Against All Odds, Home Health Care Helped Bend 2020’s Cost Curve

For the first time in decades, U.S. health care spending may have actually decreased in 2020, new data suggests. Several factors likely contributed to the potential decrease, according to nonprofit research and consulting firm Altarum, which released a preliminary analysis of last year’s national health spending on Tuesday. Such factors include year-over-year declines in hospital […]

In-Home Care Providers Concerned About Clients Turning Away Unvaccinated Caregivers

Despite individual concerns and procedural roadblocks in some states, many home health and home care providers say their workers have been able to gain access to the available COVID-19 vaccines. As the U.S. neared a large-scale vaccine rollout, some in-home care operators feared their clinicians and caregivers would be overlooked, especially with government officials often […]

[Updated] As Feds Begin Distribution Process, Home Health Industry Still Evaluating Vaccine Mandates

A panel of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisers voted on Thursday to recommend that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine be authorized for emergency use during the coronavirus pandemic. Originally, it was believed the FDA — which typically follows the guidance of its advisers — would move forward with authorization on Saturday. That timeline was pushed […]

Senator Susan Collins Joins Other Lawmakers, Asks CMS to Ditch PDGM’s 4.36% Behavioral Adjustment

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) has sent a letter to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on behalf of home health providers, urging the agency to reconsider the 4.36% behavioral adjustment baked into the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) this year and in 2021.  Collins isn’t alone. U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan, a Republican from […]

Congressman Vern Buchanan Urges CMS to Scrap PDGM’s 4.36% Behavioral Adjustment

In August, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) unveiled a first-of-its kind, comprehensive analysis of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Among its findings, the analysis — conducted by health economics and policy consulting firm Dobson DaVanzo & Associates — highlighted how government spending on home health care is 21.6% lower than what the U.S. […]

‘Technology Is Here to Stay’: Why Today’s Investments Will Pay Off Tomorrow

Between the Patient-Driven Groupings Model and the COVID-19 virus, home health providers are arguably facing the most volatile environment in their industry’s history. At the same time, millions of people are now looking for safer and simpler ways to receive care, which only boosts demand for in-home care services. Looking back, rapidly evolving technology, legislation […]

Spending on Home Health Care Down 21.6% Under PDGM

Spending on home health care services is down substantially under the Patient-Driven Grouping Model (PDGM), a recently unveiled analysis suggests. While the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 requires PDGM to be budget neutral, spending on home health care has actually been about 21.6% lower than projected, according to a detailed analysis from Dobson DaVanzo & […]

COVID-19 Making a Case for Nationwide Home Care Licensure Requirements

While nursing homes have come under fire for widespread COVID-19 infection outbreaks, home-based care providers have been largely regarded in a more positive light.  Unlike skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and senior living centers, home-based care providers have lower virus transmission risks due to the individual nature of the service delivery. As such, hospitals and families […]

HHCN Survey: 92% of Home Health Agencies Have Lost Revenue Due to Coronavirus

It has been 80 days since President Donald Trump declared a national emergency because of the COVID-19 virus. Since then, almost every home health care agency has been adversely affected, with the vast majority of businesses experiencing sharp decreases in Medicare reimbursement, admissions and overall revenue, a new Home Health Care News survey reveals. While […]

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, […]