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.

CMS Proposes Additional Functional Assessment Items

A significant portion of a recent proposed rule from CMS is dedicated to proposals that update the Home Health Quality Reporting Program. NAHC examines the many changes that impact the industry from the CMS proposal for collecting functional status assessment data beginning January 1, 2019.

New Program Helps People Break into Home Care Industry

A new venture called Direct Care University aims to help entrepreneurs learn to work within the home healthcare industry. As the demand for in-home care and other services increases, more entrepreneurs will seek to enter the industry, but this is difficult for those without previous experience, and there is a wealth of information necessary to learn.

BAYADA Home Health Care Implements the CellTrak Care Delivery Management Solution to Align with Its People-First Focus

Caregivers in BAYADA’s Assistive Care State Programs practice offices will use CellTrak’s Care Delivery Management solution to efficiently deliver personal care and household support services, electronically verify visits, and document visit data at the point of care—their patients’ homes.

CMS' proposed home health payment model alarms providers.

Providers and patient groups warn that the Home Health Groupings Model proposed by CMS for payment would shrink beneficiary access to all types of needed services and lead to many home health agencies shutting down. That could jeopardize hospitals' ability to reduce costs by sending patients home faster with home health support, they say.