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Must-Read News: Payment System Overhaul

Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. Take a minute to get a head start on your week with our briefing on the industry’s must-read news.But …

The Big-Picture Strategy to Combatting Caregiver Turnover

Recruiting top talent—and retaining them—continues to be a balancing act that management teams struggle with, regardless of the industry. This issue …

How Home Care Companies Can Get Caregivers to ‘Stay’

The reality of talent shortage—marked by high turnover and challenges recruiting and retaining top talent—continues to plague the home care …

Home Health Groups Concerned After Senate Revives Health Care Reform

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to resurrect its plan to repeal Obamacare, prompting renewed fears among some home health care groups that thought the …

[Updated] CMS Moves Forward with New Home Health Payment Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its long-awaited proposed prospective payment system (PPS) rate update for 2018, …

The Artificial Intelligence Revolution is Coming for Home Health

When ads appear in a web browser with an uncanny match to the viewer’s interests, it’s a result of predictive analysis through artificial …

Home Health Market Saturation by State

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released updated market saturation data, revealing the number of home health providers and …

Extended Home Ownership a Boon for Home Care Sector

Aging adults staying at home to receive care has been a growing trend nationwide, creating demand for home care providers, but having a more mixed …

Poor Home Health, Doctor Communication Drives Readmissions

A recent study confirms what home health care agencies know all too well: gaps in communication between physicians and home health care<b></b> providers are …

Home Health Groups Relieved, Wary After Trumpcare Bill Fails

The Senate bill to repeal and replace key Affordable Care Act (ACA) policies failed Tuesday, leaving home health agencies and providers across the …

OIG to Target Home Health Billing Practices

A federal watchdog is planning to take a deeper look at home health billing practices nationwide.Specifically, the U.S. Department of Health & Human …

Home Health Expenditures Have Remained Largely Flat Overall

Overall spending related to home health hasn’t changed much over the past two decades despite a national uptick in other kinds of medical …

4 Changes to Strengthen Home Care in the Future

There were more than 300,000 home care aides in New York in 2015, according to the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), making it one of the …

New Draft of Health Care Bill Maintains Medicaid Cuts

Republicans unveiled a new version of their health care bill in the Senate on Thursday.Several major amendments have been made to the Better Care …

Feds Conduct Largest Ever Health Care Fraud Crackdown

July marked the largest health care fraud takedown in history, as the Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General …

Toyota Invests $14 Million in Aging-In-Place Robot

The company behind a new robot for seniors aging in place has attracted a well-known backer: Toyota.Specifically, the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) …

Bill to Give Seniors Credit to Modify Homes Gains Momentum

Home modifications are proven to help keep seniors at home longer through retirement and to save Medicare dollars, which may be why a bill to provide …

Hawaiians Say ‘Aloha’ to Home Care Services Funding

Hawaiian families can say “aloha” to funding to help pay for home care services for a family member, after Gov. David Ige signed the Kupuna …

Hospices May Profit From Live Discharges

More hospice patients are being discharged before their death, raising a question about whether hospice companies are financially motivated to do so. …

Caregiver Counseling Could Save Millions in Dementia Costs

Keeping dementia patients at home for as long as possible can go a long way in improving states’ Medicaid budgets. When caregivers take part in a …

Illinois Ordered to Cough Up More in Medicaid Payments

Weeks after a judge ordered the state of Illinois to pay its Medicaid bills to health care providers, the same judge has ruled that the Prairie State …

U.S. to Collaborate with Japan on Aging in Place Challenges

The United States is partnering up with Japan to tackle aging in place challenges, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on …

Medicare Advantage Enrollment and In-Home Care Use

A significant portion of Medicare expenditures involve some type of in home care. In many cases, it involves in home health care, which can include …

Moving in the Right Direction to Support In-Home Care for Seniors

One of the most significant driving factors for many hospitals across the country is the earn more revenue. One of the major problems for some …

Top 10 States for Seniors’ Well-Being

Hawaii not only is a great vacation destination, but a prime location for seniors to settle down: the Aloha State has again ranked as the best state …

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Pre-Claim Affirmation Rates Rise, But Some Agencies Stay on Sidelines

There’s more good news coming from the federal agency that enacted a controversial home health care program that left the industry reeling. …

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Bill Could Loosen Home Health Assessment Regulations

A new bill could expand who can conduct initial assessments for home health visits in certain cases. The bill, the Medicare Home Health Flexibility …

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House Passes Bill with Telehealth, Home Infusion Provisions

A bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last week, if passed by the Senate, will have an impact on several areas of the home health …

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