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Our Home Health Regulatory Priorities for 2021

It might be a new year, new Congress, and new Administration, but our priorities haven’t changed. Now more than ever, it is important to keep advancing policies to ensure patient access to high quality home health care. To that end, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (the Partnership) will focus on three key administrative and…

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Home Health Patient Demographics Shift as Demand for Home Health Surges

Data reported in the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation’s annual Home Health Chartbook provides a timely look at the growing role of home health care in the lives of older Americans. The Chartbook, composed and compiled by Avalere Health, provides an overview of home health patients characteristics, the home health workforce, the economic…

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Home Health Champions Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure Access to Telehealth

Recently, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and the Senate introduced the Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act, legislation to protect Medicare beneficiaries’ access to home health via telehealth. If passed, the legislation would reimburse home health agencies for telehealth services furnished during the COVID-19 emergency and any future public health…

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Fact-Checking Medicare’s Assumptions About Home Health

On January 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began implementing the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), which included a 4.36% rate reduction to the Medicare home health benefit purely based on three behavioral assumptions. Yet, according to a new analysis, CMS’s assumptions have been significantly incorrect in two of the three areas of assumed…

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A Conversation with Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey’s President & CEO Nancy Fitterer During the Ongoing COVID-19 Crisis

When the COVID-19 outbreak began in March, cases rose rapidly across the state of New Jersey. Now, as the virus continues to spread through communities, home health providers remain tireless in their work to protect patients, frontline home health workers, and the communities they serve. Home healthcare agencies are uniquely qualified to treat individuals diagnosed…

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A Conversation with Tim Rogers about the Impact of the Ongoing COVID-19 Crisis

As COVID-19 continues to spread, particularly in America’s Sun Belt, the home health community is working tirelessly to protect patients, front-line home health workers, and the communities we serve. Home healthcare agencies are uniquely qualified to treat individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 due to their experience in caring for vulnerable populations with disabilities and multiple chronic…

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The Home Health Community Provides Recommendations to CMS on How to Continue Efficiencies, Streamline Regulation, and Maximize Care for Patients Beyond the COVID-19 Crisis

Last week, the Partnership sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) thanking the agency for their engagement and support of the home health community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The letter also asks the agency to look beyond the present public health emergency (PHE) and continue the advances and flexibilities that…

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Insights from the Frontlines: A Discussion with Washington State Home Health Providers About the COVID-19 Crisis

While communities across the nation begin to re-open following the COVID-19 outbreak, the home health community continues to work aggressively to protect patients, front-line home health workers, and the communities we serve. As a community of highly skilled professionals caring for vulnerable populations with disabilities and multiple chronic conditions, home healthcare agencies are uniquely qualified…

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A Discussion with Homecare Association of Louisiana CEO Warren Hebert About the COVID-19 Crisis

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the home health community works tirelessly to protect patients, front-line home health workers, and the communities we serve. Home healthcare agencies are uniquely qualified to treat individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 due to their experience in caring for vulnerable populations with disabilities and multiple chronic conditions, and with more Americans becoming…

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A Conversation with Home Care Association of Florida Executive Director Bobby Lolley about the COVID-19 Crisis

The home health community works tirelessly to protect patients, front-line home health workers, and the communities we serve during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a community of highly skilled professionals caring for vulnerable populations with disabilities and multiple chronic conditions, home healthcare agencies are uniquely qualified to treat individuals diagnosed with COVID-19. And with more…

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