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AOTA, APTA Sound Off on PDGMs Terrifying Therapy Consequences

Therapy layoffs, conversions to part-time status and general service reductions are beginning to ramp up in the home health space, multiple professional association groups told Home Health Care News. So much so, in fact, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may be preparing to speak up. The current shift in how and

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CMS Rolls Out New Data on Social Determinants of Health in the Home

Earlier this month, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a first-of-its-kind report on social determinants of health (SDoH) among Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries. Home health providers have increasingly turned their attention to SDoH and whole-person care, especially as hospitals and health systems …

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PDGM Prompts Q4 Downturn in Home Health M&A Activity

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) likely contributed to a downturn in home health mergers-and-acquisitions activity during the fourth quarter of 2019, according to new data from M&A advisory firm Mertz Taggart. PDGM took effect on Jan. 1. Dealmaking for non-medical home care assets largely remained steady. All in all, 2019 saw at least …

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Longer postacute stay may aid hip fracture recovery: study - Clinical Daily News -

Hip fracture surgery outcomes are tied to the patients length of stay in post-acute facilities, finds a new study of fee-for-service care.

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Diagnosing Sleep Disorders Through At-home Testing

Usually, people know when they have problems getting enough sleep. But what if they are sleeping enough hoursbut still feel tired in the morning? Sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), restless leg syndrome, circadian rhythm disorders and parasomnias can lead to feeling unrested the next morningnot to mention the disruption to …

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Amedisys CEO: CMS Will Have to Do Some Repair Work to Fix Home Health Deserts

Its safe to say that 2019 was a banner year for Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED). The Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based company doubled down on hospice announcing a number of deals. On the personal care side, Amedisys entered into and saw success in an innovative partnership with ClearCare Inc. Over the past few years, Amedisys has

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Highmark Health to deliver hospital care at home

Highmark Health, the Pittsburgh-based Blues insurer that owns integrated system Allegheny Health Network, is introducing a program to deliver inpatient hospital care to patients in their homes.

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Understanding Place of Service Requirements Under Medicare Part B

Medicare Part A covers nursing home care for a beneficiarys stay of up to 100 days in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). If nursing home care is still needed after the 100 days or the beneficiary did not qualify for a Part A SNF stay, Medicare Part B may provide coverage for certain medical and other health care services. However, Part B does not …

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Why Home Care Can Still Define Medicare Advantage in 2020

In November, the Better Medicare Alliance and actuarial consulting firm Milliman dropped their latest report detailing how Medicare Advantage (MA) plans were acting on the expanded supplemental benefits rules federal policymakers established over the past couple of years. Home care executives devoured the report, but came away feeling somewhat …

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Physician, NAHC Make Case for Home Care Coverage Under Medicare

Over the past few years, non-medical home care has become a pillar service within the broader health care continuum for its ability to improve outcomes and increase patient satisfaction. Due to that success, some believe home care should be covered under Medicare, just like home health or hospice care. Dr. Laurie Archbald, an associate professor …

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