Home Health


Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2020 Includes Telehealth Changes
August 15, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
On July 29, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed revisions to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2020. The Proposed Rule was published in the Federal Register on August 14. CMS proposed to add three new codes for treatment of opioid use disorder to the list of services that are …
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NY IPA Focuses on Social Determinants of Health
August 13, 2019 | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers
On August 6, health insurer MVP Health Care announced an affiliation with Alliance for Better Health to address so-called social determinants of health in the Albany, New York area. The newly formed independent practice association (IPA), Healthy Alliance Independent Practice Association, is one of the first IPAs in the U.S. to focus exclusively on social …
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LabCorp Offers Self-Directed Blood Testing (but not in NY/NJ)
July 24, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Home Health | Medical Devices and Wearables
LabCorp announced on July 22 that it is now offering blood tests directly to consumers online. The clinical lab giant’s “Pixel by LabCorp” platform previously offered self-directed test kits for colorectal cancer and diabetes screening, as well as lipid panels. The service is not currently offered in New York, New Jersey, Maryland or Rhode Island. …
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CVS Announces Home Dialysis Machine Trials
July 22, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | FDA | Home Health | Medical Devices and Wearables | Pharmaceuticals | Private Insurers
On July 17, CVS Health Corp. announced the beginning of human trials of a new home dialysis machine called the HemoCare Hemodialysis System. The company’s CVS Kidney Care unit hopes to shift some of the $35 billion market for end-stage kidney care from outpatient dialysis clinics to patients’ homes. The HemoCare device was designed by …
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CMS Issues Final Rule to Improve PACE Program for Frail and Elderly
June 5, 2019 | Ada Kozicz | Employer/Employee | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals
On May 28, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule to improve and modernize the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). The rule is the first major change to the program since 2006. CMS expects that the changes will help incorporate current best practices in the care rendered …
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Amazon’s Alexa Now HIPAA-Compliant
April 18, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Home Health | Hospitals | Medical Devices and Wearables | Private Insurers | Telehealth
Amazon announced in a blog post on April 4 that its Alexa voice assistant’s operating environment now complies with HIPAA. Companies that build functions, or skills, for Alexa will now be able to create skills that involve the transmission of users’ protected health information. The initial group of six participants in an invitation-only program includes …
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New York State Budget Includes ACA-Type Protections
April 3, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Affordable Care Act | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers
New York’s state budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, approved by the State Legislature on March 31, included provisions that codify into state law the primary consumer protections of the federal Affordable Care Act. In a public announcement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “We have codified many of the protections of Obamacare, so regardless of what …
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Managing “Social Determinants of Health” a Key Issue for Health Systems
March 14, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Home Health | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines social determinants of health (SDOH) as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age that are primarily responsible for differences in health status. Rivkin Radler’s Robert Iseman recently penned a Thought Leaders’ Corner column for Population Health News in which he made suggestions regarding how healthcare organizations …
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CMS to Pay Home Health Providers for Remote Monitoring
November 12, 2018 | Eric D. Fader | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
On Oct. 31, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule to update the payment system for home health agencies and improve access to remote patient monitoring technology. The rule will allow home health providers to build the costs of remote monitoring technology into their Medicare reimbursement beginning Jan. 1, 2020. …
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