Home Care and Home Health
LeadingAge staff tracks regulations, legislation, funding opportunities and reimbursement around Medicare-certified home health and Medicaid-licensed home care services, as well as non-medical home care. Check here often for important changes as well as current research on how home-based care helps improve quality and reduce costs.
"The Policy Implications of the Cost Structure of Home Health Agencies" is a new report that looks at the costs of nonprofit and for-profit home health agencies.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a new safety guide for patient lifts. The guide provides and illustrates general safety information for caregivers regarding the use of lifts, including in the home setting.
The comment period for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule that would establish national emergency preparedness requirements for providers and suppliers participating in Medicare and Medicaid has been extended to March 31, 2014.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new temporary moratoria on the enrollment of home health agencies in Ft. Lauderdale, Detroit, Dallas and Houston, as well as extending the existing moratorium on home health in the Chicago and Miami-Dade areas that was implemented on July 30, 2013.
There are now 17 states participating in the Balanced Incentive Payment Program (BIPP), according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The deadline for states to apply for BIPP is August 2014.