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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

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

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

Probe and Educate Procedures for Medicare Administrators

September 27, 2017 11:01 pm Published by

CMS has recently issued Change Request 10249, which will expand Probe and Educate medical review procedures for all Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC). These new procedures went into effect on October 1, 2017. As a Medicare-funded agency, here is some information that you should know about CR 10249. New Targeted Probe and Educate Strategy The MAC will be required to identify... View Article

Emergency Preparedness Training

September 19, 2017 10:58 pm Published by

As of November 16, 2017, all home and hospice care providers that participate with Medicare and Medicaid are required to meet new emergency preparedness requirements. These new regulations for care workers are extensive and will require your agency to develop: A comprehensive emergency plan for a wide range of emergencies that could occur at your location. Implementation of policies and procedures... View Article