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October 12, 2017
Washington, D.C. ó Concerns raised about the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (Partnership) ó a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors ó are being echoed by a broad range of patient advocates, provider groups and bipartisan lawmakers. Read more >>
Salisbury Post
October 12, 2017
A recent proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) could jeopardize seniorsí access to quality home health. Read more >>
October 4, 2017
Washington, D.C. ó The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (Partnership) ó a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors ó thanks seven Georgia Members of Congress for recently sending a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), urging the withdrawal of the proposed Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM). Read more >>
Santa Rosa Press Gazette
September 27, 2017
A recent proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) could jeopardize seniorsí access to quality home health. Read more >>
Healthcare Finance
September 27, 2017
Senators have joined home health providers in asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to delay the agency's proposed rule on home health payment until stakeholders can analyze and understand the impact of the proposed changes. Read more >>
Inside CMS
September 27, 2017
A bipartisan group of 49 senators on Tuesday (Sept 26) wrote to HHS Secretary Tom Price and CMS Administrator Seema Verma urging them not to move forward with the proposed 2018 home health payment cuts that rely on a new home health groupings model until stakeholders can fully analyze the impact of the proposed rule. The senators' letter follows a Friday (Sept 22) letter from Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) that also asks the agency not to finalize the pay cuts. Read more >>
Bloomberg BNA
September 26, 2017
Congressional pushback is mounting against drastic Medicare payment changes for home health agencies. A bipartisan group of 49 senators said in a Sept. 26 letter to the Department of Health and Human Services that it was responding to concerns that ďthe proposed rule lacks sufficient information and data points to allow home health agencies to accurately estimate the impactĒ of the proposed changes. The chairman of a Senate committee has also expressed concern about the proposal. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
September 26, 2017
Cuts to home health care payments under the proposed Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) are deeper than predicted by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Thatís according to ElevatingHome, which ran an analysis of home health care claims with some of its members to look at the true impact of the model. Read more >>
September 26, 2017
Washington, D.C. ó The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (Partnership) ó a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors ó today applauded a group of bipartisan U.S. Senators, led by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), for urging Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, MD and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to not move forward with the agencyís proposed rule on the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) until affected stakeholders can fully analyze and understand the impact of the proposed changes. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
September 24, 2017
The home health care industry is in a full blitz against the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), if the public comments on the proposal are any indication. Now, lawmakers have joined the fight, as the public comment period comes to a close on September 25. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
September 22, 2017
Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) urged CMS, in a Friday (Sept. 22) letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, not to finalize changes to Medicare home health agencies pay in 2018 and 2019, citing concerns that the agency may be implementing complex policy changes to the Home Health Grouping Model too quickly. The home health pay rule, which was proposed July 25, would cut nearly $1 billion from Medicare reimbursement for home health services in 2019 by changing the unit of payment for home health episodes from 60 days of care to 30 days. Read more >>
Bloomberg BNA
September 22, 2017
The chairman of a key Senate committee is concerned Medicare is moving too quickly in making changes to payments to home health agencies. Read more >>
Lubbock-Avalanche Journal
September 22, 2017
A recent proposal by the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services could jeopardize seniorsí access to quality home health. Read more >>
Deseret News
September 21, 2017
If you were to ask seniors across Utah where theyíd prefer to spend their twilight years, most of them probably wouldnít respond, ďin a hospital bed.Ē Instead, you would hear how important it is to be in their homes, supported by family and friends. Thanks to the Medicare home health benefit, 3.5 million seniors around the country have the opportunity to remain in the comfort of their own homes while receiving nursing and/or rehabilitation therapy services to help them recover from an illness or injury. Read more >>
Daily Press
September 16, 2017
A recent proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could jeopardize seniors' access to quality home health. Read more >>
The Hill Congress Blog
September 11, 2017
While Medicareís skilled home health benefit is successfully saving the program money and keeping patients healthy and happy at home, itís an area where big changes stand to do big damage. One of those changes comes as part of the federal governmentís new proposal on how to pay home health agencies. Read more >>
July 28, 2017
WASHINGTON Ė It is with gratitude and respect that the entire Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare offers our sincere condolences in memory of the late Val J. Halamandaris. His loving memory will live on through his family, his work and the home healthcare he served for more than five decades. Read more >>
July 26, 2017
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare ó a coalition of home health providers dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors ó urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to work collaboratively with the home health provider community to address the significant flaws in the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) as proposed in the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) Proposed Rule that was released yesterday. Read more >>
Delaware Online
May 30, 2017
Medicare beneficiaries in rural communities depend on home healthcare to remain independent. But this care is at risk. Congress must extend an additional Medicare payment that helps to ensure access to home health for rural seniors. Read more >>
The Oregonian
May 25, 2017
Ask your parents or grandparents where they want to spend their twilight years and most will likely tell you, "In my home." A recent survey of Oregonians over the age of 45 conducted by AARP found that 85 percent responded that as they age, they wish to remain in their own homes with caregiver assistance rather than relocate to facility-based care. Read more >>
Morning Consult
May 12, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced plans to suspend the application of a mandatory regulation on providers of skilled home health care, which was widely praised by leaders in the Medicare post-acute care sector for demonstrating an increased recognition of the human, clinical and fiscal value home health offers the Medicare program and the 3.5 million older Americans who annually depend on the home health benefit. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
April 26, 2017
A 3% cost bump provided by Medicare that helps pay for the added expense of providing home health care services to those in rural areas should be extended, according to The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. Read more >>
April 26, 2017
Washington, DC Ė A new analysis of Medicare home health beneficiaries completed by The Moran Company illustrates the vulnerability of the Medicare home health patient population, particularly seniors residing in rural communities who are in poorer health and who have reduced access to healthcare services compared to their urban counterparts, and therefore rely heavily on home health. When compared to the total Medicare population, home health beneficiaries are older, living with more chronic conditions, in need of more assistance with daily activities, and more likely to be living in poverty. When comparing home health beneficiaries, rural patients are shown to have higher prevalence of disability and poverty than home health patients residing in urban communities. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
March 31, 2017
One day before the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD) was set to begin in Florida, the program has been put on pause, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Friday. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
March 31, 2017
To the delight of home health providers, CMS on Friday (March 31) announced it has paused the home health pre-claim review demonstration for at least 30 days in Illinois, and will not expand the program to Florida in April. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice said CMS Administrator Seema Verma had requested a meeting with providers to hear about the problems with the program, and home health stakeholders met with the new CMS chief days before CMS' announcement. Read more >>
March 31, 2017
Washington, DC - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare ó a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors ó today commended the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for stopping the planned implementation of a Pre-Claim Review Demonstration (PCRD) in Florida, which would have applied new, mandatory regulatory requirements on all home health agencies (HHAs) operating across the state on April 1. The Partnership also praised CMS for pausing the application of the demonstration program in Illinois for at least 30 days, where it was originally implemented in August 2016. Read more >>
March 13, 2017
Washington, DC - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today applauded the full confirmation of Seema Verma to serve as the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Read more >>
Orlando Sentinel
March 7, 2017
In its ongoing effort to reduce health-care costs and improve program integrity, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched a mandatory demonstration program last year that alters how Medicare approves and pays for skilled home health-care services for elderly Americans. Medicare picked five states in which to try out this program ó including Florida. Read more >>
Bloomberg BNA
March 6, 2017
Medicare should drop an upcoming program in Florida to review home-health claims prior to service, a bipartisan group of lawmakers says, arguing the program would unduly burden home-health providers. Read more >>
March 2, 2017
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended the Senate Finance Committee for voting to advance the confirmation of Seema Verma as the next Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to the Senate floor. Read more >>
March 1, 2017
Washington, DC - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare ó a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors ó today applauded bicameral, bipartisan lawmakers from Florida for sending a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, MD urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to stop the implementation of a pre-claim review demonstration (PCRD) in Florida and replace it with targeted program integrity reforms. The bipartisan letter garnered twenty-seven signatures from Members in both the House and Senate. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
February 12, 2017
In the wee hours of Friday morning, after an all night session, the Senate confirmed Rep. Tom Price M.D (R-GA) as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Several industry organizations like the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare and the American Health Care Association (AHCA)/ National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) are supportive, and even bullish, on opportunities for Price to potentially eliminate some burdensome regulations. Read more >>
Healthcare Finance News
February 10, 2017
The Senate confirmed Georgia Rep. Tom Price to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services early Friday morning in a party-line 52-47 vote. Read more >>
Tampa Bay Times
February 10, 2017
Last year, as part of its ongoing effort to reduce Medicare fraud and generate program savings, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched a new regulatory requirement known as Pre-Claim Review for home health services. Five states were initially selected to try out the program, including Florida. The program is underway in Illinois and is set to begin in Florida on April 1. Read more >>
February 10, 2017
Washington, DC- The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today congratulated Tom Price (R-GA) on his confirmation as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). As a physician, Secretary Price has been a longtime advocate for the home health and hospice communities, continually championing policy reforms to strengthen the delivery of quality care to one of Medicareís most vulnerable patient populations. Read more >>
The Press-Enterprise
December 21, 2016
The federal Medicare agency recently began imposing a demonstration that requires third-party contractors to approve physician-prescribed home health care for beneficiaries before Medicare will pay for the service. Home health leaders, physicians and patients have expressed concern that this policy could result in dangerous delays and denials for clinically necessary care, particularly for patients recently discharged from the hospital who are particularly vulnerable. Read more >>
December 7, 2016
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė† today congratulated Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) on his recent appointment to Chair the House Energy & Commerce Committee in the 115th Congress. Congressman Walden has been a longtime advocate for the home health and hospice community by leading legislation to protect vulnerable patients, providers and taxpayers. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
November 30, 2016
Much attention has been focused on what will happen in the nationís capital after Donald Trump is sworn in as President in January, but Congress currently is in session and still could act on an important piece of home health legislation. With this in mind, a coalition of home health providers is ratcheting up its efforts with legislators in Washington, D.C. Read more >>
November 30, 2016
Washington, DC - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare ó a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today urged Congress to pass the Pre-Claim Undermines Seniorsí Health (PUSH) Act of 2016 to provide more time for implementing a Medicare home health pre-claim review policy to ensure Medicare and home health agencies are prepared to manage the process and maintain continuity of care for home health beneficiaries. Read more >>
The Times-Call
October 21, 2016
The federal Medicare agency recently began imposing a demonstration that requires third party contractors to approve physician-prescribed home healthcare for beneficiaries before Medicare will pay for the service. Home health leaders, physicians and patients have expressed concern that this policy could result in dangerous delays and denials for clinically necessary care, particularly for patients recently discharged from the hospital who are particularly vulnerable. Read more >>
Business Journal of Western Massachusetts
October 18, 2016
Across Massachusetts, more than 110,000 senior citizens and individuals with disabilities receive healthcare services in their homes from skilled home-healthcare providers. These services help individuals recover from surgery, recuperate following a hospitalization, or manage a chronic health condition that needs frequent monitoring. Thanks to the Medicare home-health benefit, these patients receive timely, safe, and effective healthcare when they need it most and in the location they prefer ó their own homes. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
September 29, 2016
Reps. Tom Price (R-GA) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) are urging colleagues to support legislation that would delay the home health pre-claim review demonstration for a year. CMS earlier this month paused expansion of the demonstration beyond Illinois, saying ďadditional education efforts will be helpful before expansion of the demonstration to other states.Ē Read more >>
