Category: Home Health

Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

Editorial Note: This article has been republished with permission from the author, Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News. It’s widely believed that older age is darkened by persistent loneliness. But a considerable body of research confirms this isn’t the case. In fact, loneliness is the exception rather than the rule in later life. And when it […]

Cardiac and orthopedic bundled payment models delayed to Jan 1, 2018

In a final rule published in the Federal Register today, May 19, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized May 20, 2017 as the effective date of the bundled payment models and changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model and delayed the implementation date of the final rule to January 1, […]

Legal repercussions for posting about residents on social media are not limited to just a few

Recent media coverage tells a sad story about inappropriate usage of social media in long-term care settings¾one that details not only severe legal repercussions for facilities, but also major violations of resident privacy and cases of mental abuse. While privacy and abuse are not black and white matters, the issue of photographs, videos, and identifying […]

Copays didn’t deter use of home health

A Brown University study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, shows that patients might not be deterred from receiving home health care by copays. The study looked at private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, 18 of which had plans that implemented a copay requirement between 2007 and 2011 and matched them with MA plans that did not […]

More agencies earn five stars for quality of care and HHCAHPS, new data show

The number of agencies that received five stars for quality of care has increased every quarter since the ratings were first released—and that trend continued when CMS released the latest ratings April 12. In the first-ever quality of care ratings, back in July 2015, there were 239 five-star agencies; now, in April 2017, there are […]

Deadline for compliance with HCBS setting rule extended to 2022

Facilities needing to meet compliance with the Medicaid home and community-based settings (HCBS) rule now have until March 17, 2022, a deadline extended by three years from March 17, 2019. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an Informational Bulletin on May 9, 2017, announcing the extension and further stating that while states […]

NAHC comments on the new healthcare bill

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has released a press release making their stance clear that they are against the Republican healthcare plan, the American health Care Act (AHCA), which narrowly pass the House of Representatives yesterday. Although the bill still has to be passed by the Senate, and many experts believe […]

Fun facts about star agencies: Those that earned 5 stars did it before too

Most agencies that earned 5-star ratings in quality of care when Home Health Compare was updated April 12 have been standout agencies for a long time. Of the 378 5-star agencies nationwide in care quality, 66% earned at least four stars in July 2015, according to an exclusive analysis of Home Health Compare data conducted […]

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Register here for CMS emergency preparedness training call, Thursday April 27

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) training call for emergency preparedness requirements is scheduled for this Thursday April 27, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM ET. Is your facility prepared to meet the new emergency preparedness requirements by the November 15, 2017, compliance date? During this call, learn about implementation of the final rule, […]