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Every year, HCP performs the largest annual study on home-based care, home health, and hospice and publishes the results in its 200+ page HCP Benchmarking Report. This year marks the 15th year the report will be used by organizations nation[1]wide to benchmark their performance against industry standards, learn best practices from the experts, and make more informed decisions.

As a survey participant, you won’t just be helping the industry, you’ll also discover valuable insights about your own business as you reflect on your 2023 survey data.

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CMS’ New Behavioral Health Model Recognizes Seniors’ Complex Health Needs

McKnight’s Home Care
 
Increasingly, it seems, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is grasping the multifaceted health challenges facing older Americans, the value of community-based stakeholders as problem solvers and the importance of social determinants of health as key drivers of health. These keen insights were on display in CMS’ announcement Thursday about the new Innovation in Behavioral Health Model.
 
The model, which will launch in the fall and run for eight years, targets Medicaid and Medicare populations with moderate to severe mental health conditions and substance use disorder (SUD). As CMS notes, a quarter of all people enrolled in Medicare experience mental illness, and 40% of all adults enrolled in Medicaid experience mental illness or SUD.
 
Practice participants will be community-based behavioral health organizations and providers, including safety net providers, and public or private practices, where individuals can receive outpatient mental health and/or SUD services. These entities will lead interprofessional care teams and be responsible for coordinating with other members of the care team to comprehensively address a patient’s care to include behavioral and physical health, and health-related social needs such as housing, food and transportation.
 
This program is an important development for Medicare and Medicaid, the two major government programs catering to older and sicker adults. Those familiar with this demographic understand the prevalence of behavioral health problems and the cost implications of these problems on the healthcare system — in part through patients’ repeated hospitalizations.
 
Besides recognizing the need to serve this high-risk population, CMS is smart in recognizing how a patient’s care includes whole-person health — physical, mental and social health involving nutrition and housing. And how various community stakeholders need to work together to attack the problem.
 
“The systems of care to address physical and behavioral health conditions have historically been siloed, but there is a direct correlation between people with mental health conditions or substance use disorder and poor physical health,” Liz Fowler, CMS deputy administrator and innovation center director, said in a statement. “This model will bring historically siloed parts of the health system together to provide whole-person care.”
 
It would appear that home care has a part to play in this model.

 

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The 2024 VA Community Care Network (CCN) Fee Schedule Has Just Been Announced!

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This isn't just a reimbursement rate update; it's a gateway to new opportunities for your agency and a chance to make a significant impact on the lives of our nation's Veterans. This isn't just a reimbursement rate update; it's a gateway to new opportunities for your agency and a chance to make a significant impact on the lives of our nation's Veterans. 

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Congress Passes Short-Term Funding Bill Extending DSH Payments to March 8

Fierce Healthcare | By Dave Muoio
 
Both chambers of Congress voted Thursday to pass a bill Thursday that punts a partial government shutdown, set to go into effect this weekend, back to early March. The Senate voted 77-18 in favor of the stopgap Thursday afternoon, and was shortly followed by 314-108 vote in the House. 
 
President Joe Biden had previously signaled that he would quickly sign an extension hashed out by Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) last weekend before the 12:00 a.m., Saturday morning deadline.
 
The legislation is intended to give lawmakers more time to consider a collection of separate spending bills that would fund the government through the remainder of its fiscal year (Oct. 1). Disagreements between the major parties on key issues like the Ukraine war and border control, as well as inter-party fighting among Republicans, make this the third such spending extension of the current fiscal year.
 
From a healthcare perspective, the bill again pushes back a scheduled $8 billion-per-year cut to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital program payments. It also temporarily renews funding for community health centers, the National Health Service Corps and teaching health centers operating Graduate Medical Education programs. Each of the above will now be funded up to March 8.
 
More controversial healthcare items in lobbyists’ crosshairs, such as implementation site-neutral Medicare payments or a physician Medicare payment rate cut that went into effect Jan. 1, are not addressed in the stopgap.

 
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