Industry Greets New Face-to-Face Rule with Cautious Optimism

It seems the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) learned from a rocky rollout for its Medicare face-to-face rule, as it released similar regulations with several key distinctions last week for home care services covered by Medicaid. “We’re very appreciative of the Medicaid program taking the time to develop the rule so that it […]

Caring for Seniors at Home: What Works, What Doesn’t

There are a sea of new housing models designed to better deliver care to seniors at home. Though the success of the models can be unclear, recent studies are beginning to shed light on what models do—and do not—work. In a recently published Forbes article, contributor Howard Gleckman details study findings related to Support and Services at […]

More Senior Living Companies Get on the Home Care Bandwagon

More of the nation’s largest nonprofit senior living providers are adding home and community-based services to their offerings, the 2015 LeadingAge Ziegler 150 reveals. The report, now in its 12th edition, lists the largest not-for-profit systems offering aging services through senior living in the country, by order of their total owned market-rate units, as of […]

Respect Outweighs Wages for Home Health Worker Satisfaction

Home heath workers report higher levels of satisfaction with their jobs when they feel respected and valued by their superiors and the agency as a whole, while hourly wage doesn’t necessarily denote workplace satisfaction, according to a survey analysis published late last week. The research aims to pinpoint factors that influence a home health worker’s job […]

Senate Bills Would Lead to More Home and Community-Based Services

Among several bills under consideration to be marked up by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, there could be impications for more access to home-based services in short time. A number of bipartisan bills are being considered by the senate committee and would likely come as part of a larger Medicare bill, LeadingAge reported this week. […]

CMS Punts on Sought-After Home Health Changes for ACOs

In its issuance of the final rule on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and its Medicare Shared Savings Program, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) left home health stakeholders still seeking more changes that they say would better serve both patients and providers.  The CMS rule, announced last week and to be finalized in […]

Housing Plus Services, A Growing Home Health Arena?

Affordable senior housing may just hold the next key demographic for home care agencies, as evidence shows in-home services are effective in helping older people remain healthy and independent.  New Housing Plus Services use affordable senior housing properties as platforms for the delivery of health and supportive services to older adults, “many of whom have […]

CCRCs “Without Walls” to Revolutionize Care at Home?

A relatively new concept, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) “Without Walls” is making inroads into the retirement plans of many as an alternative to institutionalized care options of the past, the New York Times writes this week.  It is an option for the growing portion of people who may need assistance in their daily lives but aren’t […]