Articles On: Home Healthcare

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    Coronavirus and Home Care: Now More Than Ever

    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, by mid-March 2020, most hospitals in the US were restricting entry and allowing access only through an extra layer of triage at their emergency rooms. Many institutions sternly warned people to stay away unless there was a true emergency. Hospitals, doctor’s offices, and civic organizations asked individuals to check on the well-being of chronically ill and elderly family and neighbors.

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    PDGM/PDPM Payment Models: The Impact on Home Health

    Described as the biggest Medicare reimbursement overhaul in 20 years, the recent changes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) payment models have caused a lot of buzz. The reason for all the hype is the transition towards a more value-based system and away from the fee-for-service status quo. The intent behind these administrative changes, commonly known as the Patient-Driven Payments Model (PDPM) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) for home health care, is to improve the quality of patient care, promote the overall health and wellbeing of the Medicare Advantage population, and lower healthcare costs.

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    Medicare Advantage Plans and Home Care in 2020

    MA plans are an alternative to traditional Medicare, encompassing inpatient, outpatient, and prescription drug benefits. In 2018, CMS announced that MA plans would expand to cover home-based services as well. The new plans include several new services that are available to millions of MA plan members. Since their introduction in 2010, MA plans have become increasingly popular among Medicare recipients, and the additions planned for 2020 will likely add to this enthusiasm.

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    Power Outages and Care at Home

    On November 21, 2019, California’s major power utility, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) announced that its latest round of systematized power outages had concluded and they would begin restoring power to the (more than 40,000) Northern California residents who had been without power for the duration of the week. For thousands of Californians, the outages were more than just a mere inconvenience, and for many, being unable to access electricity is a matter of life and death.

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  • Staffing Shortage in Home Health Industry: Workforce Crisis in Years to Come

    Within the home health space, many of the current open home health employment opportunities involve very labor-intensive work for little pay, which trend analysts forecast could result in detrimental staffing shortages.

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