CMS Announces $165M to Support Home Care, Reduce ‘America’s Over-Reliance’ on Nursing Homes

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a new step on Wednesday to support care transitions from long-term care facilities into home- and community-based settings. On Wednesday, CMS announced the availability of up to $165 million in supplemental funding to states currently operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs. MFP programs […]

With Stimulus Deadline Nearing, Home-Based Care Industry Scrambles to Secure Additional Relief

Friday is the deadline set by House Democrats and Senate Republicans for agreeing to a new coronavirus stimulus package. Home-based care stakeholders have had ample time to review the publicly released details from both parties’ plans — and they have a wishlist of additional provisions they’re still hoping to see. One of the central pain […]

Biden Announces $775B Plan to Boost the Caregiver Economy, Support In-Home Care Providers

Senior care — an increasingly important topic that’s too often overlooked on the campaign trail — is back in the spotlight. And maybe this time it will have some staying power. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has floated a sweeping new 10-year plan that seeks to dramatically change the way older adults are cared […]

[Updated] HHS Sending $25 Billion to Medicaid Providers, Safety Net Hospitals

After nearly two months of waiting, Medicaid-reimbursed in-home care providers appear to finally be getting some financial assistance to help cover coronavirus costs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Tuesday it is distributing an estimated $15 billion to providers that participate in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). HHS […]

Home Health Industry ‘Getting Closer’ to Reimbursement for Telehealth Visits

Despite significant roadblocks, the home health industry is getting closer to securing direct reimbursement for visits delivered via telehealth technology, industry insiders believe. Over the past two few months, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the White House have taken numerous steps to ramp up the use of telehealth services during the […]

After Weeks of Coronavirus Chaos, Home-Based Care Providers Welcome Early Signs of Normalcy

After an immense disruption from the COVID-19 virus led to a dip in patient visits and revenue, home-based care insiders are now reporting budding signs of normalcy. The public health crisis, of course, is far from over. But the initial panic is subsiding, patients are receiving care again and providers are gaining confidence operating in […]

Home-Based Care Advocates Call for Presumptive Eligibility, Direct Care Workers Fund

Securing direct reimbursement for telehealth visits and a Medicare rate increase are among the top advocacy priorities for home health providers during the coronavirus outbreak. While they share some common goals, home-based care providers that predominantly work under Medicaid have priority lists of their own. David Totaro is the chief government affairs officer for Moorestown, […]

EVV Upside: New Tech Rules Can Foster Efficiency, Value-Based Partnerships

Amid a rapidly changing business and regulatory landscape, home-based care providers can easily overlook the upcoming implementation of electronic visit verification (EVV) — but these new technology requirements are a revolutionary step toward interoperability and efficiency. Providers can leverage EVV to win value-based partnerships and streamline workflows, even as they reel from the impact of […]

Lawmakers Push to Keep Seniors at Home with Newly Introduced Bills

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has introduced two new pieces of legislation aimed at making it easier — and more financially secure — for seniors and individuals with disabilities to receive care at home. The move is yet another recent example of the high-priority position home-based care has developed on Capitol Hill as America’s […]

Mark Heaney: Why Home Care Providers Need to Shake ‘Non-Skilled’ Label 

By Mark Heaney for Home Health Care News Names are important. That’s why it’s time to scrap the “non-skilled” label in home care. With very good reason, the industry has reacted with great excitement to the early 2018 news that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is permitting Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to add home and community services […]