Senate Bill Seeks to Create New Home-Based Care Delivery Systems, Boost Caregiver Wages

In an effort to address the growing demand for home care services and worsening labor crunch, one U.S. lawmaker has introduced a bill that could help providers raise wages for their caregivers. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) introduced S. 3277 — the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Infrastructure Improvement Act — into the U.S. Senate on […]

CMS Administrator Seema Verma: Home Health Compare Overhaul Is on Its Way

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Thursday that users of Home Health Compare — its consumer-facing database of home health provider quality information — can expect to see a major revamp. CMS plans to roll Home Health Compare and seven other Compare sites into one tool called “Medicare Care Compare” sometime this […]

Signs Point to Non-Physician Home Health Certification Initially Happening Under Medicare Advantage

A bill that would eliminate Medicare’s physician-certification policy has drawn industry-wide support. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may first opt to test non-physician certification through Medicare Advantage (MA) in lieu of traditional Medicare. The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2019 — H.R. 2150 — was introduced in April. If […]

Home Health Providers Skimping on Therapy Will Likely Pay Steep Price

As the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) nears, providers are still trying to figure out how they will navigate 2020’s uncharted territory. For many, there’s a temptation to gain ground by sharply cutting therapy utilization. But that will likely hinder quality of care and cause some providers to pay a steep price. “The minute we saw […]

CMS Announces New Hospital, Home Health Discharge Planning Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule Thursday that makes changes to discharge planning requirements for home health providers. Broadly, the changes are part of CMS’s efforts to make patients a more active part of their care transitions out of the hospital and into other settings. “This delivers on President […]

Dignity Health Director: Home Health Providers Must Think Strategically in MA Contract Talks

As Medicare Advantage (MA) continues to expand rapidly, home health providers will need to develop strategic plans in order to secure successful contracts with plans. “One of the very important pieces here is determining your strategy and learning about your markets,” Paul Giles, director of home health finance and business operations at Dignity Health, said […]

5 Things Home Health Providers Want CMS to Fix

The home health care industry is not pleased with the 2020 proposed payment rule — and industry leaders are making sure the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) knows. Led by LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) CEO Keith Myers, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema […]

Schakowsky, Home Health Execs Tout Physician-Certification Bill’s Bottom-Line Impact

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has begun planting the seeds to eliminate Medicare’s physician-certification policy — which many home health industry insiders have critiqued as outdated. If successful, the move could potentially make it easier for older adults to gain access to home health care and have a major impact on providers’ bottom line. […]

Bill Dombi Named Interim NAHC President

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has named William A. Dombi as its interim president while the organization seeks a permanent appointment. The executive committee of the board of directors of NAHC voted on August 3 to appoint Dombi as interim president, following the passing of the organization’s longtime president Val. J. Halamandaris, […]