Interview: NAHC President Questions Home Care Funding’s Future

Val J. Halamandaris—the leader of one of the home care industry’s most important associations—believes there is not enough money in the world to pay for all the in-home services that will be needed in the coming years. It may seem somewhat off-message for Halamandaris to say that, considering that “ensuring appropriate and adequate Medicare reimbursement” […]

Population Health: A Home Care ‘Unicorn’

Home health care providers may be feeling pressure to improve “population health,” but they might not know what that phrase means. And they’re not to blame: While better population health is a stated goal of many new policies and models under the Affordable Care Act, there is no clear, widely accepted definition of the term, […]

Federal Court Strikes Down Overtime Wage Rules for Some Home Care Workers

Reversing a hotly contested wage rule decided earlier this year, a U.S. District Court ruling prior to the holiday Christmas that overturned certain minimum wage and overtime protections for home care workers has spurred mixed reactions between advocacy groups and industry stakeholders.  Considered a major victory by home care trade associations, the ruling in the […]

3 Threats Facing the Home Health Care Industry

As the elderly population grows in the coming years, so too will the home care industry — but not without facing significant threats, industry experts say. The baby boom population will push the demand for home health care, with more than 10,000 boomers turning 65 every day. In addition to the sheer demographics, home health […]

Home Health Industry Applauds Bill to Increase Hospice Surveys

Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for greater survey frequency for hospices has garnered applause from home health industry advocates.  The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014, which passed the House on September 16, includes provisions mandating that all hospices are surveyed, at a minimum, once every three […]

Home Health Agencies Drunk on Medicare Need to Diversify

In an industry rife with funding cuts, it will be sink or swim for home health and hospice providers who want to continue operating under thinning margins and rising regulations. Those providers who can diversify their service offerings, however, can find the lifesaver they need to survive in the current Medicare home health environment marked […]

House Reps Introduce New Bill to Correct DME Competitive Bidding

A bi-partisan bill introduced this week by two members of the U.S. House of Representatives aims to correct what some believe to be a crucial flaw in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) competitive bidding program for durable medical equipment (DME).  H.R. 4920, the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2014, would make […]

NAHC Files Lawsuit Against CMS Over Face-to-Face Payment Claims

After months of planning, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has finally filed its lawsuit last week against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) over allegations regarding the federal agency’s rule for face-to-face physician encounters.  The NAHC Board of Directors approved the lawsuit before its June 5 filing, citing the […]

CMS Proposes to Bump Hospice Medicare Payments Up $230 Million for 2015

Hospices serving Medicare beneficiaries may see a $230 million, or 1.3%, payment increase in their reimbursements for fiscal year 2015, according to a recent proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). On May 2, CMS proposed an update to the wage index and payment rates for the Medicare Hospice Benefit.  The payment […]

Home Health Fraud Heats Up in Three States

Recent Medicaid home health fraud developments have been centralized to three specific states in the last few weeks, according to The National Council on Medicaid Home Care (NCMHC). An affiliate of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the National Council on Medicaid Home Care finds various home health fraud incidents occurring in […]