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Home Health Care News
June 25, 2017
After Senate Republicans unveiled a draft of their health care plan last week, home health groups were eager to analyze how the bill, named the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” could impact the industry—and millions of aging Americans. Read more.
Kaiser Health News
June 15, 2017
The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home, and he didn’t think he needed any help. So the social worker canceled an order for home health care services. And the patient went back to his apartment without plans for follow-up care in place. Read more.
Home Health Care News
May 16, 2017
Patients who refuse home health care services following a hospital discharge may be at higher risk of being readmitted, according to study findings cited in a recent report from the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation and the United Hospital Fund (UHF). Read more.
Home Health Care News
October 24, 2016
In-home care stands to become ever more central to the U.S. health care system in the years ahead, but for providers to reach their full potential, there still are important steps that need to be taken. Specifically, regulatory barriers need to come down, more flexibility needs to be baked into payment models and efforts to root out fraud need to be more targeted. Read more.
Morning Consult
July 22, 2016
Although surgeons have been performing total joint replacements for at least a hundred years, many of the most remarkable advances have emerged in just the past decade. New artificial joint materials, surgical techniques, and treatment protocols have transformed what was once a brutal surgery with significant recovery time into a far more manageable procedure and recovery. Read more.
Politico Pulse
June 17, 2016
Home health group touts new data on bundled payment program. The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation released analysis that found savings of about $5,000 when patients entered home health care after a common type of major joint replacement. Read more.
Home Health Care News
June 16, 2016
The use of home health services after a major joint repair surgery for Medicare patients results in cost-effective care and lower readmission rates, according to data newly released Thursday. Read more.
Home Health Care News
February 24, 2016
Between two recently introduced ways of rating home health agencies, those looking for home health care might find conflicting results. Read more.
NPR
February 23, 2016
Patients looking for home health care services will be impressed if they check out the federal government's ratings of Brookdale Senior Living. Four of the company's home health agencies — in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island — each earned five stars, the top quality score, primarily based on Medicare's assessment of how often patients got better. Read more.
Huffington Post
January 25, 2016
This article is co-authored with Dr. Bruce Leff, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Transformative Geriatric Research at Johns Hopkins. America is experiencing a dramatic population shift — one that will turn the country on its head. As Baby Boomers age, more people will live with chronic conditions, like heart disease or dementia, and many will have difficulty with basic abilities like walking and managing their household. Read more.
Home Health Care News
October 22, 2015
Rehospitalization rates among Medicare patients from a home health setting are on the decline, and with an increased emphasis on coordination of care, the positive trend should continue, according to data recently updated by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, a national non-profit consortium of home health care providers and organizations. Read more.
Burlington County Times
August 24, 2015
When my daughter Kasey was born at 26 weeks, it was hard to imagine the child I see today — growing, thriving and happy. But thanks to the wonderful care from BAYADA Home Health Care, she is exactly that, though her medical journey is far from over. Read more.
Home Health Care News
July 8, 2015
A new profile series launched by The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation showcases the diversity of home health patients, and highlights how providers must—and are—adapting business practices to serve distinct demographics. Read more.
Home Health Care News
June 26, 2015
Proposed legislation would improve Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ approach to collecting evidence regarding the eligibility of patients for home health services. Read more.
Home Health Care News
June 3, 2015
Data is king, and home health care agencies will lose out on critical partnerships if they don’t embrace the numbers, industry leaders agree. Read more.
Bloomberg BNA
May 20, 2015
Development: Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) supports site-neutral payment bill for post-acute care. The lawmaker behind legislation that would bundle Medicare payments for post-acute care (PAC) services is calling on stakeholders to support the bill. Read more.
The Free Lance-Star
May 4, 2015
Recent coverage of the revival of house calls brings much-needed attention to an escalating problem in the U.S. health care system—how and where to care for our nation’s aging population. Read more.
Home Health Care News
March 19, 2015
Within 10 years, people’s homes could replace hospitals and other settings as the primary location for health care in the United States, according to leaders from technology company Intel and a prominent provider organization. They presented at a recent workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC). Read more.
Long-Term Living
February 23, 2015
The percent of home health users rehospitalized within 30 days of hospital discharge decreased by nearly two percent, from 19.17 percent to 17.39 percent, from 2011 to 2012 for the top 20 most common diagnosis groups of patients discharged from hospitals to post-acute care. That’s according to an updated Home Health Chartbook released by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI). The resource, compiled by Avalere Health, summarizes and analyzes statistics on home health from a range of government sources. Read more.
Home Health Care News
February 12, 2015
Home health agencies are outperforming the post-acute sector as a whole in preventing patient rehospitalizations, according to data released Wednesday by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. Read more.
