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Downsides to the CMS Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Expansion Plan

For the most part, home health operators are saying “bring it on” to the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model expansion plan from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). There are plenty of very real concerns buried under that enthusiasm, however. Sign up for HHCN + to read this exclusive content. Individual …

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HHCN+ Report: Breaking Down the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model

The home health industry is once again in line for a major regulatory change. This time, it’s the looming expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model, which has been active in nine demonstration states since 2016. As part of its most recent home health proposed payment rule, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & …

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More Aggressive Delta Variant Causing Home Health Providers to Navigate New Phase of the Pandemic

Since the onset of the COVID-19 emergency in early 2020, home-based care providers have had to navigate seemingly countless challenges around keeping both patients and staff safe. Providers are now gearing up to face a new and more aggressive strain of the coronavirus: the Delta variant. Among its major distinctions, the Delta variant is more …

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EvergreenHealth Home Care, Alivia Ready to Support Choose Home Legislation

Home-based care leaders are encouraged by the Choose Home Care Act of 2021’s introduction into the U.S. Senate — and what it could mean for the home health industry if it’s ultimately enacted. Brent Korte, Keith Myers and Susan Ponder-Stansel are among them. The trio spoke about the recently introduced legislation Monday at the National …

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Home Health LUPA Challenges Continue as Pandemic Subsides

The frequency of low-utilization payment adjustments (LUPAs) increased for many home health providers in the first year of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), which coincided with the COVID-19 crisis. In part, that’s because there are far more LUPA variables to keep track of under the new payment model. At times, increases were also linked to …

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The Home Health Workforce Has Shrunk by 3.1% Since the Pandemic Started

It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The prolonged crisis has had a substantial impact on the U.S. health care labor pool, including the home health workforce, though to a slightly lesser extent. In February 2020, the nation’s health care employment peaked at nearly 16.5 million jobs, according to nonprofit research …

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CMS Could Target LUPAs, Functional Impairment in Future PDGM Adjustments

Despite the once-in-a-generation COVID-19 pandemic, the home health industry’s transition to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was pretty seamless. Looking into the not-too-distant future, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will now likely attempt to make modest tweaks to a handful of key areas, payment experts believe. The agency will do so …

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Staffing, Hospital Partnerships and Disaster Prep: Providers Share 2021 Spending Priorities

Similar to most companies this time of year, home-based care organizations are going through their budgeting and planning processes for the next 12 months. Budgets are thoughtful, strategic financial frameworks that are decided upon annually, with an eye toward the future. But this time around, providers are making spending plans with the insights gained from …

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Home Health Providers Prepare for ‘Very Tough Winter’ Ahead

The seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases hit 68,767 on Sunday, shattering the previous high set in July. Meanwhile, Friday and Saturday took over as the two highest days for new cases since the pandemic began. Despite mitigation efforts and progress on rapid testing, the U.S. is firmly in the middle of a third surge, …

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‘The Pandemic Is Far from Over’: Top Concerns for the Home Health Industry This Fall

The home health industry entered the eighth month of the COVID-19 pandemic this October. While most have adapted to a “new normal,” the public health emergency — and a possible second wave — understandably remains the biggest concern for many operators across the country. As of Oct. 1, there had been more than 7 million …

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Home Health Care’s ‘Pandemic Pioneer’ Grows Patient Census to All-Time High

EvergreenHealth Home Care — one of the largest home health and hospice providers in the Pacific Northwest — is the home health industry’s “pandemic pioneer.” Affiliated with a local hospital based just outside of Seattle, EvergreenHealth Home Care began caring for its first COVID-19 patients toward the end of February, several weeks before many of …

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Assisted Living Facilities Still Restricting Home Health Providers

Home health providers have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis since its outset, yet a primary concern remains being left behind by legislators, whether that’s on a state or federal level. Reimbursement for telehealth services is still on the forefront of everyone’s minds. But there are less-covered issues that haunt providers as …

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