Hospice Salaries Increase But Most Remain Lower Than in Home Health Care

Salaries for hospice employees increased slightly in 2018 but in most job categories were lower compared to similar positions in home health care agencies, according to a new report. Those findings come from a Hospice Salary and Benefits Report released in November. It’s published annually by Oakland, New Jersey-based Hospital and Healthcare Compensation Service in […]

NAHC: ‘Public Charge’ Immigration Proposal Would Hurt Home Care Workforce

A proposed change to the nation’s immigration policies could spell further trouble for home care providers that are already facing steep workforce challenges, according to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). In September, the Trump Administration put forward a proposal that would change the so-called “public charge rule.” This change would broaden […]

Dombi, Myers: Dangerous Assumptions in PDGM Could Disrupt Home Health

Two prominent home health leaders are trying to keep pressure on federal lawmakers to eliminate components of the forthcoming Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Bill Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), and Keith Myers, CEO of LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) and chairman of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, […]

Artificial Intelligence Holds Promise in Detecting Home Health Medicare Fraud

A study on artificial intelligence (AI) suggests the technology holds promise for detecting Medicare fraud within home health and hospice. However, leaders within the industry say a measured approach should be taken, given potential shortcomings and pitfalls related to AI. The research team at Florida Atlantic University programmed computers to predict, classify and flag potentially […]

CMS Stands by Behavioral Adjustment Aspect of PDGM

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final language Wednesday for its Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the sprawling home health payment overhaul that policy experts see as the biggest industry change in decades. Likely to the disappointment of many home health agencies, CMS stood by PDGM’s widely opposed behavioral adjustment aspect. If […]

Proposed Medicare Changes Threaten Home Health in Rural Markets

Throughout the past several years, home health providers operating in rural areas have received on-and-off payment bumps to help them overcome the inherent obstacles of operating in remote and sparsely populated areas. While relatively small, those payment bumps, officially known as rural add-on payments, have played an important, cost-effective role in allowing America’s non-city-dwelling-seniors age […]

NAHC’s Dombi: Many Medicare Advantage Insurers Do Not Value In-Home Care

Most Medicare Advantage insurers do not yet appreciate the value of home-based care, according to Bill Dombi, president of the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). “I didn’t enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, because I don’t think they believe in home care yet,” Dombi said in opening remarks at NAHC’s annual conference […]

Legislation Targeting Home Health Reforms Gaining Ground on Capitol Hill

Industry-backed legislative efforts to take the teeth out of proposed home health payment reform are gaining ground on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) introduced H.R. 6932, a new bill that amends several provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to thwart widely opposed behavioral adjustment aspects of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model […]