NAHC, NHPCO Merger Remains On ‘Aggressive Timeline’

In October, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) President William A. Dombi announced that his organization and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) were planning to merge. The plan came with what Dombi described as an “aggressive timeline,” hoping the merger would be done by 2024. “It’s an aggressive timeline even […]

‘All Options Are On The Table’: NAHC, NHPCO Form Joint Exploratory Committee

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) announced Wednesday that the two organizations have formed a joint exploratory committee. The aim of the committee is to determine how best to collaborate on some of the overlapping issues that are the focus of both organizations. […]

Payment ‘Patchwork’ Limiting Near-Term Scalability of Home-Based Palliative Care

Home-based palliative care is an untapped business opportunity for many home health and hospice providers in the U.S., but multiple factors continue to hinder near-term scalability. Data on the availability of home-based palliative care is limited, so it’s difficult to pinpoint just how large the market really is. Experts familiar with the space have previously […]

Community-Based Palliative Care Benefit Could Shake Up the Home Health Market

Today, in-home care providers that offer palliative care services typically do so as a way to win referrals and bridge gaps between home health and hospice. Launching palliative care service lines is a strategic decision focused more on patient care than reimbursement opportunities, considering there’s still no fully baked community-based benefit in fee-for-service Medicare. But […]

Xavier Becerra Confirmed as HHS Secretary

The U.S. Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It did so by a 50-49 margin, with the vote playing out almost entirely along party lines. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine was the only Republican who voted to confirm […]

2% Cut to Home Health Agencies, Other Medicare Providers Nearing Unwanted Return

Among its many provisions, last year’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act pressed pause on the government’s 2% payment cut to all Medicare-reimbursed health care providers. The “sequestration holiday” was immediately seen as a common-sense lifeline for cash-strapped home health providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of whom had […]