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From new technology implications to broader acceptance by health and hospital systems, in-home care is embracing the latest advances. And the sector ended 2017 with a few mega deals that will make 2018 a year to watch on the M&A front.
Home health care agencies are still waiting on the finalized version of the interpretive guidelines (IGs) for the new conditions of participation (CoPs), which go into effect Jan. 13. The new regulations dictate how home health care agencies qualify to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. The CoPs had not been updated in decades prior to 2017.
Home Health Care News surveys home care and home health executives around the nation for their expectations in 2018. Highlights include increased movement away from SNF care towards home care, and technology aiding the quality of home treatment.
Telemedicine isn't just for rural areas without a lot of doctors anymore. In the last few years, urban areas all over the country have been exploring how they can connect to patients virtually to improve access to primary care and keep people from calling 911 for non-urgent problems.