How Can America Create the Home Care Workforce to Meet Growing Needs?

We are going to need more data and better policies Over two million people in the United States work as personal care aides and another 800,000 work as home health aides, both occupations among the fastest-growing in America and anticipated to grow more than 40 percent between 2016 and 2026. Most long-term care services involve…

Health Affairs Forum Focuses on Hot Topics in Community Care

The health policy and research journal Health Affairs focused their June issue on matters of community care, with multiple articles on subjects of interest to home care. Titled Community Care For High-Need Patients, the journal evaluated issues facing community care from varying perspectives that included workforce, utilization, and access concerns. The National Association for Home…

CMS: Home Health Spending to Rise Faster than Other Types of Care

Health care spending in the United States is expected to rise to nearly $6 trillion by 2027, but home health spending will rise faster than all other care categories, according to a new projection from the Office of the Actuary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). “As a result of economic and…

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…

Study: Medically-Tailored Meal Delivery Reduces Health Care Costs

A Massachusetts study indicates regular meal deliveries to the homes of “nutritionally vulnerable” people could reduce their use of expensive health care by limiting or preventing hospital admissions, visits to the emergency room, and calls for an ambulance. The study appears in the April issue of Health Affairs. The study examined medical claims for Medicare-and-Medicaid-eligible…