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Patient Perspective: Meet Georgia

Meet Georgia*, a Floridian in her late 80s with a history of heart and lung disease. Georgia was living on her own until she was hospitalized for lung complications, but medical and safety issues prevented her from returning to her independent lifestyle. With the help of a skilled home healthcare program, Georgia was able…

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Independence Starts at Home

Tomorrow we come together to celebrate our nation’s independence with family, friends, food and fireworks. It’s a great time to reflect on what it means to be free. For many Americans who are ill or aging, independence means the ability to receive quality care in the comfort of their own homes. Home healthcare is…

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Chairman Billy Tauzin Discusses the Value of Home Health on Senior Voice America Radio

On June 19, Congressman Billy Tauzin spoke with Senior Voice America on the importance of skilled home healthcare and the value it provides to the senior community. Click here to listen to the full interview. Interview Highlights Home health has been on the budget-cutting table for several years. The Partnership for…

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CMS Program Enables More Home-Based Care for America’s Seniors

What The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is enhancing Medicaid funding to states that want to provide more home and community-based services for the elderly and disabled. The funding is authorized under an AffordableCare Act program called the Balancing Incentive Program. Who CMS recently announced that Missouri, Mississippi, Georgia and Iowa will be awarded federal…

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REPORT: Cuts to Home Health Increase Long-Term Healthcare Costs

The Report Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Center for Long-Term Care Reform published a recently released a report titled “Medicaid Home Care Cuts: Analysis of Unintended and Unnecessary Consequences.” The report was issued in response to a proposed Illinois state budget that calls for $2.7 billion in cuts to the state Medicaid…

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Final Rule: VA HBPC Eliminates Co-Payments for Tele-Health

Recognizing the home as a preferred place of care for veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday released a final ruling that eliminates patient co-payments for in-home video telehealth care through its Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) program (read the final rule here). VA first proposed the rule to eliminate co-pays in March…

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VA Eliminates Copayment to Expand Home Health Access

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced plans to remove copayment requirements for in-home video tele-health care in the hopes of making the home a preferred place of care, when medically appropriate for the patient. The Partnership applauds the decision to eliminate copayment requirements for in-home video tele-health care. With healthcare costs…

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Medicare and Medicaid Fraud: a Targeted Problem in Need of a Targeted Solution

We recently had the opportunity to attend the Alliance for Health Reform briefing on healthcare fraud and prevention. It’s an important and timely topic for the home healthcare community. Our community recognizes that program integrity and payment reforms are needed to strengthen the Medicare and Medicaid programs and secure seniors’ access to quality healthcare services….

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Program Integrity Reforms Work

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released data that backs up the Partnership’s position that program integrity reforms in Medicare can result in serious healthcare savings. In 2009, the home healthcare community proposed a 10 percent cap on outlier payments to Medicare home healthcare providers.  The proposed policy was included in…

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Medicare Savings and Home Healthcare

There is a belief in government circles that a good way to trim the Medicare budget and, in so doing, help reduce federal deficits is to squeeze dollars out of support for home healthcare. That line of thinking could not be more wrong.  That’s not merely an opinion.  It’s supported by hard numbers.  Home…

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