How Medicare Advantage, Labor, AI Will Shape Home-Based Care In 2024

Home Health Care News recently spoke with 15 home-based care leaders for our annual “Executive Forecast” articles, which we published at the end of last year. Those executives’ responses covered a wide range of topics, and were surprisingly and refreshingly diverse. But, in the end, a few themes emerged. In part, these answers helped form […]

‘It’s Water Grinding Away The Stone’: Senior Care Providers Face Common Challenges In Continuum Expansions

Home-based care providers are no longer content delivering a standard set of care services. Instead, leaders at in-home care organizations are working strategically to enhance services, creating a more integrated care delivery model – a continuum of care. At Intrepid USA, this means pairing the company’s home health and hospice services more closely together. “Let’s […]

Recent Medicare Advantage Developments Bode Well For Home Health Providers

Home health providers have griped with their Medicare Advantage (MA) plan partners for years over poor rates, claim denials and increased administrative burden. Providers have stopped short of banding together to deny coverage for these plans, but some of the top companies have reallocated capacity to “preferred payers.” In the end, though, it may not […]

VNS Health, Intrepid USA, Frontpoint Using Data To Identify Pain Points

Tracking various data has become a common strategic tool for home health providers. In the process of examining data closely, providers have seen several stories emerge. Intrepid USA is tracking data in a number of different areas, but namely in labor utilization. While tracking labor utilization – particularly visits per episode and trend lines relative […]

‘Care Delayed Is Care Denied’: What Prior Authorization Changes Mean For Home Health Providers

Home health providers could potentially see a speedier prior authorization process thanks to legislation moving through Washington, D.C. While the changes in the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act are welcomed, many experts in the space feel like more work needs to be done in order to have a more efficient care delivery process. […]

Downsides to the CMS Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Expansion Plan

For the most part, home health operators are saying “bring it on” to the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model expansion plan from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). There are plenty of very real concerns buried under that enthusiasm, however. Dr. Bob Parker is the chief clinical and compliance officer at […]

‘We Don’t Know Whether This Is Where CMS Stops’: Home Health Leaders Respond to New Nursing Home Vaccine Requirements

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Wednesday that nursing home staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19. In the wake of that news, senior care experts and post-acute care operators are considering trickle-down effects the mandate could have on other settings, including home health care. As a condition of participation, all nursing […]