Editor’s Picks: Health Providers Sync Up

This week, Home Health Care News readers were hot on the story of how one home health agency was able to cut hospital readmission rates by 75%. Readers were also into some of the dire consequences related to poor medication management by home health agencies and how one state has taken an innovative approach to […]

Spotty Medication Management in Home Health Causes Dire Results

A significant number of home health agencies may be doing a woefully inadequate job of medication management, contributing to serious and sometimes fatal hazards that people are facing as they transition from hospitals to other settings. In the period between January 2010 and July 2015, about 3,000 home health agencies inadequately tracked or reviewed new […]

Conflicting Home Health Star Ratings Lead to Confusion

Between two recently introduced ways of rating home health agencies, those looking for home health care might find conflicting results. Take Brookdale Senior Living, for example. Four of its home health agencies in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island earned a top score of five stars based on data they submitted related to quality of patient […]

CARE Act Enables Family Caregivers at Hospital Level

When it comes to retiring, the vast majority of Americans want to remain in their own homes and age in place, relying on home health aids, home care or family caregivers to help them with medical conditions and day-to-day management.   As a larger portion of the population ages, the roles of family caregivers continue […]

Medicaid Drives Home Health for Dementia Care

Medicaid beneficiaries with dementia are much more likely to rely on home health services than dementia patients without Medicaid, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report released Monday. Given that Medicare and other forms of payment tend to have limited home health care coverage, low-income seniors with dementia typically can’t afford such services without Medicaid […]

Public Rallies Behind Medicare Payment for End-of-Life Talks

End-of-life care discussions between patients and doctors are getting major support from the public as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) weighs its proposal to include these talks as part of practitioner billing, a new poll revealed. About eight out of 10 Americans support Medicare and private insurance coverage for advance care discussions, […]

Medicare Cracking Down on Hospice Industry: Kaiser

Medicare is beginning to crack down on one industry with a strong emphasis on home care: hospice. The level of scrutiny on the industry is increasing, according to J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in a Kaiser Health News article. The Office of the Inspector General’s 2013 […]

Hospitals Look to Home Care In Cutting Patient Readmissions

Medicare will begin penalizing 2,211 hospitals in October for having too many counts of patient readmissions, and some hospitals are looking to home health care as a solution to the readmission problem.  Severity of the Medicare penalties is based on the number of the readmissions for Medicare heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia patients between […]