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Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Stronger Efforts to Fight Fraud

In a press statement last week, Senators Max Baucus (D-MT), Tom Carper (D-DE), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) called for Medicare program integrity improvements.  Their statement was in response to a recent report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), which calls for more aggressive efforts to stop Medicare fraud and abuse…

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American Action Forum Primer on VA Home Based Primary Care

By Doug Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum Two recent studies suggest that home healthcare should be given a close look in reforming Medicare.  The American Action Forum recently released a paper by Emily Egan entitled, “VA Home Based Primary Care Program: A Primer and Lessons for Medicare.” The goal of the primer was to…

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NCOA Survey on Aging Shows Most Seniors Hope to Remain at Home

Results from a recent survey by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) show that a majority of older Americans hope to age in place. There’s No Place Like Home Some of the reasons for wanting to remain at home include liking where they currently live (85 percent), having friends nearby (66 percent) and…

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Online demand for home health is on the rise

Online demand for home health services is on the rise, according to a recent article from Home Health News. Caregiver resource sites like Care.com and LivingSenior.com have seen an uptick in requests for in-home care information and services, said representatives: Care.com, an online site that connects families with care providers, reported that roughly 80% of the customers they speak with…

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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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