September 29, 2016
WASHINGTON Ė The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare ó a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors ó today commended Congressmen Tom Price, MD (R-GA) and Jim McGovern (D-MA), as well as original cosponsors Reps. Kenny Marchant (R-TX), Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Buddy Carter (R-GA), for introducing the Pre-Claim Undermines Seniorsí Health (PUSH) Act of 2016. The legislation delays the Medicare demonstration for pre-claim review of home health services for one year to allow Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and home health stakeholders to work together to strengthen the program and improve education and training to ensure patient care is not delayed or that individual beneficiaries are not unjustly denied coverage. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
September 28, 2016
A bill introduced in Congress this week would put a pause on the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with a one-year moratorium on the program. Read more >>
September 14, 2016
Washington, D.C. ó The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare ó a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors ó has applauded U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) for sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servicesí (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt this month, expressing concern with CMSí pre-claim review demonstration (PCRD) for home health services and urging CMS to delay the expansion of PCRD into Florida, which could take effect as early as October 1. Read more >>
The State Journal-Register
September 11, 2016
Deciding what's best for a patient's health is most often, and most appropriately, addressed within the trusted relationship between a doctor and patient. But for nearly 200,000 seniors across Illinois, as of Aug. 3, important choices now require another decision maker: The U.S. government. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
August 3, 2016
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare is asking CMS to pause its home health pre-claim review demonstration program, which started in August in Illinois, and work with stakeholders on new ways to reduce improper home health pay through targeted reviews and refined eligibility determination documentation. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
August 2, 2016
Home health leaders continue to urge the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to hit pause on the Medicare pre-claim review demonstration, which became active and applicable to all home health agencies in the state of Illinois on Monday. Read more >>
August 2, 2016
Washington, D.C. ó The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare ó a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors ó expressed disappointment that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proceeding with the implementation of pre-claim review demonstration applicable to all home health agencies in the state of Illinois on August 1. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
June 8, 2016
Despite pushback from the home health industry and lawmakers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Wednesday it intends to move forward with a preauthorization requirement. Read more >>
Bloomberg BNA
June 8, 2016
The Medicare program is moving ahead in five states with pre-claims reviews to deter home health services fraud, according to a notice released June 8. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a three-year Medicare pre-claim review demonstration for home health services in Illinois, Florida, Texas, Michigan and Massachusetts. Read more >>
June 8, 2016
Washington, DC - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today expressed disappointment with the revised home health prior authorization demonstration released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Now called a ďPre-Claim ReviewĒ demonstration affecting seniors in five states over three years, the demonstration will impose still further documentation requirements on already burdened high quality home health agencies that could result in poor care transitions and still further confusion for seniors seeking care at home. Read more >>
June 6, 2016
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today announced Colin Roskey has been named Executive Vice President. In his new role, Roskey will oversee the organizational operations and advocacy programs for the Partnership. Read more >>
Times-News
June 5, 2016
Medicareís home health benefit is widely regarded as a clinically appropriate and cost effective health care setting preferred by American seniors. As seniors manage chronic conditions and myriad health challenges that arise while aging, Medicareís home health benefit offers seniors access to care that keeps patients at home ó and out of the hospital. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
May 30, 2016
Mounting backlash against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servicesí (CMS) proposed home health preauthorization rule is coming from a fresh sourceólawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Read more >>
Fierce Healthcare Finance
May 29, 2016
More than 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have lobbied the Department of Health and Human Services to withdraw its plans for a demonstration project that would require prior authorization for home healthcare services. Read more >>
RevCycle Intelligence
May 27, 2016
A CMS proposal to require a prior authorization screening for every home health service would be an administrative nightmare and may produce barriers to care for needy patients, a group of 116 lawmakers said in a letter to CMS this week. Read more >>
Morning Consult
May 27, 2016
Over 100 House members are urging the Obama administration to withdraw a demonstration program that would require prior authorization before processing claims for home healthcare in an effort to prevent fraud. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
May 26, 2016
A bipartisan group of 116 House lawmakers is asking CMS to scrap the idea of launching a home health prior authorization initiative after the agency signaled interest in such a demonstration earlier this year. Echoing the concerns of home health agencies and some beneficiary advocates, the lawmakers say the demonstration as laid out in a Paperwork Reduction Act notice is too broad and would impede beneficiaries' access to care. Read more >>
Chicago Sun-Times
May 26, 2016
Medicareís home health benefit is widely regarded as a clinically appropriate and cost-effective health care setting preferred by American seniors. Read more >>
May 26, 2016
Washington, DC - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė commended a bipartisan group of 116 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Congressmen Tom Price (R-GA) and Jim McGovern (D-MA), for sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Servicesí (HHS) Secretary Burwell and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servicesí (CMS) Acting Administrator Slavitt urging withdrawal of the proposed demonstration for prior authorization of Medicare home health services. Read more >>
Tallahassee Democrat
May 25, 2016
On behalf of Medicare beneficiaries who depend on home health services, I commend Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio for speaking out against a harmful Medicare proposal, which would require prior authorization of clinically advanced, patient preferred home health care services. Read more >>
Sun Herald
May 24, 2016
Medicare's home health-care benefit is widely regarded as a clinically appropriate and cost-effective health-care setting preferred by American seniors. Read more >>
The Advertiser
May 20, 2016
Medicare's home health benefit is widely regarded as a clinically appropriate and cost effective health care setting preferred by American seniors. As seniors manage chronic conditions and myriad health challenges that arise while aging, Medicare's home health benefit offers seniors access to care that keeps patients at home ó and out of the hospital. Read more >>
The State Journal-Register
May 16, 2016
On behalf of Medicare beneficiaries who depend on home health care, I would like to thank Senators Richard Durbin and Mark Kirk for speaking out against a Medicare demonstration that would require prior authorization of clinically advanced, patient preferred home health services. Read more >>
Morning Consult
May 11, 2016
You have probably heard the joke about the guy who walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a drink. Well, here is one that you probably have not heard: A mother walks into a grocery story to buy food for her family for the week. She selects everything she will need to feed her husband and children for seven days. She pays the cashier by credit card and signs the charge slip. What happens next? She should go home to unload her grocery bags into her refrigerator and pantry and then prepare dinner for her family. Read more >>
The Hill Congress Blog
April 25, 2016
During a recent doctorís visit, I saw a coffee mug emblazoned with a funny saying that has stuck with me. ďPlease donít confuse your Google search with my medical degree,Ē it read. I chuckled, since certainly there are a fair share of patients these days who use online information to challenge the knowledge, years of experience and judgement of their physicians. Read more >>
April 25, 2016
Washington, DC - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė thanked a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate including Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) for sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) warning that the agencyís prior authorization demonstration for Medicare home health fails to adequately target bad actors and may restrict patient access to timely home health services. Read more >>
April 8, 2016
Washington, DC - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė recently expressed deep concern regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servicesí (CMS) proposal to require the prior authorization of Medicare home health services. If enacted as proposed, the proposal stands to delay access to services while also increasing costs to the Medicare program and taxpayers, and place burdensome requirements on providers. Read more >>
Morning Consult
March 23, 2016
Medicare is on a roll. Thanks to forward-thinking action by lawmakers and regulators alike, this 50-year-old program is being reshaped in exciting ways. Value Ė defined as above-average outcomes delivered at below-average cost Ė is the new mantra in Washington, D.C., and the results for Medicare are already being seen. Read more >>
February 10, 2016
Washington, DC Ė Leaders in the home health community expressed disappointment in response to President Obamaís Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal released today, which calls for the re-imposition of a copayment on Medicare home health beneficiaries and additional cuts to the home health benefit. Data show that reinstituting beneficiary cost sharing policies would jeopardize seniorsí access to quality skilled home healthcare. Read more >>
January 22, 2016
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended a new study by UCLA researchers published in the February issue of the peer-reviewed journal Medical Care. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
January 20, 2016
Referring patients to home health care could yield better results than inpatient care, according to a study recently published in the journal Medical Care. The study is part of an ongoing effort to reduce costs across the health care system, and the latest findings spell good news for the home health industry. Read more >>
Morning Consult
December 7, 2015
While we may not always see large numbers of senior citizens at Presidential candidate rallies, that doesnít mean that campaigns shouldnít pay very close attention to these important voters. Unfortunately, it seems that may be the case this election cycle and seniors are taking note. A recent poll of American registered voters age 65 and older found that nearly seven in 10 seniors (69 percent) do not think the 2016 Presidential candidates are paying enough attention to issues most important to seniors, including Medicare. Read more >>
News Medical
October 31, 2015
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today warned that additional across-the-board cuts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made in the Final Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) Rule for calendar year 2016 could threaten access to patient preferred, cost effective and clinically advanced care for America's home health patients, whom data show are already at significant risk. The Final HHPPS Rule includes an additional overall 1.4 percent cut to Medicare's home health benefit. Read more >>
October 30, 2015
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today warned that additional across-the-board cuts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made in the Final Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) Rule for calendar year 2016 could threaten access to patient preferred, cost effective and clinically advanced care for Americaís home health patients, whom data show are already at significant risk. The Final HHPPS Rule includes an additional overall 1.4 percent cut to Medicareís home health benefit. Read more >>
Morning Consult
October 28, 2015
Programs designed to help safeguard and improve the health of our nationís seniors should not cause increased stress or unnecessary burdens. Unfortunately, that is exactly whatís happening for the healthcare professionals who have dedicated their professional lives to caring for Medicareís elderly and disabled home health patients. Read more >>
The Hill Congress Blog
October 2, 2015
As millions of skilled caregivers across the country work diligently to keep our nationís homebound seniors healthy and aging safely and comfortably in their homes, some policymakers in D.C. are simultaneously making policy decisions that seriously undermine their progress. Read more >>
October 1, 2015
WASHINGTON Ė The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today joined other home healthcare advocates in thanking the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health for hosting a Congressional hearing to examine potential ways to improve the Medicare program, including legislation that would streamline current ďface-to-faceĒ documentation requirements in order to secure patient access to clinically advanced, cost effective, and patient preferred Medicare home healthcare services. Read more >>
September 28, 2015
Washington, DC - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today applauded Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for their leadership in sending a letter to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing deep concern over possible funding cuts to the Medicare home health benefit- a vital healthcare service providing care to 3.5 million vulnerable seniors across the nation. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
September 23, 2015
A bipartisan group of 133 House lawmakers sent a letter to CMS urging against Medicare pay cuts for home health services. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) spearheaded the letter and has been gathering support since the August recess. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
September 23, 2015
More than 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives took issue with several key aspects of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servicesí (CMS) proposed rule in a Sept. 18 letter to Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the CMS. Read more >>
Politico Pulse
September 23, 2015
A whopping 133 lawmakers are freaking out about CMS's proposed value-based payment system for home health agencies, saying the agency is pushing for "too much too fast" in the mandatory alternative payment model for these services. It's set to take effect in January in Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee and Washington. Read more >>
September 21, 2015
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today applauded 133 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives for expressing their deep concern with proposed Medicare home health funding cuts in a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt. Read more >>
Morning Consult
September 8, 2015
A cut in the Home Health Prospective Payment System proposed rule for 2016 threatens to once again reduce Medicare funding for the vital home healthcare services upon which 3.5 million homebound seniors depend. As a result, lawmakers are taking action that, if successful, will secure a key component of the Medicare program. Read more >>
