Bill to Give Seniors Credit to Modify Homes Gains Momentum

Home modifications are proven to help keep seniors at home longer through retirement and to save Medicare dollars, which may be why a bill to provide a tax credit for adjustments at home is gaining traction. The bill, Senior Accessible Housing Act, allows qualified individuals to claim a tax credit up to a lifetime limitation of […]

Monday Jump-Start: The Obamacare Replacement Bill

Happy Monday, Home Health Care Readers. After celebrating the first official summer weekend, catch up on all things home health and home care with our Monday Jump-Start. Last week, we clued you in to the news that an overhaul of the Medicare payment model could be coming down the pike in the near future, with […]

Minor Adjustments Keep Seniors at Home Longer

Seniors who want to age in place are often faced with numerous challenges just getting around their own homes, which is why one senior care program from Johns Hopkins is focusing on improving the home environment—and saving Medicare big bucks in return. The program, dubbed Capable (Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders), combines three […]

How the ‘Re-Engineered Hospital’ Presents a Home Health Opportunity

Some big thinkers believe that the heart of the U.S. health care system is shifting away from hospitals and other institutional settings, into people’s homes. Those who need proof that this occurring may find some in New York City, where Mount Sinai Health Network is in the vanguard of providing hospital-level care for patients at […]

Honor Partners With Health Care Heavyweights for Customized Services

Honor, a home care startup that secured a $20 million investment round last year, is aiming to provide more specialized care through a first-of-its kind partnership with the American Cancer Society. Three high-profile advisors also have been engaged to help Honor develop new offerings and initiatives, the San Francisco-based company announced today. “We see Honor […]

ACOs Struggle to Integrate Home Health Data

Home health agencies are among the least likely to easily integrate data with an accountable care organization (ACO), according to a survey by eHealth Initiative, a non-profit organization that researches, educate and advocates for better quality and efficiency in health care through information and technology. In the third annual survey, 39% of the 69 ACOs […]

Most Read: Home Health Margins Plummet, Retaining Staff on a Budget

In case you missed them, here are the most popular stories grabbing Home Health Care News readers’ attention this week: Home Health Providers Reel as Margins Plummet — Profit margins for U.S. home health agencies have been in free-fall over the past four years, compromising large, publicly traded companies and putting smaller providers in even more serious […]

Only 10% of Homebound Seniors Receive Care

A huge proportion of Medicare beneficiaries who are homebound do not receive medical or other services, suggesting that U.S. home care providers have a large untapped market. “The homebound population of older adults is 50% larger than the nursing home population in this country but almost completely invisible,” said Sarah Szanton of the Johns Hopkins […]

Popular Programs Blur the Line Between Home and Hospital

Experts have predicted that people’s homes will become the primary setting for health care in the United States within 10 years, and it appears hospitals themselves may help make this a reality by offering “hospital at home” options. Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, N.M., are among those […]