Homebound Seniors Remain Disproportionately Costly For Medicare

Homebound seniors contribute to higher overall Medicare spending compared to their non-homebound counterparts, according to a recent study from researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The study examined National Health and Aging Trends data and Medicare fee-for-service claims data to give an overview of health care utilization and spending among homebound […]

Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Could Mean a Bigger Role for Palliative Care

Earlier this year, palliative care advocates were hopeful that a formal benefit for community-based services would be coming soon. While that hasn’t happened yet, the clear momentum around a reimbursement pathway for community-based palliative care has prompted more home health agencies and other providers to launch programs of their own. That’s a trend likely to […]

Coronavirus Daily Update: PQHH Sends New Letter to CMS; LeadingAge Responds to Trump’s Testing Statement

During this critical time, Home Health Care News remains committed to bringing you all the essential news related to home-based care operations. At the same time, we also recognize the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to our regular content, we’ll continue to highlight industry-related developments and mitigation strategies in this rolling bulletin. What […]

Mount Sinai at Home, Other Hospital-at-Home Models Proving Value Amid National Emergency

As health care experts eye the next two weeks as possible peaks for the nation’s COVID-19 hotspots, hospital systems continue to search for innovative ways to increase their capacity. So far, those solutions have included converting skilled nursing facilities (SNF) into coronavirus-specific field hospitals and bringing in U.S. Navy medical ships for added support. Hospital-at-home […]

Full Care Spectrum Will One Day Be Provided In People’s Homes

The full continuum of care will likely be provided in people’s homes in the not-so-distant future. That includes everything from informal and formal personal care services to skilled home health and home-based primary care, experts say. It even includes emerging hospital-at-home models, though the lack of an existing supply chain may present a serious hurdle. “Home-based […]

Visiting Nurse Service of NY Creates Market Niche with Transgender Care

As the home health industry has grown and become more competitive, it’s become increasingly important for providers to seek any means of differentiation. For the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), that’s meant spearheading a rapidly growing program specifically designed for gender affirmation surgery patients. Gender affirmation surgeries are procedures that transform individuals’ bodies […]

What Mount Sinai’s Hospital-At-Home Program Means for the Home Health Industry

Recent findings highlighting the success of hospital-at-home programs point to “tremendous opportunity” for in-home care providers, health care experts say. But that opportunity largely depends on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its continued development of innovative payment models, they argue. Broadly speaking, hospital-at-home programs try to identify acute patients with certain […]

$1 Million Pilot Brings Hospital Care to Canadians’ Homes

A pilot program in Canada is the latest demonstration of how hospital-level care can be successfully delivered in people’s homes. The Intensive Hospital to Home pilot is taking place just east of Detroit, in and around the city of Windsor, Ontario. It is being run through the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network and […]

In-Home Health Coaching Could Lower Readmission Rates

A new pilot program in New York City is examining whether in-home health coaching can reduce hospital readmissions for Medicaid patients with congestive heart failure (CHF)—and it’s showing some promising early results. The program launched in July as a collaboration between City Health Works, a Harlem-based non-profit organization that trains workers as health coaches, and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s (MSSL), a hospital […]

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 […]