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Home Health Providers Must Lean Into Mitigation Strategies To Combat CMS Cuts

Home Health Care News / By Joyce Famakinwa
It’s been almost a month since the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2024 home health payment rule, and providers and industry stakeholders are still critical of the federal agency’s misconceptions about home health.
With cuts coming, operators must lean on mitigation strategies to prepare. That’s one key takeaway from a recent webinar hosted by home-based care technology company Axxess. 
In the wake of the final payment rule, industry players made waves for calling out what they viewed as CMS’ “dismissive” position when it comes to data and evidence provided by home health companies and advocacy groups.
Along these lines, some in the industry also believe that CMS has a distorted view of the home health’s profits based on faulty data. 
“They have a very clear picture of an industry that they believe is getting significantly overpaid, and is just rolling in the profits, which is why they don’t seem to care about the rate cuts,” Robert Markette, a health law attorney with Hall, Render, Killian, Heath and Lyman, said during the webinar. “Their data doesn’t reflect reality, and their data comes out of flawed cost reporting, primarily, and then whatever MedPAC does to get their numbers.”
Markette noted that CMS data paints a picture of reimbursement on Medicare exceeding home health costs by 45%. The federal agency’s data also has home health costs in 2022 decreasing by 2.9%, and average margins across the industry checking in at 24.9%.
“Last year, they did not impose the entire permanent cut, which means they’re going to have to consider a temporary cut in the future, and each year they tell us that temporary cut will get larger, and they don’t see that as a problem because they think we’re making these huge profits,” Markette said. “We have to deal with that math problem.” 
Although providers are still reacting to the final rule, it’s important to begin strategizing to lessen the impact of potential headwinds…
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Societal Polarization Regarding Vaccinations Found to be Distorting Accuracy of People's Recall of Pandemic

Medical Xpress / By Bob Yirka

A quartet of psychologists, economists and health behaviorists from the University of Bamberg, the University of Chicago, the University of Vienna and the University of Erfurt, respectively, has found that people's political views on vaccinations is colorizing their memories of the severity of the global pandemic.

In their paper published in the journal Nature, Philipp Sprengholz, Luca Henkel, Robert Böhm and Cornelia Betsch, describe how they conducted surveys of people regarding the pandemic and what they learned from it.

The editors at Nature have posted a Research Briefing outlining the work done by the team on this effort and also an Editorial discussing possible implications of their findings.

Most health organizations around the world have deemed the global pandemic to be over despite the fact that people all over the world are still being infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus—this is because of the degree of immunity that has been built up, both by people being infected and those who have been and continue to be vaccinated.

By all accounts, the pandemic was a major event in modern world history—in addition to the many people who were made ill or died, most economies around the world took a major hit. And because it was such a major event, many in the science community have begun to take a look back—some at its many impacts, and others looking for lessons learned.

In this new effort, the research team suggests that one of the lessons that needs to be learned is that once a pandemic is over, people will remember it differently, depending on their political views—in this case, on their views regarding vaccinations.

To learn more about how people remember the severity of the pandemic, the research team surveyed over 10,000 people living in 11 wealthy, Northern Hemisphere countries, asking them to rate their risk of infection. Some of those people living in Germany had responded to a survey conducted earlier, by the same group, asking them the same questions. On the second go-round, those people in Germany were also asked to try to remember how they had rated their risk in the first survey…

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2023 RIHC Home Care Chartbook Webinar

December 6th at 12 pm MT

Learn more about the 2023 Home Care Chartbook released earlier this month during a webinar with the team from KNG, along with co-sponsors at NAHC.

Register now here


Hospice from a Naturopathic Lens with CDPHE

When: Thursday, November 30 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm MT

Many fields of Western medicine have begun incorporating integrative therapies alongside more conventional practices, including within the field of hospice. Naturopathic doctors who have a background in both Western and integrative medicine are well-positioned to assist hospice teams and practitioners with a unique understanding of this shift as it relates to end-of-life and palliative care. This presentation, Hospice from a Naturopathic Lens, will discuss who naturopathic physicians are, the intersections of hospice care and naturopathic medicine, possible roles naturopathic doctors could play within hospice, various integrative therapies for common conditions, and finally, a short summary of the hospice survey process.

Presenter Information: Emily Keranen, ND is a health compliance inspector. Prior to joining the Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPHE), she worked as a physician in Arizona, with a focus on integrative thyroid medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys trail running, hiking, and triathlons.

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Webinar: Colorado's Paid Family & Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Program

When: Wednesday, December 6 | 1:00 - 2:00pm MT

You're invited to join HHAC, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and the Family and Paid Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Division for this FREE webinar, to learn about: 

  • The Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI);
  • What it means to you and your employees/co-workers;
  • What it means to the people you care for and their loved ones; and 
  • How you can help as a provider 

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