Home-Based Medical Care Can Reduce Hospitalizations and Lower Costs — But It’s Still Underutilized

While home-based medical care has been shown to reduce hospitalization rates and lower costs for both homebound and non-homebound populations alike, it continues to be drastically underutilized in the current health care ecosystem. As a result, there are millions of older Americans — especially those living in rural areas — who are going without the […]

Investing in Social Determinants of Health Yields High ROI

A community health program that tackles socioeconomic determinants of health saved Medicaid roughly $1.4 million, a new study unveiled Monday in the journal Health Affairs has found. The study marks one of the first return-on-investment analyses of just how valuable community-health workers and social-focused health approached truly are. As part of the economic analysis study, […]

Predictive Analytics-Driven Telehealth Program Lowers ED Visits by 20%

In recent years, the U.S. health care system’s shift toward value-based reimbursement has given home health providers cause to test all sorts of approaches aimed at reducing hospital readmission rates or preventing unnecessary trips to the emergency department. Predictive analytics-driven telehealth outreach programs that risk-stratify patients based on medical vulnerability and other factors can be […]

Home Health Providers Lag Behind Skilled Nursing Facilities in Preventing Re-Hospitalizations

While home health care is often touted as a cost-effective way to reduce readmissions, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) — though more expensive — might be better at keeping patients out of the hospital post-discharge. That’s according to a new article published in JAMA Internal Medicine, which shows readmission rates for patients discharged to home health […]

Editor’s Picks: Prior Authorization Is Here

This week, Home Health Care News readers were among the first to know that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially plans to launch the home health prior authorization requirement in five U.S. states. Readers also learned why some experts believe an overtime wage rule will not impact the home care industry too […]