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CMS: Rethink Pre-Claim Review for Home Health Services

By Colin Roskey, Executive Vice President of Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare The Center for Medicare & Medicare Services recently proposed a pre-claim review demonstration for Medicare home health services, upon which approximately 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries depend. The Partnership is echoing concerns expressed by more than 120 bipartisan lawmakers to a previously proposed,…

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Home Health Leaders Applaud Introduction of Independence at Home Act

The Partnership commends U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) for introducing the Independence at Home Act, which will convert the Independence at Home (IAH) demonstration into a permanent national Medicare program. The legislation has been lauded across the home health community for bringing primary…

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New Analysis Shows Role Home Health Plays in Reducing Readmissions

Last week the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation released new data regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model. The data analysis, conducted by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, comes just more than two months after CMS launched the bundled payment model for major joint…

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Honor Veterans by Protecting Access to Care

As Memorial Day approaches, the brave service men and women who fought so loyally for our country are in our minds and hearts. We show utmost appreciation for their sacrifices that have kept our country safe and free. Every day, home health agencies across the country strive to improve care and quality of life…

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Home Health Value Kit: The Human, Clinical and Fiscal Value of the Skilled Medicare Home Health Benefit

We are pleased to release a new Home Health Value Kit: a guide that provides comprehensive information on the value of the Medicare home health benefit. Home healthcare provides clinically advanced, cost effective post-acute and chronic care management in the setting patients desire most – their home. So it’s critical for lawmakers, their staff, and other…

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Five Reasons Prior Authorization Is Bad for Medicare Services

CMS is seeking comment on requiring prior authorization for Medicare home health, upon which approximately 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries depend. Prior authorization means that a patient can’t receive the care her physician ordered unless and until a government official has reviewed that order (and a lot of other paperwork besides) and given it his blessing….

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Congress: Harmful Medicare Home Health Cuts Still Need Repeal

by former Congressman Billy Tauzin Winter break has officially ended and Congress is back in session gearing up for a busy 2016. As we inch closer to the election, both parties are lining up their priorities for the coming months. On the docket this week is a vote on a budget reconciliation bill…

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Bring the Vote Home Releases New Polling Data & Launches a New Website

One year out from the 2016 general elections, Bring The Vote Home has released the results of new polling data, which surveyed more than 2,000 registered voters over age 65. This polling data revealed that American seniors want a candidate who will be an advocate for them on issues specific to those over 65,…

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Remember to Honor our Veterans

Today is Veterans Day, an important time for Americans to pause and consider the sacrifices that have been made by our country’s servicemen and women. Even against great odds, they have defended our way of life with valor and steadfast devotion. Our appreciation for those who have served our country should go beyond just…

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Happy National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month, which is a time to recognize the valuable role family caregivers play in the lives of America’s home health patients.  Many of Medicare’s home health patients are able to remain at home – and out of institutional settings – while receiving essential care services because of the collective support…

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