Shorter SNF Stays Could Mean More Room for Home-Based Care

Patients recovering at a skilled nursing facility (SNF) can often be discharged home much sooner than they typically are without resulting in a negative health outcome, new research suggests. And if that were to happen more frequently, it could potentially save the U.S. health care system millions of dollars in post-acute care spending while setting […]

National Home Health Spending Reaches All-Time High of $113.5 Billion

National home health spending soared to a whopping $113.5 billion in 2019, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary published Wednesday in the journal Health Affairs.  While that figure marked another all-time high for home health care, the U.S. government still spent far more […]

Hospital Admissions Remain Down, But That Isn’t Bad News for Home Health Providers

Hospital admissions across the U.S. fell dramatically in spring with the onset of the COVID-19 virus. That sudden drop, in turn, caused patient volumes to plummet for home health providers that work primarily with acute referral sources. While hospital admissions rebounded in summer, they remain far below pre-pandemic levels, according to a recently published study […]

Home-Based Medical Care Can Reduce Hospitalizations and Lower Costs — But It’s Still Underutilized

While home-based medical care has been shown to reduce hospitalization rates and lower costs for both homebound and non-homebound populations alike, it continues to be drastically underutilized in the current health care ecosystem. As a result, there are millions of older Americans — especially those living in rural areas — who are going without the […]

Predicting COVID-19’s Long-Term Impact on the Home Health Care Market

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and its unintended ripple effects were supposed to be the dominant story this year for the nation’s 12,000 or so Medicare-certified home health care providers. But the coronavirus has rewritten the script for 2020, throwing most of the industry’s previous projections out the window. While PDGM — implemented on Jan. […]

The Nurse Practitioner Workforce is Booming — And That’s Good for Home Health Providers

From 2010 to 2017, the amount of nurse practitioners in the United States more than doubled from 91,000 to 190,000, a new study published in Health Affairs found. The study draws from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Although researchers didn’t analyze the nurse practitioner (NP) boom’s effect on home-based care directly, there are some […]

National Home Health Spending Hits Record $102.2 Billion — With Room for Growth

National home health spending soared to new heights in 2018, a fact that strongly reflects the ongoing shift toward home- and community-based care and away from hospitals, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other institutional settings. Overall, U.S. home health spending officially hit $102.2 billion in 2018, according to a new analysis from the Centers for […]

13% of Medicare Beneficiaries Have Trouble Paying At-Home Care Bills

The cost of in-home care is rising faster than any other long-term care setting, according to recent data from insurance firm Genworth Financial. With that in mind, it shouldn’t be all too surprising that a sizeable portion of Medicare beneficiaries have a serious problem paying home care bills. In a national survey of more than […]

Home Care Driving Medicare Advantage Plan Growth

With 2020 just a few months away, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are popping up left and right. Home care benefits continue to be a driving force behind the growth. In the past week alone, the 2020 market gained at least two new MA plans. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine and MaineHealth announced […]