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 […]

Home Care Group Pushes for ‘Home First’ Policies

A national home care partnership, which counts Addus HomeCare (Nasdaq: ADUS) and Bayada Home Health Care as members, is urging the Trump administration and Congress to improve and modernize the Medicaid program and expand access to home-based care and services. The Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care (PMHC) issued a statement Wednesday outlining its “Home First” recommendations, which would “ensure individuals are offered home–based care […]

Trump Order Could Place Home Health Regulations on Chopping Block

For every new regulation, two must be cut. That’s one of the latest directives coming from President Donald Trump, who signed an executive order on Jan. 30 that aims to cut back on burdensome regulations for American businesses and reduce regulatory spending. With the new order, home health care organizations are eyeing a new “window […]

Advocates ‘Turn Up the Volume’ on Effort to Delay Pre-Claim

Much attention has been focused on what will happen in the nation’s capital after Donald Trump is sworn in as President in January, but Congress currently is in session and still could act on an important piece of home health legislation. With this in mind, a coalition of home health providers is ratcheting up its […]

Business Briefs: BAYADA, Inspira Joint Venture Launches

BAYADA and Inspira to Launch Joint Venture A previously announced joint venture between BAYADA Home Health Care, a privately-held home care company that operates in 21 states, and Inspira Health Network, a major health network in New Jersey, is launching in three south Jersey counties. The joint venture allows the health system to serve more […]

Business Briefs: LHC Group Names Executive VP, CFO and Treasurer

LHC Group Names Josh Profit Executive Vice President, CFO and Treasurer LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG), a national provider of home health care, hospice, community-based services and long-term acute care hospitals, as named Joshua L. Proffitt as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. He has served as LHC Group’s executive vice president, corporate development […]

House Lawmakers Agree that Face-to-Face Woes Must End

The voices of home health providers advocating against Medicare face-to-face documentation requirements have been heard by lawmakers — and providers have reason to be hopeful. The face-to-face documentation requirements, as they stand, are “one of the greatest burdens” faced by home health providers today, according to Sarah Myers, executive director of the Oregon Association for Home Care. […]

SAVE Medicare Home Health Act Gains Support in Congress

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, a coalition of home health care providers, has issued further emphasis on supporting legislation that would halt the “arbitrary” 14% cut to the Medicare home health benefit beginning Jan. 1. The coalition calls for increased support for the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act, which would […]

Industry Group Commends Congress on Home Health Action

Congressional leaders are considering a potential solution to Medicare home health benefits reductions implemented under the Affordable Care Act, to the great relief of home health industry groups including the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare.   The ACA calls for a 14% cut to Medicare home health funding in the next four years, which began […]

Home Health Posts Largest Job Losses in Healthcare

The number of home health job losses escalated in February as the industry posted the largest monthly decline within the healthcare sector, according to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). February saw 3,800 home health jobs lost during the month, the BLS data notes—a slight increase from December 2013, when the sector […]