‘Perpetuity Of Uncertainty’: Home Health Providers Await Another Poor Payment Proposal While Left In Limbo On Massive Clawbacks

The Medicaid Access Rule has been finalized, with six years until the implementation of the 80-20 provision. There’s no time to rest for home-based care providers and advocates on the regulation front, however. Summer is near, and that means so is the home health proposed payment rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]

Payment Cuts Are Having A Compounding, Dire Effect On The Home Health Industry

Home health providers’ fight against cuts to fee-for-service Medicare payment has become a year-by-year battle. But the yearly cuts are compounding, which is exactly what industry advocates are trying to illustrate to Congress prior to the next payment rule proposal.  Since the adoption of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) in 2020, the Centers for Medicare […]

CMS Keeps Home Health Providers In Payment Purgatory With 2024 Final Rule, Strikes Contentious Tone With Industry

After the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its CY 2024 final payment rule Wednesday, home health providers found themselves in a position they know all too well. Is a 0.8% aggregate payment increase better than the 2.2% decrease that was proposed? Of course. Was the rule, in its totality, effective in […]

Senators Call On President Biden To Help Protect Home Health Benefit

A group of senators sent a letter to President Joe Biden last week urging him and his administration to look after the Medicare home health benefit. Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) all signed […]

Podcast: Joanne Cunningham, CEO, Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare

The latest episode of the Disrupt podcast is now available! For this episode of Disrupt, we caught up with Joanne Cunningham, the CEO of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. During the conversation, Cunningham shined further light on the recent home health care hearing conducted by the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Health Care. Listen […]

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 […]