D Healthcare Daily
February 11, 2015
The emerging age of healthcare is a shift to payment reimbursements based on better value at an affordable cost, accountability for improved patient outcomes, and patient-focused care instead of the volume of services provided. Read more.
USA Today
December 7, 2014
Home care and house calls are win-win solutions to address rising Medicare costs and to help over 70 million Baby Boomers successfully age in place in the comfort and dignity of their homes. USA TODAY's article "Medicare house calls, fraud on rise" missed the chance to inform the public about this critical opportunity to help America's seniors. Instead, it focused on a worrisome but narrow issue of aberrant billing for physician home visits in Michigan. Read more.
D Healthcare Daily
November 19, 2014
In September, Dallas-based Axxess, along with the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) and others, sponsored and participated in a workshop forum with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) on the current state of home-based services that address aging, disability, and independence. Read more.
Modern Healthcare
October 31, 2014
Medicare payments to home healthcare providers will be reduced by $60 million, or 0.3%, in 2015, according to the CMS. The agency issued a final rule (PDF) Thursday detailing payment policies for agencies that care for homebound patients. Read more.
VNAA: Messages from the CEO
October 8, 2014
If you're on Twitter, you've surely noticed this trending hashtag. That's because the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council of the National Academies of Science (NRC) hosted a two day workshop entitled "The Future of Home Health Care." I believe this fantastic event, sponsored by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (among others), will serve as a catalyst for policymakers to look anew at home health care services as a critical care, support and value-added component of integrated health care delivery systems. Read more.
U.S. News & World Report
October 1, 2014
Despite good news in recent weeks about the future of health care spending, a daunting reality remains: The projections may turn out to be true for the next decade, but in the more-distant future, what can be done as Americans get older? Read more.
Axxess
September 29, 2014
We at the Alliance for the Home Health Quality and Innovation are proud to join Axxess as sponsors for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) Future of Home Health (FOHH) Workshop, September 30 and October 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. Bringing together experts from academia, think tanks, government, accrediting bodies, healthcare delivery systems, national associations and other thought leaders in the healthcare community, the workshop will explore the role of home health in achieving the Triple Aim – to improve the patient’s experience of care, improve population health and reduce per capita costs – by examining new models of care that make use of home health care, and workforce, technology, policy, research and infrastructure needs. Read more.
MedCity News
August 26, 2014
The value proposition of providing care in the home is simple: improve patient outcomes while providing care in the least costly, and generally patient-preferred, setting. Americans, especially as they age, prefer to age in place, which remains an option for millions of older Americans and those with disabilities thanks in part to the Medicare home health benefit. Read more.
Long-Term Living
July 14, 2014
A house-call from a physician or nurse might sound like a scene from “Leave it to Beaver,” but in today’s evolving health system, home health is poised to play a key role in the future of care delivery. As the number of older Americans increases and as hospitalizations and care for those with chronic conditions continues to strain an already costly healthcare system, moving more care to the home has the potential to achieve better outcomes at a lower price tag. Read more.
My HHQI Blog
July 3, 2014
This year, the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation embarked on a project with the goal of developing a research-based strategic framework for the future of home health care in the United States. The Future of Home Health (FOHH) Project aims to improve the understanding of how home health care is currently used, and how it should be used in the future for older Americans and those with disabilities in the U.S. Read more.
Long-Term Living
May 9, 2014
Three key challenges prevent Medicare skilled home healthcare from meeting the needs of older adults, according to the non-profit Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI): Read more.
Healthcare Finance News
February 3, 2014
Bundled payment programs have been creating buzz across the healthcare spectrum, but one area where they are relatively unproven is in post-acute settings. The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, a nonprofit research foundation, recently released the Bundling and Coordinating Post-Acute Care toolkit to provide entities working in this environment an idea of what bundles might look like. Read more.
Hospice Times
October 28, 2013
On Tuesday, October 22nd, the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation hosted its monthly #homehealthchat on Twitter. Read more.
Billian's HealthDATA
October 10, 2013
The advancement of IT into healthcare, primarily through EHR systems, facilitates clinician documentation of patient care in acute and ambulatory areas, and to a lesser extent, in the community and home setting. In addition to increasing adoption of healthcare IT, the advent and prolific growth of handheld devices has ushered in innovative care transformation models as they relate to the patient’s ability to fully partner with physicians and clinical teams in the management of disease. Read more.
Clinical Innovation and Technology
September 27, 2013
Home healthcare can fill care gaps, extend the reach of clinicians, improve clinical outcomes, reduce costs and more. The industry, however, must prove its worth to combat reimbursement challenges and the notion that home health cannot be a solid and consistent partner with other care providers. Health IT that drives care coordination and patient engagement should help build the case for home health. Read more.
