Study: Medicare Home Health Benefit Not Sufficient to Meet Needs of Post-Acute Beneficiaries

Policy changes could increase value of home health benefit in COVID-19 era Home health care would be very effective providing services to Medicare beneficiaries, but the current design of the home health benefit is insufficient to meet the needs of post-acute beneficiaries, concludes a new study from the Commonwealth Fund. The report’s authors believe policy…

New NAHC Webinar: Hospice Boot Camp

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) will present an important new webinar, the Hospice Boot Camp, which will provide attendees with the most comprehensive look into hospice finance you can find in the industry. REGISTER NOW!  The Hospice Boot Camp will air live…

Reporting Requirements for Home Health & Hospice Affected by Hurricane Laura

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to home health agencies located in areas affected by Hurricane Laura due to the devastating impact of the storm. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting…

New NAHC Webinar: Home Health Boot Camp

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) will present an important new webinar, the Home Health Boot Camp, which will provide attendees with the most comprehensive look into home health care finance you can find in the industry. REGISTER NOW!  The Home Health Boot Camp will…

Thankful for All the Great People Who Make our Membership the Best in the World

In a letter to all NAHC member sent earlier today, NAHC President William A. Dombi offered thanks to the many people who have gone above and beyond to advance the cause of providing the best quality care in the home in 2020, often during extremely difficult and even dangerous conditions. Among those Bill thanked were:…

10 Reasons to be Thankful for Home Care & Hospice

More people die from chronic disease than from acute disease. What this suggests is that the future will be about the management of chronic disease and not acute illness. The number of people going into hospitals will be fewer and they will spend less time there. What will increase by geometric progressions is the number…

Expand Your Home Health & Hospice Financial Knowledge

On December 1 and December 2, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) will present two new webinars that are must-attend for all financial managers in the industry. The Home Health Boot Camp and Hospice Boot Camp are some of the most popular…

Rise in Patients Discharged to Home Health

The percentage of patients discharged from short-term acute care hospitals (STACH) to home health has risen from 11 percent in May 2019 to 19 percent one calendar year later, according to a new report from ATI Advisory. The number of patients discharged from STACH declined from over 800,000 patients in May 2019 to 558,296 in…

CMS will retire the original Compare Tools on December 1st

CMS will retire the original Compare Tools on December 1st. Use Medicare.gov’s Care Compare to find and compare health care providers. In early September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Care Compare on Medicare.gov, to streamline the eight original health care compare tools. Since then, you’ve had the opportunity to use and familiarize yourself…

Honoring More of the Best Home Care Aides in America

Last month, NAHC and CellTrak announced they would be giving $500 scholarships to some of the best and most deserving home care aides in the United States during Home Care and Hospice Month, which is November. Earlier this month we recognized the first batch of winners of those scholarship. Today, we will recognize the remaining winners this month.…