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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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