Medical Device Daily
September 23, 2013
The Congressional Budget Office released a report addressing the current and future demand for long-term services for Medicare beneficiaries, a document sure to stoke congressional interest in legislation to address the impending tidal wave of demand for such services. Congress repealed last year a bill dealing with community-based living assistance, but the report will add to the pressures on elected officials who are mired in a long-running debate about the fundamental structure of mandatory spending programs, including Medicare programs for durable medical equipment. Read more.
Ravalli Republic
August 28, 2013
Are you or do you know someone who is confined to the home? Is it a considerable and taxing effort to leave home for any reason? Has there recently been a surgery or a significant change in condition making it more difficult to do the things you were capable of doing just weeks or months ago? Do you have multiple health issues and find your living circumstances changing dramatically? Or are you finding your ability to manage your daily activities to remain safe at home changing from what it was weeks or months ago? If so you may qualify for Home Health Services. Read more.
Billian's HealthDATA
July 29, 2013
Billian's HealthDATA was pleased to participate in the inaugural #homehealthchat, hosted by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, and the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. Read more.
Healthcare Finance News
October 12, 2012
The Medicare program could save billions in the next decade if care models are restructured says a newly released analysis commissioned by a nonprofit, national consortium of home healthcare organizations. Read more.
BNA
October 11, 2012
The Medicare program could save as much as $100 billion over the next 10 years and the life of the Part A trust fund could be extended by two-and-a-half years, if post-discharge patients were served in a more clinically appropriate, post-acute care setting, according to a study released Oct. 10 by a consulting group. Read more.
MedPage Today
October 10, 2012
Directing Medicare beneficiaries into the most cost-efficient setting possible after a hospital stay could save the program $35 billion to $100 billion over the next decade, the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, a home care trade association, reported Wednesday. Read more.
Modern Healthcare
October 10, 2012
Changing patient-care settings—without re-designing the way care is provided—could save the Medicare program about $34.7 billion over 10 years, according to a new report released by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. Read more.
Inside Health Policy
October 10, 2012
Placing patients in lower cost, yet appropriate, facilities following hospital discharge and cutting post-discharge spending 7.5 percent could save Medicare could up to $100 billion over a decade and add two and a half years to the Medicare Part A Trust Fund, according to a home care industry-funded report by Dobson DaVanzo & Associates. Read more.
The Patriot-News
August 30, 2012
Although some might not be familiar with homecare, it is important for people to recognize — particularly decision makers in Washington — how these services effectively address our seniors’ and disabled residents’ care needs. Read more.
Inside Health Policy
August 6, 2012
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) is touting an industry-funded paper it says shows that using more home care services could prevent avoidable hospitalizations and readmissions for pre-acute, post-acute and non-post-acute episodes. Read more.
Modern Healthcare
July 23, 2012
Hospital readmissions more than double the cost of care for Medicare beneficiaries, according to an analysis commissioned by a group that represents home health providers. Read more.
Inside Health Policy
May 24, 2012
Home care companies this week released a study showing that when patients are discharged from the hospital to their homes, where they receive home care services, they tend to stay out of institutional facilities, which saves the health care system money. Those patients receive healthcare services longer than those who go directly into other facilities, such as nursing homes, but they receive that care in ambulatory settings, typically doctors' offices, which is cheaper than sending them to institutions, according to the analysis, by Dobson Davanzo & Associates, of Medicare claims for the Alliance for Home Health Quality & Innovation. Read more.
BNA
May 23, 2012
Patients who receive home health care as the first care setting following hospital discharge tend to have lower overall Medicare episode payments, compared with patients who receive care from other facility-basedsettings, a study released May 22 found. Read more.
Home Health Care News
May 22, 2012
Home healthcare is the most cost-effective post-acute care setting for patients discharged from hospitals when comparing average payments across settings such as skilled nursing facilities, inpatient residential facilities, and long-term care hospitals, according to a Dobson | DaVanzo & Associates study, commissioned by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. Read more.
Bloomberg BNA
April 6, 2012
Home health care is the most cost effective post-acute care setting when it is used as the first setting for post-acute care, a study released April 5 found. Read more.
Inside Health Policy
April 4, 2012
When patients are sent home from hospitals to recover with the help of home health-care services, Medicare saves a significant amount of money on average compared to other post-acute settings, according to a industry funded study released Thursday (April 5). Although there are clinical reasons for patients to be sent to more expensive facilities, the study shows that often patients who need similar care are sent to different settings, and industry representatives say they hope policymakers will use the research to steer more patients toward the lower-cost home-care services both during post-acute care and for patients with chronic illnesses to avoid hospitalizations in the first place. Read more.

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