September 3, 2015
WASHINGTON Ė The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) for introducing the Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 1650), which will help to better ensure elderly homebound patients have access to clinically-necessary home healthcare services. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
August 27, 2015
About two dozen lawmakers have signed a letter urging CMS to drop two proposals that would cut pay for home health services, according to a spokesperson for Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR). The lawmakers are targeting case mix cuts and the mandatory value-based payment program. Read more >>
July 29, 2015
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare ó a coalition of home health providers dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors ó today commended the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for further extending safeguards designed to protect Medicare beneficiaries, prevent fraudulent behavior and save taxpayer dollars. Read more >>
Morning Consult
July 27, 2015
Good health policy, in many ways, mirrors good healthcare. Resolving complex medical issues means treating the entire patient. True success therefore requires resolving the immediate threat even as a more holistic approach is taken so that the patient can heal and thrive. Read more >>
Central Oregonian
July 14, 2015
People who rely on healthcare delivered in their home may soon find it difficult to get, particularly in the most rural parts of Central Oregon. Read more >>
June 23, 2015
Washington, DC- The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today urged lawmakers in Congress to advance the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S.578), a bill to end the prohibition on allowing nurse practitioners to certify patient eligibility for Medicare home health services. Home health leaders applauded the measure because it will promote timely access to home health services, while also reducing barriers to care for Medicare beneficiaries. Read more >>
June 22, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released results on the performance of the Independence at Home Demonstration project - a program that provides chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries with primary care services in their homes. In its first year, Independence at Home saved the Medicare program more than $25 million and provided higher quality care to homebound patients. Read more >>
Healthcare Finance News
June 19, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will award $11.7 million in incentive payments to nine participating practices that succeeded in reducing Medicare expenditures and met designated goals for the first year of Independence at Home. Read more >>
June 16, 2015
Washington, DC- The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended bipartisan lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives for issuing a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) urging them to study the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servicesí (CMS) Fraud Prevention System (FPS), a program implemented to identify potential sources for Medicare fraud and abuse. Read more >>
Morning Consult
June 1, 2015
Itís a common occurrence: faced with pressing needs and limited resources, Congress and the Obama Administration cut Medicare funding. And, just as frequently, the targeting of those cuts is based on margins that impacted providers are perceived as enjoying. Read more >>
CQ Healthbeat
May 29, 2015
Rep. David McKinley is pressing for an overhaul of how Medicare pays for treatments of people who are recovering from serious injuries and illness, seeking to bring a new level of coordination to the care that patients receive after a hospital stay. Read more >>
Healthcare Finance News
May 22, 2015
Deep reimbursement cuts have many home healthcare providers, already operating on low margins, on the verge of closing, according to a new study by healthcare advisor Avalere Health. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
May 21, 2015
Profit margins for U.S. home health agencies have been in free-fall over the past four years, compromising large, publicly traded companies and putting smaller providers in even more serious jeopardy. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
May 21, 2015
Profit margins for large, for-profit home health care providers are falling fast, according to a report Avalere Health provided to the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, which says if large, well-funded companies are operating on thin margins, many small home health providers must be on the verge of shutting their doors. Small providers typically serve beneficiaries in rural areas, and Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), whose district is sparsely populated, hopes to reintroduce this year a bill to replace Medicare upcoming pay cuts with a system that cuts pay for high hospital readmissions, according to Walden's spokesperson. Read more >>
May 21, 2015
Reflecting the impact of deep reimbursement cuts that have been implemented in recent years, a new study by Avalere Health finds that even the largest home healthcare providers are facing very low overall margins. The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today released the Avalere Health analysis, which finds that overall margins for publicly traded home health companies averaged just 2.4 percent in 2014. The analysis further finds that these providersí overall margins have fallen by two-thirds since 2010, from 7.1 percent in that year to 2.4 percent in 2014. Read more >>
Bloomberg BNA
May 19, 2015
The lawmaker behind legislation that would bundle Medicare payments for post-acute care (PAC) services is calling on stakeholders to support the bill. Read more >>
May 8, 2015
Following a recent New York Times article, ďWith Sickest Patients, Cost Sharing Comes at a Price,Ē home health leaders with the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare underscored the need to protect vulnerable American seniors from the negative effects of cost sharing, which data show results in increased hospitalizations, especially among the chronically ill. Read more >>
Morning Consult
April 27, 2015
The recently-enacted Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) has been hailed by the medical community, patient advocates and the general public Ė and for good reason. It is evidence that, notwithstanding many observersí hand-wringing about ďgridlock,Ē Congress can and does engage in substantive, bipartisan work. Read more >>
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
April 24, 2015
As executive director of the West Virginia Council of Home Care Agencies, representing 45 home health agencies across the state, I can firmly state that home is where aging seniors would like to remain - no matter the circumstances. Read more >>
April 23, 2015
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Michael Bennett (D-CO), Richard Burr (R-NC), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) for their bipartisan leadership in passing the Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 971), extending the delivery of care to chronically ill seniors in their homes. Read more >>
April 16, 2015
WASHINGTON - Representing the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, Steven Landers, MD, MPH, today testified before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee at a hearing, Medicare Post Acute Care Delivery and Options to Improve It, urging lawmakers to advance reforms to replace Medicareís fragmented and confusing post-acute care (PAC) system with policies that encourage increased care coordination, secure patient choice and reduce healthcare spending. Read more >>
April 15, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today commended Congressional leaders for passing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, legislation to replace Medicareís Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) payment formula. Home health leaders support policies that advance value-based payment reforms, moving away from the traditional fee-for-service model. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
March 27, 2015
A home health group is pushing the latest version of a bill that would bundle post-acute care payments and allow providers to split savings from coordinated care, though other post-acute care provider groups have raised concerns. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
March 23, 2015
Home health leaders are voicing support for the recent introduction of bipartisan Medicare reform legislation that could put home health providers more in the driversí seat for coordinating post-acute care yet also increase the financial risks associated with hospital readmissions. Read more >>
Congressman David McKinley
March 19, 2015
Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) introduced legislation today with Reps. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Tom Price (R-GA), Chairman of the Budget Committee and a doctor, to modernize Medicare, improve care for seniors, and create significant savings. Read more >>
March 19, 2015
Washington, DC Ė Home health community leaders today praised the introduction of the bipartisan Bundling and Coordinating Post-Acute Care (BACPAC) Act (HR 1458) by Congressmen David McKinley (R-WV), Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and Tom Price (R-GA). The BACPAC Act is a comprehensive proposal that supports the coordinated delivery of clinically advanced care in cost-effective settings for the nationís rapidly growing Medicare patient population. Read more >>
The Hill
March 6, 2015
The Medicare program is at a crucial juncture: it is responsible for 25 percent of all federal outstanding debt this century, and the total continues to grow. Every day, 10,000 newly eligible seniors enter a Medicare health insurance program whose budget needs are already escalating out of control. This path is simply unsustainable. Read more >>
Morning Consult
March 2, 2015
Everyday, thousands of baby boomers enter the Medicare program, continuing a demographic trend that has long been anticipated and is now upon us. While we hope that these individuals can remain healthy and vital, the reality is that a significant portion will, for any number of reasons, require some form of post-acute care (PAC) following an injury, illness or hospitalization. Physicians, nurses, therapists and other caregivers are working diligently to meet the needs of this group, but can Medicare keep up? Read more >>
Roll Call
February 10, 2015
The entry of a new Congress last month signals a renewed opportunity for strengthening Americaís Medicare program to ensure we are prepared to meet the health needs of an increasingly larger patient population with increasingly complicated and chronic care needs. A health care setting that is essential to meeting this growing need ó yet is often misunderstood and overlooked ó is the home. For decades, home health care has served as an important part of the Medicare program, enabling seniors to receive high quality, coordinated health care in the lowest cost setting available. Read more >>
Long-Term Living
February 3, 2015
The 2016 federal budget announced by President Barack Obama on Monday is a mixed bag for senior housing and services providers, according to several organizations representing them. Read more >>
February 3, 2015
Leaders in the home health community raised concerns today in response to President Obamaís Fiscal Year 2016 budget that calls for the re-imposition of a copayment on Medicare home health beneficiaries. They warned that reinstituting beneficiary cost sharing policies on a Medicare population that is documented as Medicareís oldest, poorest and sickest patient population has the potential to jeopardize seniorsí access to quality skilled home healthcare. Read more >>
January 30, 2015
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today announced that Mara Benner Ė former Vice President of Government Relations at Gentiva Health Services Ė will be joining the organizationís advocacy team, which is dedicated to developing and advancing innovative reforms to improve the quality, efficiency and integrity of home healthcare. Read more >>
January 26, 2015
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today announced that AccentCare has joined the coalition of home healthcare leaders, which represents more than 2,000 home health agencies nationwide. A recognized leader in home healthcare, AccentCare has 110 locations across the country and employs more than 15,000 highly trained clinicians and dedicated professionals to meet a wide range of needs for patients in the comfort, dignity and safety of their own homes. Read more >>
Long-Term Living
January 6, 2015
A rebasing impact report [PDF] issued by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) contains data and methodologic flaws, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH) maintains. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) required the report to be issued by Jan. 1. Lacking sufficient claims data from calendar year 2014, MedPAC used Medicare data from 2001 to 2012 to build its projectionsóone of many issues ciited by PQHH. Yet in their report, the MedPAC commissioners said that findings were ďconsistent with our prior workĒ and stated: ďExperience suggests that the small [ACA] rebasing reductions will not change average episode payments significantly. Home health agency margins are likely to remain high under the current rebasing policy, and quality of care and beneficiary access to care are unlikely to be negatively affected.Ē Read more >>
December 22, 2014
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare expressed concern today that a rebasing impact report issued by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) suffers from data and methodological flaws, which appear to be due to the limited time given to MedPAC by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to complete this ACA-mandated report. As stated by MedPAC in its Executive Summary, ďThis mandated report is due before claims or quality data will be available to allow us to directly assess the impact of rebasing.Ē The MedPAC report further states, ďEmpirical data on the effects of the payment rebasing called for by PPACA do not yet exist, and the Commission will continue to review access to care and quality as data for additional years become available.Ē Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
December 19, 2014
The home health industry said it's too soon for Medicare payment advisers to determine whether home health pay cuts impede seniors from getting good care, even though the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission must report to Congress by year's end on the impact of rebasing on beneficiary access and quality of care. MedPAC Chair Glenn Hackbarth said Thursday (Dec. 18) that commissioners already sent the report to Congress and a commission spokesperson said the report will be public next week. Read more >>
December 19, 2014
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a leading coalition of skilled home healthcare providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home health for our nation's seniors Ė today thanked Representatives Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Luke Messer (R-IN) for signing on to support the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act. Read more >>
December 15, 2014
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a leading coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended Congress for passing a budget package that calls for further analysis of face-to-face regulations and broad funding cuts to the Medicare home health benefit. Read more >>
The Hill Congress Blog
December 5, 2014
Elections have consequences, as President Obama famously said, and the mid-term election will certainly impact an array of policy issues. In January the new Congress will begin to tackle a list of longstanding priorities, including some changes to ObamaCare. Read more >>
December 4, 2014
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a leading coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for taking action that strengthens Medicare rules to better protect patients and taxpayers from the isolated instances of aberrant behavior which plague the Medicare program. Read more >>
Morning Consult
December 1, 2014
Robbing Peter to pay Paul never seems to work out over the long-term to anyoneís benefit. Based on recent indicators, the same may be true for senior citizens and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledged last week that 6.7 million Americans have enrolled in healthcare plans as of last month Ė an outcome more than 15 percent below the 8 million enrollees predicted by the Administration just six months ago. Just as troubling, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 2015 enrollments will fall short by a startling 30 percent: in place of the 13 million enrollees originally expected in the health insurance marketplaces, CBO projects weíll instead see just 9 million Americans. Read more >>
