Transitions of Care Standards Created by American Case Management Association

  The American Case Management Association (ACMA) has created the first multi-setting, inter-professional National Transitions of Care Standards endorsed by an Executive Steering Committee composed of representation from payer, provider, and other organizations. The ACMA Transitions of Care Standards were designed with input from 15 collaborating organizations representing 10 practice settings: acute care, primary care,…

MedPAC Calls for Rate Cuts to Home Care and Hospice

On Friday, January 17th, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) reconvened for a series of sessions to vote on official recommendations the Commission will make to the U.S. Congress. These follow the December MedPAC meeting where staff presented current data and trends within the Medicare program, then offered proposed recommendations for the Commissioners to consider…

What is the Home Care Workforce?

The home care workforce doubled from 2007 to 2017 to meet the rising demand for care in the home due to the “Silver Tsunami” of 10,000 people turning 65 ever day and the long-overdue, but still unfinished shift of resources from institutional settings to home-and-community-based settings. Over 2.1 million home care workers provide health care…

NAHC Wants Your Input for 2019 Legislative & Regulatory Agendas

The policy staffs of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates — the Hospice Association of America (HAA), the National Medicaid Action Council, and the Private Duty Home Care Association (PDHCA) — are in the process of developing their agendas for legislative and regulatory activities in the coming year. NAHC,…

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…

Worker Shortage and Dementia Drive up Home Care Costs

Home care costs are rising, though not as quickly as costs in other long-term parts of health care, and the blame falls on a combination of factors involving a shortage of workers, higher minimum wages, new regulations, and the increasing number of patients with dementia, a particularly costly ailment to treat. The 15th Genworth Financial…

The Home Care Legacy of George H.W. Bush That Will Live Forever

Today, Wednesday, December 5, 2018, is a national day of mourning for the recent passing of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States of America. Justly glowing tributes to the late president’s accomplishments have been common in recent days, with most focusing on his adroit handling of the end of the Cold…

Take the 2018 Home Care and Hospice Salary & Benefits Survey and Save Money!

The Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS) has announced the 2018‑2019 Home Care and Hospice Salary & Benefits studies are now underway.  The studies are published by HCS in cooperation with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). Once again, NAHC will be asking members to participate in the Salary & Benefits survey, which is…

Take the 2018 Home Care and Hospice Salary & Benefits Survey and Save Money!

The Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS) has announced the 2018‑2019 Home Care and Hospice Salary & Benefits studies are now underway.  The studies are published by HCS in cooperation with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). Once again, NAHC will be asking members to participate in the Salary & Benefits survey,…

Robots Could Transform Home Care

Home health jobs are among the toughest in the United States to fill, as readers of NAHC Report already know. There is a workforce crisis in home care and hospice and while NAHC is working hard to help solve it, technology will inevitably play a big role in any solution to the problem – as…