Demographic Trends, PDGM Forcing Home Health Providers to Get Creative About Staffing

At-home care organizations across the country are grappling with how to attract and retain staff. Moorestown, New Jersey-based Bayada Home Health Care has tried to solve the industry-wide pain point by exploring creative solutions, including university partnerships. Reasons for at-home care workforce challenges are numerous. On a macro-level, the United States has a rapidly aging […]

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 […]

Why NAHC Wants to Become the NRA of Home Care

It’s not the ideal comparison, according to National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) President William Dombi. But NAHC wants to be more like the NRA. Regardless of how people feel about the National Rifle Association—the organization that’s often praised or blamed for stopping legislative efforts focused on gun ownership rights—its influence on Capitol […]

Home Health Wields Political Clout to Shape Policy

Vowing to flex political muscle its built in the nation’s capital and throughout the country, home health providers and advocates are prepared to fight a new proposal to bring back the controversial pre-claim review. This is not an empty threat, a Home Health Care News (HHCN) review of lobbying data and recent advocacy efforts suggests. Over […]

CMS: Pre-Claim Could Cost Home Health Industry $40 Million Annually

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has—once again—identified Illinois as ground zero for its newly proposed trial run of the pre-claim review demonstration (PCRD) for home health. Other key details of the resurrected model are also starting to emerge, including the proposal’s potential $40 million annual price tag for home health agencies. Under CMS’ […]

Home Health Ready to Fight Pre-Claim Review’s Dreaded Return

Stakeholders throughout the home health industry are gearing up for another battle over Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD), a controversial Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative aimed at reducing fraud and improper billing. PCRD asks providers to send in claims earlier in the care process to ensure they are meeting requirements. In August 2016, CMS rolled out […]

Home Health Industry Dogged by Improvement Standard Myths

Some home health care providers believe that chronically ill patients who stand no chance of getting better don’t qualify for Medicare coverage—but they’re mistaken. A 2013 settlement in the court case Jimmo v. Sebelius put that “improvement standard” to rest. As set by that case, Medicare does cover skilled nursing and therapy services, including in-home care, to […]

Empower Act Extends Funding for Care at Home

Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wa., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced the Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources and Care Act (EMPOWER Care Act), which renews and expands the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration Program. The MFP program, which has seen participation from 43 states and the District of Columbia as of September 2016, promotes transitioning […]