Recently Added OIG Work Plan Item May Impact Home Health and Hospice Providers

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) work planning is dynamic and adjustments are made throughout the year to meet priorities and to anticipate and respond to emerging issues. A Work Plan has been developed, made public, and updated monthly with new issues.  This month, there are two new issues…

Massive Caregiver Shortage Will Be a Major Challenge for Home Health and Hospice

Readers of NAHC Report are well aware that home health and hospice face a critical shortage of caregivers in the years to come. (See HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE for examples of previous coverage of this issue.) However, new information indicates this looming shortage could be even worse than previously believed – to the tune of millions of workers. A new…

Study Indicates Medicare Benefit for Home-Based Personal Care Services Could Work

The results from a research project in Maryland appears to show that a Medicare benefit covering personal care services in the home could be useful and affordable The study by the Commonwealth Fund and researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, studied the Community First Choice Medicaid program in Maryland to learn more…