Home Healthcare Leads Sector, Creates 3,900 New Jobs in July

Among healthcare employers, home health boasted the greatest number of new jobs created in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Counting 162,000 jobs added in total across the U.S., the home healthcare sector added 3,900 of those jobs. This compares with 300 new jobs created in the nursing and residential care facilities care […]

Poll: Seniors Overwhelmingly Oppose Medicare Copays

Most seniors believe an increase in out of pocket Medicare costs will be a financial burden for low-income seniors, supporting instead a crackdown on Medicare fraud, reveals a new poll.  Seniors were nearly unanimous (93%) in thinking Congress should advance reforms to stop Medicare fraud, rather than cut funding for the program or charging seniors […]

Projected Home Health Margin Declines Echoing Nationwide

Data released last week by the Home Care Association of Florida and the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare revealed home health margins are projected for a steep decline in the coming years, however, the Sunshine State only appears to be just one part of a national epidemic. Yesterday, The New Mexico Association for Home & Hospice […]

Florida Projects Steep Margin Decline for Medicare Home Health

Provisions within the proposed payment rule looks to negatively impact margins for Florida’s home health sector, according to analysis by the Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF) and the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare.   Using the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) methodology to calculate margins, Florida’s medicare home health margin will fall to 5.2% […]

Anti-Fraud Coalition Calls on Congress for Medicare Reforms

A national coalition of organizations advocating healthcare fraud prevention called on Congress this week to implement program integrity reforms to further protect America’s seniors from fraud and abuse. Fight Fraud First! (FFF!) is an collaborative effort on behalf of seniors, persons with disabilities, military veterans and family members to advocate for the elimination of waste, […]

Home Healthcare Community Applauds Senate Committee for Medicare Reform Initative

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) commended members of the Senate Finance Committee for urging regulators to increase efforts to combat Medicare waste, fraud and abuse.  Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) are urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement a moratorium on the installment […]

New Rule Boosts Veterans’ Access to Home Health Care, Aging in Place

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) commended a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that ease regulations permitting Vets to access skilled home healthcare services.  The rule would allow VA to establish provider agreements with non-VA providers currently participating in their State Medicaid plan, eliminating barriers to entry that require […]

Co-payments Give Beneficiaries “Skin in the Game,” Drive Medicare Costs

Though allowing Medicare beneficiaries to pay part of the costs of their home healthcare would give them “skin in the game” and alleviate program costs, co-payments could ultimately end up doing just the opposite, according to analysis by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare with Avalere Health.  Having “skin in the game” is defined in […]

Home Health Agencies Helping Seniors to “Bring the Vote Home”

An initiative to help home-bound seniors take part in this year’s elections asks home health agencies to “Bring the Vote Home,” backed by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare and the Council of State Home Care Associations. Caregivers working for agencies in more than a dozen states may be able to reverse the trend of […]