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May 15, 2017
NEW YORK, NEW YORK May 15, 2017—United Hospital Fund (UHF) and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) today released a report titled, “I Can Take Care of Myself!”: Patients’ Refusals of Home Health Care Services, on the under-examined issue of patients who refuse home health care services when they are discharged from inpatient care. Such refusals can lead to higher rates of readmission to the hospital and a lower quality of life. Read more.
October 20, 2016
The final report from the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI)’s Future of Home Health Project was published on-line this month in the peer-reviewed journal Home Health Care Management and Practice. The article, “The Future of Home Health Care: A Strategic Framework for Optimizing Value,” outlines a vision for the role and relevance of home health and home-based care and recommends a framework for the Medicare-certified home health agency of the future. Read more.
June 30, 2016
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) today convened a panel to discuss the framework developed for the Future of Home Health Care (FOHH) Project based on research by Avalere Health. The framework highlights the need for policy-makers to address challenges to enable home health agencies to fulfill key roles that support the Triple Aim and the goals of new and alternative payment models as a means to allow for the appropriate use of the Medicare home health benefit in the years ahead. This will be critically important as the American population ages and lives longer with more acute and chronic conditions. Read more.
June 16, 2016
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) today released a new data analysis from Dobson | DaVanzo & Associates that found the use of home health after a hospital stay is associated with cost effective care and lower readmission rates for Medicare patients who have undergone major joint replacement surgery. The analysis examined the distribution of discharges for patients from the hospital to various post-acute care (PAC) settings, the average Medicare payment per episode by first PAC setting, and the average readmission rate for related conditions within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. Read more.
June 9, 2016
The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) are extremely disappointed that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) dismissed the comments and concerns of 122 Members of Congress and almost 250 different health care service providers -- physicians, hospitals, home health -- and pushed forward a prior authorization demonstration for home health care in five states. Read more.
April 4, 2016
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) – a national non-profit foundation with the mission of leading and supporting research and education about home health care, and its ability to deliver quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care across the care continuum – applauds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on introducing patient experience survey star ratings as a means to thoroughly understand the patient experience with the care provided by Medicare-certified home health agencies. Read more.
December 8, 2015
The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) announced today a new partnership to advance their missions for improving policymaker and public understanding of home health care and community-based care, and support the members of both organizations in their pursuit of clinical and business excellence. The new partnership aligns the research and education initiatives of both organizations, creates opportunities for operational efficiencies through sharing of resources, provides the VNAA and the Alliance members with reciprocal benefits and elevates the scope of existing programs and initiatives. Read more.
October 22, 2015
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) – a national non-profit consortium of home health care providers and organizations focused on research and education about home health care, and its ability to deliver quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care across the care continuum – recently released an updated Home Health Chartbook compiled by Avalere Health LLC. The Chartbook summarizes and analyzes statistics on home health economic and demographic trends from a range of government sources.  Read more.
June 10, 2015
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) today announced the completion of the Faces of Home Health series, a four-part series showcasing the diversity of the home health patient population and the range of care delivered across the sector. Each profile focuses on a unique patient population within the home health community, and presents a collection of interviews, data, and patient stories. Read more.
May 19, 2015
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) today hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill bringing together health policy experts to discuss the current state of Medicare post-acute care delivery and what reforms are needed to improve care for America’s aging population. Read more.
March 18, 2015
Washington, DC – The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) today applauded the release of The Future of Home Health Care Workshop Summary compiled by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC). The summary captures the key themes and points discussed during a fall 2014 workshop that was hosted by the IOM-NRC Forum on Aging, Disability and Independence and sponsored in part by the Alliance. The Alliance’s sponsorship of the workshop was the second phase in the Alliance’s Future of Home Health Project, which began with the issuance of a white paper on the Future of Home Health Project and a Capitol Hill briefing in May. The project will culminate with a strategic framework for the future of home health care within the next year. Read more.
February 11, 2015
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) – a non-profit, national consortium of home health care providers and organizations that invests in research and education about home health care and its ability to deliver quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care across the care continuum – today announced an updated Home Health Chartbook compiled by Avalere Health that summarizes and analyzes statistics on home health from a range of government sources. Read more.
January 13, 2015
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) today hosted a symposium titled “Tackling Critical Issues for the Future of Home and Community Based Care,” a key part of a year-long Future of Home Health Project, which aims to develop a strategic framework for the future of home health care in America. Read more.
December 10, 2014
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) – a non-profit, national consortium of home health care providers and organizations that invests in research and education about home health care and its ability to deliver quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care across the care continuum – participated in a panel discussion on Capitol Hill yesterday hosted by Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL), focusing on the current state and future direction of the health care system. Read more.