November 26, 2014
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare - a leading coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today said that a new study by the Commonwealth Fund concluding that many U.S. adults over age 65 struggle with access, coordination and patient-centered care underscores the need to prevent the imposition of a Medicare home health benefit copayment. Read more >>
October 30, 2014
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a leading coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for their Caregiver Support Program, which engages Caregiver Support Coordinators to assist family caregivers of veterans and provides services to aid in caring for their loved ones. Read more >>
The Hill Congress Blog
October 29, 2014
Every day, about one in every 25 Americans Ė an estimated 12 million in all Ė receive healthcare in a place where it was once only rarely available: at home. Clinical services brought to your front door are increasingly in demand and, as our population ages, will be required in the decades ahead vastly more than ever before. Read more >>
Morning Consult
October 27, 2014
Turn on any news program today and youíll hear pundits on both the right and the left emphasizing the importance of capturing the votes of Americaís ďemerging electorateĒ Ė key voting groups that are becoming increasingly active in our nationís elections. These groups of new voters include minorities, millennials (Americans aged 18-33) and women. Historically, these populations have had lower turn out numbers at exit polls, but today they are organizing and playing a larger role in American politics. Read more >>
October 21, 2014
Washington, DC Ė The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a leading coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today called for greater support for fraud prevention programs within the Medicare program in response to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released Monday, which estimates federal spending for the programsí benefits would be reduced by legislation that would provide either additional funding or new authority to reduce fraud. Read more >>
The Virginia Pilot
September 28, 2014
Health care in the United States saves lives, but it's also a critical part of our nation's economy - driving job creation after the worst economic downturn in a generation. As our nation's senior population grows dramatically, with an estimated 10,000 Americans turning 65 daily, the need for health care professionals to treat an increasingly elderly population is immense. Read more >>
Parkersburg News & Sentinel
September 25, 2014
U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., rallied support Wednesday for legislation designed to prevent cuts to Medicare benefits for home health care. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
September 24, 2014
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, a coalition of home health care providers, has issued further emphasis on supporting legislation that would halt the ďarbitraryĒ 14% cut to the Medicare home health benefit beginning Jan. 1. Read more >>
September 19, 2014
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare- a leading coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors- today applauded Congress for its unanimous passage of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 (HR 4994). Read more >>
September 19, 2014
WASHINGTON Ė The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a leading coalition of skilled home healthcare providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home health for our nation's senior Ė today declared that increased support for the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act underscores the importance of advancing legislation to repeal the 14 percent, four-year ďrebasingĒ cut to the Medicare home health benefit implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on January 1. Read more >>
The Hill Congress Blog
September 15, 2014
Who in Washington really cares about women, especially the oldest, poorest, and sickest women in America, those so sick they canít even leave their homes? Read more >>
Roll Call
September 10, 2014
When Obamacare was sold to the American people, it was sold under the guise it would improve our access to and quality of health care. It was relayed to us that this law would bring about fairness and equality to women. But the reality is that this law has failed us ó and it has failed women in particular. So when Obamacare called for a whopping 14 percent cut to Medicareís home health funding, it became clear that little regard was given to potential consequences. The Obama administration overlooked the devastating repercussions this would have on our nationís 3.5 million home health beneficiaries ó 60 percent of whom are women. Read more >>
September 3, 2014
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare expressed disappointment in the Medicare Payment Advisory Commissionís (MedPAC) letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which called for further funding cuts to Medicareís home healthcare benefit as well as the retention of the operationally burdensome face-to-face narrative requirement which CMS proposes to eliminate. Read more >>
August 28, 2014
A new study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society found that house calls to elderly patients with chronic conditions keep healthcare costs down by reducing the need for expensive emergency room visits. The patients who utilize this care are some of Medicareís most costly patients with multiple chronic conditions and difficulty managing medication and understanding when preventative care is needed. Read more >>
August 18, 2014
WASHINGTON - A new national survey finds registered voters overwhelming support Congressional action to stop cuts to the Medicare home health benefit, which are estimated to directly affect more than one million seniors and nearly half a million home health professionals. The poll also found that a majority of Americans are more likely to support a lawmaker who takes action to prevent recent Medicare home health cuts. Read more >>
Roll Call
August 12, 2014
The Affordable Care Act was sold to the American public with the promise of improved access to health care for all who previously could not afford it. In a September 2013 speech on the ACA, President Barack Obama recalled examples of Americans he had met during his campaign who, because of financial obstacles, had to unfairly choose between their home and their health care. Read more >>
August 11, 2014
WASHINGTON Ė National home health leaders are reinvigorating the Bring the Vote Home initiative, a program which aims to engage the nationís 3.5 million Medicare home health beneficiaries and their caregiving teams in the electoral process by assisting patients in the voter and absentee ballot registration process. Home health patients are primarily senior and disabled Americans who are unable to travel to polling places due to their homebound status. Read more >>
August 8, 2014
Washington, DC Ė The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a leading coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Kevin Brady (TX- 8) for drafting legislation to support greater fraud prevention programs within the Medicare program. Read more >>
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 7, 2014
Make a visit to almost any U.S. hospital today, and youíll likely find a similar scenario: nursing units with an abundance of aging patients not necessarily sick enough to remain hospitalized, but not quite well enough to go home. Read more >>
Herald Zeitung
August 6, 2014
Medicare cuts in Washington arenít just policies on paper, they affect real people and have potentially serious consequences. This is certainly the case with home healthcare today with seniors and healthcare professionals bearing the brunt of a drastic cut to the Medicare home health benefit. Read more >>
News Medical
August 6, 2014
MedStar Washington Hospital Center geriatricians found that when medical care for frail elders with advanced illness shifts to the home, total Medicare costs were reduced by 17 percent during a two-year period. A new study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) underscores the value of home-based primary care for America's aging seniors. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
August 5, 2014
Home-based primary care (HBPC) reduces Medicare costs for ill seniors, a new report finds. A HBPC model led to 17% lower total Medicare costs over two years based on the studyís elderly participants, according to the report ďEffects of Home- Based Primary Care on Medicare Costs in High-Risk Elders,Ē published in the The Journal of American Geriatrics Society (JAGS). Read more >>
Wheeling News-Register
August 3, 2014
Medicare cuts in Washington aren't just policies on paper. They affect real people and have potentially serious consequences. This is the case in West Virginia and throughout the nation, where seniors and healthcare professionals are bearing the brunt of a drastic cut to the Medicare home health benefit. Read more >>
July 31, 2014
Washington, DC - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare ó a coalition of home health providers dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors ó today commended the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for further extending safeguards designed to protect Medicare beneficiaries, prevent fraudulent behavior and save taxpayer dollars. Read more >>
July 29, 2014
WASHINGTON Ė A new report published in The Journal of American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) underscores the value of home healthcare for Americaís aging seniors and the Medicare program, said home health leaders from the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. The JAGS report seeks to determine the effects of home-based primary care (HBPC) on Medicare spending and the health and mortality of older and disabled seniors living with multiple chronic conditions. Read more >>
July 25, 2014
Home health leaders today said that growing support for the Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act Ė introduced last week by Representatives Greg Walden (OR-2) and Tom Price (GA-6) Ė underscores the importance of legislation to repeal the 14 percent, four-year rebasing cuts instituted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on January 1. Read more >>
Bend Bulletin
July 23, 2014
As Americans grow older, financial pressure on the federal Medicare system also grows. The older we get, the more likely we are to be hospitalized, and recovery at home is less expensive than recovery in a hospital or other care facility. Read more >>
July 21, 2014
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of the nationís leading innovators of home healthcare dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare Ė today applauded the introduction of Medicare reform legislation that would replace deep funding cuts with targeted reforms to safeguard Michiganís home health patients and providers while improving the quality of home health services. Read more >>
The Bend Bulletin
July 16, 2014
Rep. Greg Walden unveiled legislation Tuesday designed to lessen the impact of cuts to Medicare payments made to home health care providers by the Obama administration. Read more >>
My Central Oregon
July 16, 2014
Representative Greg Walden introduced legislation Tuesday he said will protect access to home health care services for seniors in Oregon and nationwide. Walden said the ďSecuring Access Via Excellence for (SAVE) Medicare Home Health ActĒ will stop the Obama Administrationís proposed 14% payment cut to home health care providers. Instead, he said it will put into place smart reforms that reward home health agencies that provide high value care to their patients while reducing payments to agencies that donít meet certain performance and quality standards. Read more >>
The Daily Signal
July 16, 2014
House Republicans propose to roll back major cuts in Medicare home health services, saying they want to help senior citizens and other Americans who face decreases in both care and jobs. Read more >>
Politico Pulse
July 16, 2014
Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Tom Price (R-Ga.) have introduced a bill that would repeal payment cuts to Medicare home health providers. The Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act instead would create savings through incentives for keeping patients at home rather than readmitting them to the hospital. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
July 15, 2014
Legislative efforts to reform payment cuts to the home health industry continue to gain support on Capitol Hill with Tuesdayís introduction of a new bill that aims to reform recent rebasing rules laid forth by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Read more >>
Statesman Journal
July 15, 2014
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, introduced a bill Tuesday that he said would stop the cuts the Obama Administration has made to the Medicare home health care benefits while finding savings through other reforms. Read more >>
July 15, 2014
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a leading coalition of skilled home healthcare providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home health for our nation's seniors Ė today applauded the introduction of new Medicare legislation that would replace across-the-board rebasing cuts with targeted reform that improves the quality of home healthcare services. Read more >>
June 25, 2014
Washington, DC Ė The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a leading coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė commended the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations for drawing increased attention to the need for greater fraud prevention programs within the Medicare program. Read more >>
The Messenger
May 27, 2014
To the editor: Thank you to Congressman Tom Latham for supporting home health care for Iowa's senior and disabled populations and for raising awareness about the negative consequences of recent Medicare home health cuts among his colleagues in the House of Representatives. Read more >>
The Des Moines Register
May 26, 2014
I commend Congressman Tom Latham for raising awareness about the value of skilled home health care for America's growing senior population and calling attention among his colleagues in Congress to the negative consequences of recent Medicare home health cuts. Read more >>
McKnight's
May 23, 2014
Federal lawmakers have drafted a bill to implement bundled, site-neutral payments for post-acute services, which they say would save the Medicare program up to $100 billion over a decade. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
May 23, 2014
Home health industry groups commended recently introduced legislation from two House Representatives that will establish a bundled payment system for post-acute care services covered by Medicare. Representatives Dave McKinley (R-WV) and Tom Price (R-GA) introduced the Bundling and Coordinating Post-Acute Careóor BACPACóAct of 2014 (HR 4673) to support the delivery of clinically advanced care in the most cost-effective setting for the nationís expanding Medicare population. Read more >>
May 21, 2014
Washington, DC Ė Leaders in the home health community today lauded the introduction of the Bundling and Coordinating Post-Acute Care (BACPAC) Act of 2014 (HR 4673) to establish bundled payments for post-acute care services covered by Medicare. Representatives David McKinley (WV-1) and Tom Price (GA-6) introduced the bill to support the delivery of clinically advanced care in the most cost-effective setting for the nationís expanding Medicare patient population. Read more >>
May 14, 2014
Washington, DC- The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a leading coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended Congressman Tom Latham (IA-3) for raising awareness about the value of skilled home health in caring for Americaís growing senior population, and the negative consequences of recent Medicare home health cuts that jeopardize the availability of cost-effective, patient preferred care for millions of seniors and threaten thousands of healthcare jobs. Read more >>
April 7, 2014
According to the March jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs in the home health sector continue to be impacted by recently-imposed Medicare home health cuts. Since implementation of the cuts began on January 1, the nationís home health community has witnessed a significant decline in job growth. With women occupying the vast majority of home health positions, this impact is exacerbating the employment challenges that women face. According to BLS, the number of unemployed women reached 4.85 million in March. Read more >>
