Home Health Salaries Rose in 2018, but So Did Turnover

Home health workers saw an increase in their salaries in 2018, but it did not stop the constant employee churn that has become a symbol of some of the workforce challenges facing the industry in recent years and into the future. The latest Home Care Salary & Benefits report from New Jersey-based Hospital & Healthcare…

Webinar: How to Overcome Literacy Issues with Dementia Patients

For patients with cognitive impairment and their caregivers, barriers can be further complicated by literacy issues. That means it is up to health care professionals to identify these issues and adjust methods to ensure that each and every patient gets the very best care. That’s the purpose of a new and upcoming webinar, Lower Literacy…

MedPAC Considers Hospice, Home Health Payment Changes for 2020

On Friday, December 7th, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) convened for presentations and discussion regarding the Medicare hospice and home health benefits. In both sessions, the commission was presented information on current payment adequacy based on data from years past and suggestions from MedPAC staff for recommendations the committee will make to Congress for…

Home Health Agencies May Continue to Provide Part B Infusion Therapy in 2019-20

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will permit home health agencies to continue to provide Part B infusion therapy during the transition period (2019 – 2020) for the new home infusion therapy benefit. The 21st Century Cures Act (Act) included a provision that called for the development of new home infusion therapy benefit…

House Approves Key Bill to Extend Money Follows the Person, Spousal Impoverishment Protection

On Tuesday, December 11th, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation reauthorizing two Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) programs and established a new Medicaid program designed to move pediatric patients with medically complex conditions from institutional settings into community settings. Titled the Improving Medicaid Programs and Opportunities for Eligible Beneficiaries (IMPROVE) Act (H.R.…

Hospice Quality Update: Preview Reports Available and December 13, 2018 Training Call

PREVIEW REPORTS: Hospice provider preview reports and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey ® provider preview reports have been updated and are now available. These two separate reports are available in your Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) non-validation reports folder. Hospice providers are encouraged to review their Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality…

NAHC Concerned Proposed Immigration Rule Could Harm Home Care

NAHC has filed comments with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on a proposed regulation to make it more difficult for people deemed likely to use public benefits like Medicaid or food stamps to enter the United States legally and earn a green card. The proposed draft regulation would change how the federal government evaluates…

NAHC Needs You – Serve on the Membership or Education Committees

In February 2019, members of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Board of Directors will select members to serve on the Education and Membership committees for 2019. Each committee consists of seven members, and appointments last one year. Committee chairs or members may be reappointed from year to year. Members interested in…

Health Care Spending Slows, Home Care Spending Does Not

National health care spending slowed in 2017, falling by almost one percent to 3.9 percent in 2017, but home care spending held steady, according to a new report from the office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). By contrast, national health care spending grew by 4.8 percent in 2016…

Home Health and Hospice Quality Measures Under Consideration

As reported on November 30, 2018, the list of quality Measures Under Consideration (MUC) for the home health quality reporting program (HH QRP) and the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) were recently released.  There was a short window of time in which to make comments on the measures.  NAHC submitted its comments December 6, 2018,…