Preserving Access To Home Health Act Introduced In The House

The Preserving Access to Home Health Act of 2023 – which aims to block cuts to home health payments – has been introduced in the House of Representatives. In a significant step for the legislation, Reps. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Adrian Smith (R-NE) introduced the bill in the House Tuesday. The bill was initially introduced […]

With Access To Care In Question, Number of Medicare-Certified Home Health Agencies Continues To Fall

The number of Medicare-certified home health agencies in the United States continues to dwindle, the latest data from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) reveals. While not a dramatic drop, the decrease in the home health provider ranks is important considering pending cuts from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Advocates fear […]

In Win For Home-Based Care Providers, Health Care Workforce Bill Passes

A bill that passed Wednesday on the state level is being touted as a potential blueprint to mitigating home-based care workforce shortages nationwide. In Frankfort, Kentucky on Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear passed the Kentucky Healthcare Workforce Development Act, legislation that aims to combat workforce shortages by building a public-private partnership that is designed to increase […]

Top Home Health Trends For 2023

Home health care’s 2022 was dimmed by the dark cloud of Medicare rate cuts. That cloud still hangs overhead in 2023. To weather the storm, providers are scrambling to find answers to persistent problems, namely staffing shortages. At the same time, they’re renegotiating arrangements with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and pivoting from certain service lines […]

4 Big Questions For Home Health, Home Care In 2023

Home health and home care operators grappled with numerous challenges in 2022 that impacted their businesses, from COVID-19 cases spiking due to the Omicron variant in the first quarter to labor pressures persisting throughout the year. For many providers, those headwinds turned their attention to maintaining growth, fine-tuning existing operations and avoiding loss, with service-line […]

‘We’re in the Fight’: The Preserving Access to Home Health Act Is Introduced in the Senate

A new bill that would prevent the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from reducing home health payments this year – and until 2026 – was introduced in the Senate Monday afternoon. Dubbed The Preserving Access to Home Health Act, the bill was introduced by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), […]

Proposed Payment Rule Could Trigger $18B Cumulative Cut to Medicare Home Health Reimbursement

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has not proposed a negative aggregate payment adjustment for home health agencies for the following year since 2018. That stable Medicare-reimbursement landscape, in turn, has allowed home health operators to grow their businesses and test out new, innovative care models, while also investing in their workforce. […]

Medicare Sequestration’s Return Puts Home Health Agencies in Financial Jeopardy

Home health agencies and other Medicare-reimbursed health care providers are just a couple weeks away from the return of sequestration. For many agencies, the restart of the 2% cut will merely be a return to normal, pre-pandemic business. For others, however, it presents another cash-flow disruption that could, at worst, put some smaller operators out […]