Home Health & Hospice Weekly News Roundup

Our weekly list of news, reports, and information about home health and hospice care. Learn about new studies, trends, CMS regulations and more.

Almost Family’s Big Joint Venture Starts Strong, Shares Soar

Amid share prices rising after its earnings report, Almost Family also reports smooth sailing in its conversion to Homecare Homebase. Almost Family completed its conversion to the new system at 32 home health branches as of May 9, 2017, and expects to convert the remaining branches by the end of 2017.

NAHC Urges Congress to Support Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act

NAHC is advocating support for the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 445/H.R. 1825), as a key legislative priority for the home care community. The bill would allow physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives to certify face-to-face encounters, and to order home health services for the 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries that rely on home health annually.

Number of Home Health Workers Has Grown 115% since 2000

Home health has been one of the fastest-growing health care sectors of the new millennium. The number of workers in home health care services grew by 115.1% between 2000 and 2016, according to an analysis from Deloitte.

5 Tips to Help Prepare Staff for the New CoP Updates

Post-acute care is more of a community effort, so it is crucial for home healthcare agencies to break down their role in the care transition process. To help agencies prepare for the upcoming changes, here are five tips for training staff members.