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‘Bring It On’: Home Health Executives Embrace HHVBP Expansion

When the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first released its home health proposed payment rule for 2022, its nationwide expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model was recognized as a potential game-changer for the home health industry. While HHVBP has been heralded for its ability to improve quality of care …

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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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VNSNY and SEIU Show Employer-Worker Unity for Better Care Better Jobs Act

On Tuesday, individuals will gather in New York’s City Hall Park for a rally spearheaded by the 1199SEIU Homecare Workers union in support of the Better Care Better Jobs Act — which would inject funds into home-based care. These individuals will include home health workers from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) Partners …

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VNSNY Launches Care Delivery Model Tailored to LGBTQ Community

In an effort to ensure health equity, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) has launched a new care delivery model geared toward self-identified members of the LGBTQ community. “We listened to the community. They really wanted us to develop an LGBTQ+ program,” Arthur Fitting, LGBTQ+ program manager at VNSNY, told Home Health Care …

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Therapy’s Future Under Patient-Driven Groupings Model Unclear Due to COVID-19 Chaos

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was described as home health care’s “boogeyman” before it was implemented. One of the chief concerns, especially for therapists, was that therapy utilization would significantly decrease in 2020 — and beyond — because of what PDGM incentivizes.  But preliminary data suggests that therapy did not decrease overall in 2020. It’s …

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VNSNY, HCR Home Care Outline Vaccination Strategies

It’s been four weeks since New York home health and hospice workers were deemed eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Since then, the state’s home-based care providers have had to navigate the often tricky process of helping their employees get inoculated. Similar to other parts of the U.S., home health and hospice workers in New …

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Home Health Executive Forecast for 2021: Reserving a Seat at the Big Kids’ Table

Going into 2020, many home health executives predicted that the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) would kick off a wave of consolidation and agency closures. Others believed the phase out of Requests for Anticipated Payment (RAPs) would have a similar effect. For the most part, that didn’t happen. The COVID-19 pandemic — and all the policy …

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COVID-19 Patients Discharged from Home Health Care Often Have ‘Excellent’ Symptom Improvement, Functional Outcomes

So far, there’s been a lack of information on the characteristics and outcomes of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who are discharged to the home setting. Researchers Kathryn Bowles and Margaret McDonald — both with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) — are working to change that. For the past few months, Bowles and …

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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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VNSNY Launches Open-Source COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Tool for Home-Based Care Providers

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is flexing its data science muscles. Over the past few months, VNSNY and its data science team have been building a contact-tracing tool to help home- and community-based care providers limit the spread of the coronavirus. Mapping the spread of COVID-19 remains critical to all health care …

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VNSNY Names Dan Savitt as Next CEO

The nation’s largest nonprofit home- and community-based services organization has named its next CEO. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) announced Thursday that its board of directors has selected Dan Savitt to take over for current CEO Marki Flannery when she steps down at the end of January 2021. Savitt has served as …

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