Executives from Pennant, VNSNY, First Choice Offer HHVBP Updates

Home health providers likely breathed a sigh of relief when the final payment rule for 2022 pushed the start date for the nationwide expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model to 2023. Even so, many providers have begun actively preparing for the model’s implementation. Others, however, are taking a more passive approach. “The […]

VNSNY CEO Dan Savitt: HHVBP Should Include Shared-Savings Opportunities, ‘Stabilization’ Measures

In June, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model to all 50 states starting next year. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is among the home health organizations excited about the move’s potential to better align care and reimbursement, CEO Dan […]

How Intrepid USA, VNSNY Refined Their Referral Processes Following Pandemic-Related Volume Swings

For home health providers, one of the many impacts of the COVID-19 emergency was a sudden drop in referrals last spring. Eventually, though, a nationwide effort to shift more care into the home led to an increase in referrals for the home health industry. Providers are now trying to navigate the increased referral volume while […]

VNSNY, Contessa Join Amazon-Backed Home Health Coalition

Moving Health Home — the new provider coalition formed in early March dedicated to advancing home-based care in the United States — has landed seven new members. The Washington, D.C.-based industry group announced Friday that Compassus, UPMC, U.S. Medical Management, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), Advocate Aurora Health, Contessa Health and Vituity […]

Home Health Executive Forecast for 2021: Reserving a Seat at the Big Kids’ Table

Going into 2020, many home health executives predicted that the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) would kick off a wave of consolidation and agency closures. Others believed the phase out of Requests for Anticipated Payment (RAPs) would have a similar effect. For the most part, that didn’t happen. The COVID-19 pandemic — and all the policy […]

COVID-19 Patients Discharged from Home Health Care Often Have ‘Excellent’ Symptom Improvement, Functional Outcomes

So far, there’s been a lack of information on the characteristics and outcomes of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who are discharged to the home setting. Researchers Kathryn Bowles and Margaret McDonald — both with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) — are working to change that. For the past few months, Bowles and […]

Perspectives: Home Health Insiders Sound Off on the 2020 Election

The ongoing expansion of Medicare Advantage (MA), a federal minimum-wage hike and additional support for front-line health care workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency. These are just a few of the industry-shaping topics that home health insiders are following going into Election Day this Tuesday. While each presidential election is important, 2020 will help […]

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes for Increased PPE, Telehealth Payment for In-Home Care Providers

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-Ny.) is asking the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that in-home care providers have access to essential resources amid the coronavirus.   Throughout the public health emergency, home health and home care providers have been vocal about the challenges […]