Bill to Enable Non-Physician Practitioners to Certify Home Health Introduced in Senate

Long-time home care champions Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have introduced the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 296) in the 116th Congress. This long-standing NAHC priority legislation would enable non-physician practitioners the authority to certify home health orders under Medicare. In the past, this legislation has enjoyed strong, widespread bipartisan…

CBO Report: Medicaid Managed Care Growing, but Questions about Effectiveness Remain

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released a report, Exploring the Growth of Medicaid Managed Care, analyzing the current state of managed care in the states, enrollment changes over time, a breakdown of spending between fee-for-service Medicaid and managed care, and the factors that influence them. Increasing the predictability of outlays on Medicaid and improving…

CBO Projects a Decade of Strong Growth in Home Health Spending

Federal spending on home health will reach $32 billion a year by 2028, according to projections in the annual revenues and outlays estimates by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The CBO estimates federal spending on home health rising $1.4 billion per year for the next ten years, reaching $32 billion from the current $18…