BPCI-A Model Extension Offers Risk-Bearing, Partnership Opportunities For Home Health Providers

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has stretched out the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) Model for an additional two years. While the program isn’t home health focused, it’s an opportunity for providers to collaborate with acute care hospitals, physician group practices and other Medicare-certified entities. […]

Healing Hands CEO Summer Napier: Medicare Cuts Put Home Health Innovation On The Chopping Block

A former hospital nurse and now the CEO of Healing Hands Healthcare, Summer Napier is all about home health innovation. That’s why – since opening in 2016 – the Texas-based Healing Hands has launched a multi-faceted hospital-at-home initiative and a home-based oncology care program. It’s also why Healing Hands is so bullish on forward-thinking legislation […]

How Home-Based Care Companies Are Carving Out a Space in Hospital-at-Home Programs

When it comes to running a successful hospital-at-home model, many have stressed the importance of having a home care component to complement clinical service offerings and provide assistance with patients’ everyday activities. For some home care providers, this fact — and the launch of several new hospital-at-home programs since the start of the pandemic — […]

Always Best Care, Healing Hands Share Keys to Hospital-at-Home Success for Private-Duty Agencies

When most people hear about hospital-at-home programs, they often picture ICU nurses and doctors running around their living room. But while hospital-at-home models do rely on physicians and clinical staff, successful programs also leverage the expertise of private-duty home care agencies and their veteran caregivers. In fact, when hospital-at-home models fail, it’s typically because a […]

Encompass Health, Healing Hands, LifeCare See Opportunity in Home Health Compare Overhaul

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last month that Home Health Compare — its consumer-facing database of home health provider quality information — will soon be incorporated with seven other Compare sites to create a larger tool named “Medicare Care Compare.” The goal is to consolidate and make the Compare tool […]

Home Health Executive Forecast: 2020 Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

From the monumental Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and the unexpected pre-payment phaseout to the expanding Review Choice Demonstration (RCD), 2019 was a whirlwind year for the home health industry. Those three regulatory hurdles — and other changes — likely set up an even more chaotic year in 2020. Home health industry insiders and top executives […]

Home Health Advocates Strike Key Victory, Win RCD Delay

Home health advocates have struck an important victory in the battle against the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday that the agency will delay RCD until March 2. The demonstration had previously been targeted for a Dec. 2 start date, meaning Texas home health providers would have […]