Giving Thanks This Holiday Season

As families and friends gather around the table for Thanksgiving this year, it is important to remember why we are thankful.
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For many Americans, there is nothing more important than the choice to remain at home.  Home is comfortable. Home is close to family. And home is where most people want to be, especially as they grow older.

Home healthcare helps deliver the indelible gift of home to millions of American seniors each year.  Dynamic teams of doctors, nurses, therapists and aides provide quality care in a patient’s preferred setting – offering peace of mind and tangible results.

At the Partnership, we work every day to ensure that Americans who are thankful for all that home has to offer have the choice to receive care in the best possible setting.

So this Thanksgiving, reflect upon the memories of years past.  Consider the joy of the holidays.  And most importantly, remember that home – and the security it provides – is something we must all be grateful for.

We certainly will.

Have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving from your friends at the Partnership!

Home Health Honors Veterans by Providing The Care They Need in a Setting They Prefer

On Veterans Day, it is important that Americans everywhere pause and consider the great sacrifice of our nation’s servicemen and women.  Even against great odds, they have defended our way of life with valor and steadfast devotion.

Yet, veterans deserve our unbridled support for much more than a single day.  And that begins with ensuring our nation’s heroes access to quality, cost-efficient, and dignified care – especially as they grow older. Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 10.16.39 AM

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) established the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) program in 1972 to provide comprehensive primary care services to veterans in their homes.

HPBC has significantly reduced preventable emergency room visits and inpatient hospital days for veterans, resulting in a 24 percent decrease in total healthcare costs. The VA expanded access to home healthcare earlier this year through the establishment of the Caregiver Support Program, engaging Caregiver Support Coordinators to assist family caregivers of veterans and providing services to aid in caring for their loved ones

Home healthcare has clearly become one of the single most important aspects of care for veterans.  And while there is no way to fully repay the debt we owe to those who served our country, we can continue to give back by providing necessary care in the best possible setting.

Indeed, every day is Veteran’s Day in the home health community, as we dedicate ourselves to improving the lives of those who defended ours.

Looking Forward to Election Day: America’s Most Active Voting Block

With Election Day just a few hours away, policymakers and thought leaders must take note of America’s most active and politically aware voting block: senior citizens.

Senior citizens play a clear, and absolutely critical role in future direction of America.  And their ballots will directly impact the defining policy decisions of the next decade.

For many seniors, the principal issue of the 2014 elections is healthcare.  And as more Americans become eligible for Medicare coverage each day, there is a heightened focus on – and concern about – Medicare policy issues. As a result, seniors are very attuned to changes that could undermine the healthcare services and providers upon which they depend.

And cuts to home healthcare will be chief amongst those changes.

Using the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration cut Medicare home health funding by an unprecedented 14 percent at the start of this year. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) admitted that “approximately 40 percent” of all home healthcare providers in America would be operating at a loss by the end of 2017 as a result of this cut.

As a result, thousands of providers may be forced to close their doors if this cut stands uncorrected, directly impacting 1.3 million American seniors and costing the jobs of 465,000 home healthcare professionals, according to Avalere Health.

While 38 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on to legislation that would stop the Medicare home health cut and replace it with sustainable Medicare payment reforms, there is still much work to be done to ensure the future health of our seniors.

Therefore, the future of Medicare home health home health will be defined, in part, by how seniors vote when they mail their ballots from home or enter the voting booths tomorrow.  After all, the sustainability of home health significantly depends on public officials who truly understand the wishes of their constituents and fight for the wellbeing of senior citizens across the nation.