New Innovation Model Tests Flexibility in Home Health and Hospice Benefits

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new payment and care delivery model being tested by the CMS Innovation Center.  The Geographic Direct Contracting Model (also known as the “Model” or “Geo”) will test whether a geographic-based approach to value-based care can improve quality of care and reduce costs for Medicare beneficiaries…

Home Care and Hospice Providers Report Problems Working with VA

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) has recently received reports of home care and hospice providers facing challenges in working with the Veterans Health Administration (VA) following their transition of third-party administrator (TPA) from TriWest to Optum. As background, following the passage of the VA Mission Act, Optum was named the TPA…

Disabled Veteran Wins Home Care from VA, Highlights Caregiver Crisis

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs settled a lawsuit on June 15 with Michael Williamson, a disabled veteran from Springfield, Oregon, who sued the federal agency earlier this year after he was told his home health care would soon end due to a lack of caregivers. According to the January 23 lawsuit in U.S.…