High Point Enterprise
April 2, 2014
Seniors across North Carolina rely on the Medicare home health benefit to receive clinically advanced, cost effective and patient preferred care at home. Read more >>
The Daily Reflector
March 29, 2014
Seniors across North Carolina rely on the Medicare home health benefit to receive clinically advanced, cost effective and patient preferred care at home. Read more >>
The Hill Congress Blog
March 27, 2014
Federal policymaking has a rich history of bad ideas, so there is a comparably deep well of techniques to spin themóas ďtough decisions,Ē parts of a long-term plan for success, and even Ė counting on denial to trump reality Ė simply the best and smartest course of action. But really bad ideas, and policies, are in the end simply hard to disguise. Read more >>
March 26, 2014
WASHINGTON Ė Home health leaders today expressed deep gratitude to Congressional leaders who are considering a home health rebasing relief and reassessment provision for potential inclusion in the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) legislative package. Read more >>
State Record & Landmark
March 22, 2014
Seniors across North Carolina rely on the Medicare home health benefit to receive clinically advanced, cost effective and patient preferred care at home. Read more >>
March 20, 2014
Washington, DC Ė Home health leaders today expressed disappointment with the Medicare Payment Advisory Commissionís (MedPAC) March 2014 Report to Congress, which calls for further reductions to Medicare home health funding. The home health community has pointed to key methodological issues that warrant close attention and expressed concern that further cuts to the Medicare home health benefit will place vulnerable seniors, women, and jobs at even greater risk than is already being experienced due to deep cuts now in effect. Read more >>
March 13, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a leading coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today thanked Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5) for calling attention to the ďdetrimentalĒ impact of the Affordable Care Actís (ACA) Medicare home health rebasing cut will have on our nationís most vulnerable seniors. Read more >>
March 12, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a leading coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today thanked Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR-2) for issuing a letter to his colleagues in the U.S. Congress calling attention to the ďdevastating effectĒ deep funding cuts to the Medicare home health benefit are having on the programís most vulnerable beneficiaries and on small businesses and jobs across America. Read more >>
March 7, 2014
WASHINGTON Ė The February jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today represents the single highest level of monthly job loss in the home health sector in more than a decade. According to the BLS report, 3,800 home health jobs were lost in February. Home health leaders warn that this decline is a direct result of the 14 percent Medicare cut the Obama Administration began implementing on January 1 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
March 5, 2014
The home health industry is potentially facing up to nearly $200 billion of reimbursement cuts in the next 10 years. President Obamaís 2015 budget proposal, released Tuesday, contains home health copayments for Medicare beneficiaries along with cuts to post-acute care provider reimbursements for the next decade. Read more >>
Bloomberg BNA
March 5, 2014
President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget request aims to achieve savings by aligning Medicare payments for the same sets of post-acute care services across different locations, as well as by reducing payment increases for certain post-acute care providers, but stakeholder groups say savings would come at the expense of patients. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
March 5, 2014
Home health stakeholders slammed President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget Tuesday (March 4) for reviving home health copays, as well as proposing a cut that stakeholders say would be layered on top of unprecedented home health cuts from the Affordable Care Act. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
March 4, 2014
New analyses on home health beneficiaries highlights suggests older women and minorities will be disproportionately impacted from cuts to Medicare reimbursements stemming from the Affordable Care Act. A majority of home health beneficiaries and caregivers are women, and Medicare home health beneficiaries are among the most vulnerable of all Medicare beneficiaries, finds analysis completed by Avalere Health and Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, released Monday by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. Read more >>
March 4, 2014
Washington, DC Ė Home healthcare community leaders today expressed deep concern in response to President Obamaís Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, which proposes to cut Medicare funding for home health services and re-impose a copayment on Medicare home health beneficiaries. Leaders warn that such policies will disproportionately impact women and the seniors who are documented as being older, poorer, sicker and more likely to be female and minorities than all other Medicare beneficiaries. Read more >>
March 4, 2014
Washington, DC Ė The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of leading home health providers dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended the House Energy and Commerceís Subcommittee on Health for exploring new approaches to reducing waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare system to better protect seniors and preserve funds for generations to come. Read more >>
March 3, 2014
New analyses completed by Avalere Health and Dobson DaVanzo & Associates released today by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare find that the majority of Medicare home health beneficiaries and caregivers, both skilled and informal, are women and that Medicare home health beneficiaries are among the most vulnerable of all Medicare beneficiaries. Read more >>
The Bend Bulletin
February 27, 2014
Advocates for the home health care industry say the 14 percent cut in Medicare payments it will see over the next four years is unprecedented and could result in a loss of services for thousands of homebound seniors and disabled individuals in Oregon. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
February 7, 2014
A bipartisan letter from several House Representatives is calling for the postponement and re-evaluation of a rebasing rule that will cut home health payments by 14% over the next three years. Read more >>
The News & Observer
February 5, 2014
Today in Raleigh, clinicians and families representing our stateís home health community will gather to call needed attention to a health care issue that is threatening access to care for our stateís elderly as well as valuable health care jobs. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
February 3, 2014
The home health sector lost more jobs in December than in any previous month over the past decade, according to the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, which blames the health law's 14 percent pay cut that phases in over the next four years. Read more >>
January 31, 2014
Washington, DC - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare ó a coalition of home health providers dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors ó today commended the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for extending safeguards designed to protect Medicare beneficiaries, prevent fraudulent behavior and save taxpayer dollars. Read more >>
Politico Pulse
January 27, 2014
HOME HEALTH LOSING JOBS ó December marked the sharpest loss of jobs from the home health sector in 10 years, and its lobbyists say thatís likely because of major cuts in Medicare payments that are hitting the industry. Read more >>
January 27, 2014
Washington, DC - The December jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reflects the largest recorded loss of jobs experienced by the nationís home health community in more than a decade. In total, 3,700 jobs were lost in December 2013, in apparent anticipation of the unprecedented 14 percent cut to the Medicare home health benefit, which went into effect on January 1. Read more >>
January 21, 2014
WASHINGTON Ė The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today thanked Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR-2) for calling attention to harmful cuts to the Medicare home health benefit, which threaten access to cost-effective, clinically-advanced and patient preferred care for Oregon seniors. Read more >>
Modern Healthcare
January 17, 2014
Home health advocates this week praised new bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate that aims to improve care coordination for chronically ill Medicare patients under a structure different from accountable care organizations. Read more >>
January 17, 2014
WASHINGTON Ė The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) for introducing the Better Care, Lower Cost Act of 2014 (S.1932/H.R.3890) to improve the management of care for Medicare beneficiaries living with chronic conditions. Read more >>
January 15, 2014
Washington, DC Ė The December Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) jobs report finds that 3,700 home health jobs were lost last month. Home health leaders warn that these cuts are the first in what is feared will be a wave of job loss resulting from severe Medicare home health cuts made in the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) Final Rule last November to help pay for Obamacare. In addition to reducing needed jobs for home health professionals, these severe cuts will directly impact millions of the homebound seniors and disabled Americans by limiting their access to the clinically advanced, cost effective home healthcare they need and prefer. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
January 8, 2014
Upcoming payment changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System under the Affordable Care Act have made the start to the new year unhappy, according to a home health alliance thatís urging the Obama Administration to prevent or reverse the planned cuts. Read more >>
January 6, 2014
Washington, DC Ė In response to the report released today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) claiming a reduction in health spending due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), national home health leaders warned that this claim is based in part on deep Medicare cuts that directly impact the nationís most vulnerable senior and disabled populations. These cuts, which went into effect on New Year's Day and will be imposed over the course of the next four years (2014-2017), threaten patient access to skilled home health services for millions of homebound seniors. Read more >>
December 31, 2013
Washington, DC Ė As families nationwide prepare for the New Year, home health leaders are strongly urging the Obama Administration to address unprecedented cuts to home healthcare, which were made in the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) Final Rule, released the Friday before Thanksgiving. Lawmakers, senior advocates and healthcare stakeholders alike have cautioned that these severe cuts will directly impact millions of homebound seniors and disabled Americans by limiting their access to the clinically advanced, cost effective home healthcare they need. Read more >>
December 18, 2013
Washington, DC- The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today thanked Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for her commitment to protecting patient access to clinically advanced, cost-effective and patient preferred home healthcare services. Read more >>
December 6, 2013
Washington, DC Ė According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) November jobs report released today, home healthcare generated 11,800 new jobs in November, representing nearly half (45%) of all ambulatory healthcare jobs added last month. The new job numbers again demonstrate the value of the Medicare home health sector as one of the nationís leading job creators. Read more >>
December 6, 2013
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended Maryland Governor Martin OíMalley for expressing concern to leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives about the unintended, overlooked and deeply negative consequences of re-imposing cost sharing for skilled home healthcare services needed by 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries. Read more >>
November 25, 2013
Washington, DC Ė Home health leaders warned that the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) Final Rule, released Friday by the Obama Administrationís Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will directly impact the homebound seniors and disabled Americans who are the Medicare programís most vulnerable beneficiaries and will limit their access to the clinically advanced, cost effective home health care they need. Read more >>
The Baton Rouge Advocate
November 17, 2013
Going home from the hospital is a great feeling, but it can be very stressful. New medications, limited mobility, wound care or other treatments are all in the hands of family, unless there is skilled home health care. Family members, aging Boomers, and U.S. economic recovery have one important thing in common: skilled home health improves their outlook. Read more >>
November 8, 2013
Washington, DC Ė According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) October jobs report released today, home healthcare generated 2,800 new jobs in October, representing more than one quarter of the 11,000 new ambulatory healthcare jobs added last month. The new job numbers reflect an ongoing trend of job creation in the home healthcare community, which has contributed more than 93,000 jobs to the U.S. economy since 2012. Read more >>
Roll Call
October 25, 2013
Health care in America is undergoing significant transformations. Changes in the delivery of health care and how Americans access care are front and center in todayís policy discussion. As colleagues in the U.S. House dedicated to protecting the health care needs of our senior and disabled constituents, we agree that access to clinically appropriate care in the most cost effective setting is of utmost importance in properly caring for our nationís growing Medicare population. Read more >>
San Antonio Express News
October 17, 2013
In Texas, 366,000 seniors and the disabled depend on the Medicare home health benefit. It allows them to receive the clinically effective and cost-efficient acute, chronic or rehabilitative care they need at home ó where they prefer it. Read more >>
The Times Picayune
October 7, 2013
Amid the political wrangling going on in Washing≠ton over how we fund the federal government, there are other policy proposals under consideration that receive less attention but still stand to deeply impact many Americans. The government agency that oversees Medicare has proposed across-the-board cuts to home health care payments, which are today confronting the 3.5 million seniors -- including 78,000 Louisiana patients -- who receive skilled home health care services each year. Read more >>
The Tribune Star
October 6, 2013
TERRE HAUTE ó Growing older is a fact of life that the baby boom generation is facing head on. As our population ages at a rapid rate and people are living longer lives, more attention is focused on long-term care. Home health care is an important part to that conversation. Quality, skilled home health care is widely recognized as clinically advanced, cost-effective and patient preferred. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
October 3, 2013
Former House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Billy Tauzin (R-LA) is warning Democrats that they could lose vulnerable seats, and possibly the Senate, if CMS follows through on a proposed pay cut for home health services because Republicans will portray it as an example of "Obamacare" taking their benefits. Industry convinced 142 House representatives from both parties to sign a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, senators are preparing a similar letter, and the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee had planned to discuss home health policy at a health care meeting on Oct. 2, but the meeting was canceled due to the government shutdown. Read more >>
Albuquerque Business First
September 27, 2013
More than three quarters of New Mexicoís home health care agencies would lose money by caring for Medicare patients under proposed Medicare cuts, according to a national home health care advocacy group. Read more >>
Politico Pulse
September 27, 2013
