Elevating patient care from the home

We are several years into the pandemic and the health sector continues to rely more heavily on home care solutions over hospital-based and face-to-face treatments.

We all know that the pandemic served as the impetus for the shift to home-based care, thereby highlighting the risks of contracting illnesses and hospital-acquired infections (HAI). The truth is that the risk of HAIs was high before the onset of Covid-19 and skyrocketed during the pandemic, exacerbating the standard infection ratio. As a consequence, people were and still are skeptical when going to hospitals. This change in behavior has led to a rise

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Home Health Care Gained a Greater Share of Post-Acute Admissions Post-COVID

The home health industry gained a more significant share of post-acute care admissions after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, new data shows.

There was certainly a feeling at the time that home health agencies were gaining more patient admissions that may have previously gone to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). And while some data has reflected that already, if there was any remaining doubt, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) July 2022 data book should cast that aside.

“In March 2020, at the onset of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the share of inpatient hospital discharges referred to SNFs

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Don’t let hospital care at home shrivel when the pandemic ends

During surges of Covid-19, providing hospital-level care in the home was a good alternative to receiving care in hospitals strained by historic staffing shortages and populated by people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease. Rather than fading away with the pandemic, this form of care needs to be seen as an integral part of health care in the United States.

Hospital-level care in the home is delivering remarkable results. People with complex diseases such as sepsis, pneumonia, and congenital heart disease, who required admission to a hospital only a few years ago can — and

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CMS Reportedly Exploring Nursing Home Medicaid Spending Requirement Tied to Patient Care

The federal government could soon require nursing homes across the country to spend most of their Medicaid payments on direct patient care, according to a Kaiser Health News report.

While not yet formally proposed, the Biden administration’s strategy would limit the amount of Medicaid dollars used on operations, maintenance and capital improvements or considered profits.

If the measure is in fact enacted, this would be the first time the federal government will have had a say on where nursing homes should spend their federal funding, according to the KHN article.

“We want to make sure that the dollars get to

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Medicaid weighs attaching strings to nursing home payments to improve patient care

The Biden administration is considering a requirement that the nation’s 15,500 nursing homes spend most of their payments from Medicaid on direct care for residents and limit the amount that is used for operations, maintenance, and capital improvements or diverted to profits.

If adopted, it would be the first time the federal government insists that nursing homes devote the majority of Medicaid dollars to caring for residents.

The strategy, which has not yet been formally proposed, is among several steps officials are considering after the COVID-19 pandemic hit vulnerable nursing home residents especially hard. During the first 12 months of

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Humana Brings ‘CenterWell Home Health’ to Several Additional Markets

Humana’s home health strategy remains firmly on track, with the latest development being the rebranding of Kindred at Home to CenterWell Home Health in several additional markets.

A little over a year ago, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) unveiled the “CenterWell” brand for the Louisville, Kentucky-based company’s range of payer-agnostic health care offerings, which includes senior-focused primary care along with home health services. Humana announced on Wednesday that Kindred at Home locations in 14 states have officially moved to the new name.

Those states are Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and

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9 Skin-Care Devices Dermatologists Actually Use at Home in 2022

With the number of cleansers, creams, and serums there are on the market, it’s always a bit of a gamble to take a wild guess about what might really work well for you. Everyone’s skin is different, of course, but there’s something about a dermatologist recommendation that definitely bolsters confidence in a particular product. But what’s even better than a recommendation is knowing that a dermatologist actually uses a product themselves — and that’s doubly true of skin-care devices.

While you’ll be hard-pressed to find a dermatologist who would insist you need to use an at-home skin-care device, the

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Bipartisan Policy Center Makes Recommendations to CMS Aimed at Increasing Home Health Access

Despite the growing demand for home health services, fraud and abuse guardrails often limit access to the Medicare benefit, a recent Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) report suggests.

The report highlights BPC’s recommendations for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on how to improve home health services for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries.

“Given the clear changing trends in our health care delivery system today, and the increasing demand for home-based care, there are opportunities to address the current Medicare home health program, which we think does create some inequities and barriers to those who need care in their home,”

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Department of Human Services, WellSpan Health visit Personal Care Home to Highlight Need for Continued Investment in Pennsylvania’s Long-Term Care System

York, PA – Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Secretary Meg Snead and WellSpan Health Vice President of Community Health and Engagement Ann Kunkel today visited Hunter Cottage in York to talk about the importance of increasing investments in personal care homes (PCH) as outlined in the Governor’s proposed budget.

PCHs support the broader long-term care and health care systems by providing safe housing and assistance to older people and people with disabilities who need help with daily tasks, but who do not need acute or long-term medical care.

“Personal care homes provide invaluable services by allowing residents who may

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