How Home Health Providers Can Make Clinicians Feel Less Alone When Delivering Care

As home-based care patients become more complex, providers are finding ways to ensure that clinicians don’t feel alone. Specifically, providers have started to use data to solve those challenges, especially through decision support tools that improve work patterns. “These patients, when in the hospital, were on a floor with every specialist and every diagnostic 48 […]

What Home Health Providers May Change Due To Final Rule

Now that the final payment rule for the home health care industry is officially out, providers and advocates will take the long-awaited next step. For advocates, that will mean continuing legislation efforts. Although the final rule includes a 0.7% aggregate payment bump for home health agencies, behavioral adjustment cuts are still being implemented. That’s a […]

The Business Case For Expanding Into Behavioral Health Care

Home health providers have delved into different service lines during COVID-19. Among those are high-acuity care, such as hospital-at-home and SNF-at-home programs, palliative care and respite care. But one set of services, in particular, is beginning to make more sense for home health providers to offer: behavioral health. Strategically, expanding into behavioral health makes sense […]

How AccentCare, VNA Health Group Are Acting on Their Value-Based Care Strategies

As more home health providers move into the value-based care space, these organizations are engaging on multiple fronts in order to ensure success. Providers such as VNA Health Group and AccentCare Inc., in particular, exemplify the moves companies are making to support their value-based care strategies. In its broadest definition, value-based care means outcomes over […]

Why Political Roadblocks Threaten Home Health Care’s Biggest Policy Objectives in 2022

Policy concerns in home-based care are considered timely and critical for those in the industry. The issue is, unfortunately, they aren’t always viewed in that light by outsiders and lawmakers in Washington, D.C. Among those concerns are the extension of the Acute Hospital Care at Home waiver, adequate reimbursement for telehealth and the Choose Home […]

CMS Increases Vaccine Reimbursement for Home Health Providers, Others

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday that it is increasing the Medicare payment amount for administering the COVID-19 vaccine. That could lift the home health organizations that have been able to play a role in vaccinating homebound seniors throughout their communities. Not all in-home care operators have been able to […]