Advocates for home care and the elderly have amassed boatloads of congressional support for an effort to undo major Medicare home health cuts advanced this week by the Obama administration. Read more >>
Law 360
September 26, 2013
More than 140 lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Wednesday to take a closer look at the agency's proposed cuts to Medicare home health benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
September 26, 2013
Nearly 150 House Representatives have sent a letter to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing concern regarding proposed cuts to Medicare home health reimbursements and how they could affect patient access to skilled home health care. Read more >>
September 26, 2013
Washington, DC Ė The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today applauded 142 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives for expressing their deep concern with proposed Medicare home health funding cuts of 14 percent in a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. Read more >>
Oakland Press
September 25, 2013
As a health care professional in home health, I see daily the increased need for skilled health services among our state's senior population. At the same time, we are facing dramatic cuts to Medicare reimbursement that would make it increasingly difficult ó if not impossible ó for our state's home health providers to maintain the level of care elderly patients need. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
September 24, 2013
Last week, home health leaders applauded Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) for sending a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) voicing her concerns against proposed home health rebasing cuts. Read more >>
September 19, 2013
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare - a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today thanked Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, for voicing her concern regarding the 14 percent cut to Medicare home health payments proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Read more >>
September 18, 2013
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to improving the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended the Long Term Care Commission (the Commission) for recommending that barriers limiting patient access to Medicare home health services be addressed. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
September 16, 2013
Last week the U.S. Small Business Administrationís Office of Advocacy sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting more evidence to back up the agencyís estimate for the impact of its proposed rule to adjust the home health prospective payment system. Read more >>
September 13, 2013
Washington, DC Ė The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (Partnership) today commended the U.S. Small Business Administrationís (SBA) Office of Advocacy for expressing concern for the potential impact a 14 percent cut to Medicare home health payments proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the draft Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) rule would have on Americaís small home health agencies. Data show more than 90 percent of all home health agencies (HHAs) in the U.S. fall below the SBAís small business size standard for the home health sector. Read more >>
September 9, 2013
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) August jobs report released Friday, the home healthcare sector was responsible for nearly one-third of new healthcare jobs created last month. The new employment gains in home health are the latest in a trend of continued job growth by the sector reported by the BLS. Since 2012, home health has contributed more than 93,000 new jobs to the U.S. economy. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
August 29, 2013
Home care and hospice lobby groups are asking CMS to thoroughly analyze the home health sector and ease the 14 percent rebasing cuts that are scheduled to phase in over the next four years before finalizing the 2014 home health payment rule, but Congress' Medicare payment advisers say even the health law's maximum rebasing cuts -- which CMS proposed -- are too small. Read more >>
Bloomberg BNA
August 29, 2013
A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed rule that would cut home health Medicare payments by 14 percent over the next four years would have a devastating impact on beneficiaries' access to care, home health stakeholders said in an Aug. 28 briefing. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
August 28, 2013
Home health industry leaders gathered today for a teleconference to discuss the alarming impacts of a rule that would bring Medicare payment cuts to tally nearly $100 billion in the coming years. The proposed rebasing rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) looks to cut Medicare reimbursement payments 3.5% annually from 2014 through 2017. An analysis of the rule reveals that a 14% reduction in home health reimbursement would result in a cut of $22 billion over 10 years, according to industry leaders during Wednesdayís teleconference. Read more >>
August 28, 2013
Representatives of the nationís three leading home health organizations - National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA), and Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (Partnership) Ė today released new analyses demonstrating the impact the proposed Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is projected to have on the nationís home health delivery system and 3.5 million Medicare home health beneficiaries, if finalized in its current form. Read more >>
The Roanoke Times
August 26, 2013
As a health care professional in home health, I see daily the increased need for skilled health services among our stateís senior population. At the same time, we are facing dramatic cuts to Medicare reimbursement that would make it increasingly difficult ó if not impossible ó for our stateís home health providers to maintain the level of care elderly patients need. Read more >>
The Roanoke Times
August 24, 2013
Hearing about budget cuts in Washington, D.C, is nothing new by now, but learning about potential cuts with little basis in the law and affecting the lives and health of seniors is shocking. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently proposed a change to policy that would reduce reimbursement for skilled home health providers in many states, including Virginia. Read more >>
BNA
August 21, 2013
In comments to the House Committee on Ways and Means, groups representing home health agencies rejected the concept of a Medicare copayment for home health services. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
August 19, 2013
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare sent a letter last week to the House Ways and Means Committee, relaying concerns for the negative impacts of re-imposing a home health copayment. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
August 16, 2013
Home health stakeholders argue that re-instating home health co-pays would not only burden beneficiaries -- including some with Medigap plans that won't cover the co-pays -- but also would hike states' costs because about 15 percent of Medicare beneficiaries are dual eligibles, in comments on the House Ways & Means Committee's draft Medicare reform legislation. The draft bill would increase the income-related premiums for Medicare Parts B and D, increase the annual Medicare Part B deductible, and create a copay for home health. Beneficiary advocates also reiterate concerns with the proposals, but the Federation of American Hospitals says the committee's proposals have the potential to work with the current slowdown in Medicare spending to produce savings for the Medicare system. Read more >>
August 16, 2013
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare - a coalition of home health providers dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today commended leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee for their commitment to ensuring Medicare beneficiariesí access to high-quality healthcare services and expressed concern about the negative impact any re-imposition of a home health copayment would have on the nearly 3.5 million homebound seniors and disabled Americans who depend on the Medicare home health benefit. Read more >>
August 6, 2013
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare Ė a coalition of home health providers dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors Ė today cited a new report from the John Hancock Life Insurance Company as further evidence that home health is a valuable low cost alternative for meeting American seniorsí post-acute care needs. The report finds that home healthcare costs are growing at a significantly lower rate than other post-acute care sectors. Read more >>
August 2, 2013
Washington, DC — The July 2013 jobs report, released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), continues to demonstrate that the home healthcare sector is a steady source of job growth and employment in the healthcare field. Read more >>
July 26, 2013
Washington, DC — The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare — a coalition of home health providers dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors — today commended the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for imposing a temporary moratorium on the enrollment of new Medicare providers in specific areas of the country, which are considered fraud "hot spots."Ě Read more >>
July 25, 2013
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a report, which attributes geographic variations in healthcare spending in home health to the isolated nature of Medicare fraud and abuse. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
July 23, 2013
While reforms are necessary to payment policy for the nation's Medicare physicians, introducing a copayment on Medicare home health beneficiaries isn't the way to go about it, says a home health advocacy group that is pushing instead for stronger measures against fraud. Read more >>
July 22, 2013
Washington, DC — The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today commended the House Ways and Means Committee for advancing efforts to reform payment policy for the nation's Medicare physicians. However, the Partnership cautioned that re-imposing a Medicare home health copayment would impact vulnerable senior citizens and lead to increased taxpayer costs. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
July 11, 2013
Most seniors believe an increase in out of pocket Medicare costs will be a financial burden for low-income seniors, supporting instead a crackdown on Medicare fraud, reveals a new poll. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
July 11, 2013
Representatives of the home health industry met with Office of Management and Budget officials to make a case against pay cuts shortly before CMS proposed the 2014 pay rule for that sector, but the proposed rule that industry had been awaiting since the Affordable Care Act passed still made pay cuts that the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare called "alarming." Read more >>
July 10, 2013
Washington, DC — A new national poll of more than 1,100 American seniors who are registered voters - released today by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare - finds that 93 percent of seniors surveyed think Congress should advance reforms to stop Medicare fraud over cuts to Medicare payments or increased fees on seniors' Medicare services. The survey further indicates that seniors believe any new out-of-pocket cost requirements will be financially harmful to vulnerable beneficiaries. Read more >>
June 28, 2013
Washington, DC — The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare — a coalition of home health providers dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors — expressed alarm about deep Medicare funding cuts proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Read more >>
The Oregonian
June 14, 2013
Home health care providers in Oregon and their allies say their industry is in a bind. The state's rural home health providers don't make as much as they should from serving Medicare patients, and the state's providers overall are slated for an even bigger hit next year, according to the industry's advocates and allies in Congress. Read more >>
June 13, 2013
Washington, DC- The May 2013 Employment Situation report released this month by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) signals that the home healthcare sector continues to provide a growing number of healthcare jobs and is a key contributor to economic recovery in America. Read more >>
June 13, 2013
Washington, DC — Home health leaders today cited a newly released report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) as yet more evidence that a large portion of "ėeconomically vulnerable' elderly Americans could be significantly impacted by possible entitlement changes resulting from budget negotiations in Washington. The EPI report underscores the need to protect elderly and vulnerable Americans from cost-sharing policies that could negatively impact seniors' economic status and living standards. Read more >>
June 11, 2013
Washington, DC — The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today commended Representative Tom Price (R-GA) and his call for targeted Medicare reforms that achieve savings by putting an end to the occurrence of waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare program. In a letter sent to his colleagues in Congress on May 22, Congressman Price asked fellow lawmakers to consider targeted program integrity reforms that protect patients instead of re-imposing copayment policies that impact innocent seniors. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
May 28, 2013
Following a landmark anti-fraud crusade spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Justice that turned up $223 million worth of Medicare fraud across eight cities, the need to protect federal programs from aberrant billing has become a hot topic of discussion among home care agencies. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
May 23, 2013
A national coalition of organizations advocating healthcare fraud prevention called on Congress this week to implement program integrity reforms to further protect America's seniors from fraud and abuse. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
May 22, 2013
Home health leaders shared concerns with lawmakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill regarding the cost-sharing requirement in the Medicare home health benefit and its potential negative implications on many of the nation's 3.5 million home health beneficiaries. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
May 22, 2013
Charging seniors a home health copay made the list of three Medicare reforms that House Ways and Means health subcommittee Republicans chose to discuss at a hearing on Tuesday (May 21), as the home health industry engages in an aggressive campaign against such copays with the help of former Louisiana Republican House Energy and Commerce Chair Billy Tauzin as their lobbyist. On the day of the hearing, the industry released a study by Avalere Health highlighting the potential impact of a copay on seniors who use home health services, which are some of the most vulnerable beneficiaries. Read more >>
May 21, 2013
Home health leaders today cautioned lawmakers on Capitol Hill that a cost-sharing requirement in the Medicare home health benefit could potentially have negative effects on many of the nation's 3.5 million home health beneficiaries and future Medicare costs. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
May 17, 2013
On the heel's of an announcement yesterday that nearly 100 individuals have defrauded the government for $223 million in Medicare fraud, home health leaders are calling for a more targeted approach to zero-in on suspected areas within their industry. Read more >>
May 16, 2013
"Yesterday's announcement that the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has charged nearly 100 individuals for allegedly defrauding the federal government for $223 million should prompt immediate action by lawmakers and stakeholders to advance policies that stop Medicare fraud and abuse before it takes place. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
May 15, 2013
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today thanked Pennsylvania lawmakers for supporting access to coordinated home-based care. The bipartisan group of Pennsylvania legislators requested that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extend the grants provided in the Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration (MCCD) beyond its current expiration date of June 2013. Read more >>
May 15, 2013
