News Type: Industry News

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 »

CMS Launches Home Health Prior Authorization Requirement

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. CMS’ plans for prior authorization, now dubbed the Pre-Claim Review Demonstration for Home Health Services, will roll out in five states as announced in February. The proposal… Read more »

New Overtime Rule May Pose Little Threat to Home Care

A new wage rule that increases overtime benefits for millions of American workers is expected to put some wage pressures on employers across many industries, but how much it will impact home health care is still up for debate. The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued its new overtime salary exemption limits that will become… Read more »

[UPDATED] Labor Rule to Increase Overtime Burdens on Home Health Providers

Overtime pressures for home heath care agencies will increase following the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule on overtime requirements for salaried employees issued this week. The rule increases minimum salary requirements for overtime exemptions for salaried workers from its current level of $23,660 per year, or $455 per week, to $47,476 a year, or… Read more »

Where Home Care Rates Are Rising Most Sharply

As the home care industry is faced with increased labor costs and other challenges, rates are increasing faster than they are for other types of senior care services—and many potential home care clients could be in for some serious sticker shock. Help with household tasks such as cooking and cleaning became 2.56% costlier over the… Read more »

Home Care Must ‘Plan Ahead’ For Minimum Wage Hikes

Planning ahead will be crucial for home health and home care agencies as both California and New York recently approved minimum wage hikes that mean workers will soon earn $15 an hour, according to one Los-Angeles based private duty provider. Other states could soon follow as the momentum behind the fight for a higher wage… Read more »

Home Health Job Growth Outpaces All Other Health Care Settings

Home health care—an industry that knows staff turnover all too well—is adding jobs at a faster pace than any other health care employment setting, new data show. Over the past 12 months, home health care added 74,900 jobs for a growth rate of 5.8%, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data… Read more »