Top Home Health Trends For 2023

Home health care’s 2022 was dimmed by the dark cloud of Medicare rate cuts. That cloud still hangs overhead in 2023. To weather the storm, providers are scrambling to find answers to persistent problems, namely staffing shortages. At the same time, they’re renegotiating arrangements with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and pivoting from certain service lines […]

4 Big Questions For Home Health, Home Care In 2023

Home health and home care operators grappled with numerous challenges in 2022 that impacted their businesses, from COVID-19 cases spiking due to the Omicron variant in the first quarter to labor pressures persisting throughout the year. For many providers, those headwinds turned their attention to maintaining growth, fine-tuning existing operations and avoiding loss, with service-line […]

Home Health Care Serving ‘Older, Sicker, Poorer’ Patient Populations

Almost half of Medicare beneficiaries utilizing home health care services have five or more chronic conditions. This is also true when looking at Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries, according to data from the Research Institute for Home Care (RIHC). RIHC recently released its 2022 Home Care Chartbook, a detailed overview of the home health landscape that […]

From HHVBP to LUPAs: Additional Takeaways From The 2023 Home Health Final Rule

Following the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) release of the final payment rule, it is critical for each home health agency to figure out its own financial standing and strategic plan for 2023. In addition, agencies should be finding key areas for improvement and educating clinicians on the recalibrated case-mix weights and Low-Utilization […]

HHCN FUTURE Conference: Fireside Chat with Homecare Homebase

This article is sponsored by Homecare Homebase. This article is based on a Home Health Care News discussion with Scott Decker, CEO of Homecare Homebase. The discussion took place on September 15, 2022 during the Home Health Care News FUTURE Conference in New York City. The article below has been edited for length and clarity. […]

Factors Slowing Home Health Care’s Labor Arbitrage

Changing industry dynamics might be slowing home health care’s labor arbitrage. Prior to 2020, a major workforce priority for several home health providers was making sure their clinicians were “operating at the top of their license.” Generally, the belief was that operators could stretch staffing capacity and reduce visit costs by shifting certain duties from […]