Washington, DC — The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today thanked a bipartisan group of Pennsylvania legislators for requesting that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extend the grants provided in the Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration (MCCD) beyond the current expiration date of June 2013. The program, which began in 2001, has yielded savings for Medicare. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
May 9, 2013
The home care industry projects that, even if CMS does not rebase the industry's pay, home health companies in many states will be losing money on Medicare beneficiaries by 2017. Because Medicare is both the predominant and best payer for home health agencies, which is not the case with other health care sectors, the industry says it cannot offset Medicare losses with private insurance pay. The findings are in a report released Thursday (May 9), which is part of the sector's efforts to get CMS to factor projections out to 2017 as the agency considers rebasing for the first time in the home health proposed pay rule. Read more >>
CQ Healthbeat
May 9, 2013
Home health agency executives officials who are nervous about an upcoming Medicare payment rule are warning that companies in some states could lose money by 2017 if federal officials adopt aggressive cuts. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
May 9, 2013
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare applauds the Senate Finance Committee for exploring program integrity initiatives that the home health community has long pushed -- including requiring home health agencies to establish compliance and ethics programs, and temporarily limiting new providers in areas of economic growth. These are among a laundry list of proposals included in the committee's recently released report highlighting recommendations from stakeholders on how to fight Medicare and Medicaid waste, fraud and abuse. Read more >>
April 30, 2013
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare — a coalition of home health providers dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors — today commended Senate Finance Committee leaders for supporting a collaborative effort with the nation's healthcare community to strengthen the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
April 24, 2013
This month, the Illinois House of Representatives approved a supplemental spending bill that provides funds for community care to keep seniors in their homes. Approved in a landslide 115-2 vote, the legislation allocates $173 million for home health services. Read more >>
April 22, 2013
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare — a national coalition representing more than 1,500 community- and hospital-based home health agencies nationwide — today praised the Illinois House for approving a supplemental spending bill that provides funds for community care to help senior citizens remain in their homes as long as possible. Approved in a landslide 115-2 vote, the legislation allocates $173 million for community care services. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
April 15, 2013
The vast majority of fraud in the home care industry is still isolated in a handful of counties, a new industry study finds, and a coalition that includes home health firms and AARP says lawmakers could glean billions more in savings by ending Medicare fraud instead of making seniors pay more for services and cutting provider pay. The president's budget includes across-the-board cuts to home health pay and calls for home health copays, which together total $3.75 billion in Medicare savings over 10 years, and the industry group Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare says its fraud fighting proposals would save in the neighborhood of $15 billion over a decade. Read more >>
April 10, 2013
In response to President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal year 2014 budget, home healthcare community members today expressed concern that recommendations to further cut Medicare payments and increase copayments on seniors using home health will not achieve the long-term costs savings our nation needs, while also harming seniors and healthcare providers. Read more >>
April 8, 2013
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare commended Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) for urging regulators to increase efforts to combat Medicare waste, fraud and abuse by halting the installment of new providers in areas identified as high-risk to the Medicare program. The lawmakers are urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement the moratorium on providers allowed under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read more >>
Home Health Care News
April 4, 2013
The home health care industry could experience some changes in 2014 such as Medicare copayments for new beneficiaries or increased fraud prevention measures for agencies receiving federal reimbursements. Read more >>
St. John Valley Times
March 26, 2013
The challenges facing our nation's health care system today are driven by demographics. The first member of the baby boom generation turned 65 last year. Our health care system now stands directly in the path of a tidal wave of aging baby boomers who will be retiring at the rate of 10,000 a day for the next 20 years. That system will clearly have to adapt and change if it is to survive that impact. Read more >>
The Hill
March 19, 2013
Now that sequestration is in effect, healthcare leaders are eager to see exactly how these cuts will take shape and the impact they will have. While the sequester remains politically unpopular with both parties, cuts to programs geared toward saving Medicare funds such as HHS's Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control program, seem to make even less sense than others. Read more >>
Politico Pro
March 15, 2013
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare expressed support for MedPAC's recommendation that Medicare crack down on the relatively small number of home health agencies with fraudulent and abusive billing practices. Read more >>
March 15, 2013
Washington, DC - The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today reiterated its support for program integrity reforms to curb fraud and abuse in the Medicare system, as recommended by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and committee members. The home healthcare community continues to reinforce the need for increased efforts to strengthen Medicare to prevent fraud and abuse before it occurs for the benefit of patients, honest providers and American taxpayers. Read more >>
February 26, 2013
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today commended a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ease regulations permitting Veterans to access skilled home healthcare services. Read more >>
February 11, 2013
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare - a coalition of home healthcare agencies dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors — today commended the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services for the healthcare fraud recovery reported in the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program (HCFAC) Report. Read more >>
February 5, 2013
WASHINGTON — Members of the home healthcare community today commended a newly released report from Senate Finance Committee members, which presents recommendations for combatting fraud, abuse and waste in the Medicare and Medicaid programs collected from 160 stakeholder organizations including the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. Read more >>
January 23, 2013
"Last week's indictment in Detroit is further evidence that immediate action is needed to increase national efforts to target and catch criminals who are stealing billions of taxpayer dollars and victimizing America's seniors. The prosecution of criminals involved in fraudulent activity is critical to protecting the Medicare program, however more must be done to stop Medicare fraud and abuse before it begins. Read more >>
The Hill
January 11, 2013
Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Thursday questioned the effectiveness of anti-waste and fraud-prevention efforts for Medicare. Read more >>
CQ Roll Call
January 11, 2013
A bipartisan group of senators is calling on the Obama administration to improve a program designed to detect and deter Medicare fraud and abuse, following a report that questioned its effectiveness. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
January 2, 2013
Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) prevented $275 million of improper payments to home health agencies, but they could do a much better job according to a report from the HHS Office of the Inspector General. Read more >>
December 21, 2012
A report released yesterday by the Office of the Inspector General, CMS and Contractor Oversight of Home Health Agencies, underscores the need to reform Medicare's current "pay and chase"Ě practices and advance targeted program integrity reforms, according to the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
December 14, 2012
Though allowing Medicare beneficiaries to pay part of the costs of their home healthcare would give them "skin in the game"Ě and alleviate program costs, co-payments could ultimately end up doing just the opposite, according to analysis by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare with Avalere Health. Read more >>
December 13, 2012
A new bipartisan Public Policy Polling (D)/Fabrizio Ward (R) survey finds registered voters overwhelming oppose increased fees on seniors' Medicare services, indicating that burdening beneficiaries with additional out-of-pocket expenses is not the preferred approach among Americans for reducing federal spending in Washington. Read more >>
December 6, 2012
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today thanked U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5) for supporting efforts by the home healthcare community to strengthen the integrity of the Medicare program by targeting waste, fraud and abuse. Read more >>
November 29, 2012
A recently released financial report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) underscores the need for program integrity reforms in the Medicare system as evidenced by the increased amount of funds lost to improper payments in 2012 from 2011. According to the report, the amount of funds lost to improper payments grew to $29.6 billion in 2012 from $28.8 billion in 2011, which equals an improper payment rate of 8.5 percent for fiscal 2012. In 2010, the Administration set a goal of reducing the rate to 5.4 percent by 2012, half of the improper payment rate for 2009. Read more >>
November 15, 2012
WASHINGTON — A new analysis conducted by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare with Avalere Health finds that Medicare home health beneficiaries already bear significant out-of-pocket expenditures by staying in their own homes. The study also finds that Medicare home health beneficiaries enable Medicare to avoid considerable costs that would otherwise be borne by the program and taxpayers if beneficiaries were instead served in institutional settings. Read more >>
November 14, 2012
WASHINGTON — A newly released plan for healthcare savings and reform by the National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) underscores the need to strengthen the Medicare program through program integrity reforms such as those advanced by leaders in the home healthcare community, according to the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
November 7, 2012
Using home health care services in appropriate circumstances can be highly effective in improving care while reducing costs, according to a recent study by the American Action Forum that examined a home-based care program offered by the Veterans Administration. Read more >>
November 5, 2012
At a recent meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), commissioners engaged in a meaningful discussion on program integrity reforms that can strengthen the Medicare home health benefit and reduce avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions that may be related to aberrant behaviors. The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today commended the commission's attention to this issue and stressed the importance of program integrity reforms. Read more >>
November 2, 2012
An analysis released this week by the American Action Forum (AAF), "VA Home Based Primary Care Program: A Primer and Lessons for Medicare,"Ě offers further evidence that the appropriate utilization of home healthcare services can be highly effective in improving patient care and reducing healthcare costs, according to the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. Read more >>
WDTV 5 News
October 17, 2012
How to take care of senior citizens at home and save Medicare were two topics at a home healthcare discussion in Bridgeport Wednesday morning. Read more >>
October 16, 2012
BRIDGEPORT, WV — Congressman David McKinley (WV-1) joined home healthcare providers, clinicians, patients and family members today to discuss the value of home healthcare services for West Virginia seniors as well as the importance of post-acute care reforms to strengthen the Medicare program, foster the delivery of quality care and reduce Medicare costs. Read more >>
Healthcare Finance News
October 12, 2012
The Medicare program could save billions in the next decade if care models are restructured says a newly released analysis commissioned by a nonprofit, national consortium of home healthcare organizations. Read more >>
October 12, 2012
Leaders in the home healthcare community today called for targeted Medicare reforms to combat fraud and abuse in response the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on healthcare fraud, "Types of Providers Involved in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program Cases."Ě Read more >>
BNA
October 11, 2012
The Medicare program could save as much as $100 billion over the next 10 years and the life of the Part A trust fund could be extended by two-and-a-half years, if post-discharge patients were served in a more clinically appropriate, post-acute care setting, according to a study released Oct. 10 by a consulting group. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
October 10, 2012
Placing patients in lower cost, yet appropriate, facilities following hospital discharge and cutting post-discharge spending 7.5 percent could save Medicare could up to $100 billion over a decade and add two and a half years to the Medicare Part A Trust Fund, according to a home care industry-funded report by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates. Read more >>
Modern Healthcare
October 10, 2012
Changing patient-care settings"Ēwithout re-designing the way care is provided"Ēcould save the Medicare program about $34.7 billion over 10 years, according to a new report released by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. Read more >>
MedPage Today
October 10, 2012
Directing Medicare beneficiaries into the most cost-efficient setting possible after a hospital stay could save the program $35 billion to $100 billion over the next decade, the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, a home care trade association, reported Wednesday. Read more >>
October 1, 2012
In response to a report released today by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare reiterated its support for the implementation of surety bonds for home health agencies. The recent report mirrors a program integrity proposal advanced by the Partnership to address isolated pockets of wasteful and fraudulent spending. Read more >>
U.S. News & World Report
August 13, 2012
At a time when political friction is great and resources are not, expecting miraculous breakthrough solutions to our problems is not only unrealistic but counterproductive. Instead, the best way to "think big" may just be to "go small," by focusing on specific and relatively affordable changes. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
August 6, 2012
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) is touting an industry-funded paper it says shows that using more home care services could prevent avoidable hospitalizations and readmissions for pre-acute, post-acute and non-post-acute episodes. Read more >>
August 3, 2012
In response to a report released yesterday by The Office of the Inspector General (OIG), leaders from the home healthcare community reiterated their support for targeted Medicare reforms. The report, which aligns closely with policy solutions supported by the home healthcare community, provides recommendations for strengthening the Medicare benefit to prevent inappropriate billing practices through reforms including improved billing processes, prevention of aberrant claims payment, and a temporary moratorium on new provider enrollments in targeted areas. Read more >>
August 1, 2012
