Staggering shortage of home health aides expected by 2025, new report shows

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While home health aide is one of the fastest growing occupations nationwide, a new report shows that growth will fall even shorter of meeting the increasing demand than some anticipated.
Home health aide jobs are expected to grow by 47% by the year 2026, according to the most recent projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). But according to the report from health care staffing consultant Mercer, there …

CMS outlines some soon-to-be covered services in memo on Medicare Advantage

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In-home support services and adult day care services are on the list of supplemental benefits to be allowed under Medicare Advantage plans in 2019, according to a recent CMS memo.

Home-based palliative care, support for caregivers of enrollees, medically-approved non-opioid pain management, stand-alone memory fitness benefit, home bathroom safety devices and modifications, transportation and over-the-counter benefits are also on the list.

CMS notes, however, that the list is not exhaustive.

Supplemental …

Proposed 2019 hospice rule increases payments by $340 million

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Hospices are expected to receive a 1.8% payment increase in 2019 — an improvement from the prior year, according to the 2019 proposed hospice payment rule posted April 27 on the Federal Register.

Hospices only received a 1% payment increase in 2018. The lower amount in the prior year’s rule largely was due to a one-time reduction in the payment update due to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act …

CMS releases FY 2019 proposed rule, includes RCS-1 replacement

CMS has posted a proposed rule for FY 2019. The proposal not only changes payment rates, but also proposes a new case mix grouping called the Patient-Driven Payment Model, or PDPM. This model replaces the RCS-1 that was proposed in May of last year. According to CMS, this new system has 80% fewer groupings and uses some metrics already collected for quality reporting. CMS says the intention is to lessen administrative burden, streamline the process, …