News Type: Industry News

CMS Releases 2018 Final Rule Fact Sheet

Home Care Technology: The Rowan Report- Article 2529  Published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (CMS-1672-F) that updates the calendar year (CY) 2018 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for home health agencies (HHAs) serving Medicare beneficiaries. The rule… Read more »


CMS Cites Sandata Technologies as a Resource for EVV Models

Port Washington, NY – September 18, 2017: Sandata Technologies, LLC, a leader in Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) solutions, has been cited by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) as an industry resource for Electronic Visit Verification models at the recent National Home and Community Based Services Conference on August 31, 2017. During the conference,… Read more »


Four EVV Models States Might Choose; Three Lead to Disaster

Sandata CEO, Tom Underwood, interviews with Tim Rowan on the four models that states might use to implement Electronic Visit Verification, in order to comply with the 21st Century CURES Act. According to Sandata CEO Tom Underwood, there are four models that states might use to implement Electronic Visit Verification, which every state must do… Read more »


Home Health Aide is Most In-Demand Job of 2017

The most in-demand job for 2017 is home health aide, according to a new report from CareerCast, which uses numbers from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The report expects there will be 348,400 new openings for home health aides between now and the end of 2024, easily the most in the United… Read more »


Patients Who Refuse Home Health More Likely to be Readmitted

By Amy Baxter | May 15, 2017, Home Health Care News Patients who refuse home health care services following a hospital discharge may be at higher risk of being readmitted, according to study findings cited in a recent report from the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation and the United Hospital Fund (UHF). The… Read more »


CMS Proposes Six-Month Delay for Home Health CoPs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed delaying the implementation date for the new home health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) until January 2018. The proposal comes after home health industry associations and providers pushed back against the original implementation timeline for the CoPs, which were finalized in early January 2017. Instead of going… Read more »


CMS Issues Final Rule to Modernize Home Health Conditions of Participation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its final rule outlining the Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation (CoP) for home health agencies. Prior to the new finalized rule published Monday, the CoPs had not been updated in roughly two decades, when many of the requirements were first created. The new rule… Read more »


House approves the 21st Century Cures Act, sending landmark bill to Senate

WASHINGTON — After three years of debate, countless hearings, and pleas from patient advocates, lawmakers on Tuesday approved legislation to speed new medicines to market and to authorize an additional $4.8 billion in spending for medical research. The House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a 392 to 26 vote, showing a… Read more »


The Home Health Opportunity in Medical Home Models

As health care continues to transform for older adults, a preference for patient-centered care has emerged to improve outcomes and lower costs. One such patient-centered model focuses on delivering and organizing primary care through comprehensive and coordinated efforts, with plenty of opportunities for home health care providers to get involved. As adults age, their personal… Read more »


Home-Based Care Increases 20%, But Many Still Left Out

There has been a sharp spike in the number of seniors receiving in-home help, with the greatest increase among those paying for the services. Half of disabled seniors had some form of in-home help in 2012, which is up nearly 20% since 1998, according to a recent study published in the latest issue of JAMA… Read more »