September 30, 2014
Nationally recognized academics, health care providers, policy experts, researchers, and home health consumers are gathering in Washington, DC today to take part in a workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine/National Research Council (IOM-NRC) on the future of home health care entitled, “The Future of Home Health Care: A Workshop IOM-NRC Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence,” sponsored by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance). Read more.
September 24, 2014
On September 30 and October 1, the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) will sponsor a two-day workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine/National Research Council (IOM/NRC) on the future of home health care. Read more.
May 5, 2014
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) – a non-profit, 501(c)(3) foundation committed to research and education about the value of home health care to patients and the U.S. health care system – today launched a research-based strategic planning project on the future of home health care in America called The Future of Home Health Project. Read more.
May 1, 2014
On Monday, May 5, the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation will formally launch the Future of Home Health Project, an initiative to improve the understanding of home health’s role in the future of the U.S. health care system through research, analysis and discussion. The Future of Home Health Project aims to equip policymakers, health care providers, and the public with the information needed to ensure that America’s seniors and Americans with disabilities receive the best care possible in the comfort and dignity of their own homes. Read more.
January 13, 2014
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) - a nonprofit, national consortium of home health care providers and organizations - today released a new resource titled, “Improving Care Transitions Between Hospital and Home Health Care: A Home Health Model for Care Transitions,” comprised of a model and tools for public use. The model and toolkit lay out in great detail an evidence-based approach to successfully complete the transition from hospital to home health care and prevent unnecessary rehospitalization. Read more.
January 7, 2014
Washington, DC – The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation today released a new Bundling and Coordinating Post-Acute Care (BACPAC) toolkit, presenting possible approaches for designing post-acute care bundled payments to improve care delivery for the benefit of patients, providers and the overall health care system. Compiled by Dobson|DaVanzo & Associates, the BACPAC toolkit examines preliminary modeling of different approaches to the development of Medicare post-acute care payment bundles. Read more.
September 19, 2013
Washington, DC – The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) today convened a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss recent innovations in the field of home health care and educate stakeholders on the important role home health will play in the future of health care delivery. As the American population ages, the need for quality, skilled care in the home and community is rapidly increasing. Read more.
April 1, 2013
The home health community has come together under the newly realigned Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance), bringing together for-profit, not-for-profit, regional, and national home health care providers and three major home health care trade associations. Recently reorganized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and education organization, the new Alliance Board of Directors will include major non-profit and academic leaders in the home health community. Home health providers, academics, and stakeholders in the Alliance membership aim to demonstrate the value home health care offers to patients and the U.S. health care system through an expanded research and education agenda. Read more.
February 26, 2013
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) and the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine held a Capitol Hill briefing today on a recently released supplement to the Journal titled, “Optimizing Home Health Care: Enhanced Value and Improved Outcomes.” The supplement compiles articles on advanced models of delivering care at home including managing condition specific episodes, the role of technological innovation, palliative care treatment at home, and the intersection between the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model and traditional home care. Read more.
October 15, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) and the American Academy for Home Care Physicians (AAHCP) recently began working together to provide online training to home health medical directors to bolster quality of care and regulatory compliance. The AAHCP has received a grant from the Alliance to develop a CME-accredited Medical Director Training program. The National Medical Director Training Program represents the first formal partnership between the Alliance and AAHCP. Read more.
June 27, 2012
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (The Alliance) today announced the launch of its updated website. The new site, available at www.ahhqi.org, features updated content and showcases the Alliance as a premier research institute in the field of home health care. Read more.
May 22, 2012
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) today released research detailing the care pathways patients receive for three distinct episode types: post-acute, pre-acute and non-post-acute. The Alliance commissioned Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC to conduct this research, which complements two earlier papers and details how, when used as a first setting post-hospital discharge, home healthcare is correlated with less spending on average for the Medicare program and slightly longer patient care pathways, largely made up of care provided outside of a healthcare facility or institutional setting. Read more.
April 5, 2012
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) today released research revealing that when home healthcare is used as the first setting for post acute-care, Medicare spends less on average. The research presents MS-DRG 470 (major joint replacement) as an example of how use of home healthcare as the first post-acute care setting saves $5,411 per patient when compared to the average Medicare post-acute care episode payment. Read more.
February 27, 2012
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, a national consortium of home healthcare leaders dedicated to improving the nation’s healthcare system by supporting research and education, has announced its Clinically Appropriate and Cost-Effective Placement (CACEP) Project. An unprecedented home health research initiative, this project examines Medicare claims data to determine how the appropriate use of care settings across the Medicare program can result in greater efficiency and reduced healthcare costs. Read more.

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