Biden Administration Includes ‘Home Care Workforce Crisis’ in New Pandemic Plan

President Joe Biden focused on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during his first full day in office Thursday. In doing so, he once again drew attention to home-based care and getting the current “workforce crisis” under control. “Our national strategy is comprehensive,” Biden said during an address from the White House. “It’s based on science, not […]

$1.4 Trillion Spending Package Extends Sequestration Holiday, Grants Home Health OTs More Authority

As different health care stakeholders combed through the new $1.4 trillion spending package approved by Congress on Monday, many likely felt a mix of excitement and disappointment. Included in the nearly 6,000-page spending package was a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill, changes to home health therapy rules, certain hospice provisions and more. That’s really just […]

No Funding, Closures and Limited Capacity: Adult Day Providers in Dire Need of Help

In late November, the aging-focused advocacy organization LeadingAge wrote a note to Congress, calling for relief on behalf of the 5,500 adult day service providers across the country and the vulnerable patients they serve. “Adult day services providers across the country urgently need dedicated federal funding to ensure they are able to continue providing services […]

Legislation Aimed at Expanding Advance Care Planning Introduced in Senate

On Wednesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Compassionate Care Act, a bill that would support advance care planning and end-of-life care. For home health providers with existing hospice service lines or ambitions for expanding into palliative care, the news is encouraging. If passed, the Compassionate Care Act places more resources behind public awareness campaigns […]

‘Hundreds of Millions of Dollars’ Being Put Toward At-Home Testing Efforts, HHS Says

On Monday morning, Moderna (Nasdaq: MRNA) announced that its COVID-19 vaccine trials showed a near-95% effectiveness rate. That news comes just a week after Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) reported its own vaccine was about 90% effective. That’s all good news. But it coincides with a much harsher reality in the U.S.: the virus’ spread is more […]

‘Our Work Begins with Getting COVID Under Control’: What a Biden Administration Means for Home-Based Care

After one of the closest and most hotly contested campaigns in modern history, President-Elect Joe Biden addressed the nation on Saturday from an outdoor platform in Wilmington, Delaware. While it’s far too early to say what the first 100 days of a Biden administration will look like from a detailed policy perspective, the president-elect has […]

Late RAPs Could Trigger Immediate 20% Payment Reduction in 2021

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final home health payment rule for CY 2021 on Thursday, with essentially no changes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) or its controversial behavioral adjustment.  In addition to doubling down on PDGM, boosting the home health base payment rate by 1.9% and making minor […]

Home-Based Care Remains Popular Among Senior Living Operators, But Adult Day Could Be in Trouble

Over half of the U.S.’s largest nonprofit senior living organizations now offer some sort of home- and community-based services. That’s according to the LZ 200, an annual report conducted by the aging-focused advocacy organization LeadingAge and Ziegler Healthcare Investment Banking. Chicago-based Ziegler is a privately held investment bank specializing in home health care and senior […]

Senior Care Stakeholders: Latest COVID-19 Relief Proposal Is ‘Shameful,’ ‘Anemic’

Senate Republicans are close to unveiling their latest version of another coronavirus relief bill, with reports suggesting party leaders may do so Wednesday or soon thereafter. The proposal — first obtained by Washington, D.C.-based newsroom Roll Call — is viewed as a “skinny” version of the previously released HEALS Act from July. Among its provisions, […]

With Stimulus Deadline Nearing, Home-Based Care Industry Scrambles to Secure Additional Relief

Friday is the deadline set by House Democrats and Senate Republicans for agreeing to a new coronavirus stimulus package. Home-based care stakeholders have had ample time to review the publicly released details from both parties’ plans — and they have a wishlist of additional provisions they’re still hoping to see. One of the central pain […]