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How the Republican Tax Plan Could Affect Home Care Agencies

December 28, 2017 2:34 pm Published by

Now that the Republican Tax Plan will soon be the law of the land, its health care provisions offer a challenge to the health care industry both explicitly and indirectly. As we await the final version of this new legislation, here are some changes to expect that could affect home care agencies according to The National Law Review. Reduction in... View Article

How Reducing Hospitalizations Affects Medicare Spending

December 18, 2017 2:28 pm Published by

A recent experiment conducted by the CMS sought to reduce hospitalizations among nursing home residents. The results of this three-year experiment showed a 17 percent drop in avoidable hospitalizations and savings of almost $50 million in Medicare spending. Rethinking Hospitalizations for Seniors During 2011, one out of four Medicare beneficiaries living in nursing homes were hospitalized. This cost the CMS... View Article

Case Study: How Technology Improves Quality of Care

December 11, 2017 2:32 pm Published by

Serving rural populations has always been challenging for the health care industry. Patients that require care often need to travel long distances for basic services, let alone specialized care. This of course interferes with effective coordination of care. Care providers like Sanford Health in the Dakotas have been successful in using technology to improve their quality of care. By leveraging various... View Article

New Home Health CoPs Roll Out in January 2018

December 4, 2017 2:17 pm Published by

After delaying the implementation of new home health CoPs over the summer, CMS plans to stick to its roll out date of January 13, 2018 without further delay. This comes while a final version of its Interpretive Guidelines has yet to be issued. Industry stakeholders had lobbied that the roll out be delayed for an additional six months or six... View Article

Managing Patient Data for Better Care

November 27, 2017 11:00 am Published by

Data should not simply be collected. In order to be a useful tool, it needs to be organized, analyzed, and applied correctly. The healthcare industry is facing a significant challenge when it comes to making the best use of all the data it collects. Data is still collected from traditional sources, such as electronic health record systems, picture archiving and... View Article

Adults in Long Term Care Spending Report

November 15, 2017 10:57 am Published by

A recent research brief from the Long-Term Quality Alliance emphasizes the increased need for long-term services and supports (LTSS) for Medicare beneficiaries. Currently, approximately 13% of Medicare recipients over the age of 65 require LTSS. Spending for LTSS is a driving factor behind increased Medicare spending as the costs for services on that group is almost three times of what is... View Article

What Home Care Can Learn From EHRs

November 8, 2017 10:54 am Published by

Electronic health record (EHR) systems have provided many advantages to the health care industry by putting patient information at the fingertips of health care professionals and billing offices. But EHRs have also gained notoriety for acting as a barrier between providers and their patients making meaningful connections during in-person interactions. It’s hard to form a personal bond when there is... View Article

November is Home Care and Hospice Month

November 1, 2017 10:49 am Published by

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) invites the home care and hospice community to honor nurses, home care aides, social workers and therapists during Home Care & Hospice Month. These hardworking caregivers make a difference in the lives of the patients and families that they serve throughout the year. November has been designated as the month for... View Article

The CHRONIC Care Act and Home Care

October 31, 2017 12:57 pm Published by

The Senate recently passed S.870 – The CHRONIC Care Act, which seeks to improve coordination of care for senior patients that have multiple chronic conditions. This Act comes at a time when the elderly population is rapidly expanding as Baby Boomers enter their senior years. To provide better care for chronically ill seniors, there are two goals that CHRONIC will... View Article

Congress Moves on In-Home Care

October 23, 2017 12:53 pm Published by

Congress recently voted to extend the Independence at Home (IAH) demonstration program and repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). These developments move both bills towards being considered by the full House and, if passed, will certainly affect the home care industry. Independence at Home Bill The IAH demonstration program is a part of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) markup... View Article

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