector is still a long ways away from the implementation of a unified payment system, but the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) may be a step in that direction. That’s according to Harvard Medical School professor David Grabowski. As a professor in the department of health care policy, Grabowski’s work is concentrated on […]

Senior Housing Will Be Too Pricey for 54% of Mid-Income Older Adults by 2029

By 2029, nearly 8 million middle-income older Americans won’t be able to afford senior housing at today’s average market rates, new research shows. While the statistics have negative implications for the senior housing industry, they create opportunities for home-based care providers, whose services are often the least expensive option for seniors. The findings come from […]

ClearCare Launches Home Care Tool for Tracking Condition Changes, Hospitalizations

Online home care platform ClearCare announced Monday the launch of a new tool for helping home care agencies better handle client condition changes and track hospitalizations. San Francisco-based ClearCare currently provides caregiver scheduling, billing and other software solutions to more than 4,000 home care agencies in total, including several of the industry’s largest. Its latest […]

Harvard: Home Care Yields Biggest Savings in ACOs

At-home care agencies have long expressed the desire to join accountable care organizations (ACOs), despite not necessarily being invited to sit at the ACO table. Still, there’s evidence that including at-home care would benefit ACOs in more ways than one. In fact, increasing use of at-home care plays a major role in the ability of […]

Editor’s Picks: ACOs Save $466 Million

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Medicare Accountable Care Organizations saved more than $466 million in 2015, surpassing shared savings in 2014. Other highlights of the week include a Harvard pilot study that utilized a checklist for caregivers, enabling them to track changes in patients’ conditions and potentially monitor and […]