Homebound Americans who have difficulty travelling to polling places during the 2012 election cycle will have help casting their votes, thanks to a collaborative initiative launched today by state home healthcare associations and other leaders in America's home healthcare community. The Bring the Vote Home initiative aims to engage the nation's 12 million home healthcare patients — including 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries — via voter and absentee ballot registration initiatives. Read more >>
POLITICO Pro
August 1, 2012
Home health agencies in more than a dozen states will be asked to take part in a get-out-the-vote effort that could give the sector more political clout while allowing thousands of seniors to participate in the November elections. Under the initiative, backed by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare and the Council of State Home Care Associations, caregivers could assist patients and their families in registering to vote, and help them request absentee ballots if needed. Read more >>
July 27, 2012
Following today's announcement of a public-private partnership designed to eliminate healthcare fraud, members of the home healthcare community commended the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of the Attorney General for their efforts to strengthen the integrity of the U.S. healthcare system and stem the loss of taxpayer dollars to fraud and abuse. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
July 16, 2012
A collaborative effort among hospitals, home health agencies, and a Medicaid-managed care program in upper New York state to reduce hospital readmissions has been successful, according to recently-released data, and this could have positive implications for decreasing healthcare expenditures. Read more >>
July 13, 2012
Newly released data demonstrates that the Care Transitions Intervention pilot program successfully reduced inpatient hospital readmissions by 25 percent between Fall 2010 and Spring 2012 through a collaborative effort among hospitals, home health agencies and a Medicaid-managed care program in upper New York State. Researchers suggest such a reduction in readmissions will result in a significant decrease in healthcare expenditures. Importantly, while the program was under a Medicaid managed care program, its key savings were derived within the Medicare program. Read more >>
July 9, 2012
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) proposed rule for 2013 on Friday, July 6th. Among its provisions, the proposed rule introduces a measure of stability for the funding of skilled home healthcare services. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
June 29, 2012
One way to cut down on Medicare fraud in the home health care industry is to reform the payment system and get rid of the "pay and chase"Ě model, says national industry coalition the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare in response to the Senate Finance Committee's solicitation for recommendations that can strengthen the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Read more >>
June 27, 2012
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, a national coalition representing more than 1,500 skilled home healthcare agencies nationwide, responded today to a recent solicitation by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee for recommendations that can strengthen the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Read more >>
June 6, 2012
Hospital at Home - an innovative healthcare delivery system developed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Public Health to provide acute care at a lower cost - further illustrates the importance of home healthcare in delivering clinical care to America's seniors, improving patient care and reducing overall healthcare costs. The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today commended the program for its innovative approach to quality patient care and cost containment. Read more >>
June 4, 2012
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released its May jobs report indicating that the economy added 69,000 jobs in the month of May. BLS also reported that the nation's unemployment rate has risen to 8.2 percent, up from 8.1 percent. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
May 24, 2012
Home care companies this week released a study showing that when patients are discharged from the hospital to their homes, where they receive home care services, they tend to stay out of institutional facilities, which saves the health care system money. Those patients receive healthcare services longer than those who go directly into other facilities, such as nursing homes, but they receive that care in ambulatory settings, typically doctors' offices, which is cheaper than sending them to institutions, according to the analysis, by Dobson Davanzo & Associates, of Medicare claims for the Alliance for Home Health Quality & Innovation. Read more >>
BNA
May 23, 2012
Patients who receive home health care as the first care setting following hospital discharge tend to have lower overall Medicare episode payments, compared with patients who receive care from other facility-basedsettings, a study released May 22 found. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
May 22, 2012
Home healthcare is the most cost-effective post-acute care setting for patients discharged from hospitals when comparing average payments across settings such as skilled nursing facilities, inpatient residential facilities, and long-term care hospitals, according to a Dobson | DaVanzo & Associates study, commissioned by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. Read more >>
Home Health Care News
May 11, 2012
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued a final rule eliminating copayments for tele-health services for veterans receiving skilled home healthcare through the agency's Home Based Primary Care program, in a move lauded by The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. Read more >>
May 11, 2012
A Department of Labor (DOL) report released last week signaled that 19,000 American jobs were added in April, primarily resulting from 15,000 new jobs in the ambulatory care field, which includes the home healthcare sector. This news comes at a critical time as the economy and American job creation remain a top priority for all lawmakers. Read more >>
Roll Call
May 8, 2012
For centuries, military conflicts and battlefield hospitals have been the birthplace of countless medical advances. Staples of today's modern medicine "Ē vaccines, infection-prevention techniques, blood transfusions and antibiotics "Ē can be credited to the innovative thinking of our military men and women. Read more >>
May 7, 2012
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today praised the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs final rule eliminating copayments for tele-health services for Veterans receiving skilled home healthcare through the agency's Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) program. With this step, the VA has removed a barrier to Veteran and dependent use of clinically- and cost-effective home healthcare. Read more >>
May 3, 2012
"Yesterday's announcement that the Medicare Fraud Strike Force and Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team successfully completed the coordinated takedown of 107 criminals allegedly responsible for $452 million in false Medicare billing is another striking reminder that targeted reforms to fight waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare program are urgently needed. Read more >>
May 3, 2012
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today praised the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for finalizing the Community First Choice Option, a new program which encourages states to boost participation in home and community-based services (HCBS) among their Medicaid populations. The rule provides states with incentive payments to better utilize HCBS care rather than more expensive, institutional care settings. Read more >>
April 27, 2012
Following Wednesday's hearing Is Government Adequately Protecting Taxpayers from Medicaid Fraud?, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare praised the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for calling attention to the impact Medicaid fraud is having on beneficiaries and taxpayers alike. Read more >>
April 25, 2012
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare — a national coalition representing more than 1,500 community- and hospital-based home health agencies nationwide — today commended Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for calling attention to the need for Medicare program integrity improvements in a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. Read more >>
April 23, 2012
n the occasion of the Senate Finance Committee's important hearing on Medicare fraud and abuse, the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare reiterated its call for tough action targeting fraud and abuse. The home healthcare community has developed targeted program and payment integrity reforms specifically designed to protect beneficiaries, cost-efficient providers and taxpayers alike by preventing fraud and abuse before it occurs. Read more >>
April 20, 2012
Leaders in the home healthcare community are calling this week's Senate Aging Committee hearing a positive step toward improving the efficiency and delivery of long-term care services for America's aging population. In examining how long term-care is delivered and funded in America today, lawmakers and community leaders were informed of the valuable role skilled home healthcare can play in improving patient care and significantly reducing healthcare costs. Read more >>
April 18, 2012
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare — a national coalition representing more than 1,500 community- and hospital-based home health agencies nationwide — today commended the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) on its announced establishment of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), which will promote community and independent living. The new agency's objective is to enable seniors and people with disabilities to access home healthcare and other services so they can remain in their homes and communities rather than in institutions. Read more >>
Healthcare Finance News
April 16, 2012
The U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs has long been an advocate of using telehealth to reach veterans in their homes. Now they're helping out financially as well. Saying it wants the home to be the "preferred place of care"Ě for veterans, the VA is fast-tracking a proposal to eliminate patient co-pays for in-home video telehealth consultations in its Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) program. Read more >>
Healthcare IT News
April 13, 2012
The Department of Veterans' Affairs has long been an advocate of using telehealth to reach veterans in their homes. Now it is working to make adoption easier and more appealing by fast-tracking a proposal to eliminate patient co-pays for in-home video telehealth consultations in its Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) program. Read more >>
The Hill
April 13, 2012
Ohio's Republican governor is drawing praise from several healthcare groups for working with a new federal office created by President Obama's healthcare law.

 The law created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to test new ways of cutting costs and improving quality. Read more >>
April 12, 2012
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare — a national coalition representing more than 1,500 community- and hospital-based home health agencies nationwide — today praised the Integrated Care Delivery System (ICDS) proposal submitted by Ohio's Office of Health Transformation to better coordinate care for the state's sickest and most costly Medicare and Medicaid patients. Read more >>
FierceHealthIT
April 10, 2012
A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposal could lower one barrier to telehealth--the agency is considering waiving patient co-pays for remote visits, saying it aims to make "the home a preferred place of care," whenever appropriate. Read more >>
HealthData Management
April 9, 2012
Unless there are significant adverse comments on rules published in March, the Department of Veterans Affairs in May will eliminate co-payments for in-home video telehealth sessions. Read more >>
CQ Healthbeat
April 6, 2012
As Medicare is experimenting with plans for more extensive in-home health care it could look to the Veterans Affairs Department, which has had a similar program in place for three decades, one the VA is proposing to make even easier to use. Read more >>
Bloomberg BNA
April 6, 2012
Home health care is the most cost effective post-acute care setting when it is used as the first setting for post-acute care, a study released April 5 found. Read more >>
April 5, 2012
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today expressed strong support for a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to remove barriers to home healthcare by exempting in-home video telehealth care from having a required copayment for patients participating in the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
April 4, 2012
When patients are sent home from hospitals to recover with the help of home health-care services, Medicare saves a significant amount of money on average compared to other post-acute settings, according to a industry funded study released Thursday (April 5). Although there are clinical reasons for patients to be sent to more expensive facilities, the study shows that often patients who need similar care are sent to different settings, and industry representatives say they hope policymakers will use the research to steer more patients toward the lower-cost home-care services both during post-acute care and for patients with chronic illnesses to avoid hospitalizations in the first place. Read more >>
March 16, 2012
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today praised the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) recommendation to target waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare program. Read more >>
March 9, 2012
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare today praised Representative Charles Boustany (R-LA), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, for his leadership in Congressional efforts to combat fraudulent billing practices within the Medicare program which divert resources from beneficiaries and increase costs borne by taxpayers. Read more >>
February 28, 2012
On behalf of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare - a coalition of community- and hospital-based, non-profit and propriety home healthcare agencies dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation's seniors - Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and Senator John Breaux (D-LA) made the following statement. Read more >>
February 13, 2012
In response to President Obama's budget released today, the home healthcare community continues to express concern that proposed Medicare cuts and beneficiary copayments for home healthcare would limit patient access to the clinically advanced, cost-effective care that an overwhelming majority of American seniors prefer. Read more >>
Senior Housing News
February 13, 2012
Even after steep cuts to skilled nursing facility reimbursements that went into effect last October, President Obama's 2013 Federal Budget calls for still more Medicare payment and reimbursement reductions, causing associations representing the skilled nursing and home healthcare industries to blast back against the Administration's strategy of "cuts only"Ě without reforms. Read more >>
Inside Health Policy
January 26, 2012
A home health industry group estimates that Medicare saved $853 million in 2010 thanks to a cap on outlier home health payments, and home health lobbyist Billy Tauzin says those savings are proof that a proposal he is lobbying for, which uses similar approaches, would also save money. Read more >>
Hanford Sentinel
January 18, 2012
Medicare covers a variety of heath care services that you can receive in the comfort and privacy of your home. These include intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services, and occupational therapy. Such services used to be available only at a hospital or doctor's office. But they're just as effective, more convenient, and usually less expensive when you get them in your home. Read more >>
National Journal
January 9, 2012
A special Medicare program that stresses home health visits for patients with chronic diseases helped keep diabetes patients out of the hospital and may have lowered costs using time-honored prevention methods, researchers reported on Monday. Read more >>
The Durango Herald
January 1, 2012
As the demographic population of Colorado ages and doctors are stretched thin, nurses and medical assistants have taken on an expanded role in providing health care. Read more >>

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