Category: Home Health

NAHC calls for march on Washington

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has announced their plans to march in Washington, D.C. on March 20 & 21, 2017. NAHC encourages its supporters to join. The march is annual, but a bit different this year. NAHC is planning three advocacy events in 2017—in March, June, and September. The upcoming march […]

New fall prevention device: Air bag belt for seniors

The company responsible for creating a new air bag smart belt, a product currently in development, has now raised enough money to move the device to the next phase: Commercialization. Dr. Robert Buckman, co-founder of the company ActiveProtective, is the inventor behind this new device. Buckman’s smart belt, which could help reduce the Centers for […]

Alzheimer’s documentary to air on PBS January 25

Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts is a documentary that “illuminates the social and economic consequences for the country unless a medical breakthrough is discovered for this currently incurable disease.” It premieres on PBS January 25, 2017, at 10pm ET. The film includes expert commentary and personal stories around the country from individuals affected by the disease. […]

MedPAC seeks 5% cut in new vote

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has submitted a vote that recommends an additional five percent cut in the next annual Medicare payment rates for home health agencies. Legislative action would need to be taken to put this recommendation into effect. This recommendation will be included in MedPAC’s annual report to Congress published in March. […]

Webinar: Presidential election impact on home health

The new Trump administration is eager to make changes that are sure to have a major impact on Medicare home health agencies. It is imperative that agencies stay abreast of Republican plans to change and/or repeal pieces of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and its direct effect on them. For example, the employer insurance mandate could […]

Walking longer and with relatives decreases sundown symptoms, study finds

Sundown syndrome, a symptom affecting as many as 20 percent of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, causes increased confusion, anxiety, and agitation beginning late in the day. Past studies have concluded that physical exercise might have a positive impact on sundown syndrome, but the correlation between walking and with […]

Facts and free resources for preventing the flu in long-term care

Impacts of the flu on seniors ages 65 years and older range from an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and bacterial lung infection (i.e. bronchitis or pneumonia), as well as a negative impact on ability to function independently. Due to these increased risks, it is unlikely that a senior infected with the flu will […]

New home health CoPs released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have released new home health Conditions of Participation (CoP) this week. This is the first time in decades new CoPs have been released for home health. The new regulations are effective July 13, 2017. The changes focus on “a patient-centered, data-drive, outcome-oriented process that promotes high quality […]

Analysis: OIG Work Plan zeroes in on billing fraud in home health

The OIG has taken aim at improper home health Medicare billing in its 2017 Work Plan, which is bad news for providers who aren’t dotting their I’s and crossing their T’s. The Work Plan doesn’t mince words: “Previous OIG work has shown that the home health program is prone to fraud, waste, and abuse,” it […]

Second year of home health utilization and payment data released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the second annual release of the home health agency Public Use File (PUF) on the Home Health Agencies Data webpage with data for 2014. The data is useful for home health agencies to understand the home health industry, but CMS does warn that there are limitations […]