How to help Alzheimer’s patients enjoy life, not just ‘fade away’

This article has been republished with permission from the author, Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News.
Alzheimer’s disease has an unusual distinction: It’s the illness that Americans fear most — more than cancer, stroke or heart disease.
The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer’s reflects this. People “fade away” and are tragically “robbed of their identities” as this incurable condition progresses, we’re told time and again.
Yet, a sizable body of research suggests this Alzheimer’s narrative is mistaken. It finds that people …

Home health quality reporting program final rule published

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the Home Health Quality Reporting Program Final Rule:

CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and CY 2019 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements Final Rule
View the Home Health Quality Initiative webpage for more information about the quality reporting program.

CMS decides not to move forward with Home Health Groupings Model in 2019

The following is an excerpt from Home Health Line.
Agencies can breathe a deep sigh of relief. CMS won’t launch its drastically revised home health payment model after all.
In the 2018 final PPS rule released Nov. 1, CMS announced that it would not launch the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) in 2019.
“We are not finalizing the implementation of the HHGM in this final rule,” CMS said in the rule. “We received many comments from the public …

November is Home Care and Hospice month

Did you know that Medicare covers a wide range of health care services that can be provided in the home to treat an illness or injury for homebound beneficiaries who require skilled services? In addition, hospice care empowers people with life-limiting illnesses to remain at home, surrounded and supported by family and loved ones. Talk to your Medicare patients about appropriate home care and hospice services.
For More Information:

Home Health Prospective Payment System Fact Sheet
Medicare Home …